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Microsoft's Windows 7 public beta now available to download

by Parm Mann on 9 January 2009, 16:36

Tags: Windows 7, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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Right on cue, Microsoft has made available the first (and presumably only) beta release of Windows 7.

The download, available in both 32-bit and 64-bit formats, can be obtained from the official Windows 7 website or, and is available to the first 2.5 million people who sign up.

As expected, Microsoft's servers are struggling to cope with demand but there's no harm in trying if you're itching to put Vista's successor to the test.

Users should, of course, be aware that this is a beta release aimed at technical users. Microsoft's words of caution state:

"Microsoft isn’t providing technical support for the Beta and isn’t responsible for business-related downtime. Don’t install the Beta on your primary home or work computer. When the Beta expires on August 1, 2009, you’ll need to reinstall a released version of Windows to keep using your computer"

Microsoft lists the minimum required specification for the Windows 7 beta as follows:

  • Processor: 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • Memory: 1 GB of system memory
  • Hard drive: 16 GB of available disk space
  • Video card: Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
  • Drive: DVD-R/W drive
  • Internet connection (to download the Beta and get updates)

Are you putting Windows 7 beta to the test? If so, share your thoughts in the forums.

Official Windows 7 beta download link: official Windows 7 website or

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yep, it appears all 2.5million people are trying to get it at the same time
“Server is too busy”

Well, I'm still going to try hitting F5 for about another 5 minutes and then probably give up. Sigh.
hopes of ever get hold of it right now are gone lol
Can always grab it from a torrent..
Can always grab it from a torrent..

Can't download torrents at work :(