Friday, January 09, 2009

Can't Find The Windows 7 Public Beta, You Aren't Alone

On Wednesday, CEO Steve Ballmer promised that the beta would be released to the general public today, however as of 1:300 PST this afternoon the beta is nowhere to be found. According to Computerworld Microsoft has postponed the public release citing "very heavy traffic".

Gregg Keizer of Computerworld writes:
The company did not offer a new schedule for delivering the beta of its newest operating system.

"Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to properties before we post the public Beta today," a spokeswoman said in an instant message reply to earlier questions about the's performance. "We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the Beta."

The Springboard series official download page, now features a similar response to the one posted above, and the direct link to the download site has reverted back to saying "Windows 7 Beta coming soon!"

For those of you that absolutely can't wait and want to get your hands on the Windows 7 Beta, follow the direct download links below Compliments of Wired:

**Update As of Feb 10th Microsoft has suspend the officially available downloads of Windows 7 for more details click here

Windows 7 x86 (32bit)

Windows 7 x64 (64 bit)

There is no guarantee on how long these will work, MS might pull them, but for now you should be able to get the .iso. Or if you are really desperate you can download the torrent via several sites like Demonoid, Pirate Bay and ISO Hunt.

The download link will provide you with an .iso that can be used to install the Windows 7 beta. You won't however receive a valid product key, you'll need to wait for Microsoft to release those. Until then you can run the beta for 30days or as much as 120 days using the slmgr -rearm command. This command extends the grace period another 30 days, up to four times. Simply start a command prompt as Administrator, and issue the command.

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