Your questions: Where do I get the beta versions of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Internet Explorer 8?

This week, I’ve had many questions about CES, installing Windows Vista SP1, the new beta for Windows Server 2008 R2 (here), and (especially) on how to get the beta version of Windows 7. (Answer to the last one: visit the Windows 7 website for more information; subscribers to MSDN can get it here, and TechNet, here.) 

Updated 0110098: From MSWindows on Twitter, moments after the cat threw up (just a little colour commentary from home)…

Microsoft WindowsIf you haven’t heard the Windows 7 Beta is available for download! You can get it here:

The Windows 7 Beta is ready for you to download. Follow this link and click "Get the Beta" at the bottom of the page

To help make sure you have a great experience, please read these instructions before you install the software about 4 hours ago

[and as an added bonus…] Microsoft has remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th)

I’ve also heard quite a few requests for information on the beta for Internet Explorer 8, in this case Beta 2…

"How do I get a copy of the latest beta for IE8 Beta 2?"

"How do I uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2?"

Download IE8 Beta

Installing the latest Beta of IE8 is as easy as going to the Internet Explorer beta page and download the package. Just follow the directions and you’ll be able to quickly install the package and be up and running.


But what if you decide that you want to uninstall IE 8 Beta 2 later?

For Windows Vista users:

How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  2. In the upper-left of the window, make sure you click on Control Panel Home so that Classic View is not active.

  3. Click Uninstall a program from the lower-left of the window, OR from under the program section.

  4. Click View installed updates from the upper-left of the window.

  5. Wait a few seconds for all your updates to appear on the list, then scroll down the listing and highlight Windows Internet Explorer Beta 2.

  6. Click Uninstall from the top of the window to remove Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2.


How to uninstall Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2For Windows XP Users:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.

  3. Make sure there is a check mark in the Show updates box in the upper-middle of the window.

  4. Scroll down the list and highlight Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, then click Remove to uninstall.

Hope that this helps.

Tags: Microsoft, customer support, feedback, customer service, IE8, Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 8.

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