The Windows 7 rat race

(Editor’s note: I’d like to make a more substantial update later, but seeing as how I’m currently in the final throes of my winter break before Round 2 of Graduate School begins next Monday…I’m still on vacation, dammit. 😛 )

For those who have been hiding under a rock of late (aka, me), I give you the following:



Microsoft’s latest and greatest installment of its earthshattering, groundbreaking, monopolizing operating system – which will, hopefully, have the immediate and long-lasting effect of making all of their currently very disillusioned clients forget about the debacle called Vista – is being put up for download sometime today as a publicly available beta.

Even for someone as cynical as myself when involving proprietary, licensed, pay-for-use, DRM-infested software, this is a pretty admirable step for Microsoft, even if it is only a thinly-veiled attempt to push the memories of Vista out of current and potential Windows users as quickly as absolutely possible.

Beware, though: only 2.5 million licenses will be given out publicly.  Head over to the Windows 7 home page and keep hitting refresh until the link shows up.  Also note: the download will only be an update, so you’ll have to have a current Vista installation to toss away in order to get the beta up and running.

Yet another note: the package was originally scheduled to be posted at noon PST, or 3pm EST for me.  As of 5pm EST, Microsoft had still not posted the link, due to crushing web traffic and an apparent need to put more infrastructure in place to handle the load.  As of right now, the exact time of Windows 7 availability is TBA.  Still, the links to the image file downloads work properly; you’ll still need to get the beta key(s) from the Microsoft website, however.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Where does the name “Windows 7” come from? (I ask because it seems like an alarmingly large number of folks have no idea how Microsoft’s OS numbering system works)

In closing, I would like to mention that sometime yesterday, this blog reached its 4,000th visit, barely a month after hitting 3,000!  Pretty frickin’ cool!  Again, another big thanks for unleashing all those bots on my site to make me feel better about myself. 🙂

Oh, and eksith: You have an email coming your way. 😉

[Update, 6:55pm EST: It could have happened anytime in the last hour (as I’ve been job-hunting), but this was posted on the Windows 7 home page]

Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal—we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

[Update, Jan 10, 2:20pm EST: The download has FINALLY been posted on the Windows 7 home page.  Hurry up and be one of the lucky 2.5 million to receive an activation key!  Important to note, though (and poorly advertised), is the fact that the Beta can only be downloaded from within IE 7 or IE 8.]


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4 Responses to The Windows 7 rat race

  1. eksith says:

    It’s still broked.
    You broke it by refreshing HAHA!

  2. eksith says:

    As for that numbering..

    NT was v.4
    XP is actually v.5
    Vista is v.6.

    They never really stopped the numbering system since Win 1.0.
    But after 3.1, they started using named versions. Better marketing and all that. I think it’s confusing because the number is actually the core version, not the whole OS. Because Win2000 and XP both are considered v.5 because of the core (Acronyms and years were all the rage. E.G. SE, ME, XP)

    Vista was the first time in a long time that MS used the same core for both its consumer and enterprise markets. Win2008 and Vista share a lot more than XP and 2000.

  3. magsol says:

    I was all afraid that I’d miss out on snagging one of the licenses, and here we are almost 24 hours after the fact, and they still haven’t put up the beta for download. TOO MANY REFRESHES BUAHAHAHA

    Yeah, I was doing some major *facepalm*ing at all the folks I was observing: “Wait, there was Win 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, and Vista, so shouldn’t it be Windows 8???////slash”

    Fail. Seriously. Turn in your geek cards now.

    As I remember, while the project was still “Longhorn,” Microsoft threw out the new kernel they’d been working on and plugging the Win2008 kernel into the void, building Vista around that. Regardless, it’s hard to miss “5.0” and “5.1” on 2000 and XP respectively.

  4. eksith says:

    Got the links!


    They updated that Wired blog post with more info yesterday.

    Yep, Longhorn core was a no-go. They cut it way too close and ended up being left behind after all. That’s the same time they had this new “security initiative”. And I just have to wonder, where was this “initiative” 5 years ago?

    I wonder how much of the abandoned core will end up in Win7.

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