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Expiration Dates and Functionality of Windows 7 Beta

Windows 7 Beta expiration date was on 1 August, 2009, to continue using your computer you should prepare to install a later pre-release version of Windows 7. This installation is necessary to install the retail release version of Windows 7, to back up your data and reinstall an earlier version of Windows before the August 1, 2009 expiration date. You cannot upgrade from Windows 7 Beta to a later prerelease of Windows 7 or to the retail release version of Windows 7, but you can back up or transfer your data to your next or previous operating system.

The expiration notification process begins June 17, 2009. Windows 7 Beta users will receive an expiration notification in the task bar once in a day. Later, Windows 7 Beta users will get the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.
From July 1, 2009, Windows 7 Beta will enter the next phase of expiration. Expiration notifications in the task bar will continue to appear and Computers that are running Windows 7 Beta will restart every two hours.

Windows 7 Beta expires will expire on August 1, 2009. Windows will start to a black desktop; Windows 7 Beta users will get the Windows Activation Expired dialog box during logon and then again in every one hour. Computers that are running Windows 7 Beta will restart in every two hours.

Expiration Dates and functionality of Windows 7 RC:

Windows 7 RC expiration date is February 15, 2010. Windows 7 RC users will receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day. Windows 7 RC users will get the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.

Effective March 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC will enter the next phase of expiration. Expiration notifications in the task bar will continue. Computers that are running Windows 7 RC will restart every two hours.
Windows 7 RC expire effective June 1, 2010. Windows starts to a black desktop. Windows 7 RC users will get the Windows Activation screen. This screen will state that the Windows that you are running is not genuine. Computers running on Windows 7 RC will restart every two hours.

Please note that When the computer restarts because of the reasons mentioned above, your work will not be saved.

About Windows 7 RC

Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate – a final test version) is designed specifically for IT Professionals, so that they can test their software and hardware on a final version of the product. This not the final tested version, there are some risks involved in using it. According to Microsoft, people who wish to use this version should have some specific skills. They should know how to: Troubleshoot problems, Burn an ISO image to create a DVD, Install Windows, Back up and restore their PC, Set up a network, and Create and use a system recovery disk.Since Windows 7 RC is a work in progress, users may encounter technical difficulties. Hence, the users should not install the RC on their primary production machine. Some serious issues with Windows 7 RC are :• Some software applications, including antivirus programs, might not install or work correctly• Printers and video cards, may not work• Access to corporate or home networks may go down• Users’ files may get corrupt

Read before you leap!!!

Anyone who has used a computer must have installed some kind of software or signed up for an online service. This may seem a pretty simple and breezy procedure many people don’t realise what they are signing up for when they go through all the steps involved. You may vaguely remember clicking on the Agree button without reading anything stated above it. Well people that is EULA.

EULA or End User License Agreement is mostly ignored but highly important piece of documentation for any software or online service. This seemingly innocuous document is main legalese of any software. By clicking on the Agree button you could as well be signing up for regular viruses from a software company or give up your life savings to a person from another continent. An EULA is a binding legal document on the part of the user of the software and is the basis for settling any dispute. Many EULA have clauses that bind and prevent you from utilising the software the way you want to. For example, the EULA of Windows 7 beta had placed restrictions on benchmarking the software in its EULA. Bloggers then came out with visual graphs and pie charts instead of actual numbers to compare it with Vista and XP. There are also other EULA which prohibit posting of critical or derogatory remarks about any software.

EULA may also contain details about how the user’s details can be collected and used. This may or may not include personally identifiable data which is sent back to the developers. Facebook too had irked many with its EULA or Terms of Service. The original statement of Facebook’s Terms of Service stated something like this: “You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any user content you post on Facebook”. Simply stated it means Facebook could as well morph your photos and post them or publish them in your local newspaper a couple of years after you have closed your account. This virtually gave Facebook unlimited rights over any personal information you upload on its servers. After a nasty fight Facebook finally altered its Terms of Service to less provoking ones.

In other cases EULA may also state how much control a company may exert over its products after their sale. Take the case of Kindle, an e-book reader. When Amazon had got involved in some copyright issues over George Orwell’s 1984, it retracted copies of the book from all its Kindles without user knowledge. Many people had no clue that that company had included such functionality in its device. Thus Amazon had the final say on what books a user could keep on the device.

On the other hand many EULA also try to escape from the possible losses that could be incurred by the use of problematic or badly coded software. There have been cases where such EULA has been challenged.

All that the user needs to ensure safety from a legal tangle is a little alertness and patience. A thorough reading of the fine print will tell what you are signing up for so be careful and do not take the EULA lightly.

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