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How to Upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Final

So the Windows 7 deadline is fast approaching. Officially, there's no way to upgrade from your RC to retail. But in the real world, it only requires a Windows 7 ISO image and editing a single file in Notepad. Here are the quick text instructions. After the jump you can find detailed (and possibly really boring) screenshots. Get the MS USB/DVD Download Tools Put your Windows 7...

Epic Patch Tuesday rolls a baker's dozen, including first Windows 7 RTM patches

It's not due to appear on stores for a few more weeks (or with major distributors like Synnex for a few more days), but the Windows 7 RTM is slated to receive a handful of critical fixes on Patch Tuesday next week. A total of five patches are slated for both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. Only one of the updates is considered critical, however, and it actually targets a vulnerability in...

Is this really all Microsoft is doing with the Windows 7 gadget gallery?

With the impending flood of Windows 7 into the retail channel, you'd think that all related initiatives from Microsoft would be gearing up. After all, this looks like it will be the biggest launch in Microsoft history. Based on the number of Vista systems I see on my workbench that don't even have the sidebar enabled, gadgets are likely a low-priority item. For most users, personalization is...

Windows 7 upgraders guide: The simple version

Microsoft released a nice, big chart the other day which details the many possible ways of moving from your existing Windows OS to Windows 7. It's got a slight case of information overload, however, so let's simplify things a bit. After all, not everyone reading Download Squad is an IT director with years of experience. First, let's spell out the important terms. In-Place Upgrade: means one...

Windows 7 RTM downloads now available via TechNet and MSDN

Maybe you won't have the chance to get pumped and show off your gold RTM DVD like Steve Ballmer, but if you've got a TechNet/MSDN subscription your downloads are finally ready. This means that those of you with access who have (wisely) avoided downloading anything from other sources can now get in on the action. As you can see in the screenshot of my Google Reader feed, the Windows Automated...

Showstopper chkdsk bug set to derail Windows 7 launch? Hardly.

Earlier today, reports were flying all around the blogosphere about a critical, holy-crap-its-the-apocalypse bug that had been uncovered in the Windows 7 RTM. The bug happens when running chkdsk - which becomes RAM-hungry under certain specific circumstances, gets all crazy-like, then causes a BSOD (which I argue is more like a feature of Windows than a bug). Chris123NT posted the news yesterday...

Windows 7 Family Pack to cover three machines for a measly $150

If you weren't impressed by the prices Microsoft released for Windows 7 the other day, maybe this news will get you a little more excited. The Family Pack - which includes Windows 7 Home Premium licenses for three systems - is going to retail for $149.99 in the US. That'll save you a little more than $200. The pack is slated to go on sale on October 22nd. Details for the Anytime Upgrades have...

Microsoft and Lenovo quickly swashbuckle Windows 7 pirates

First you got your hands on a leaked copy of the Windows 7 RTM. Bad idea, says Microsoft. Then you tracked down 7loader, which took advantage of a leaked Lenovo product key. We know it's out there, came the nonchalant reply from Redmond. And now, thanks to a cooperative effort, the workaround has already been defeated. The official blog post touts improvements in Windows 7, which "already...

Tech beta invitees get free Windows 7 Ultimate, Vista Ultimate owners still stewing

Last week, Brandon LeBlanc played the Grinch, squashing the hopes of scores of Technical Beta testers who thought they'd be rewarded with a gratis copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Not so fast, says Microsoft! As LeBlanc himself puts it in a brief blog post, "Normally I hate to be wrong but in this case, I'm stoked that I am." If you received an invitation from Microsoft, you'll be getting that free...

Windows 7 activation already cracked with OEM volume license key

Getting your hands on the WIndows 7 RTM build isn't really that hard at this point. It's all over torrent trackers and other file sharing networks (including the meatspace "can you burn me a copy" network). That's only step one, of course. Without a valid key to activate your copy, you're dead in the water eventually. However, just as it happened with Windows Vista, there's already been a Windows...

Torrent sites RTM Windows 7 before Microsoft does

Microsoft is head-over-heels excited about this announcement: Build 7600.16385 has been officially declared the RTM version of Windows 7. Strike up the marching bands! Bring in the dancing girls! But hang on just a tic. Isn't build 7600.16385 already floating around all over the P2P filesharing ether? The previous incremental build 7600.16384 looked pretty real, based on what Softpedia shared. It...

It's official, Windows 7 will RTM on August 6 - family pack confirmed

Brandon LeBlanc has spilled the RTM beans, announcing today that MSDN, Technet, and just about anyone else who isn't a retail customer or small OEM will be able to get their hands on the English Windows 7 RTM starting August 6, 2009. Additional languages may take until October 1st to appear. Based on the way things have been happening thus far on the Windows 7 release timeline, that means...

Windows 7 RTM coming soon... but not here yet

There was a nasty rumor going around a few weeks ago that Windows 7 RTM (release to manufacturing) would be available on July 13th. You may have noticed today is the 14th. So what happened? Not much. According to Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc, the Windows 7 team is on track to ship Windows 7 to manufacturers for testing and inclusion on upcoming PCs during the second half of July. Microsoft is...

Windows 7 RTM final build on schedule for July 10th

If they're not leaking announcing leaked builds of Windows 7, they're sharing news from internal memos. Wzor.net has posted the time table for Windows 7's path to RTM: FINAL ROADMAP FOR WINDOWS 7 [CLIENT-SERVER]: 6/1 - 6/19 BUILDING RTM ESCROW - already assembled RTM ESCROW. 6/22 - 7/10 RTM RECALL - assembly and search for candidates to the final RTM release. 7/10 WINDOWS 7 RTM FINAL BUILD TARGET...

Possible build from Windows 7 RTM branch leaks

To quote Boney M, "Oh, those Russians!" According to UX Evangelist the crew at Wzor and Torrents.ru have leaked another Windows 7 build. It's been a while since we last reported on a leak, though they have appeared since the RC was made publicly available. This one may be a bit more significant because of the build number - 7201. As with the jump to 7100 for the RC, the move to 7200 could well...