May 5, 2009 at 1:21 pm
For those of you wondering how Windows 7 may fare on your beloved netbook, we thought we’d highlight that the Release Candidate is now available for public download. The great thing about the RC release, is that the license will run interrupted until 1 March 2010, plenty of time to find out if Windows 7 is right for you.
The actual RC license will not expire until 1 June 2010, but after March 1, the OS will begin to shutdown every two hours. At this point you’ll need to install a legit version of Windows 7 or choose a different OS. How does this differ from the beta you may ask? Well the beta will expire on August 1 with bi-hourly shutdowns beginning from July 1 2009. The RC’s improvements over the beta release can be found here.
For those that are impressed with Windows 7 RC on their netbook, it is worth mentioning that the RC is based on the Ultimate version of Windows 7. If you decide at a later period to buy a netbook with Windows 7 preinstalled, then it is likely it will come with the Starter Edition which has the (crippling) three application at a time limit.
To get the RC you will need to register for a product key. You can download Windows 7 RC here. Be prepared though, it’s not a quick download at 2,414MB.