Windows 7 Beta - will be able to pay to make it "legit" when it's released?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by spaceballl, Mar 11, 2009.

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    spaceballl

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    I'm quite happy with Windows 7 right now. I use it for Outlook and a few other work-related tasks. Can I start using this as a primary install and then pay to upgrade? Or am I going to have to do a reinstall to get a legit version of the software?

    And yeah i know there is torrenting... but i'm proud of having a 100% legal software computer :D
     
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    elgrecomac

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    All indications are that you will be able to upgrade like I did with XP. BUT --- there is also the time-bomb issue: MS says the software will become inactive/non-functioning (what ever that means) some time mid-summer, but the commercially available software is not expected to be out at that time.

    BTW, I agree with you: The software is actually quite good and remarkably stable for a 'beta'....hmmm, maybe Vista with all it quirkiness was a 'pre-beta' and we didn't know it! LOL.
     
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    steveza

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    The will be a public release candidate sometime around the 10th April which may have a later expiry date. In any case it is probably best to do a clean install of the RTM version to get the most stable/fastest system without any of the bugs that have been fixed by then.
     
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    Stridder44

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    As with most Microsoft betas, you have to do a clean install. But even so, you'd want to anyway. Rule of thumb: NEVER ever ever upgrade. Always do a clean install.
     
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    spaceballl

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    Okay thanks everyone - guess I won't do anything mission critical on this as it will "expire" soon :D
     
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    kastenbrust

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    Thats ridiculous, every Microsoft beta since XP has only required a simple 200MB service pack and re-registration paying for a full license to turn it into the full working version
     

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