Microsoft Windows 7 and the Upgrade from Beta to RC

April 8, 2009

A few of the Microsoft techs at Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans have fiddled with the first public beta of Windows 7 since its release as a complimentary download during early January, 2009.  Based on lab experience with this first public beta of Windows 7, many conclude early adapters must commit a significant amount of time and face several limitations in their quest for Windows 7 beta success.
Apparently, the upgrade path for those who want to move from the beta version of Windows 7 to the upcoming Windows 7 “release candidate” version will be able to do so, but it is going to require extra effort. The recommended upgrade path according to Microsoft is to perform a clean install of Windows Vista SP1 and then upgrade to the Windows 7 Release CandidateMicrosoft is using this approach to provide feedback on the experience a typical user will face in going from a Vista to Windows 7 upgrade.
Those who insist on an upgrade directly from the beta to the release candidate will face a series of tortuous procedures.
According to the Microsoft blog on Tuesday, “We know many people (including tens of thousands at Microsoft) are relying on the pre-release builds of Windows 7 for mission critical and daily work, making this step less than convenient.” “We’re working hard to provide the highest quality release we can and so we’d like to make sure for this final phase of testing we’re supporting the most real world scenarios possible, which incremental build to build upgrades are not.
Only the most committed Microsoft devotee chases the beta – release candidate rat race.  Many believe the wait for a clean-install option is justified by the tortuous procedures required at this stage in Windows 7 release candidate testing.  Onsite advises if you’re upgrading to Windows 7 RC, backup early and often – this software is one step above a beta release and can crash at any time.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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