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Windows 7 RC Release Shutting Down

Windows 7 was released in 2009 for a preview and many people enjoyed it. Initially, Windows 7 RC was supposed to expire on June 1, 2010 but Microsoft has decided to take measures before the expiration date of Windows 7 RC.

Starting from Feb. 15, all Windows 7 RC users will receive notifications of system shut downs. Machines running Windows 7 RC would shut down every two hours without any prior notifications.

windows7It is recommended by Microsoft Officials to move to a released version of Windows 7 before June 1, 2010. Those automatic shut downs will continue from March 1, 2010 to June 1, 2010. If someone would still on a RC release, they will get a Black Boot screen that would ask for Activation (You won’t be able to activate. Why? Read below)


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Bad news is that Microsoft won’t allow any upgrades to RC release, and users will have to perform a “custom installation”. That means they would have to back-up all the data and install a fresh copy of Windows 7. That sounds like a lot of work but Microsoft has already planned that.

Microsoft has made is very difficult to run RC release any more but still allowed 1 month before automated shut down starts.

I’m not a Windows 7 fan but I thought this might interest people who are already running the RC release of this Windows and don’t want to lose any data because of those shut downs and complete block out afterwards.

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