Windows 7 beta upgrade won't be easy

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by BigFeet, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. BigFeet

    BigFeet Senior Member

    Feb 1, 2009
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    Windows 7 beta upgrade won't be easy | Beyond Binary - CNET News

    Those who want to move from the beta version of Windows 7 to the upcoming "release candidate" version will be able to do so, but it is going to take some work.
    In a blog posting on Tuesday, Microsoft said that it is offering two options for going from the beta to the newer test version, which is due shortly. Neither is all that easy.
    The recommended approach, Microsoft said, is to go back to Windows Vista and upgrade from that. Microsoft asked testers to follow this approach as it will help the company get more feedback on the experience that the typical user will have in going from Vista to Windows 7.
    Those who really want to upgrade directly from the beta to the release candidate will be able to do so, but only using a series of convoluted steps.
    "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," the company acknowledged in its blog. "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. At the same time everyone on the beta has been so great we wanted to make sure we at least offered an opportunity to make your own expert and informed choice about how to handle the upgrade."
    The company also cautioned that the same hassles will apply for those moving from the release candidate to the final version of Windows 7.

    Please move to news section
  2. Radenight

    Radenight New Member

    Nov 16, 2008
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    It's not going to be hard.. it just means you'll have to do a clean install rather than an upgrade.. which is what everyone should be doing anyway.. I mean think about it.. your going from BETA to RC.. upgrading is NOT the way to do that anyway... ;) Anyone that made Windows 7 their main OS and now has to create backups of all their personal files shouldn't be using the Beta's in the first place in my opinion... ;) Beta's are not ment to be used as an everyday OS... :)
  3. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
    Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    May 1, 2008
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    And I have to agree to that. It has been reiterated so many times.
    One point though, as I read the original ( Engineering Windows 7 : Delivering a quality upgrade experience), is that it is the 7 teams intention to test the upgrade qualities. This does not overide, as Radenite says, the more reliable and seamless method of making a clean install.

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