May 1st, 2009
Next Tuesday Microsoft will make the Release Candidate of Windows 7 available for the public to download and play with.
Here are some tips to help you get ready:
- First, the download is big - the 32-bit edition is nearly 2.5GB, and the 64-bit download is bigger. You need a fast connection.
- If in doubt as to which download to bring in, go for the 32-bit edition.
- Microsoft won't be placing a limit on the number of product keys it offers, so there's no rush to get the download.
- The Release Candidate doesn’t expire until June 1, 2010, so if you grab a copy you have plenty of time to test the OS thoroughly.
- Here are the system requirements:
- 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB of RAM (32-bit)/2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit)/20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 or higher driver
- Don't go nuts and start installing the software on you main system without a backup!
More info on Windows 7:
- Get your Windows 7 GPU drivers
- Verdict: Windows 7 - Like Vista, just a bit easier to use and less annoying
- Windows 7 - Official system requirements
- Windows 7 "XP Mode" system requirements
- Max memory limits for 64-bit Windows 7
- Windows 7 on a netbook - My verdict
- Windows 7 RC 32-bit vs. Vista SP1 32-bit - Gaming shootout
- First Look: Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100)
- Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) leaked
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