Microsoftâ€™s servers took a hit today due to the mad rush for users waiting to download and test Windows 7 Beta. However, the download links were not taken off.
However, Sizzled Core was quick to publish direct download links for ISO for the English version of Windows 7 Beta 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
Both links work perfectly at the time of this post so do give it a shot.
Windows 7 Beta (x86) : 7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.iso
Windows 7 Beta (x64) : 7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.ISO
Microsoft plans to release 2.5 million keys that will help users to test Windows 7 Beta, so you will still need to get a key. Until then you can test Windows 7 for a period of 30 days.
Users with a key will be able to test the version till August 1, 2009. It isnâ€™t a good idea to be installing the same on a production system. I suggest getting hold of Virtual PC and installing it on that.
Also, Windows 7 only makes sense if you are a beta tester or blogger who wants to know and write about the new features. Regular Windows users will just let it pass by till the final release.
So, have you installed Windows 7? Or, will you wait till the final release? Or will you just stick to your current operating system?