Friday, March 27, 2009

Windows 7 - Release Candidate 1

I've been playing with the Windows 7 Beta on and off for a couple of months. It's not bad. Now word (including release dates) about Windows 7 RC1 has begun to leak onto the 'nets.

According to Ars Technica and ZDNet, RC1 (release candidate 1) will be available some time in May, and will expire on June 1, 2010. Unlike the usual unsubstantiated rumors, Ars Technica grabbed a screenshot off the Microsoft website from a page subsequently pulled. The screenshot is visible at the Ars Technica link above.

Although there have been some tweaks to the User Interface, hardware requirements have not changed much from the Beta:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor or higher
  • 1 GB of system memory or more
  • 16 GB of available disk space
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)
  • DVD-R/W Drive

Once released, the beta will be generally downloadable through June 2009, with no limits to the number of product keys.

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