For optimal stability the Windows 7 RC needs up-to-date drivers for the components. PC Games Hardware delivers an overview with the most important downloads.
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The Release Candidate of Windows 7 is quite popular among the users. Many people take a look at what Microsoft plans with the next step of the operating system. For optimal operation - as far as this is possible with a prerelease version - it is most recommended to use drivers as new as possible. PC Games Hardware delivers an overview with links to the downloads.
• AMD Catalyst 9.4 WHQL
• Nvidia Geforce 185.85 WHQL
• Intel chipset driver 22.214.171.1242
• Realtek HD audio driver R2.22
• Creative Soundblaster/Audigy/X-Fi Beta for Windows 7
• Asus motherboard Beta drivers for Windows 7
• Microsoft Intellitype Pro 7 Beta for Windows 7
As drivers for soundcards or network adapters, mass storage controllers and peripheral devices you currently have to use the drivers included in Windows 7 or try a Vista driver.
Basically many Windows Vista drivers will work for Windows 7, too. The Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) is used again and thus you have quite a chance that a Vista driver works without any problems.
PC Games Hardware already reported about the download of the Windows 7 Release Candidate
and also ran Windows 7 tests with games and applications