Windows 7 RTM Release dates at last!

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Windows 7 download dates released
 
 
Theres not an enthusiast worth his salt that hasn't spoken about the upcoming Windows 7 release date, for many of us October is too far away so we have been eagerly awaiting confirmation of release to websites such as MSDN and TechNet for legal downloads and serial's.
 
Brandon LeBlanc has just revealed Microsofts planned release dates in his blog, its seems that the wait will be over on the 6th of August when MSDN and TechNet will finally get the green light to let us have the OS we have been dreaming of since Vista's classic fails. If you need anything other than English then it will be long wait untill October 1st.
 
 
Heres the full post in Brandons Blog:
 
 
When will I get Windows 7 RTM?

I recognize this is an important question to have answered. Many of you have said you want to know exactly when you will be able to get your hands on RTM. Last Monday, I gave an update on RTM to close out some myths. In that update, I also gave a broad timeline on when different groups of people – or “audiences” – would get the final RTM code.

While I have nothing new to add regarding RTM today, I do however have more precise information to give on when you will be able to get RTM. Again, when you can get RTM depends on who you are.

For Partners & OEMs:
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 6th. There is already a lot of momentum from ISVs and IHVs in the ecosystem today for Windows 7 as Mike Nash blogged last week. If you are a partner who has been working on Windows 7 for a while, now is the time to complete your testing with final version of Windows 7. For partners that haven’t gotten started yet with Windows 7, now is the time to get involved. You can also visit www.readyset7.com to learn more about getting ready for Windows 7.

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!

For Business Customers:
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. Mark these dates on your calendar and start making your deployment plans!

For IT Professionals:
There are a few ways you can get Windows 7 RTM. IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.

IT Professionals at companies with Volume Licensing see above on how you can get Windows 7 RTM.

We have quite a bit of resources for IT Professionals to use to become experts on Windows 7 and to aid in their deployments. Those resources can be found at the Springboard Series.

For Developers:
Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.

To help developers who are developing applications for Windows 7 or updating existing applications to take advantage of new Windows 7 features, check out the Windows 7 for Developers Blog. Also, be sure to check out the Windows 7 Developers Guide on MSDN. Oh and there are also some fantastic videos on Channel 9 too!

For Beta Testers & Enthusiasts:
A special thank you to our beta testers is needed for their time and effort in helping make Windows 7 a solid release. The special pre-order offer we did offering Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional at almost 50% discount was done with our beta testers in mind. And many of you jumped at the chance to take advantage of this deal – thank you!

I know there have been some rumors going around about a “family pack” for Windows 7. We have heard a lot of feedback from beta testers and enthusiasts over the last 3 years that we need a better solution for homes with multiple PCs. I’m happy to confirm that we will indeed be offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select markets) which will allow installation on up to 3 PCs. As I’ve said before, stay tuned to our blog for more information on this and any other potential offers.

Beta testers will not automatically receive a free copy of Windows 7. Many beta testers are already subscribers to TechNet; those of you who fit that description will be able to download Windows 7 RTM shortly after RTM happens for free as part of your subscription.

However, if you don’t have TechNet and are waiting for GA (to either purchase Windows 7 or wait for your pre-order to arrive) you can continue to use the RC. In fact, you can continue to use it until it expires on June 1st, 2010 (expiration actually starts March 1, 2010, this is when the reboots start).

While our special pre-order offer with the near 50% has ended, Windows 7 can still be pre-ordered today from the various online retailers (including the Microsoft Store).

We are also going to release an evaluation of Windows 7 Professional for IT Professionals via the Springboard Series shortly after RTM. Over 40% of beta testers are IT Professionals and this will allow them to quickly access the RTM code and plan for deployments.

For Consumers:
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).
 
I for one cant wait to get my RTM copy of windows 7, will you be joining me in the queue?
 
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16-07-2009, 12:58:42

SwaleSmith
Hi,

I recently purchased a OQO E2 UMPC with a 1.6GHZ VIA C7-m CPU 1GB RAM and a 120gb HDD for internet usage on the go.

I intended to use this as a pocketable device which it is fine for but I have been pondering over the idea of switching my HDD to one of the cheaper SSD disk drives obviously a top branded uber SSD would be overkill for the job...

I have been considering upgrading with the hope of getting the following benefits

a) Lighter Weight
b) Improved Performance
c) And Slightly Better Battery Life

A & B meen the most to me but how much lighter will an SSD be over my current HDD, I get the feeling my HDD is making this just that little bit heavier, and will I get much of a benefit performance wise given my CPU etc?

I had one of these in mind....
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=160337753134

Any Thoughts Appreciated

17-07-2009, 05:08:20

SwaleSmith
please someone help :)

17-07-2009, 05:10:55

Luigi
I personally wouldn't do it. The SSD you linked to isn't the speediest model, and from reading reviews power saving over a standard drive doesn't seem to be all that great.


The weight thing is interesting, but again, I can't see it being that much.

17-07-2009, 05:41:48

SwaleSmith
thanks for your input.

Im aware this isnt the fastest model but I only have a VIA C7-M 1.6 Single Core CPU so this is not the speediest on the market by a long way.

But I thought this would be plenty powerfull enough vs the CPU but will there be any noticable performance increase e.g startup shutdowsn and general O.S use over my old HDD.

Can anyone verify how much lighter a 1.8 SSD is Vs a 1.8 HDD?

17-07-2009, 15:18:02

Rastalovich

and from reading reviews power saving over a standard drive doesn't seem to be all that great.




Eh I assumed they didn't need as much power as standard ? and I mean quite a bit less ?

Any1 studied this with figures ?

17-07-2009, 16:32:54

SwaleSmith
Thats also what I heard apparently it appears that in my instance about 30 mis can be added.

Rastalovich,

Do you have any opinions on weight performance etc would you do it????

p.s no freezes as yet ;)

18-07-2009, 04:04:55

Luigi

Eh I assumed they didn't need as much power as standard ? and I mean quite a bit less ?

Any1 studied this with figures ?



I always thought they did, however I was reading a review a few months ago where they did a head to head battery test HDD vs SSD, and the SSD won, but only by the smallest of amounts.

18-07-2009, 04:10:44

Rastalovich

I always thought they did, however I was reading a review a few months ago where they did a head to head battery test HDD vs SSD, and the SSD won, but only by the smallest of amounts.


That's amazing if I'm honest. Just by pure mechanics alone, u would assume the platter drive to draw alot more over time.

18-07-2009, 04:33:19

Luigi



That's amazing if I'm honest. Just by pure mechanics alone, u would assume the platter drive to draw alot more over time.



I totally agree, the article was a bit of a shock to me as well..

It was only one article however, with any luck someone else will test SSD vs HDD soon and verify this.

24-10-2009, 13:16:59

Bigsharn
I think it'd probably be a waste, I've got the Model 01+ that I use for college and all it's meant for is browsing and typing though I've got Worms Armageddon 2 working on mine :p), I don't really see why you'd need much else in the way of specs.
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