Windows 7 Release Candidate Builds
TechNet Subscribers find the English Windows 7 RC builds.
TechNet testers on x86-based computers should look for
which has a SHA1 hash value of 7D1F486CA569EFFFFB719CFB48355BB7BF499712
and a CRC32 (ISO 3309) value of E8A1C394.
TechNet testers of x64 -based computers in turn need to download the 64-bit installation DVD image
CRC32 (ISO 3309) value: 58FB2BE0.
Microsoft Partners and all those looking for French, German, Japanese as well as Spanish Windows 7 can follow either link to the Microsoft partner site or go directly to this TechNet site to select and download the Windows 7 RC. Off course, the English version is there, too.
Readers who are neither MS partners nor TechNet subscribers can still get the retail editions of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Ultimate Release Candidate (Windows 7 Ultimate 7100-0-090421-1700 RC) in English, German and Japanese through Microsoft Connect by means of their Windows Live ID as explained in this Bright Hub’s article on Windows 7 Beta Language Packs. The following downloads are available on the Microsoft ecosystem (Microsoft Connect):
- English (US) 32-bit: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULFRER_EN_DVD.iso
- German 32-bit: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_de-de_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULFRER_DE_DVD.iso
- Japanese 32-bit: 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_ja-jp_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULFRER_JA_DVD.iso
- English (US) 64-bit: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso
- German 64-bit: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_de-de_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULXFRER_DE_DVD.iso
- Japanese 64-bit: 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_ja-jp_Retail_Ultimate-GRC1CULXFRER_JA_DVD.iso
As yet, there is no CRC checksum or hash value information obtainable for the Windows 7 install media on MS Connect. Moreover, in order to download the retail versions of Windows 7 Ultimate from Microsoft Connect you need to have Microsoft® File Transfer Manager (FTM) installed, which can cause problems for Vista users as explained on the FTM homepage. Therefore, it might be easier to enroll in the free Microsoft Partner program and obtain the Release Candidate of Windows Vista Ultimate by means of an ordinary download.