Windows 7 RC Goes Public

Downloaded and installed the RC-64 version last week. Today marks the public availabilioty of the RC release.. And first few hours is going good. It seems all that was advertised. Of great interest is the No Execute(NX) protection. Over the years, it’s been well known that the NX bit is very important to virus writters, or should I say not haviuing the NX bit. What this is all about is the long existing propensity for Windows to mix code and data, giving rise to the very obvious side effect the ‘buffer overflow’ virus. That in fact leads to the auditorium of viruses. While the NX bit set won’t eleiminate every virus, nothing can do that, it will take down as much as 99% from the start. The rest has to be taken up by system hygen, keeping your system secure.

The bad news — Won’t last quite as long as suggested

The long awaited RC of Windows 7, also known as build 7100, is now available to download for the general public directly from Microsoft. For those that didn’t want to try the beta, the new RC might be worth a try, especially as it’ll work until the 1st of June 2010, or will it?

From my own early impressions Windows 7 is a vast improvement all around compared to Vista, but I am not sure it will be enough to convince upgrades. The system requirements are fairly low and Windows 7 should work on most systems that can run Windows XP.

I also am using the Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 which is very good. And very low in cost at free.

Now the bad news — The release candidate of Windows 7 is unusual in that it won’t expire as quickly as past RC versions of various operating systems from Microsoft, although there seems to be a catch. Earlier reports suggested that the RC1 of Windows 7 wouldn’t expire until June 2010 —  However, from the 1st of March 2010, the release candidate will start “bi-hourly shutdowns” which means that your PC will turn itself off every two hours.

Presumably Windows 7 will already have hit retail by then and this will be a way for Microsoft to prod people to purchase a legit copy of Windows 7.

The remaining big question is if it will be possible to upgrade the RC1 to a retail version of Windows 7 and we have a feeling that this won’t be the case, especially as Microsoft says that “You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use” on the RC1 download page.

The Windows 7 RC will be available for download until and unspecified date in June, and you can download it from here

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