Free Windows 7 Until March 2010 - Are you pulling the trigger?

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I heard about this from Leo Laporte on one of his TWiT.TV podcasts, specifically "Leo Laporte - The Tech Guy!", May 13, 2009, edition. Apparently Windows 7 is the "best Windows ever", is terrifically stable and performs much better on the same hardware than Vista. The best part? Microsoft is giving out unlimited product keys for both the 32- and 64-bit versions until at least June of this year, and the free license won't expire until March 2010. I'm very, very tempted to give this a go on my home Gateway Tablet PC, though as a critical "production" system and considering my present time constraints, I'm not really looking forward to dealing with any potential issues. With that said, I wouldn't mind more stability than I'm getting from Vista and I certainly have trouble resisting trying new tech.

One other interesting thing that Laporte mentioned - and I may have misheard since I was doing other stuff while listening - is that this release candidate may include the embedded version of Windows XP that runs under the embedded version of Virtual PC. I have been unable to verify that as of this writing, though I could just not have seen it in Microsoft's notes. That would certainly be another big plus in my book, as I have a few software items that require XP. (At the same time, I am running low on hard drive space, so the point is probably moot anyway in my case.)

Anyone else considering this? The download and more information are on the official Microsoft Website, here.

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Catatonic
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Not touching it with a

Not touching it with a ten-foot pole.

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How about 20 feet?
Catatonic wrote:

Not touching it with a ten-foot pole.

Can you elaborate? Is that because you're Linux- or Mac-based, or is it because of the beta nature of the product? If it's the latter, apparently this is remarkably safe as such things go.

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Catatonic
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30 virtual feet
Bill Loguidice wrote:
Catatonic wrote:

Not touching it with a ten-foot pole.

Can you elaborate? Is that because you're Linux- or Mac-based, or is it because of the beta nature of the product? If it's the latter, apparently this is remarkably safe as such things go.

It's a combination of those things. I use a Mac for both personal and professional use, but keep Windows XP installed in a virtual machine to support a client project that needs it. That project is software for a vertical market where almost none of the customers even have Windows Vista yet.

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Nice present for their beta testers...

...this time not having to pay for the hardest time (until SP1 comes out).

Oh, I very probably will end up using it for my next HTPC as I'm very much interested in the media center.
But I'd rather pay for a working and stable system than get something I have to dabble with all the time for free (at least for a period of time).

I also wonder if Microsoft is desperate to use such methods - they seem to not have much luck with Vista...

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Matt Barton
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I would definitely get this

I would definitely get this as soon as it's officially released. I tried the betas with Vista and will never go that route again (at least unless I'm paid and using a non-critical machine).

I don't mind Vista, though I always like keeping up to date with the most recent OS. If I had unlimited money, I'd keep a fully loaded 98, XP, and Vista machine available at all times. Heck, maybe even an old 486/66 just for kicks.

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Mark Vergeer
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Tempted to put it on my XP gaming rig

Or install it on a bootcamp partition, not sure if bootcamp supports it though. Probably will try it on my gaming rig.

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Chris Kennedy
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Hmm. Feeling adventurous

The last BETA software I ran from Microsoft was .... Windows 95. I wept.

Times have changed, however. Perhaps I will give this a go. I am running Vista on one machine at home, XP on another, and XP on a work machine. If you guys don't see me for awhile, you will know what happened and should please notify my next of kin.

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Rob Daviau
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I am running it on my laptop

I am running it on my laptop and it's awesome, I love it! Performs and looks better than VISTA, everything working perfect, faster, less resource hogging, if any of you have a spare PC really you should check it out! TIP If you have any driver issues (unlikely) just try the VISTA versions of the driver.

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Bill Loguidice
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Interesting!
Oldschoolgamer wrote:

I am running it on my laptop and it's awesome, I love it! Performs and looks better than VISTA, everything working perfect, faster, less resource hogging, if any of you have a spare PC really you should check it out! TIP If you have any driver issues (unlikely) just try the VISTA versions of the driver.

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Hmm, that's the kind of endorsement I was looking for. In a week or two I'll do a clone of my Tablet PC's hard drive and then try the upgrade. When you say VISTA versions of the driver, I assume that it's selectable in the devices properties in the hardware manager?

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Rob Daviau
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In the case of my laptop,

In the case of my laptop, the video was low res, of course there was no Win7 driver so I just installed the VISTA ATI MOBILE DRIVER and that was it, installed as normal, did not notice an option, all I know is when I rebooted I was back to high res display..................
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