Wait no longer. Although Microsoft is still trying to add servers and eventually post the download link on the Windows 7 website, we’ve figured out how to download the official Windows 7 Beta ISO images and acquire an activation key.

  • Step 1 - Download:

    The first thing you want to do is of course, download the ISO images of Windows 7 Beta.

Click here to download Windows 7 Beta (32-bit)
Click here to download Windows 7 Beta (64-bit)

  • Step 2 - Get your activation key:

    Even with the slmgr -rearm trick, your Windows 7 Beta copy will only last 90 days. An activation key will extend your expiry date all the way to August 1, 2009. To get your activation key, first sign-in at the Technet website with your Windows Live ID. Once you’re signed in, you must copy and paste one of the following links into your browser.

Windows 7 Beta 32-bit Activation Key:
https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/scripts/gcs.aspx?Product=tn-win7-32-ww&LCID=1033

Windows 7 Beta 64-bit Activation Key:
https://www.microsoft.com/betaexperience/scripts/gcs.aspx?Product=tn-win7-64-ww&LCID=1033

Copy and paste the appropriate link into your browser. At first you may receive the following error message:

The site is currently experiencing technical difficulties, please check back in the next business day.

Disregard it and continue refreshing. Also keep in mind that the 32-bit and 64-bit Activation keys are interchangeable, meaning you can use a 64-bit activation key to activate a 32-bit edition of Windows 7 Beta and vice versa. If you can’t get a 32-bit key, try getting a 64-bit key instead. Once you’ve acquired your activation key, you’re all set to install Windows 7. (story Link with Thanks)

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