As we reported yesterday Microsoft have officially released Windows 7 Beta 1 (Build number 7000.0.081212-1400) to the public. You can now download this version from official Microsoft servers free of charge. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for download. Note that due to heavy demand, slowdowns in download speed may be experienced. Some users seem to be having trouble navigating to the the official download page so we have included the direct download links (from Microsoft servers) in this post should you need them.
Although Beta 1 was officially released today, both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Operating system were leaked on BitTorrent about two weeks ago. As we speculated, the officially released DVD ISO is identical to those leaked on BitTorrent.
To install Windows 7 Beta 1 download the ISO image to your computer, burn the image using a DVD burner software such as Nero and use the disk to do a fresh install (FYI it’s a bootable image) or to perform and upgrade. Note that to use the upgrade option you need to have Vista Service Pack 1 installed. Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1st, 2009.
To get a valid key for your Windows 7 Beta 1, follow the instructions mentioned in this article (Thanks to our reader ‘Me’).
Windows 7 Beta 1 download page on Microsoft Technet Evaluation center now display the following message.
“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.”
Apparently a lot of people were waiting for this and it looks as if MS servers couldn’t handle the load (none of this would have happened had they used BitTorrent). No worries. Use the direct download links below. All download links are from official Microsoft servers (no 3rd party links). All links point to the English version (en-us) of Windows 7 Beta 1.
[Click Here] to download Microsoft Windows 7 Beta 1 32-bit DVD ISO from official Microsoft servers (2.4GB)
[Click Here] to download Microsoft Windows 7 Beta 1 64-bit DVD ISO from official Microsoft servers (3.2GB)