Windows 7 Officially Released to Manufacturing

It's finally done. Windows 7 has gone gold and has been released to manufacturing, reaching this long anticipated RTM status.

Windows communication manager Brandon LeBlanc explained in the team blog the RTM process: "What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM."

"The RTM code will be delivered to our partners within the next few days who will then start preparing to deliver some amazing new products timed to hit at General Availability (GA) of Windows 7 on October 22nd," LeBlanc added.

Click here for a full list of who will get Windows 7 RTM and when.

Build 7600 first appeared on the internet during the weekend of July 10, leading many to speculate that the jump in version number indicated it was RTM. Then a few days later, a newer build of 7600 appeared, bringing with it whispers of RTM again. Microsoft did follow up with a comment on July 13, saying, "Just because a single build may have 'leaked' it does not signal the completion of a milestone such as RTM."

Microsoft employees made a celebratory video for this occasion. Check it out below!

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • pocketdrummer

    Hopefully it lives up to our expectations.

  • bill gates is your daddy
    sweet...I guess its time to log back into the "gettin' place" and download me an OEM.
  • gmckelos
    Whew!!! Finally Windows 7 RTMed...
  • ahslan
    F**K YA!!!!
  • alvine
    i think im gonna grab the family pack. one license for my rid, another for my netbook, third for my htpc :p wait....i can only install 64bit version on all of them :c
  • blackened144
    There are several 7600 builds floating around the internet... What is the full build/revision number that is RTM?
  • rooket
    It should work great for me because I only had like one issue with Vista on one PC I owned ;) Vista Ultimate even works fine on my old Pentium 4 2.6ghz system.