Although the official release of Beta 1 of Windows 7 isn’t expected until early January, a leaked copy of what looks like Beta 1’s been making the rounds on the Internet for a few days. ZDNet’s Ed Bott has spent some “quality time” with the build, and reports some interesting tidbits from the EULA:
- The revision ID at the end of the EULA is: Win7_B.1_PRO_NRL_en-US – so it sure sounds like Beta 1 is on the loose.
- There’s no limit on the number of installs you can perform, but they stop working on August 1.
- Redmond says you can’t use Beta 1 in a production environment.
- You can install Beta 1 in a virtual machine instead of a normal installation, but only one VM per hardware device.
- Potential privacy concerns (such as Customer Experience Improvement Program and automatic error reporting) are turned on by default, but you can turn them off if you prefer.
- Beta 1 must be activated.
- Releasing benchmark test results to third parties without Microsoft’s prior written agreement is not permitted.