Windows 7 Beta 1, with Updated Boot Screen, Drops Next Month
Article by George Norman
On 04 Dec 2008
Shifting focus from the Vista SP 2 release and onto Windows 7, there are two things that you need to be made aware of. Microsoft will give out free copies of Windows 7 Beta (not the PDC pre-Beta available for download on torrent trackers) presumably on the 13th of January, and secondly, Windows 7 has suffered some design modifications, which is to say that the development team revamped the boot screen.

What do you have to do in order to get your hands on a Beta 1 version of the Windows 7 operating system? Nothing much, just sign up for the Microsoft Developer Conference, attend, and get a Windows 7 Beta DVD straight from Microsoft. If you don’t feel like going, don’t worry about it; it is safe to assume that if the Windows 7 PDC pre-Beta version became available online shortly after the convention (PDC stands for Professional Developers Convention), the same will happen with this version. Meanwhile you could fill your time trying to make your Vista OS look more like Windows 7.


If you were waiting for a catch, here it is: the DVD with the Windows 7 Beta OS will not be handed out at the conference. Microsoft Evangelist Keith Combs explains: “My understanding is that the DVD will not be ready for the first few show dates but will be mailed to each attendee. We are targeting to have the DVDs in the materials from 1/13/2009 on. So, I would imagine the folks attending the Houston, Orlando and Atlanta shows this month will receive their DVDs around mid January as well. That's an assumption on my part. Could be earlier or later, but they will get them. Make sure your Microsoft profile has the correct address. Might come in handy for this event.”

Regarding the new Windows 7 boot screen, I thing we should let pictures do the talking. geekSMACK has been kind enough to post a video here.

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