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Windows 7 Retail Boxes Showing Up in Stores

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

It's here! You just can't buy it yet.

It's just two and a half weeks until Windows 7 officially hits stores worldwide, overwriting Windows Vista as the main operating system sold on PCs. The launch of Windows 7 is no big secret, and some OEMs are even allowed to sell systems with the full OS early.

With such a big release, Microsoft is naturally shipping off product to retailers as you read this. In fact, one of Microsoft's first retail shipments have already hit stores.

Engadget was sent a photo from an unnamed electronics store in Chicago showing a brown box with a red sticker that reads "STREET DATE Do Not Sell or Display This Product Before October 22, 2009."

So there it is, the real deal right before your eyes.

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    comp_builder22586 , October 5, 2009 4:45 PM
    Can't Wait!
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 4:50 PM
    Nice move of the shop empoyee. Hope they don't get caught;p
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    touchdowntexas13 , October 5, 2009 4:52 PM
    going to the campus computer store to pick one up today! they told me they wouldn't have windows 7 for students until November or December but I called today and they have it in stock!

    looks like I will be running a major date back up today...
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    skykaptain , October 5, 2009 5:14 PM
    touchdowntexas13going to the campus computer store to pick one up today! they told me they wouldn't have windows 7 for students until November or December but I called today and they have it in stock!


    I Dl'ed mine from MSDN a month ago. Lov'n it so far.
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    hellwig , October 5, 2009 5:38 PM
    Waiting for my Pre-order keys, which I suppose I won't get even a second early.

    Maybe Win 7 64-bit will be better with the driver support than Win XP Pro x64.
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    visa , October 5, 2009 5:39 PM
    Same here with the MSDN for my D630 work laptop. Tried both Enterprise x86 and Ultimate x64 and both installed in less than 30 minutes with all drivers accounted for. Pretty impressed so far also...
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    rooket , October 5, 2009 5:42 PM
    That's allright I already got a genuine key through legitimate channels. It's a real good operating system and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'm glad to finally ditch XP, it just feels old.
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    HolyCrusader , October 5, 2009 6:19 PM
    hellwig, driver support for Win7x64 is much better than it was for XP64, although ironically you have Vista64 to thank for that.

    That just got me thinking of something....

    Despite it's unpopularity, Vista it helped to bring 64-bit to the mainstream. Yea I know there were other 64-bit OS's out first, but how much did they really impact mainstream acceptance of 64-bit programming?. If it wasn't for Vista, hardware manufacturers would still only be making 32-bit drivers. That was part of Vista's problem when it first hit - hardware manufacturers dragging their feet getting new drivers programmed for it.
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    dirtykid , October 5, 2009 6:27 PM
    hellwigWaiting for my Pre-order keys, which I suppose I won't get even a second early.Maybe Win 7 64-bit will be better with the driver support than Win XP Pro x64.


    Having used the RC for many months: yes driver support is better (Nvidia was super early with WDDM 1.1), but some older printers / scanners likely still don't work x64.
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    dirtykid , October 5, 2009 6:29 PM
    Why am I advertising p r i n t e r s suddenly?
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    tmax , October 5, 2009 7:20 PM
    I am sure there are some marketing reasons for not releasing Win 7 early. I would think all of us the pre-ordered it should be able to get it now.
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    saint19 , October 5, 2009 8:50 PM
    Ok, I will buy one. I tested the RC and was great. But even this, I prefer SUSE and UBUNTU.
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    allenr5150 , October 5, 2009 8:54 PM
    If you talk to Microsoft, email or phone they will give you a link for a free copy of the upgrade, you only pay for shipping and its 10.69. I think this is the link. https://om2.one.microsoft.com/opa/Validation.aspx?StoreID=127971aa-ac70-438f-9304-4bd05de66415&LocaleCode=en-us obviously you need a valid key.
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    jellico , October 5, 2009 9:20 PM
    rooketThat's allright I already got a genuine key through legitimate channels. It's a real good operating system and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'm glad to finally ditch XP, it just feels old.

    I recently got one as well. I did a clean install of the RTM Windows 7 Professional on my HP Pavilion 9700, overwriting the OEM install of Windows Vista. What a difference! It used to take several minutes to get to the point where I could do something with the computer. It took about 2 minutes for Vista to load, then a couple more minutes for all the crap that HP has pre-loaded into the system (which I disabled). Windows 7 Pro... 15 seconds from power on to the Windows password screen! After I enter the password, another 5 seconds and it's ready to go. It's clean and fast. So far, no compatibility issues with any of my software or games. A bit more testing is in order, but otherwise, I'm preparing to upgrade all of the computers on my home network. I think the family will be quite pleased (particularly the Vista users).
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    V8VENOM , October 5, 2009 9:39 PM
    OMG, how old are you people? WinXP 64bit was around for a LONG time -- and the drivers for it. But before that you actually have Windows NT to thank for 64bit driver support. Vista didn't "bring 64bit" computing forward. In fact, most Vista users are running 32bit. And exactly how many 64bit applications and games are there? Crysis ... errrr ... Crysis Warhead ... errr ... ok not many, in fact VERY few, dare I say VERY rare.

    Who do you think the monkey is in the video link below?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc&feature=related

    You seriously believe this clown -- jumping around like a fat pig doing his hilter salutes -- you think he knows technology, you think he knows what people want, and don't want -- he has NO clue, he's just riding the monopoly wave and now that people are waking up and realizing Microsoft's software does indeed stink, they're finding alternatives.

    Look he's exhausted from 30 seconds on jumping around stage. He's the equivalent of the now ex-Billy Mays of advertising junk that people don't know, doesn't work, and don't want.

    But hey, if you liked Vista, you'll love Windows 7 -- cause it's the same product with a face lift, based on the same Vista code base.

    But according to most surveys, corporations and individuals don't like Vista and it's there because of the cost to switch is expensive. In fact, Intel IT are still using WinXP -- yes, Intel. Sooooo...

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    Gin Fushicho , October 6, 2009 4:58 AM
    God the cases look sexy.
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    croc , October 6, 2009 6:29 AM
    V8VENOMOMG, how old are you people? WinXP 64bit was around for a LONG time -- and the drivers for it. But before that you actually have Windows NT to thank for 64bit driver support. Vista didn't "bring 64bit" computing forward. In fact, most Vista users are running 32bit. And exactly how many 64bit applications and games are there? Crysis ... errrr ... Crysis Warhead ... errr ... ok not many, in fact VERY few, dare I say VERY rare.Who do you think the monkey is in the video link below?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvs [...] re=relatedYou seriously believe this clown -- jumping around like a fat pig doing his hilter salutes -- you think he knows technology, you think he knows what people want, and don't want -- he has NO clue, he's just riding the monopoly wave and now that people are waking up and realizing Microsoft's software does indeed stink, they're finding alternatives. Look he's exhausted from 30 seconds on jumping around stage. He's the equivalent of the now ex-Billy Mays of advertising junk that people don't know, doesn't work, and don't want.But hey, if you liked Vista, you'll love Windows 7 -- cause it's the same product with a face lift, based on the same Vista code base.But according to most surveys, corporations and individuals don't like Vista and it's there because of the cost to switch is expensive. In fact, Intel IT are still using WinXP -- yes, Intel. Sooooo...


    Forget to take our meds today?
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    V8VENOM , October 6, 2009 6:38 AM
    Oh that one is original, oh geez is that the best tech you can bring?
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    croc , October 6, 2009 6:52 AM
    OK, then how old are you? When was the first 64 bit Windows released, and what was the version? (hint... I know the answer...)
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    anamaniac , October 6, 2009 11:25 AM
    Gin FushichoGod the cases look sexy.

    I know.

    I'll take the black one please.
    ... My RTM copy expires in less than 24 hours... I should rearm it...
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