Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Jan 2009 20:05 UTC
Windows As promised, Microsoft has released the beta to Windows 7 to the general public a few hours ago. Don't get your hopes up yet, though, as Microsoft's servers are completely hammered right now - which isn't too hard to imagine, seeing the 2.5 million download limit Microsoft imposed. This probably led to everyone rushing to Microsoft's servers to get their hands on the beta, clogging the servers (2.5m times a 3GB image file, do the math). You will have to be patient, and hope for the best if you want the beta and its product key. The beta will expire August 1st, 2009.
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No Way To Distribute Software
by ITPr0 on Fri 9th Jan 2009 21:01 UTC
ITPr0
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2009-01-09

What did Microsoft expect to happen? Of course the servers are being hammered. Once MicrosoftFT announced they would cap the activation codes at 2.5M, it created this feeding frenzy so that only those who have nothing to do all day but hit their browser "refresh" button constantly will be able to get at it.

This has been nothing but a big publicity campaign. Everyone knows that this is no way to distribute software to IT professionals for the purpose of testing. It's like throwing money into a crowd from the back of a moving truck. "What's the matter? Didn't you get yours?" Of course not. This is ridiculous. There are many other ways that Microsoft could have chosen to distribute this in an orderly manner. They chose this way because they knew it would create the most attention and make the news.

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RE: No Way To Distribute Software
by biljm on Fri 9th Jan 2009 21:30 UTC in reply to "No Way To Distribute Software "
biljm Member since:
2009-01-09

Okay, so Microsoft will be getting a lot of publicity for this. And whether they expected it or not, their servers got hammered. They get publicity, and 2.5 million people get a Windows 7 Beta copy. Why exactly are you complaining?

Edited 2009-01-09 21:30 UTC

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como Member since:
2006-11-20

> those who have nothing to do all day but hit their browser "refresh" button constantly will be able to get at it.

Damn, you right! I'm at work and I'm refreshing the browser window every five minutes to see if the beta is out for download.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I do have to wonder what the point of the download cap is anyway, as I think you're exactly right. That creates a rush, and for no apparent purpose. It sort of reminds me of the Windows XP EOL situation, they keep extending it, little by little. I wouldn't put it past them to do the same with this download limit.

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Not there (pulled?)
by squelart on Fri 9th Jan 2009 21:32 UTC
squelart
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2007-03-22

The linked page says "Windows 7 Beta coming soon!"...

Also, the windowsteamblog just posted: "Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. We want to ensure customers have the best possible experience when downloading the beta, and I’ll be posting here again soon once the beta goes live. Stay tuned! We are excited that you are excited!"
(17 mins ago)

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links
by kamil_chatrnuch on Fri 9th Jan 2009 23:41 UTC
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Member since:
2005-07-07

Windows 7 x86 (32bit): http://tinyurl.com/8om8uk
Windows 7 x64 (64bit): http://tinyurl.com/8kjak3

Microsoft is also providing a QFE patch for the MP3 corruption issues that have plagued build 7000 [ http://tinyurl.com/a85ks9 ]. It's extremely important you apply this patch as you may lose parts of your MP3s if the patch is not applied.

32bit patch http://tinyurl.com/7dw3ru
64bit patch http://tinyurl.com/7vsw59

[all browsers are fine, except chrome: "Error 8 (net::ERR_FILE_TOO_BIG): Unknown error." lol ;) ]

Edited 2009-01-09 23:43 UTC

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v (windows 7?) servers down
by project_2501 on Sat 10th Jan 2009 00:08 UTC
Torrents!!
by motang on Sat 10th Jan 2009 14:18 UTC
motang
Member since:
2008-03-27

They should have used Bittorrent...it would have gone much better for Microsoft...learn from Linux distro Microsoft!

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RE: Torrents!!
by Auxx on Sat 10th Jan 2009 15:34 UTC in reply to "Torrents!!"
Auxx Member since:
2007-04-05

It is good merketing move and this is what Linux distrod must learn from MS. Do you really think MS could not setup BT or buy a few thousand servers a day before? Lol!

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Comment by Auxx
by Auxx on Sat 10th Jan 2009 15:32 UTC
Auxx
Member since:
2007-04-05

Some time ago Firefox set a world record for downloads. I think that if Microsoft wanted this record, then they surely got their millions of downloads not in a day, but in one hour ;)

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Working Now
by Michael on Sat 10th Jan 2009 23:34 UTC
Michael
Member since:
2005-07-01

It's up now. I got me one each of 32 and 64 bit keys. Now if I can just get the darn thing to install...

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