Updating windows 7 beta

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Next week, Windows 7 beta users will get a variety of updates, only they aren't really updates.Instead, Microsoft said it will be sending the patches to test the operating system's updating mechanism.I’ve been using the beta for a couple of weeks, and yesterday I got my hands on the official Beta 1 release, which is good enough to use on a regular basis if it wasn’t for the hard cut-off date…yes, the beta release has an expiration date on August 1st 2009, after which it will stop working.

You’ll notice in this screenshot that the Windows Media Player icon isn’t “active”, because I don’t have an instance open… The popup preview thumbnails have been enhanced to show multiple windows side by side, which is much more useful than the Vista way, especially since Windows 7 combines windows by default: even if you have only two windows open, they will be combined into a single taskbar button.

These updates allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7.

We typically verify servicing scenarios during a beta.

If you haven’t already heard, the Windows 7 Public Beta is has been released through the Microsoft website, and anybody that registers from now until January 24th will receive a temporary license key for the Beta 1 version.

Today we’ll run through the features and what you should expect.

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