On January 9, 2009, Microsoft will release the Beta version of the new Windows 7 operating system. They will have it available at their Windows 7 web page. It will be on a download-only basis to the first 2.5 million downloaders. Its a .ISO, so you will need to burn it to a DVD if you want to use it. Use of the operating system expires August 1, 2009.
I’m really excited about Windows 7. The new features are nice, sure. But it’s the performance enhancements I’m looking forward to. They have engineered it to be faster, smoother, and more intuitive.
If you go and install it, be sure you have a full backup of your current OS, as this is a BETA, not a release. The reason it exists is for people to find the bugs, before it is fully released. Also be sure you have the orignal media you installed your current OS with, otherwise you’ll be stuck come August 1.
Again, I want to stress, if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t do it. As cool as Windows 7 is, I would not recommend it if you actually have any need to get work done on the machine it is installed on. If, for some reason, everything goes wrong, you don’t want to be stuck.