You’ll be asked to sign in with your Windows Live account. You will be downloading an ISO file and burning it with a DVD writer.
The Beta will expire on August 1, 2009, at which point you will have to installed a release version of Windows on your computer.
– 1GHz 32-bit or 64-bit CPU
– 1GB of RAM
– 16GB of HDD space
– DirectX 9-supported video card (128MB RAM to use Aero)
Having used earlier versions on a Lenovo S10 and an Acer Aspire One, it’s actually quite usable on netbooks, provided you have enough RAM (2GB if you can do it, although the Aspire One is limited to 1.5GB).
Languages covered by this beta: Arabic, English, German, Hindi (32-bit), Japanese.
Good luck if you are interested in this, unfortunately the public Microsoft sites are already hammered.