Windows 7 – 2hrs of fun for everyone!

Enjoy Windows 7....for a while.  Just keep an eye on the autodestruct sequence.  You are going to need to dig into your pockets at that time.
Enjoy Windows 7....for a while. Just keep an eye on the autodestruct sequence. You are going to need to dig into your pockets at that time.

So you’ve seen the Windows 7 RC being offered for free from Microsoft?

You’ve got yourself into a state of Andre Da Costa euphoria over the “feature rich” Windows 7 that you are going to be experiencing?  Well before you download and install, consider this statement from Microsoft:

“The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use.”

Makes you wonder if youre better off putting up with Vista?  It may have its issues but most users can even keep Vista running for more than 2 hours.😉

I hope any downloaders enjoy the gift from Microsoft, or alternatively you could consider looking at the alternatives that dont have a kill switch on a timer and DONT want to take your money.

I think that this “feature” of this “great Microsoft freebie” highlights everything that is wrong with proprietary, and why IMO Microsoft can never exist in the open source world properly.

Thats my opinion, Id love to hear yours.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben says:

    I don’t see your point. Your suggesting ms should keepit running forever pretty much as a full os without having to buy it.

    Why would anyone want to keep an unfinnished ms os on thier daily box

    Pointless article IMHO

  2. openbytes says:

    To answer your question:

    The fact of this 2 hr kill switch is not as advertised or known about as the Windows 7 freebie. Im not suggesting for one minute that the likes of Andre Da Costa are not aware, but the “average user” who stumbles upon the freebie and doesnt read the small print.

    The Windows 7 RC has been heralded by the MS faithful as a gift, when its not its time restricted shareware which is using the the poor souls who download it as guinea pigs before the real product slithers onto the shelves in the summer.(IMO)

    Quote “Why would anyone want to keep an unfinnished ms os on thier daily box”

    Well Microsoft obviously think people will otherwise they wouldnt have put a time limit on it.

    Quote “Your suggesting ms should keepit running forever pretty much as a full os without having to buy it. ”

    Where did I suggest that? I merely said to me it showed everything wrong with proprietary. Last time I looked Microsoft needed to make alot of profit to please its shareholders, I dont think anythings changed so of course people will have to pay at some point.

    Thanks for your comment on my pointless article but would ask if you wish to state that any of my other articles are pointless, at least do me the courtesy of reading them properly. Lest I respond with “Pointless comment IMHO”

    Regards
    Goblin.

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    FURTHER UPDATE
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    On 12/05/09 at 0030 hours I was having a conversation in #chris on Flashirc where I found 2 users who had no idea that their copy of Windows 7 would start to shut down in March. Seems Microsoft need to work harder at ensuring everyone is aware of what they are installing.

  3. Alex says:

    I don’t see the point of these articles, mainly because Microsoft did this with other Windows releases. This is not the first time there doing this.

  4. openbytes says:

    Very true, and Ive spoken about this before.

    Theres a difference though with 7. Its on the back of Vista which has IMO done much damage to the Windows brand name, people are desperate to either upgrade to 7 or downgrade to XP. Microsoft, either through anti-trust threat (or indeed wanting a “piece of the action”) of the Opensource scene appears to me to be trying to present itself as advocate of FOSS and attempting to be seen to “play nicely” with others.

    When Vista was released this way Linux really was seen as an experts OS, and to be honest with the issues of hardware comp and functionally I would have to agree. Now that Linux has shed that image somewhat, I believe Windows 7 is being marketed as if its “one of the boys” when clearly IMO its not. At the time of Vista release, XP was hugely popular. The same cannot be said IMO of Vista.

    Ive now met a few people who were not aware of the time limit on 7. Thats probably due to them not reading the small print correctly however that doesnt change the fact that the timer issue has not been made public enough and the whole reason for the article.

    Its about making the users that havent read the small print aware and highlighting to them that despite the MS faithfuls implication, its not really much of a gift.

  5. xISO_ZWT says:

    Definitely a good idea to make it known that there’s is a time constraint and a kill switch. ISPs are adding in their ads claims to support XP/Vista/Windows 7 RC. Many while installing win7 will not read the readme’s or the EULA.

  6. openbytes says:

    Hi xISO_ZWT!

    Ive even come across people in the ng’s who didnt have a clue about the time limit.

    On one hand the MS “supporters” are saying its a great gift, and on the other hand its not completed???

    If thats the case and as Ben (above) says “Why would anyone want to keep an unfinnished ms os on thier daily box”

    Then thats even more reason to be careful of the off the shelf product. If Ben is right then there is still some “MS magic” to work on the final product.

    We saw where that took Vista didnt we?

    Maybe then on the basis of Bens post, the message should not be watch out for the timebombed freebie, it should be look out for the final Win 7 product, MS aint finished with it yet….

  7. xISO_ZWT says:

    Here’s a link from Inq

    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/opinion/1137283/you-rights-windows

    It’s much as you have stated from another writer.

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