Reminder: Windows 7 RC Expires on June 1, 2010

A reminder that the Windows 7 release candidate (RC) will expire soon.

Beginning February 15, users of Windows 7 RC will begin seeing notifications on your computers, with warnings that the OS on the PC will soon expire.

Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Your work will not be saved during the shutdown.

The Windows 7 RC will fully expire on June 1, 2010. Any PC running the Windows 7 RC will shut down every two hours and files won’t be saved during shutdown. As noted on the site…

"In addition, your wallpaper will change to a solid black background with a persistent message on your desktop. You’ll also get periodic notifications that Windows isn’t genuine. That means your PC may no longer be able to obtain optional updates or downloads requiring genuine Windows validation.

"To avoid interruption, please reinstall a prior version of Windows or move to Windows 7. In either case, you’ll need to do a custom (clean) install to replace the RC. As with any clean installation, you’ll need to back up your data then reinstall your applications and restore the data."


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