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Windows 7

Windows 7

The 2.4GB Windows 7 public beta download is now no longer available from Microsoft, but the 2.5 million product keys Microsoft’s promised are not yet being distributed.

Update, 1:30PST: Computerworld reports that a Microsoft spokesperson said that the company is shoring up their servers to deal with the unexpectedly high demand for the Windows 7 Beta download.

The direct download links to the disk image which you can burn, install, and run for 30 days are here:

* Download the Windows 7 Beta 32-bit version
* Download the Windows 7 Beta 64-bit version

What we’re waiting on right now are the 2.5 million product keys Microsoft said they’d start handing out at noon today PST. Till that happens, you can get started on your download now using the links above. The beta (build 7000) will run just fine for 30 days without the key. Computerworld also reports that without an official Windows 7 product key, you can extend the trial from 30 to 120 days using the slmgr -rearm command.

If you’re still hot to snag one of those 2.5M licenses, keep checking the Windows 7 beta page to get more info on key availability.

~ Source: Lifehacker.com