Time to Upgrade From Windows 7 Release Candidate; Win 7 RC Expiration Dates and Functionality

Written By Sam on 16 February 2010
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Today morning I woke up to see a mail from Microsoft saying that “It’s time to upgrade from the Windows 7 Release Candidate“. So if you are also using Windows 7 RC like me, then it’s the time to replace the RC. Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down every two hours and your work will not be saved during the shutdown. The Windows 7 RC will fully expire on June 1, 2010.

So if you are using Windows 7 RC, better start preparing yourselves from today instead of waiting until the last day. From March 1, 2010 your Windows 7 RC machine will shutdown every two hours and your files won’t be saved during shutdown. Apart from it your wallpaper will change to a solid black background with a persistent message on your desktop. You will also get periodic notifications that Windows isn’t genuine. Isn’t it really annoying?

Windows 7 RC Expiration Functionality

Effective February 15, 2010, the expiration notification process begins:

  • Windows 7 RC users receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.

Effective March 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC enters the next phase of expiration:

  • Expiration notifications in the task bar continue.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours and when the computer restarts, your work will not be saved.

Effective June 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC expires:

  • Windows starts to a black desktop.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with a Windows Activation screen. The screen states that the Windows that you are running is not genuine.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.

So plan today either to go for Windows 7 or continue with your older Vista or XP. Personally I’m looking to move to Windows 7.

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