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    Available from now until the end of July, Windows 7 RC just went public. If you want to try it out, head over to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx and choose from the 32 or 64-bit versions. You will receive a product key during the download process, or those of you who have...
  • Windows 7 RC Taskbar UI Glitch

    I just found an interesting UI glitch with Windows 7 RC. If you drag the Taskbar to the left. Then extend it (drag it to the middle of the screen), then contract it, it leaves the remnants of the Taskbar over your screen. There’s also a similar problem doing...
  • Windows 7 build 7100 declared “Release Candidate”

    After the Windows 7 beta (build 7000) was released to the public, millions of people have downloaded and tried it out. The next public step in the development of Windows 7 is the Release Candidate. Discovered last week was a posting on a Microsoft site that indicated the Release...
  • Microsoft lift 2.5 Million limit to Windows 7 beta

    Just announced, Microsoft have recognised the release of the public beta has been problematic. In what’s really a good problem to have, Microsoft servers were overloaded with the shear volume of people trying to the download Windows 7 beta. Given the interest, they’re now extending the public beta beyond...
  • Windows 7 Multiple Monitor: video

    Check out how multiple monitors are supported in Windows 7. Windows 7 Multi-monitor support from techAU on Vimeo....
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    The new Windows 7 beta includes a few new surprises, one of which is an updated Windows Media Center. A new, very promising addition to WMC is the Extras Gallery (pictured below). While not immediately interesting, digging a little deeper reveals a promising new ecosystem. Buried inside the Home...
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