On February 15th, people still running the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) will receive a notification reminding them that starting March 1st, 2010, their PC will begin experiencing bi-hourly shutdowns. These shutdowns will continue through June 1st, 2010.
On June 1st, 2010, a non-genuine experience is triggered where your wallpaper is removed and "This copy of Windows is not genuine" will be displayed in the lower right corner above the taskbar. This means your PC will no longer be able to obtain optional updates or downloads that require genuine Windows validation.
To avoid any data loss, I suggest making plans to move to a released version of Windows 7 before the automatic shutdowns start. During these shutdowns, your work will not be saved.
Msg#: 4072585 posted 7:15 pm on Feb 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm one of those folks and I don't know what to do. I have the old Pentium D board (which was the first dual core). I always upgrade in two parts: hard drives/ video card then motherboard/processor.
From my research I found that windows licensing is tied to motherboard. Well, my motherboard upgrade schedule is due around summer/fall (trying to get my money worth out of the 8g of ddr2 ram I bought 3 months ago). So buying win7 will be a total waste for 4 months use, just to have to buy it again.
I'm so pi***ed. I'd love to go ubuntu, but I have $2000+ worth of software I use everyday that requires windows.
Even the pro upgrade is way expensive, and I'm not even sure I could get that work. I have a true, purchased, non-upgrade, non-oem copy of XP, but I can't register that one anymore when I install it, and MS just says it's invalid when I call. That's why I tried win 7 in the first place.