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Pictures: Ballmer Signing Windows 7 Gold Disc

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

See the Windows 7 gold RTM disc at the MGX event.

Here are pictures (courtesy Brandon LeBlanc) from Microsoft's MGX event in Atlanta yesterday where Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows Division president Steven Sinofsky and COO Kevin Turner signed off on Windows 7 build 7600 as RTM. Soon the contents of that gold RTM disc will be sent out to partners for further testing and integration into new systems shipping this fall.

Click here for a full list of who will get Windows 7 RTM and when.

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    brendano257 , July 23, 2009 2:52 PM
    How come crazy people always end up with power......
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    bitage , July 23, 2009 3:05 PM
    What hair?
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    neon neophyte , July 23, 2009 2:45 PM
    im surprised theres no pictures of them bumping chests and grunting at eachother.

    seriously tho, its a nice feather in microsofts hat. 'we've sold more copies of win7 than vista... and win7 isnt even out yet.' (thats not a real quote.)
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    brendano257 , July 23, 2009 2:52 PM
    How come crazy people always end up with power......
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    grieve , July 23, 2009 2:53 PM
    ^ Agree
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    cregan89 , July 23, 2009 3:00 PM
    How come the richest people on the planet always have the worst hair do's?
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    bitage , July 23, 2009 3:05 PM
    What hair?
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    Judguh , July 23, 2009 3:16 PM
    Now... just three more months before we get to enjoy a non-RC release!
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2009 3:18 PM
    - Just imaging if the Gold disc was their only RTM copy and the disk turned out to be full of unrecoverable errors? :o 
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    syavash , July 23, 2009 3:25 PM
    ^ u could be right(if micro is run by half witted monkeys) which it isnt
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    ned7077 , July 23, 2009 3:40 PM
    I hope that wasn't a Sharpie marker.
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    falchard , July 23, 2009 3:51 PM
    Balmer is a salesman genious thats why. To believe you could get Windows 3.1 for not $1000 but only $100.
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2009 5:31 PM
    he looks just like Al Bundy going "Steeeeeerike"
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    deltatux , July 23, 2009 6:22 PM
    why does the disc look like those cheap CD-Rs that I can buy in like those cheap electronics stores ... is there no close up of the signed disc?
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    IronRyan21 , July 23, 2009 7:43 PM
    I bet its just a memorex CD-R Gold colored disc, LOL
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    rooket , July 23, 2009 7:51 PM
    ned7077I hope that wasn't a Sharpie marker.


    Why would it matter, if it is a DVD which it more than likely is, the recording layer is sandwitched between two pieces of plastic. A sharpie's ink would have to be made of pure sulfuric acid to make it through that layer and cause harm.

    also what hair do? the guy is bald not much you can do unless you want him to wear a toupe. I agree though I've seen photos and movies of him being a bit crazy but a guy with that much wealth and power has to be pretty bright, I mean in the regard seeing as he isn't an oil tycoon.

    anyway good luck microsoft I'm sure people will complain about windows 7 soon after launch as they do with any MS product but I won't. I just wonder if this will solve people's driver issues who want to use their clunky 10 year old scanners and printers which worked fine in XP.
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    rooket , July 23, 2009 7:53 PM
    deltatuxwhy does the disc look like those cheap CD-Rs that I can buy in like those cheap electronics stores ... is there no close up of the signed disc?


    I have seen authoring discs that are gold on top, mostly ones for sale on ebay which are master copies of music for recording from. It may be industry standard to use a gold color disc for this purpose to differentiate it from other media in a work space.
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    belardo , July 23, 2009 8:01 PM
    So, I wonder if the RTM version of Windows7, which has tweaked and improved upon every aspect of Vista has actually updated the 1995 era Drive Usage Window?

    It's Soooo 1995.

    Get out your Vistas & Windows7, go to Drive properties - yep, no different from Windows95. The ugly blue & purple pie-chart maybe there forever!

    But they at least put the ribbon system on the MS-Write and MS-Paint programs that almost nobody uses.
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    belardo , July 23, 2009 8:09 PM
    Yer right... 3 old guys grunting over a CD is a bit silly.

    They should take the Japanese route. Have a bunch of hot chicks (Go ahead and make them Japanese) wearing cute/hot outfits holding CDs. Or at least clapping in the background.
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    anamaniac , July 23, 2009 8:20 PM
    Gimme a retail Win7 already dammit!
    Don't make me pirate another OS! I finally have money (2 grand a month may be shit, but when your living expenses are around 500-600 a month, 2k works just fine).
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    ohim , July 23, 2009 8:37 PM
    BelardoSo, I wonder if the RTM version of Windows7, which has tweaked and improved upon every aspect of Vista has actually updated the 1995 era Drive Usage Window? It's Soooo 1995.Get out your Vistas & Windows7, go to Drive properties - yep, no different from Windows95. The ugly blue & purple pie-chart maybe there forever!But they at least put the ribbon system on the MS-Write and MS-Paint programs that almost nobody uses.
    why modify something that was done right from the start ?
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    pocketdrummer , July 23, 2009 9:24 PM
    ohimwhy modify something that was done right from the start ?


    "Start" get it?... mauahaahahaaa... uahahaha... ha... hmmmmm........ O.o
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