Windows 7 beta available Only 2.5 million download slots available. Windows 7 is designed to make everyday tasks faster and easier, and make new things possible for end users. When released to the market, Windows 7 delivers the fundamental performance, reliability and security features that people expect — and it is designed to be compatible with the same hardware, applications and device drivers as Windows Vista. Windows 7 will have improved navigation, a new taskbar and a streamlined user interface that puts commonly used resources within easy reach. Windows 7 will also make it easier to use home audio-video systems and other networked media devices to play music, watch videos and display photos that reside on Windows-based PCs. And Windows 7 will offer more options than ever to customize and personalize Windows-based PCs with styles that match the user’s personality.
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in order to use the Windows 7 beta you’ll have to be upgrading from Vista SP1.
check out windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/information-on-downloading-and-installing-windows-7-beta
you can do a clean install, too; they just mean that if you want to perform an upgrade install, you must be starting from a Vista SP1 machine.