Windows 7 Beta Open to All on January 9th


The big Microsoft keynote has come and gone, but we’re not left empty-handed. This Friday, you can pop over to the Windows 7 site and download the public beta of the leaner and meaner Windows. Pick your poison: 32- or 64-bit. Remember that Windows 7 isn’t expected to include many of the desktop applications that are typical for a Windows version.


Instead, you decide if you want to download the Windows Live versions of Messenger, Mail, Writer, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and more. You can get ’em all, some of ’em, or your favorite and you actually don’t have to wait since the final versions are now available. One small footnote to all this: Dell is going to pre-install Essentials on most of their computers. I’m not sold on that as a good idea as less is more in this case.


Mike Reilly

Is there an easy way to install it on my HP 2730p, along with my existing Vista?

Is it too risky for someone who has to ask the question to even try?

Mickey Segal

If your computer has a small screen beware of giving up XP or Vista since they have mail programs that work well on small screens. As detailed at, the Windows Live mail program doesn’t work well on small screens. The folks at Microsoft now know about this issue, and hopefully there will be a solution by the time the final version of Windows 7 comes out, but for now this remains a problem for computers with small screens.


Beta software is ALWAYS a “risky” (translation: stupid) idea on production systems.

But yes, it expires sometime in July 2009. Which means there will either be a Beta 2 or Release Candidate 1 with a slightly longer expiration, OR we’ll really see the final version by summer.

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