Windows 7: Want the release candidate? You're too late

The official download has been available from Microsoft's website since early May

Microsoft has, as planned, removed the download for the release candidate of Windows 7, the next major update to Microsoft Windows.

The official download has been available from Microsoft's website since early May and offered for those who wanted it a free preview of what the new operating system will offer, before it hits stores in late October.

For those of you already running the release candidate, Microsoft were keen to point out that the evaluation software will expire in March next year, at which point you'll have to upgrade to a retail version of the OS.

Certain users, such as developers and early Windows 7 testers, got the final Windows 7 release earlier this month. If you weren't in this group and you were looking to grab the release candidate, you'll have to now wait until the October release.

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