Windows 7 RC

Windows 7 Release Candidate
Notice: Downloads will end August 20
Thanks for all your help building Windows 7. We are on our way to the last big milestone: Release to Manufacturing. Starting on October 22, you’ll see it on PCs and store shelves. As we gear up for that, it’s time to wind down the Release Candidate testing program.

If you or a friend needs a download, you’ve got time. We’ll continue to offer the RC download until August 20, 2009. After that, you won’t be able to get the download, but if you have the bits, you can still install the RC and get a key if you need one. (To get a key, just go to the Downloads page and follow the instructions.)

Tell us what you think. If you’re using the Windows 7 Release Candidate, we hope you like what you see. Let us know — go to and tell us what you think. You’ll be able to give feedback on various aspects of the operating system.

Got the RC and need help? Experts on the Windows 7 Forum can help answer your questions. The forum also gives you a way to share what you’ve learned with other people.

Essential Resources:
The Installation Instructions give you the info you need to get started.
To get more information about Windows 7, such as feature descriptions, visit the Windows 7 website.
Looking for technical help or information? Here are a few sources:
The Windows 7 online forums are a great place to start.
You can keep up to date on news about Windows 7 on the team blog.
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Thanks again for your investment in Windows 7.
The Windows 7 Team