The beta version of Windows 7 has officially been released, but it is certainly not for everyone.
The vast majority of people like to be on the cutting edge of technology.Â If its shiny and new, then they want it.Â With the official announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that the beta version of Windows 7 is now available, there are sure to be many people rushing to try it out, but the question is if this is for you, the average computer user.
The shortest answer to this is a resounding “no”.
To expand on this, I have always likened changing versions of Windows on a PC to trying to change the table cloth on a table AFTER you’ve set the dishes.Â It is inevitable something is going to break.Â Especially with a beta version, meaning a version that is unfinished and almost certain have bugs, you are definitely going to run into problems with your existing programs and drivers.
There is also the issue that this beta has a limited life span that expires at the end of July 2009.Â So after you’ve gotten this on your PC, you’ve gotten things to run somewhat correctly, you will have to either revert back to your previous operating system or pay for a fully licensed copy of the final version of Windows 7.
If you are someone with only one PC, then I definitely, and vehemently, do not recommend you try doing this.Â Sure it may be tempting to run the new system, but if something goes wrong during the upgrade, you could very well end up with a dead computer.Â Even with multiple PCs in my life, it is doubtful I am going to try this because I can’t think of one machine that I am willing to sacrifice to this test for one reason or another.
For now we suggest you remain content with whatever you have because it is probably working.Â If you really want Windows 7, you can try it, but we highly suggest you wait for the finished product.
The brave ones amongst us can find the beta version here.