Microsoft made a pre-beta release of Windows 7 available for download on its website, only to pull it down due to what they refer to as a ‘phenominal’ demand for it.
People attempting to download the pre-beta will receive the following message when going to the download site:
Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal — we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.
Microsoft stated that it is adding additional infrastructure to cope with the demand.
Lifehacker has posted direct download links to the pre-beta which appear to be functioning.
You will still need to register on the Microsoft site to receive one of the 2.5 million activation keys available. Without the key you can still use the pre-beta for 30 days without activation.
NZTECHIE.COM will be mirroring the current 32 bit pre-beta version of Windows 7 until the next beta or release candidate is available.
Download Windows 7 Pre-Beta 32 Bit | Build 7000 (NZTECHIE Mirror)
Source: Product keys provided by Ars technica