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Report: Windows 7 to Hit RTM on July 13

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So the "confirmed" reports say.

Windows 7 will be in stores on October 22 – that much we're sure of. But the fact is that the next generation of Windows isn't officially finished yet. Microsoft is still putting on the finishing touches before passing off a final gold master that ultimately kick-starts a whole new wave of Windows.

According to various reports on the web from Geeksmack and Neowin, sources close to Microsoft can supposedly confirm that Windows 7 is set to hit its RTM (release to manufacturing) milestone on July 13. It's unlikely that Microsoft will confirm any of this information until after the milestone is hit (in case there is some type of show stopper bug) so we'll just have to wait and see.

Hitting RTM will allow Microsoft to disseminate the final version of Windows to its computer-making partners for even broader testing and integration, with the goal of having all OEMs ready to sell Windows 7-loaded computers on October 22.

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    syavash , July 4, 2009 4:23 AM
    ME too, the sooner it comes out the better, I am alreadu using the RC
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    cliffro , July 4, 2009 5:18 AM
    I'm poor too, but....I will more than likely pick up an OEM copy.
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    IronRyan21 , July 4, 2009 5:27 AM
    I hope OEM prices are good. Cant wait to see those figures.
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    Core2uu , July 4, 2009 5:42 AM
    So, does that mean an average Joe will be able to pick up OEM copies also from his nearest tech retailer or will he have to wait until Oct 22, for either the OEM or the retail copy?
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    Gin Fushicho , July 4, 2009 6:52 AM
    OEM! YUSH!
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    Regulas , July 4, 2009 1:01 PM
    I wonder if people will still try and get copies of Millennium II, I mean Vista after 7 comes out, LOL
    I am planning on getting a OEM copy of 64 bit home edition for my gaming rig later down the road. Will still keep my XP (dual boot) for legacy games for sure.
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    Anonymous , July 4, 2009 4:26 PM
    Don't forget that you can get Windows 7 at 50% off at several places, included Microsoft and Bestbuy until July 11th (I believe that's the date not sure.) On Windows 7 home premium it's $49 and for Business, it's $99.
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    cliffro , July 4, 2009 5:31 PM
    Trek852Don't forget that you can get Windows 7 at 50% off at several places, included Microsoft and Bestbuy until July 11th (I believe that's the date not sure.) On Windows 7 home premium it's $49 and for Business, it's $99.


    I don't want an "Upgrade" version, I'll pay OEM price and do a single clean install.
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    hispeed120 , July 4, 2009 5:56 PM
    ^+1

    I love me some clean install.
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    trkorecky , July 4, 2009 6:00 PM
    Any idea when it'll hit MSDN?
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    Sicundercover , July 4, 2009 7:19 PM
    You can do a clean install from the Windows 7 upgrade disk, same as you could in Vista.
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    mcbowler , July 4, 2009 8:10 PM
    How is it an upgrade disk if you can do a clean install? Whatever.. I already paid the $49.00 I will find out either way. I hope a lot of people pay the $49.00. I think if they sell enough of them at $49 that they will realize it is more profitable at that price.
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    avericia , July 5, 2009 12:13 AM
    sicundercover
    "You can do a clean install from the Windows 7 upgrade disk, same as you could in Vista."

    The problem is that in order to install 7 you have to have a version of windows already installed on the hard drive in first place or they may let you install a new version of 7 without vista or xp on the hard drive already if you have your old vista cd or xp cd handy while you are doing the 7 install to verify that you own it before you can instal 7 off of its own cd.

    Pain the ass upgrade, no thanks ill wait for my OEM copy too. I just want 1 cd to that I can instal from no B.S. unessasary restrictions :p 
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    Core2uu , July 5, 2009 12:42 AM
    "You can perform a clean install of Windows 7 with the Upgrade media, as you could with Windows Vista."

    Quoted from Paul Thurrott's website. His guess is as good as anyone else's until someone actually does the official upgrade media to test it.
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    hemelskonijn , July 5, 2009 4:18 AM
    I wonder if my super fine working VLK counts as a base for an upgrade, or in other words if i am a pirate and would like to go legit(ish) by buying the upgrade would it just be a media check (borrow any ones disk) or will it use my windows XP key in any way to check if the upgrade was legit ?

    In a way allowing people who run a pirated version without problems for years to upgrade and thus going semi legit could be a good thing for microsoft however i dont think they will let those users get away with it that easy.
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    Core2uu , July 5, 2009 5:43 AM
    hemelskonijnI wonder if my super fine working VLK counts as a base for an upgrade, or in other words if i am a pirate and would like to go legit(ish) by buying the upgrade would it just be a media check (borrow any ones disk) or will it use my windows XP key in any way to check if the upgrade was legit ?In a way allowing people who run a pirated version without problems for years to upgrade and thus going semi legit could be a good thing for microsoft however i dont think they will let those users get away with it that easy.


    What I've heard is that there is no technical WGA-type check necessarily when doing a clean install. Pretty much what I've heard is that Microsoft trusts that you are an honest, law-abiding, non-pirate person that already owns a legit version of Windows.

    In simple terms that means even pirates can upgrade and be running completely legit and genuine Windows.

    Please correct me if I am wrong though.
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    Shadow703793 , July 5, 2009 4:08 PM
    You can Pre-Order Win7 Home Premium at Newegg for $50: http://promotions.newegg.com/Microsoft/Windows7/PreSale/index.html?cm_sp=Homepage_Top_Right-_-Windows7/PreSale-_-http%3a%2f%2fpromotions.newegg.com%2fMicrosoft%2fWindows7%2fPreSale%2f362x130.jpg

    The only thing I'm not sure is that it says "Upgrade" meaning if it needs Vista or if I am able to actually do a fresh install with it. The Vista "Upgrade" versions required Win XP to function.
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    fazers_on_stun , July 5, 2009 4:15 PM
    I hope they clear up a few bugs - for some reason my MS bluetooth mouse occasionally gets lost in W7 RC - have to delete it and then rediscover it which is a bit annoying. And yes I put fresh batteries in it :D .
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    verrul , July 5, 2009 6:55 PM
    upgrade is pretty misleading unless you have the equivalent version of vista or lower you do a clean install. microsoft confirmed that you can clean install off rc1 already
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