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Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate


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just the title is a mouthful...not to mention the size of the download.


x64 ~860 megs

x86 ~515 megs


Again...this is the Release Candidate only.....

Link to download.


Installed the SP1 RC on my desktop after i reinstalled windows 7 to avoid installing whole load of updates..


Seems to work OK but there's the unfortunate side-effect of displaying the text "Evaluation version. Build 7601." on the lower right corner of your screen.

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Q. Will the RC stop functioning after a certain amount of time?

A. Yes. You will be reminded beginning August 30, 2011. The RC will expire on November 30, 2011. You will have to upgrade to a newer build or uninstall and return to the RTM build by that time.


I currently use the Win7 Enterprise 90 trail version to do all my testing. Keeps me from burinig up Technet numbers (thanks again MS!). However, since the RC will work for the next 10 months, should I just switch over to it? Shoot, there isn't a PC in my house that has a Win7 image older than 10 months!

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