January 11th, 2009 by Keith

Windows 7 Beta Available for Download

Posted in Beta, Business Software, OS, Site News, Software Companies, Windows

How often does Microsoft offers its Windows beta release for downloads and trials? Well, only for the past recent copies of XP and Vista, does it do that. Never would you have imagined that Windows 7 Beta is also available for download NOW! According to CNET, this software is supposed to be available on Friday but was delayed for another day due to web site issue.

In order to run this Windows 7 Beta release, Microsoft has provided some recommended specifications, although that could change for the final release. The installation file is provided in a .ISO format, which can be downloaded and burnt onto a DVD disc.

Minimum Recommended Specifications

  • * 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • * 1 GB of system memory
  • * 16 GB of available disk space
  • * Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)
  • * DVD-R/W Drive
  • * Internet access (to download the Beta and get updates)

The procedure is pretty simple, if you have done Windows installation before. First of all, download the ISO file (from the link below). This file should be burnt onto a DVD disc, using a DVD burner, and a software that allows you to burn ISO images. After which, install the Windows 7 operating system by booting up from the DVD drive.

Note that, 2 versions are available; the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Only download the latter version provided your processor supports 64-bit processes. However, there is always an issue with 64-bits as drivers are often very limited and most hardware drivers do not support it. 5 languages (English, Arabic, Hindi, German and Japanese) are supported in the 32-bit version, whereas 4 languages (English, Arabic, German and Japanese) are supported in the 64-bit version.

Note that, this is still considered under development phase, and it should never be deployed on Production machines. Microsoft has provided it to public mainly for testing purposes and gathering feedback. The most important thing to take note is, the beta will expire on August 1, 2009. To continue using your PC, do be prepared to reinstall a prior version of Windows or a subsequent release of Windows 7 before the expiration date.

Download Link
Windows 7 Beta

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