News

Windows 7 RC Nears, and There Will Be Pain

Windows 7 beta testers will experience some pain when moving to the release candidate (RC) version of the operating system when it comes out, Microsoft officials explained on Tuesday.

Microsoft is still not telling the public when the RC version of Windows 7 will appear, but company officials did answer a nagging question from beta testers on whether there will be a direct upgrade path from the beta to the RC. The answer is no, but there's a makeshift workaround of sorts.

The workaround consists of seven steps to avoid version checking. It causes the operating system to read the beta as Build 7000. The steps are listed in Microsoft's blog here. However, Microsoft cautions that going this route might result in "some oddities" after the upgrade to the RC.

Instead of doing the workaround, the Microsoft team would prefer that beta testers do a clean install of the Windows 7 RC and use the Windows Easy Transfer feature to move accounts, files and settings. Alternatively, Microsoft would like beta testers to "revert to a Vista image and upgrade." Following those two options means that applications will have to be installed all over again on the test machine.

A Microsoft TechNet library document provides a full description of Windows 7 beta upgrade options here.

The team's point in causing such pain for beta testers -- many of whom have been running the beta "full time" -- is to get testing info from "real-world" operating system migration scenarios. For the sake of harvesting such user-experience data, Microsoft would like beta testers to feel a little pain, rather than upgrade.

Microsoft is discouraging people from using leaked builds of the Windows 7 beta, which have been popping up on BitTorrent sites, explaining that "you really never know what else has been done to the build."

Another disappointment for many is that the Windows 7 team has confirmed that there will be no upgrade path to the Windows 7 product from Windows XP. Those using XP will either have to upgrade to Vista first or do a clean install of Windows 7 when it's released as a product.

Rumors have suggested that Windows 7 RC might appear as early as this May. The RC is the testing stage before Microsoft distributes the OS to PC manufacturers for commercial release. Microsoft has estimated early 2010 for Windows 7's final product release.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

comments powered by Disqus

Featured

  • GitLab Takes Over VS Code Extension, Plans Improvements

    DevOps specialist GitLab has officially taken over the control of a GitLab extension for Microsoft's open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor.

  • VS Code Python Tool Now Does Native Notebooks

    The Python Extension for VS Code Insiders team is previewing the newest implementation of notebooks, used frequently in data science with offerings such as Jupyter Notebooks.

  • As .NET 5 Nears, Content/Documentation Reorganization Starts

    A GitHub project is seeking to reorganize documentation and developer content in advance of the November debut of .NET 5, a unification of all things .NET that combines. .NET Core and other components.

  • Windows Devs Get Cross-Platform Page, Issues Repo

    Developers doing their coding on the Windows OS have received two new resource gifts from Microsoft: a new landing page for those using cross-platform technologies and a new GitHub repo with which to report issues to Windows engineering teams.Developers doing their coding on the Windows OS have received two new resource gifts from Microsoft: a new landing page for those using cross-platform technologies and a new GitHub repo with which to report issues to Windows engineering teams.

  • What's New in Entity Framework Core 5.0 Preview 7

    Microsoft shipped the seventh preview of Entity Framework Core 5.0, boosting its data access technology with a factory to create DbContext instances and more.

.NET Insight

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Upcoming Events