Prospective users have until tomorrow to download a copy of Windows 7 Release Candidate to test it before Microsoft's latest operating system goes live on the 22nd of October
That version can be used until the end of February 2010 before a forced shutdown routine kicks in every two hours till the end of April 2010, with Windows 7 RC finally giving up on the 1st of June 2010 after which it won't reboot.
Surprisingly, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be providing with license keys to run Windows 7 RC for a certain period, probably because there are a number of users still downloading Windows 7 RC.
There are already dozens of unofficial websites that offer Windows 7 RC as an ISO file although we'd strongly advise you to be very, very careful when downloading content from non-official websites.
"Just a reminder that you have until this Thursday, August 20th 2009 to download the Windows 7 Release Candidate," Stephen L. Rose posted in the Windows Team Blog. "After that date, you will still be able to register your product and get registration keys but, the media will no longer be available for download."
Microsoft doesn't provide with a straight forward upgrade path from the release candidate to Windows 7 final version which makes upgrading slightly problematic. According to Computerworld, several millions Windows RC copies have been downloaded.
Windows 7 Beta expired on August 1st but the operating system can still be used although an alert Window pops up from time to time and users won't be allowed to download any updates, patches or drivers. Windows 7 RC was first released for testing on the 4th of May.
(Windows 7 News)