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reminder - Windows 7 RC expiration coming soon 

Posted By:  Adam Bomb 
Publish Date: 2/1/2010

Hey folks, just a reminder that if you’re still running a Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) then it’s time to move to release bits, because it’s going to expire soon.  I wanted to take a minute and give you a rundown of what you can expect, and what you can do about it. 

The short version is that if you’re running RC bits, on Feb 15 you’ll start getting reminders to upgrade, on March 1 the system will timebomb and start rebooting every 2 hours, and on June 1 the system will expire and give you non-activated/nongenuine warnings in addition to the shutdowns.

More detail?

First off, how do you know what version you are on?  Run winver.exe, it will let you know if your build is going to expire.

If your build is an eval or RC, starting in 2 weeks on February 15th, you’ll start getting daily popups reminding you that the expiration is coming.

When you get  down to the last 3 days before expiration, the reminders come every 4 hours.


On the last day, the notifications will come every hour.

Once your copy has expired, it will shutdown every 2 hours.  Your work won’t be saved.

If you’re still evaluating Windows 7, Springboard has a limited number of RTM 90-day evals available.  You can get one here.