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Custom PC Makers May Sell Windows 7 Early

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Windows 7! Windows 7! Getcha Windows 7 here!

Sometimes it's tough being the little guy and going up against monolithic corporations like Dell and HP, but every once in a while, there can be a competitive advantage. Windows 7 is set to launch at retail on October 22, but small custom PC makers will be allowed to sell systems with the new OS before the official date.

Puget Systems has been receiving attention around the web for its announcement that it will be selling systems preloaded with Windows 7 on October 13.

"Customers who place orders for a full personal computer system, and who select Microsoft Windows 7 as their OS of choice, will be immediately placed in queue for shipment which will begin in earnest on October 13, 2009," read the notice on Puget System's website. "Orders will be placed in queue on first-come basis and Puget Systems standard shipping policies apply. Place your order early to ensure an early spot in our queue! Shipping dates are not guaranteed."

According to Ars Technica, Jon Bach, president of Puget Systems, after asking Microsoft for Windows 7 launch details, was told that system builders who buy the operating system through distribution channels may sell the new OS as soon as they receive their license keys. This rule, however, does not apply to OEMS and retailers.

So, if you're looking to pick up a new desktop ASAP with Windows 7, it's time to look at the little guys.

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    eklipz330 , September 25, 2009 7:32 PM
    gamerjamesI build my own PC's. I also wouldn't want the first releasing of Windows 7 either, I'd wait for it to be tested and such by the masses, then get it afterwards.

    you realize people have been testing it year round right?

    why do you think it's getting so much hype?
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 7:31 PM
    Weren't Puget those Intel fanboys that did that ridiculous interview a while back? Supposedly you can order an AMD system from them if you keep clicking "More Options" under "CPU", LOL... Then they complain that AMD systems don't sell.
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    eklipz330 , September 25, 2009 7:32 PM
    gamerjamesI build my own PC's. I also wouldn't want the first releasing of Windows 7 either, I'd wait for it to be tested and such by the masses, then get it afterwards.

    you realize people have been testing it year round right?

    why do you think it's getting so much hype?
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    ubernoobie , September 25, 2009 7:39 PM
    cool the launch of window 7 offical is at my moms bday :D 
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    jerther , September 25, 2009 7:45 PM
    ubernoobiecool the launch of window 7 offical is at my moms bday

    Hope you get her a shiny 7 retail box that she will enjoy as much as you would
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    conlar58 , September 25, 2009 7:57 PM
    Well isn't this just great . I thought the people who preordered and prepayed were supposed to be the first ones to receive copies. Microsoft has had my money for several months earning interest on and now they are going to allow Custom Pc Makers to jump to the head of the line, this is typical behavior from Microsoft !
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    Boxa786 , September 25, 2009 8:01 PM
    as a windows certificate course student, i get win 7 on sept 30/oct 1st for a discount price of £30, which I think is above the student price in the US, but hey, Win 7 on 1st Oct ftw :D 
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    eklipz330 , September 25, 2009 8:16 PM
    Boxa786as a windows certificate course student, i get win 7 on sept 30/oct 1st for a discount price of £30, which I think is above the student price in the US, but hey, Win 7 on 1st Oct ftw

    until oct 22nd. than BAM
    fml
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    ssalim , September 25, 2009 8:16 PM
    I don't understand, you can't wait a week? What are you in a hurry for...
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    doomtomb , September 25, 2009 8:28 PM
    I've been on Windows 7 for almost a year now.
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    jdog2076 , September 25, 2009 8:49 PM
    conlar58Well isn't this just great . I thought the people who preordered and prepayed were supposed to be the first ones to receive copies. Microsoft has had my money for several months earning interest on and now they are going to allow Custom Pc Makers to jump to the head of the line, this is typical behavior from Microsoft !


    If you're so concerned about your financial situation (Microsoft "earning interest" on your money) why did you preorder months ahead in the first place?

    In any case, why would anyone care about a week's difference in release times? (I know, I know, I'm on a tech forum and likely to get assaulted for that comment.)
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    JackNaylorPE , September 25, 2009 9:05 PM
    With a little bit of judicious reading, I'm thinking a system ordered on 10/13 will take a few days to get built and then shipped, probably arriving on or just before 10/22.

    As for testing, it's hard to think of Windows 7 as anything more than Vista SP3....there's not much fundamentally different about the two.
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    thackstonns , September 25, 2009 9:38 PM
    conlar58Well isn't this just great . I thought the people who preordered and prepayed were supposed to be the first ones to receive copies. Microsoft has had my money for several months earning interest on and now they are going to allow Custom Pc Makers to jump to the head of the line, this is typical behavior from Microsoft !


    Cant you read. I preordered 2 copies. It said several times that your card wont be charged until they are ready to ship. That is if you ordered through Microsoft. Which i am guessing you did since no other place would be able to release it early. So quit being a tool.
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    dark_lord69 , September 25, 2009 9:40 PM
    WOW!! Thier computers are a TOTAL RIPPOFF!!!
    Worse than apple!
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    fulle , September 25, 2009 10:33 PM
    Whomever negged Dark didn't check Pudget's crap prices. They have roughly a 400 dollar assembly fee, when you take into account what the parts cost.
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    Camikazi , September 25, 2009 11:07 PM
    gamerjamesI build my own PC's. I also wouldn't want the first releasing of Windows 7 either, I'd wait for it to be tested and such by the masses, then get it afterwards.

    Am running RC build 7100 now (3 x64 Desktops, 1 x86 Laptop) and have been for since it was released, Windows 7 is good, you are safe to get it early.
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    omnimodis78 , September 25, 2009 11:58 PM
    JackNaylorPEAs for testing, it's hard to think of Windows 7 as anything more than Vista SP3....there's not much fundamentally different about the two.

    This notion of comparing Windows7 to this imaginary Vista SP3 is so out of whack I find myself rolling my eyes every time I hear someone state it. I know it's a matter of perception, and the similarities between the two are indeed multitude, but Windows7 is not a "repaired" Vista, but it is a new OS which leaves it's predecessor in the dust on so many levels that it can hardly be dismissed as a mere Service Pack!
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    lunaticstriker , September 26, 2009 6:39 PM
    Windows 7 is by far stable; essentially it is WinXP with all the bells and whistles of Vista. Runs out of the box at 800~ MB of ram consumed and once you tweak it you can squeeze down to 670~ couldn't be happier. I will admit though I am not a fan of the libraries feature it's just another folder I have to work through to get to my stuff.

    I also enjoy the fact that you can completely remove IE8 among other standard integrations. I am using the MSDNAA x64 version and if your a Computer Science major in an accredited university you can gain access to those free versions fairly easy (1 x86, 2 x64 (English and Chinese Simplified which isn't hard to convert)).
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