Microsoft's Velvet Hammer: Win 7 RC to shut down every two hours

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Moof1904, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    While it's not unreasonable that a free RC will stop working on a given date, it's amazing to me that the software will shut down every TWO HOURS beginning THREE MONTHS before the expiration. As far as I'm concerned, that makes the RC non-functional beginning March 1, not June 1! Talk about a velvet hammer.

    From a Microsoft TechNet email:

    Windows 7 Release Candidate Expires June 1, 2010 - Shutdowns Begin March 1
    If you are still running the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), beginning March 1, 2010, your PC will start to shut down every two hours in preparation for Windows 7 RC expiration on June 1, 2010. To avoid interruption, you will need to reinstall an earlier version of Windows, or the final, released-to-manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You get what you paid for. Free OS for nearly a year is a good thing, no?
  3. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It was made clear these were the conditions when you signed up to preview Windows 7.

    What's the problem?
  4. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    Agree, with above. You got a free year of OS, suck it up and pay the money?
  5. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Mmm I don't think you're going to get anywhere with this argument. It's clear, and not altogether unreasonable. Most companies would have you trial a product, then have you buy it On release. Whereas a lot of guys are still using 7 post-release.

    I'm always in for a software freebie, more than I'd let on on these forums :D But you can't complain about situations like yours above!
  6. agbot macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Silicon Valley
    These Win7 RC terms were published pretty much from day 1 so I can't say it should be much of a surprise to anyone. For people that didn't bother to read the terms for their free copy of Win7, it'll become quite clear on March 1st. :)
  7. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Like everybody has said, it was clearly stated this would happen. Had they done something like just cutting it off, they would have caught a lot of flak from that.
  8. Moof1904 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    I'm not suggesting that it should run forever (read my post) nor am I suggesting that they're doing something other than the fine print says they'll do.

    My point is there are a lot less disruptive ways to warn people that the OS will stop working on 6/1. A big obnoxious pop-up would work. So would screen inversion or something else. Shutdowns every two hours for three months seems a less than ideal manner (and duration) to warn people.
  9. MasterDev macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    1. It DID say all about the shut downs clearly. I thought that it was more clear than the actually main date.

    2. If you're a REAL developer, you wouldn't be complaining. This (Windows 7 RC) was meant for developers to get ready for the RTM. So most developers don't even have the RC anymore.
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    It's annoying for people whom wanted a free ride:p.

    I just went ahead and bought Win 7 Professional edition for my desktop. The funny thing is my computer felt faster and more stable running the RC. Too bad I could not just have bought Ultimate stuck in the key and kept running the RC.:rolleyes:
  11. James L macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2004
    Couldn't you solve this tomorrow by buying a copy?
  12. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    In order to solve the 3 month / 2 hour shut down people just need to buy the OS
    Problem solved

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  13. Moof1904 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    I have a copy. That's not the point. And yes, they made it clear. That's not the point, either.

    I'm just commenting about how disruptive something that's supposed to be a warning is. It seems a rather punitive warning, rather than just a warning that's intended to "help prepare for [the expiration] on 6/1."

    That's like saying "you can borrow my car free for nine months but three months before it's due back to me it's going to shut down every two hours, for three whole months, so that you don't forget to buy your own car."

    It just seems overkill, that's all.
  14. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    It would be disruptive if the user had not been warned when the OS was downloaded and installed, but everyone knew it was coming, and that the "every 2 hour shutdown" was coming too. I think anyone who waited this long was seriously on borrowed time with a free OS anyway.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]

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