This is When You Will Get Windows 7 RTM

Microsoft is getting very close to hitting RTM with Windows 7. Things aren't quite finished yet, but Microsoft is keener than ever to let us know how things are going.

One of the biggest questions is when those working with Microsoft will be able to get their hands on the RTM, and answer to that is that is variable, but most close partners should get it by August 6 – some sooner, some later, depending on who they are.

The key points from the Windows Team Blog are:

  • ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6.
  • Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
  • Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
  • OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2 days after we officially RTM, as a little time is required to release and distribute these images. This will allow them to begin preparing images for new PCs to ship with Windows 7 on them. We know our OEMs are excited for Windows 7 and we can’t wait to hand them the final RTM bits!
  • If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). The rest of the languages for Windows 7 RTM should be available within a couple of weeks after that.
  • Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st as we announced last week at WPC09.
  • IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.
  • Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.
  • Beta testers will not automatically receive a free copy of Windows 7.
  • Windows 7 will be in retail stores and shipping on new PCs starting October 22nd. If you pre-ordered Windows 7, it should be delivered sometime around the October 22nd timeframe (depends on the retailer).
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  • neon neophyte
    considering we have use of windows 7 right now, for free. im not tooooooooo excited about the official release.

    HOWEVER. it will be nice to see all the prebuilt systems and laptops (especially laptops) using windows7, with all their power saving crap involved.

    i say this because i was looking at getting an acer timeline. 3810TG actually. the downer is it comes with windows vista, and can obtain 8 hours of use with it. i read a couple places people installed windows 7 and lost 4 hours of use time. (seems maybe slightly exagerated.) the reason is, the os that is built into the laptop has several power saving features specific to that laptop. itll be nice to see those implimented into windows 7.

    or maybe i could just turn aero off. i bet that would solve the mysterious 4 hour difference.
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  • Bullheaded67
    Nice! I can have it downloaded and start upgrading PCs on the weekend. I have said it multiple times here but if you have more than a couple of PCs and use Microsoft products you should get a Technet subscription.
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  • FrozenGpu
    How does the technet subscription work, does it mean that for $350-ish I get full access to how ever many copies of the OS I need, or what exactly?
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