Similar to how other anticipated software is usually available midnight the day of release, does anyone know if MS will be allowing customers who have opted to download Windows7 (as opposed to having a disk shipped to them) will be able to download on midnight, October 22nd??
I would hope so for two reasons, 1) people downloading at midnight wont have to deal with any sort of server overload issues from all the downloads during regular hours of the day and 2) all other highly anticipated titles (halo3, gears2, Fallout3, etc) have midnight releases so why not Windows 7?
My guess is that they will have it ready to download somewhere around midnight. I'm not sure though if they would make it available for download on a per time zone basis or have it available at midnight pacific time (i.e. Redmond time). Hopefully they'll have the e-mails out and about by midnight in some form.
I'm downloading 7 ultimate right now - currently, the server seems fine, since my download speed is somewhat over 6MB/s (estimated less than 15mins total download time for both the 32 and 64 bit ISOs).
64 bit W7 professional have exactly 3GB iso.
I did install them from USB flashdisk (only problem i had was making usb stick with active partition) in under 13 minutes.
I am using 128GB patriot torx SSD (260/180MB/s R/W) with 8GB ram and so far i can say i am realy impresed as there is much less swaping compared to vista and 15 second start 5 second shutdown is really nice.