Windows 7 Beta will be available for all to download via the Windows 7 page on January 9th PST for a limited time to the first 2.5 million people who download the beta. Also, another important thing to keep in mind is that the Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1st, 2009. Windows 7 has got very good reviews so far.
UPDATE: Because of huge demand for Windows 7 beta, Microsoft has removed the 2.5M cap on number of downloads and anyone who downloads before Jan 24th can get the product key.
The Windows 7 Beta will be available in English, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindi, and each language will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions (except Hindi which will only be available in 32-bit). The minimum requirements for running Windows 7 are a PC with a 1 Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 GB of disk space, 128MB of video memory and support for DX9 graphics.
If you don’t want to mess-up your existing operating system, try running it on a free Virtual Machine without messing up existing operating system. VirtualBox is an open source general-purpose full virtualizer software ( create virtual machines ) for x86 hardware. This is a free product from Sun and is more powerful them commercial software’s like VMware, Virtual PC, Parallels. This runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris, OS X Macs.
- Download and Install VirtualBox from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and create a Virtual Machine ( Vista ) and mount the downloaded Windows 7 beta ISO and rock on.
- Once the OS is up and running, install VirtualBox Guest Additions to get proper graphics and mouse integration. VirtualBox does not support Windows 7 drivers, so You must install Guest Additions in compatibility mode. ( Open CD Drive and select properties for VBoxWindowsAdditions-x86 and in Compatibility tab ‘select “Run this program in compatibility mode for in Windows Vista”.