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Windows 7 Released and Download Dates Announced

Windows 7 Logo It’s official. Windows 7 has gone RTM (Released to Manufacturing.)  This means that Microsoft will now be delivering the final Windows 7 GOLD code to all their partners like DELL, HP, Toshiba, McAfee, etc. so they can prepare their products for the General Availability (GA) launch of Windows 7 on October 22nd, 2009.

 

Along with the RTM announcement, Microsoft also announced other dates Windows 7 would be available for download before October 22nd.  Here are the details:

 

Windows 7 Download Dates

 

Partners and OEM’s

  • ISVs:  Download available from Microsoft Connect or MSDN August 6th, 2009
  • Partner Program Gold/Certified Members: August 16th
  • Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers: August 23rd
  • OEMs: Software images should arrive beginning July 24th

 

Business Customers, IT Professionals & Developers

  • Volume License Customers W/Software Assurance (SA): August 7th Via MVLS
  • Volume License Customers Without SA: Available for purchase September 1st
  • TechNet Subscribers: August 6th
  • MSDN Subscribers: August 6th

 

Standard Consumers

  • Retail Boxes: October 22nd
  • New Computers: October 22nd

 

The good news is Windows 7 is going to deliver ahead of schedule silencing all the naysayers.  August 6th is only a few weeks away but I “HIGHLY” recommend everyone wait patiently and not succumb to grabbing it from the torrents.  #1, it’s illegal and #2, it’s dangerous as almost all code off those sites is tainted with malicious software.

 

All in all, not bad!  Not bad at all!

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