A week after bringing out the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, Microsoft has released it to the general public as well.
This not being the final tested version, there are some risks involved in using it. According to Microsoft, people who wish to use this version should have some specific skills.
Users should know how to:
- Troubleshoot problems
- Burn an ISO image to create a DVD
- Install Windows
- Back up and restore their PC
- Set up a network
- Create and use a system recovery disk.
Since Windows 7 RC is a work in progress, users may encounter technical difficulties. Hence, the users should not install the RC on their primary production machine.
Some serious issues with Windows 7 RC:
There are some serious issues you might face while using Windows 7 RC. Some of these were also occurred with Windows Vista when it was first introduced, like:
- Some software applications, including antivirus programs, might not install or work correctly
- Printers and video cards, may not work
- Access to corporate or home networks may go down
- Users’ files may get corrupt
Plus, by March 1, 2010, the program will begin shutting itself down every two hours. So those who still have the Windows 7 RC running on their computers will probably want to uninstall it. According to Microsoft, people will have to rebuild their test PCs to replace the operating system with a non-expired version of Windows and reinstall the programs and data, according to Microsoft. Oh boy!!!
Right now, with the complexities of installing the program, I don’t think a non-techie user would quite be interested in “testing” the product. Not me at least!
(Source: Windows 7rc)
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