After countless rumor posts and many download leaks around the web, Steve Ballmer announced at CES today that Windows 7 Beta will be publicly available for download on January 9th.

Windows 7 Beta is already available for download to MSDN and Technet subscribers, and via Microsoft Connect for anybody enrolled in the Windows 7 Beta program. Everybody else should watch the Windows 7 Page for the download link to be posted on January 9th.

According to the Windows 7 Team Blog, only 2.5 million downloads for the beta will be issued for a limited time. It will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit edition and available for download as an .ISO file. Most DVD burning software can burn the ISO image onto a DVD, but if you don’t have those ImgBurn is a good alternative. You can also just mount the ISO using PowerISO so you can install Windows 7 Beta without even burning a single DVD. Another alternative is to run it as a virtual machine. You can find more info about how to do that here.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Windows 7 Beta can only be upgraded from Windows Vista SP1. Make sure you have Service Pack 1 installed. You can take a look at this article if you are having problems installing SP1. (full Story)

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