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Windows 7 to go RTM by Late July

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

That's the real 'final' date.

Now that the retail date for Windows 7 is officially set for October 22, Microsoft is going to be slowly planning out all the things that have to happen between now and then.

The retail boxed copy of Windows 7 only represents a small portion of the new OS’ rollout for Microsoft. It’s the licenses sold with new PCs that makes Windows the top selling product for the company.

With October 22 being the launch date, OEMs will have to have their systems configured, tested and fully prepared – which requires greater lead time than just packaging a disc. For this reason, the really big date for Windows 7 is when hits RTM, released to manufacturing in its final state for OEMs to build systems around.

Microsoft doesn’t have an RTM date to share yet, but Brandon Leblanc, Windows Communications Manager, wrote in a blog, “Obviously, Release To Manufacturing (RTM) is an important milestone on the path to GA. We anticipate that we’ll be able to make the RTM code for Windows 7 available to our partners sometime in the 2nd half of July. We also expect to be able to make RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 available to our partners in this time frame as well.”

While Windows 7 will be ready for the holiday shoppers, students getting new machines for back-to-school will still be faced with Windows Vista. The remedy that, Microsoft will offer an upgrade program for those who purchase new PCs with Vista to move to Windows 7. LeBlanc said that details regarding the upgrade option program will soon be revealed.

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    grieve , June 3, 2009 5:29 PM
    woot!

    Ill be running the RC till March 2010 anyhow... But god news
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    cappster , June 3, 2009 7:32 PM
    Hopefully it will be posted to msdn by the end of July. My subscription runs out in September.
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    isamuelson , June 3, 2009 7:46 PM
    cappsterHopefully it will be posted to msdn by the end of July. My subscription runs out in September.


    Problem with the MSDN version is you're not allowed to run it in a "production environment." If you use your machine to surf the net, obtain email and play games, then it's considered production and you are violating your MSDN license. The OS licenses are for development and testing only.

    Of course, I'm not sure if Microsoft really monitors all that stuff, but still, it's definitely a violation of your MSDN license.
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    apmyhr , June 3, 2009 8:18 PM
    isamuelsonProblem with the MSDN version is you're not allowed to run it in a "production environment." If you use your machine to surf the net, obtain email and play games, then it's considered production and you are violating your MSDN license. The OS licenses are for development and testing only.Of course, I'm not sure if Microsoft really monitors all that stuff, but still, it's definitely a violation of your MSDN license.

    Every piece of MS software I am using right now is through my MSDN subscription, so I can tell you that they do not monitor it. Besides, I could argue that I am simply "testing" the games :)  I really hope cappster is right and they release the RTM on MSDN. My subscription ends in August :(  I would really hate to have to actually PAY for my software when the RC stops working in March.
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    curnel_D , June 3, 2009 9:59 PM
    isamuelsonProblem with the MSDN version is you're not allowed to run it in a "production environment." If you use your machine to surf the net, obtain email and play games, then it's considered production and you are violating your MSDN license. The OS licenses are for development and testing only.Of course, I'm not sure if Microsoft really monitors all that stuff, but still, it's definitely a violation of your MSDN license.

    Not entirely true. There are some MSDN subscription eula's that only restrict comercial use. Though I find MS's partership program a whole lot more useful.
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    grieve , June 3, 2009 10:03 PM
    ancientnoobill stick to my Windows Me

    HAHA... hope thats a joke :) 
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    Honis , June 3, 2009 11:54 PM
    grieveHAHA... hope thats a joke

    The hourly crash probably helps him remember there is an outside world that can be explored
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    michaelahess , June 4, 2009 1:02 AM
    Sweet, my eOpen account has been waiting for this......
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    eddieroolz , June 4, 2009 2:18 AM
    I guess I'll go buy the boxed copy sometime next June.
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    yjagota , June 4, 2009 4:37 AM
    I really think that Vista was a debacle because of bad marketing. I am using it for a long time now since first beta, and it hardly gave me any problems specially after SP1. But no doubt, 7 is way better.

    But still if M$ gives a sort of update, like if you purchased your Vista license in the last 6 months, you can upgrade to 7 in 40% of the cost, that will be awesome.

    Keeping my fingers crossed.
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    isamuelson , June 4, 2009 11:45 AM
    Curnel_DNot entirely true. There are some MSDN subscription eula's that only restrict comercial use. Though I find MS's partership program a whole lot more useful.


    Okay. Didn't know that. I know the eula for my subscription (which is through my employer) doesn't allow us to use it for production use, just testing (development, etc).
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    cappster , June 4, 2009 12:13 PM
    apmyhrEvery piece of MS software I am using right now is through my MSDN subscription, so I can tell you that they do not monitor it. Besides, I could argue that I am simply "testing" the games I really hope cappster is right and they release the RTM on MSDN. My subscription ends in August I would really hate to have to actually PAY for my software when the RC stops working in March.


    I agree apmyhr. MS is always in "testing" phase and I make sure to always send the error reports :-). I've installed quite a few pieces of their software and haven't noticed a difference between retail and the software from MSDN. My subscription was free so that makes it even better.

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    isamuelson , June 25, 2009 2:18 PM
    Curnel_DNot entirely true. There are some MSDN subscription eula's that only restrict comercial use. Though I find MS's partership program a whole lot more useful.


    I found this statement on my license agreement with my MSDN license (which is a volume license, so that may be why):

    Many MSDN subscribers use a computer for mixed use—both design, development, testing, and demonstration of your programs (the use allowed under the MSDN Subscription license) and some other use. Using the software in any other way, such as for doing email, playing games, or editing a document is another use and is not covered by the MSDN Subscription license. When this happens, the underlying operating system must also be licensed normally by purchasing a regular copy of Windows such as the one that came with a new OEM PC.