Windows 7 RC Trial Extension

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Those of you running Windows 7 RC trial version should be informed that from February 15, 2010 you will start receiving notifications from about the trial versions expiration.

The Windows 7 RC trial was available for free for users to test the new operating system before the actual release of the OS. Many people have used this version to try the OS or have switched to it from Windows XP.

The Windows 7 trail will start automatic restart every 2 hours from March 11, 2010. You can still work with this option till June 1, 2010. When the computer does an automatic restart it will not save any data.

From June 1, Windows 7 RC will boot into a black desktop and users will be shown a Windows Activation screen.

Microsoft has also made it known that RC users will not be able to upgrade to a Windows 7 retail installation. The operating system will have to be uninstalled and reinstalled again with the retail package.

How to Extend the Windows 7 Activation trial period

Darkassasin from the seven forums has a solution to extend the activation period by 120 days. It involves saving an XML file with some code, importing the file using task scheduler and then rearming the activation using “slmgr.vbs -rearm”. Read his post for all the steps.

If anyone wants to still try Windows 7, there is 90 day Windows 7 enterprise trial over at Technet. If you are a student be sure to post on how students get Windows 7 free.

Windows 7 RC Trial Extension
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Alfred M :Alfred is a Pilot & Tech blogger from Bangalore, India. He has worked with DSL providers like AOL, SBC, Verizon & Covad as a tech specialist. Currently he is pursuing a career in aviation.