Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Windows 7 RC is out - Go grab it

Windows 7 RC can be downloaded now. You can down load the following ISO file:

7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_en_dvd.iso (2.35 GB)
from the Microsoft site ( It took me 1.5 hrs with my Comcast Broadband connection). I had perhaps the best download experience with the down loader.

You will have to first register.

This version is good for almost a whole year.

Words of caution

Do not install it on your main computer that you use regularly for your personal use. A dedicated test pc is good if you can afford it. I am planning to put it on a desktop virtual.

What are the minimum requirements?

This is probably the mfaq (most frequently asked question). Here are the bare essentials:

* 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

* 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

* 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
   DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

You may probably get away with a less stringent requirement with some reduced performance.

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