Monday, June 29, 2009

Windows 7 - Get it for Free; Get it for $49

Ever wanted to try a Microsoft product for almost a year for free? Now's the time! Get Windows 7, Release Candidate 1 for no charge. It expires 6/1/2010, but starts shutting down, every 2 hours on 3/1/2010. Best to buy some time - mid February next year . . . or . .

Thanks to a tip from my buddy Fred, you can get a pre-order version for only $50 for the Premium HOME version. I know, Apple fans - it's STILL $20 more than Mac Operating System - Snow Leopard upgrade (which is only $30! when it gets released) - but it's still a deal!

This is a great time for you Mac users out there who haven't tried Windows under Bootcamp to give it a go! You can try until June of next year and only buy if you use it regularly. Great for web designers (Cyndi - hint, hint), who need to test sites on Internet Explorer 8 (and before!).

Notes on Installing Windows 7:

There are extensive notes about creating DVD using Active ISO for Windows, Mac has this feature built-in from download and installing Windows 7. Read very thoroughly. These are just a few notes from Microsoft's website:

Be very careful and DON'T PUT THIS ON YOUR REGULAR PC.
  • Dedicated test PC: Please don't test the RC on your primary home or business PC.

  • Data backup: The information on your PC will not be saved during installation. Back up your PC before you start, and frequently during testing. You can back up files to an external hard disk, a DVD or CD, or a network folder. (See How to back up a PC.) If you're running Windows 7 Beta on the PC you'll use for test, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to create a backup on an external drive. To find and launch Windows Easy Transfer, just type "easy" in the Start search box.

  • Recovery disc: A recovery disc restores your computer to its out-of-the-box state. Most computers come with one. If yours didn't, contact your PC maker.

  • Antivirus program: Make sure your antivirus program is up-to-date, run it, then disable it before installing Windows 7 RC. When you finish the installation, remember to re-enable the antivirus program.

  • Internet connection: Be sure to connect to the Internet after you finish the installation. Being connected helps make sure you get useful security and hardware updates. We recommend you keep your PC set to automatically check for updates through Windows Update.

Why, you ask, did I put such a funky logo at top? Well, Windows 7 looks a lot like Vista, but major changes have been made "under the hood."

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