Windows 7 RC Now Available to Us Mortals

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The next version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 7, is now available in a “close to final” version for intrepid, bleeding edge-types like me.  Needless to say, I was downloading it at 6AM ET this morning, right before my morning run to McDonald’s for some caffeine and breakfast for the family… (you have to have priorities in life, right – the first RC of Windows 7 only comes out once in a lifetime).

Previously available only to MSDN Subscribers and those who purchase an annual subscription to Microsoft TechNet, the release candidate of Windows 7 is now available for download.  The 64-bit version weighs in at 3.05 GB, and the 32-bit version is a somewhat lighter 2.36 GB.  I’m planning on converting the netbook (ASUS eee PC 1000H) to Windows 7 today, and am hoping to be running Win 7 on a new teaching build for my two teaching days in Dallas at the Texas Society of CPA’s Tech Conference next week.

The downloads were amazingly fast – I had two different PC’s downloading the different versions, and the download for both of them was under a half hour – and they were downloading at the same time using the same connection.  (I love my fiber-optic internet connection!)

I haven’t read up on when the license for the RC expires, but since I’m a member of the MS Professional Accountants Network and an MS Action Pack Subscriber, I fully expect that I’ll get 10 licenses for Win7 in my Action Pack update later this year.  If you’re a public accountant and don’t subscribe to MS Action Pack, you’re currently spending too much on software.  I’ve been a MS Action Pack Subscriber (with my own green money) for the last five years, and it’s probably the best $300 I spend for my little business.

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