Windows 7 Beta 1 Tips and Tricks

Tim Sneath from Microsoft has published 30 tips and tricks to try on the new Windows 7 which can be read here. What interest me is that Windows 7 can be installed via USB just by copying the content of the DVD to a USB. It is also said that the performance of Windows 7 is better then Vista AND XP.

Windows 7 Beta 1 is publicly available from Microsoft Website. You can get the 32-bit ISO or the 64-bit ISO.

Log in to TechNet using a valid Windows Live ID then go to the 32-bit beta key page to get your key or the 64-bit beta key

After downloading check the integrity of the file using a hash calculator such as HashCalc.

32-bit version hashes:
MD5 - f9dce6ebd0a63930b44d8ae802b63825
SHA1 - 6071184282b2156ff61cdc5260545c078cca31ee
CRC: AABA5A48

64-bit version hashes:
MD5 - 773fc9cc60338c612af716a2a14f177d
SHA1 - E09fdbc1cb3a92cf6cc872040fdaf65553ab62a5
CRC - 8E2FAD39