Microsoft lifts download limit on Windows 7 Beta

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With 2.5 million copies initially available to download, the Windows 7 Beta was officially launched last week. Problems were soon encountered though, as demand for the Beta ended up putting so much strain on Microsoft’s download servers that they crashed.

Microsoft responded to this by completely lifting the limits on how many copies are available for a period of two weeks. Once the two weeks have expired, the limits will be put back in place. This effectively means that anyone can download the Beta and obtain more than one product key during this time. Microsoft Windows communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said in the official Windows 7 blog on Saturday, 10th Jan:

 “Due to an enormous surge in demand, the download experience was not ideal so we listened and took the necessary steps to ensure a good experience. During that time you will have access to the beta even if the download number exceeds 2.5 million. We have clearly heard that many of you want to check out the Windows 7 Beta and, as a result, we have decided to remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks”

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