Get Your Windows 7 Beta Today

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Due to popular demand and the ensuing server overload, Microsoft has postponed the Windows 7 public beta and removed its download links. And it’s no wonder — weighing in at 3.2GB apiece, these DVD images aren’t exactly small downloads.

Microsoft will be posting the links again when they have sufficient infrastructure to handle the load, but the resourceful fellows over at [H] Enthusiast have found the original links still functional. Here they are:

Windows 7 Beta 32-bit (2.4GB)
Windows 7 Beta 64-bit (3.2GB)

These are direct links to the English version. I’d recommend using wget rather than your browser. Wouldn’t it have been so much easier and cost-effective to use Bittorrent?

[via TechSpot]

Update: Apparently… the official links are back! The direct links still work, but you could now sign in to obtain licenses for activating your Windows 7 setups.


  1. Primefalcon says:

    Torrents would save a lot of companies since I think it’s as you yourself said on the forums….

    It shifts the supply to the demand, so no matter how large the demand get you will always be able to handle it.

    I really would say torrents are a superior way of managing a large demand for downloading

  2. Jiang Yio says:

    Yeah, no doubt. I guess Microsoft just wants to be able to control distribution somewhat. If people depend on their infrastructure, Microsoft would be able to pull the links any time and prevent people from getting at the files. Or they could change the links and have people get different files. Then again, there’d still be quite a bit of peer-to-peer distribution behind the scenes :)

  3. Grace Rodriguez says:

    I’m pretty much impressed with the stability of Windows 7. It is better than windows Vista which hogs my memory and cpu.-::