Reminder: Windows 7 RC automatically shuts down every two hours starting March 1st

Back in May Microsoft made the release candidate (RC) of Windows 7 available for free download to everyone. (Undoubtedly many people downloaded it and some may even be still using it.) To ensure Microsoft would not lose revenue by people using Windows 7 RC – instead of purchasing it after Windows 7 came out – Microsoft placed some restrictions on it. One of these restrictions was that at a certain date Windows 7 RC would stop working. Well ladies and gents, that date is coming on us faster than we think: Windows 7 RC will stop working on June 1, 2010. However, prior to June 1, starting on March 1, 2010 all Windows 7 RC will start automatically shutting down every two hours. So if you are still using Windows 7 RC, don’t wait until June 1 to buy the public release edition (assuming you want to buy it) – do it before March 1 or else your computing life may become a living… well lets just say it won’t be pleasant.

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  • Ashraf

    @boner: Tell me about it. DOWN WITH APPLE!

    …Oh wait…

  • @boner: Well you’re about 9 months late. Plus, that’s not even what this article is about. This is about Windows shutting off with no way to stop it. So… yeah.

  • boner

    fuckin retarded. i like to download and leave my computer running. now i have to touch the fuckin mouse every few hours. windows 7 is fuckin retarded. only good windows out there is xp pro and the retards stoped making it

  • @Someguy: Me too. I stumbled upon this system brand new for $649.99 and I knew I wouldn’t find anything better :D

  • Someguy

    @Locutus:

    I have pretty much the same thing except 2gb and desktop(I’m a gamer on a budget)

  • @Someguy: My 4GB laptop w/ 2 bays and 1GB graphics is going to not be outdated for a little longer… it has a graphics card and 2 bays, things I don’t see future me having in a laptop.

  • Someguy

    @Locutus:

    Technology is moving so quickly. I still remember when Pentium 4 was so talked about. Now a quad core for like 100 bucks, 1 Tb hard drive space $100, etc. I just got myself a new comp. I hope it won’t become outdated so quickly.(put it together :) )

  • Lamont Cranston

    I am using RC on this particular rig, and am dreading the time out. Notwithstanding I have a current Technet Plus subscription, and am using RTM on 2 other lappies, the amount of data I’m gonna have to backup makes me cringe.
    Oh well, it’s been a nice ride and well worth being an early adopter.

  • @Samuel: Yea!

  • @Locutus: WOW!

  • @Samuel: Truthfully I was amazed when I saw the prices. 500GB for only 140$!

  • @Locutus: I was replacing a 160 with a 320, would have gotten something larger but they didn’t have the 500s yet.

  • @Samuel: The old burned out HDD was/is 100GB and was replaced by a 500GB.

  • @Locutus: In my case I got a large drive for my laptop and I originally kept the old one as extra storage, but decided to use it for dual trying out OSs or Dual Booting.

  • @Samuel: The second drive was harvested from a laptop that couldn’t find it. I actually expected it to croak ten minutes after the install. Then it was twenty minutes after, and it still hadn’t burnt out. Several months later, I bought the RTM :D

  • @Locutus: Yea, so I’m answering in two posts, and backwords at that, eh!

    Lucky! I have two HDDs for my laptop but only one bay so I have to flip them.

  • @Ashraf: Someone needs to defend them, though you’re most likely right.

    Wow, only 15 mins? I stoped using vista around last December, be on Beta-RC-RTM since then.

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: Eh. That may be a “side” reason. The main reason is $$$ =P.

    @Locutus: I installed RC for about… 15 minutes. Then I went back to Vista. I jumped right into RTM afterwards and have yet to regret the decision.

  • @Samuel: I actually installed the RC on my second HDD while keeping Vista on the first (on a laptop! two bays!!) but when I installed RTM over Vista I decided not to use the second bay- the cover doesn’t fit on over the hard drive…

  • You for got the other reason that MS doesn’t want you running the RC, any changes they made to the RTM won’t be in the RC so if you keep running the RC you could have compatablity problems as well as security ones. Though I supose if you kept your computer offline, and set the clock back you could probally keep it longer.

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Its true. I edit posts written by other authors before I publish them. I do try to keep the author’s intent intact, usually just editing the manner in which the content is delivered, sometimes for clarity, other times for style, and yet other times just to show everyone who’s boss (jk).

  • @OldElmerFudd: Yeah, Ashraf usually adds extra info. Here’s the new stuff:
    EDITED: Back in May Microsoft made the release candidate (RC) of Windows 7 available for free download to everyone.
    NEW: (Undoubtedly many people downloaded it and some may even be still using it.)
    MAJOR EDITED: To ensure Microsoft would not lose revenue by people using Windows 7 RC – instead of purchasing it after Windows 7 came out – Microsoft placed some restrictions on it.
    ORIGINAL: One of these restrictions was that at a certain date Windows 7 RC would stop working.
    NEW: Well ladies and gents, that date is coming on us faster than we think: Windows 7 RC will stop working on June 1, 2010.
    (removed sentence)
    ORIGINAL: However, prior to June 1, starting on March 1, 2010 all Windows 7 RC will start automatically shutting down every two hours.
    MAJOR EDIT: So if you are still using Windows 7 RC, don’t wait until June 1 to buy the public release edition (assuming you want to buy it) – do it before March 1 or else your computing life may become a living… well lets just say it won’t be pleasant.

  • OldElmerFudd

    While my TechNet subscription was still active, I downloaded two serials and a copy of 32-bit Ultimate. Never got around to the RC.

    Btw, if there are any “extra sentences”, (someone) knows your writing style very well!

  • You’re welcome!

    Also, there seem to be a suspicious number of extra sentences I didn’t write :D

  • Sandeep

    That’s so SAD :-( I am using Win 7 RC on my 2 laptops. I will be buying (or try to get a free copy googling :-) ) soon.

    Thanks for the update Locutus.