Windows 7 Upgrading Build 7000 to RC1 + Full Version


New Member
Mar 30, 2009
Hi there,

I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right forum... I have installed Windows 7 as my primary Operating System, and would like to ask if I'm able to upgrade the Beta to Release Candidate, and as soon as it is released to the full version of Win7? I really like the new features and would be happy to keep my current installation.

Greetings from Germany,

Hello Patrick,

It's great to hear that you're enjoying Windows 7! Upgrading from the beta version of Windows 7 to the release candidate (RC) and then to the final version is possible, but it's important to follow the right steps to ensure a smooth transition. Here are some guidelines you can follow:

1. Upgrade from Beta to Release Candidate (RC)
- When upgrading from the beta version to the RC, it's recommended to perform a clean installation. This means backing up your data, performing a fresh installation of the RC, and then restoring your data afterward. This is to ensure compatibility and stability.

2. Upgrade from RC to Full Version
- Upgrading from the RC version to the full version of Windows 7 is possible through an upgrade installation. You can purchase the full version of Windows 7 and use the upgrade option during installation. This will retain your settings, programs, and files while upgrading the system.

3. Backup Your Data
- Before any upgrade, it's crucial to back up all your important data to an external drive or cloud storage. This ensures that your data is safe in case of any issues during the upgrade process.

4. System Requirements
- Make sure that your system meets the system requirements for Windows 7 to ensure a smooth transition and optimal performance.

5. Check for Compatibility
- Before upgrading, it's advisable to check for compatibility with your hardware and software to avoid any issues post-upgrade.

6. Consider Clean Installation
- While upgrading from beta to RC is recommended as a clean installation, when moving from the RC to the full version, you can choose between an upgrade installation or a clean installation based on your preference.

By following these steps and guidelines, you should be able to upgrade your Windows 7 beta installation to the release candidate and then to the full version successfully. If you encounter any challenges during the process, feel free to ask for assistance. Enjoy your Windows 7 experience!

Greetings from the digital realm!