Friday, July 3, 2009


Windows 7 Beta Users To Shutdown

Users who thought sticking with the Windows 7 Beta would mean they're good to go until the software's commercial release in October has already been forced to shutdown.
The beta has begin to drive testers to switch to the "Release Candidate" (RC). If they don't, the beta is set to expire within a month -- rendering it essentially inoperable.

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"By 'expiring,' it means that you'll get prompted to install a different copy of Windows. You won't even get to the desktop," "Windows Vista worked same way."

Microsoft has warned beta testers several times in recent weeks that the release's expiration and the shutdowns are approaching.

On August 1st, 2009, if you are still on the Windows 7 Beta, your license for the Windows 7 Beta will expire and the non-genuine experience is triggered where your wallpaper is removed and 'This copy of Windows is not genuine' will be displayed in the lower-right corner above the Taskbar.

Beta Winding Down:
Microsoft publicly released the Windows 7 Beta in early January to mostly glowing reviews. It's unknown how many users are still running the release, but the numbers could be substantial -- particularly among those who mistook the beta as a way to get the software for free. It's also unclear how many users have ignored Microsoft's indications about the "warnings" that the beta would begin giving them a month prior to its expiration.

So, starting July 1, the beta will start automatically shutting down every two hours to remind users that time is running out. Read -- Stop Bi-Hourly Shutdown Of Windows 7.

Legally, the only way to stop the automatic shutdowns is to remove the beta and install a different version of Windows, or another operating system. However, there are patches available on the internet to stop the bi-hourly shutdown -- read more. 

Ideally for Microsoft, that means trading up to the RC, the last testing phase after beta, which it also made available for public testing beginning in April.

And, like the beta, the RC also carries an auto-shutdown requirement. Fortunately, the RC isn't set to begin automatically shutting down until March 1, 2010. Also Read: Stop Bi-Hourly Shutdown Of Windows 7.

It's also set to fully expire on June 1, 2010, after which it will become inoperable. But with the commercial release of Windows 7 coming on October 22, users who installed the RC will have a grace period of several months to shell out for the full, final version.

To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use.  But, if you are looking for a patch? just read my earlier post: Stop Bi-Hourly Shutdown Of Windows 7 | Crack Windows 7.

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July 8, 2009 at 1:39 AM delete

I seem to have found a solution.

Setting back your windows clock a few months works. Well so far its working.

Just don't set it back to far, otherwise you wont be able to login to Windows Live Messenger.