Windows 7 Beta will be available from Microsoft servers until February 10, so if you are among the undecided group but wants to test the new OS, you still have 4 days to make up your minds.
"Windows 7 beta availability will be shut down in stages, LeBlanc said. While the beta will be pulled from Microsoft's servers at the end of the day Feb. 10, users who have already begun the download by then will have two more days, through Feb. 12, to complete the process.
Users can pause the Windows 7 beta download and resume it later; an interrupted download -- perhaps due to a severed Internet connection -- can also be resumed at the point it was halted.
Activation keys will be available indefinitely for users who finished downloading the disk image file before Feb. 12. Even users unable or unwilling to activate the beta, however, can install and run Windows 7 for up to 120 days without a key by using the same "slmgr -rearm" command that gained notoriety after Windows Vista's debut.
Subscribers to the TechNet and Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) will be able to download the beta after the February deadlines imposed on the general public, LeBlanc added.
Users can download Windows 7 from the Microsoft site after selecting the 32- or 64-bit version, and the desired language."