For those readers who might want to test-run Windows 7 Release Candidate, I've uploaded a 7-zip package to http://filehost.revealedsingularity.net/Win7RC_Prep.7z that has:
- A *.wmv video of how to install Windows 7 from a flash drive (via MS Taiwan, if I recall)
- A text file with a link to the Windows 7 RC download
- db.xml, a file to go with Microsoft's File Checksum Integrity Verifier utility. It contains the MD5 and SHA-1 hashes of the 64-bit RC.
- The FCIV utility
You can download the release candidate over at Microsoft's site. I'd strongly recommend using a download manager, or a browser with one built in, such as Opera.
Once downloaded, you can display the hashes (MD5 and SHA-1) in the DB file, then compare them to your own. To do so, type at your command line:
> fciv -xml db_new.xml -sha1 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_en_dvd.iso
> fciv -list -sha1 -xml db.xml
> fciv -list -sha1 -xml db_new.xml
If the two SHA-1 hashes match, your download is uncorrupted. Have fun! I plan on installing it myself in the next week or so. If someone bothers to hash out the 32 bit, let me know and I'll update this post with those hashes.
- SHA1: FC867FE1AB2E0A9796F9E4D155B44EA6998F4874
- MD5: 98341AF35655137966E382C4FEAA282D
And just so it's not entirely worthless for everyone that is not interested, here's a background from Windows 7 Beta 1 (click for full size):
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