Microsoft announces Windows 7 RTM, MGX details

Microsoft officially confirmed today that it has finished Windows 7 and released the final build to manufacturing (RTM).

Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft, confirmed that Microsoft has finalised Windows 7 during his speech at an employee conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Microsoft Global Exchange (MGX) is an internal Microsoft conference for Microsoft's global sales teams and evangelists. Employees have been posting updates to Twitter today.

Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, donned the stage earlier at MGX claiming "in business, adversity is inevitable, but misery is a choice" during his keynote. It was also announced that Jim Cirone (east region evangelist) won the Microsoft Chairman award for his thought leadership on Silverlight. The award is handed out annually for innovations that have furthered the state of "engineering excellence" at Microsoft.

Microsoft also announced the investment of $9.5 billion in research and development for FY09. This is the most for any technology company and the Redmond software giant will not decrease its investment in FY10. The closest comparable company is IBM with $3 billion less.

Before Ballmer confirmed Windows 7 RTM, Bob Muglia proudly claimed that "developers are at the heart of Microsoft" after demonstrations of virtualisation in Windows Server 2008. Microsoft employees were also treated to SharePoint 2010 demos and Office 2010 running across PC, phone and browser. Later on in the day Bing was the focus with Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President, Online Audience Business Group taking the stage with demonstrations of Bing's travel updates. Robbie Bach later took to the stage and demonstrated the Zune HD and Windows integration. New Windows Phone branding and UI was also demonstrated.

RTM (Released to manufacturing) marks the end of the Windows 7 alpha and beta phase and the product will now be officially supported by Microsoft's support channels and servicing. RTM does not mark the end of Windows 7 development though. Engineers will have booked their summer vacations but new builds will still be compiled ready for any hotfixes and heading towards the initial SP1 release.

Microsoft announced yesterday that the Windows 7 RTM build will be in OEM's hands "2 days after RTM" meaning OEM partners may have the build as early as Friday. MSDN and TechNet customers will receive the build on August 6.

7600.16385.090713-1255 is confirmed as the official RTM build, according to Steven Sinofsky "today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600.16385 as RTM."


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It looks like there is a 3-day automatic activation setup with this one. Must wait til Aug 6 Technet key release. No 30-day grace period.

mitochondria said,
It looks like there is a 3-day automatic activation setup with this one. Must wait til Aug 6 Technet key release. No 30-day grace period.

Are you sure? Because I have the RTM and it says I have 30 days to activate, just like I did with WinXP and Windows Vista. You can also rearm three additional times, effectively giving you a 120-day evaluation period. (And by the time that expires, about four months from now, Win7 will already be available on retail shelves.)

I'll check again when I get home. It was weird to see a 3-day activation, since it has always been 30-days, like you said. Maybe I was too tired to see straight last night. Be back in a few hours - after I check.

Yup. Windows 7 Enterprise. 3-day automatic activation. The system info says: "2 Days until automatic activation. Activate Windows now."
I installed it last night. I was hoping you were right, but....nope. Let's see what happens in 2 days. No biggie since it is a test system anyway.

With Enterprise it should attempt automatic activation in 3 days, but after that time passes you'll see it gives you a full 30 days.

You won't be able to activate Enterprise without a KMS server though.

JunkMail said,
Right! when will Ballmer leave Microsoft I want Billy boy to return instead :p

Ballmer is a good CEO and businessman. He will be forced out when Microsoft's stock, products and profits start tanking, which will likely never happen. Much more likely is Ballmer will simply grow old and retire, the same fate that will probably become of Steve Jobs.

And Bill Gates hasn't really left, but he's also not coming back as CEO. (He held that position and later turned it over to Ballmer.)

# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English E (x86)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_cliente_en-us_Retail_UltimateE-GRMCEULFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0x953EFBCC
SHA-1: 0xBC10F09B86DCBAF35B31B0E6FBA7D006ACAAD28D

# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English E (x64)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_cliente_en-us_Retail_UltimateE-GRMCEULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0x77BE890E
SHA-1: 0x029DCCEDD7691206010F84CE58343405A4DA92C9

# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English (x86)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0xC1C20F76
SHA-1: 0x5395DC4B38F7BDB1E005FF414DEEDFDB16DBF610

# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English (x64)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0x1F1257CA
SHA-1: 0x326327CC2FF9F05379F5058C41BE6BC5E004BAA7

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OmniouS said,
# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English E (x86)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_cliente_en-us_Retail_UltimateE-GRMCEULFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0x953EFBCC
SHA-1: 0xBC10F09B86DCBAF35B31B0E6FBA7D006ACAAD28D

# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English E (x64)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_cliente_en-us_Retail_UltimateE-GRMCEULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0x77BE890E
SHA-1: 0x029DCCEDD7691206010F84CE58343405A4DA92C9

# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English (x86)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0xC1C20F76
SHA-1: 0x5395DC4B38F7BDB1E005FF414DEEDFDB16DBF610

# Windows 7 Ultimate Retail English (x64)
Name: 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso
CRC: 0x1F1257CA
SHA-1: 0x326327CC2FF9F05379F5058C41BE6BC5E004BAA7

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Can anyone else confirm?

GreyWolfSC said,
I don't think it should say Ultimate in it, should it? Aren't all the editions on the same disc?

Well, it would make sense, because they do sell Home Premium only disks, right? Ultimate usually signifies that it contains all editions, though now that I think of it, I'm not entirely sure if that will be true about offical public retail discs.

LOL i personally cannot believe this build has gone RTM...not to mention the supposedly new icons in the final build but way too many bugs and typos and instabilities that Microsoft hasn't addressed or fixed (eg. the most stupid typo I can think of right now is Start->Control Panel->All Control Panel Items->Backup and Restore, look at the text in the bottom of the window "Recover system settings or your computer" and Speedstep still cannot be disabled under Power Management even after BIOS settings had been changed etc etc)

daveggg said,
(eg. the most stupid typo I can think of right now is Start->Control Panel->All Control Panel Items->Backup and Restore, look at the text in the bottom of the window "Recover system settings or your computer"

Maybe I'm being stupid but I don't get how that's a typo? It's probably badly worded, but it still makes sense. You can recover system settings OR your PC [to an earlier state] - it seems logical to me at least.

Um. You're an idiot. First off, that's not a typo, second, it makes sense.

Restoring your system settings and restoring your entire computer are two very different things. Go learn about hard drive imaging, kthx.

Nubstick.

nozen09 said,
Does anyone know if the Windows startup sound is new in Windows 7 or is it the same sound as Vista.

Unfortunately, I think it's the same. This means that Windows 7 is the first-ever consumer release not to feature new startup/shutdown sounds. Seems a bit lazy on Microsoft's part.

Quillz said,
Unfortunately, I think it's the same. This means that Windows 7 is the first-ever consumer release not to feature new startup/shutdown sounds. Seems a bit lazy on Microsoft's part.

Yes, how lazy. How dare they create an OS with the stress on making things simpler, faster, easier, and more intuitive, and not change the login sound. Those @$$holes.

LiquidSolstice said,
Yes, how lazy. How dare they create an OS with the stress on making things simpler, faster, easier, and more intuitive, and not change the login sound. Those @$$holes.

Of course I understand that it's not exactly a priority, but it's just become somewhat of a tradition, I think, to have a new startup/shutdown sound for each consumer release. It's a minor thing that shows that each subsequent version is different from the other.

I understand how minor and trivial it is, but sometimes it's the little things that you notice. When your PC starts up and you hear the Vista sounds... It just doesn't give Windows 7 its own identity, in a way.

everyone that was waiting for "new icons in the final build" get ready to be disapointed, there never were any new icons... and there are none new in the final build that wern't already in the RC build

Icons in the RTM build?! Hah, folks the only fixes that have a chance to make it for an RTM build are crash and other severe bug fixes. As always I am sure the RTM build has a few critical bugs, which were considered corner situations to be fixed in future HFs or SP1....

The final RTM build of Windows 7 is 7600 and has a build string of 6.1.7600.16385.win7_rtm.090713-1255, built on July 13th, 2009. This build has not been leaked yet. However the extracted installation files including the install.wim for Windows 7 RTM Build 7600.16385 have leaked. However, the extracted Windows 7 RTM setup files won't boot. Thus, some users have made bootable DVD ISO image file for Windows 7 RTM from build 6.1.7600.16384.win7_rtm.090710-1945, which is not the official unmodified and untouched leak from Microsoft. On July 24, 2009 Microsoft released Windows 7 to OEM (original equipment manufactures and system builders) online. Followed by MSDN and TechNet Subscribers via Download and Microsoft Connect on August 6, 2009.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_o...o_manufacturing
:)

NoctheniK said,
The final RTM build of Windows 7 is 7600 and has a build string of 6.1.7600.16385.win7_rtm.090713-1255, built on July 13th, 2009. This build has not been leaked yet. However the extracted installation files including the install.wim for Windows 7 RTM Build 7600.16385 have leaked. However, the extracted Windows 7 RTM setup files won't boot. Thus, some users have made bootable DVD ISO image file for Windows 7 RTM from build 6.1.7600.16384.win7_rtm.090710-1945, which is not the official unmodified and untouched leak from Microsoft. On July 24, 2009 Microsoft released Windows 7 to OEM (original equipment manufactures and system builders) online. Followed by MSDN and TechNet Subscribers via Download and Microsoft Connect on August 6, 2009.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_o...o_manufacturing
:)


No offense but that is a really bad explanation.

so whats new?
Windows 7 is imply how Vista should have been 2 years ago! quicker and much stable!

Will it boom?
at least anyone that stays off to XP can now upgrade to 7, cox it better? no simply coz the whole ecosystem updated drivers and pass to play well with both vista and 7! Windows 7 is OK, however it could have been a lot more

Will it excite people?
Personally i am more exited to upgrade my laptop to snow leopard rather than upgrading my desktop to windows 7!

So why do you care to comment on an article about Windows 7? Just stay away from anything that is Windows related.

And as far as Snow Leopard is concerned, you can also say that it is simply how Leopard should have been 2 years ago, quicker and much stable.

hmm in that video where it has them signing the cds, i hope they dont actually have the OS on which there gona give to sum1 as sign he signed both at the same time, and put one on top of the other, the ink wont have had time to dry and will transfer to the other cd which will ruin the cd, iv done this many a time
O and wooo to RTM lol

As exciting as it is, the Windows 7 RTM was expected...I'm more interested in the "Zune HD and Windows Integration" demonstration. Anyone sneak a video camera in there?

ho hum the only thing im looking forward to with this is the massive price tag im going to have to pay out because we didn't get the option for cheap pre orders

madmattoz said,
"Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, donned the stage"

How exactly do you don a stage?


easy, stand underneath it, cut hole in stage floor, raise head so it pokes through, shout "hey dudes, ya'll like ma new stage coat"

...maybe not

According 2 What It Says On The Microsoft Tech Net Website, The Server Version (Of Windows 7) Will Be Available As A Free 180 Day Trial Beginning August 20th, 2009! What A Cool Birthday Present 4 Me (I Was Born On August 15th, 1977)!

Take a moment to think about that question. If after that moment you still don't know the answer you should give your TechNet sub to someone of my choosing...

Seriously, does TechNet give "RTM" serials for the rest fo the "RTM" builds it has? Of course. Why would they give you RTM code and a RC (basically non-working) serial? That would be stupid eh? Now see how stupid the question is :P

ignaciojn said,
Quick question: When Windows 7 RTM is released in TechNet, will they give RTM serials?


no, you'll be given the install disc with no key. That's why you pay to subscribe to technet, isnt it?

paperless said,
powerade01 said,

paperless said,
They did confirm the build number: "Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600.16385 as RTM. "

http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/pa...er-2008-r2.aspx

It quotes the official statement.
Paul said this. Not microsoft or/and a screenshot from a OEM PC.

Paul didnt say it, he quoted it.

"Today, after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600.16385 as RTM," said Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc in a message that will be added later today to the company's Windows 7 blog.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/913..._7_declares_RTM


brandon does not list a build in his blog, just fyi:

Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/...ufacturing.aspx

red77stars said,
It's time to talk about Windows 8. Let's start over. lol


windows 8 (windows ate?) will feature this wallpaper akin to Earthworm Jim 2's level 8 (leve late)

FunkTrooper said,
Wzor previously said that 16384 was the final build. He was *wrong* that time. Hardly very reliable to me...



Nope ...You can see if you don't belive it but Wzor stated just POSSIBLE rtm ...

FunkTrooper said,
Wzor previously said that 16384 was the final build. He was *wrong* that time. Hardly very reliable to me...

He never said it was Final RTM, he said it was an RTM build, and possible RTM. But never said it was the Final RTM signed off code..

maccik said,
this was said by wzor a week ago and noone belived so Wzor is a relaible source ...Yee ...!!!

I lol'ed when I read wzor !

xendrome said,
He never said it was Final RTM, he said it was an RTM build, and possible RTM. But never said it was the Final RTM signed off code..

I'm pretty sure that if I labeled every build as a possible RTM I would eventually be right too. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure build strings out especially when it jumps two milestones -- congratulations to wzor.

Yep, if the pattern holds then Windows 8 should be a fairly decent release with many great new features. Not that Windows 7 isn't, but I suspect maybe 8 will be much more so (probably including a refined version of the new taskbar). Obviously I am just speculating and hoping, so don't take my word as the actual truth! lol.

any legal ways to download 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso from microsoft? i have technet+, msdn

leo221 said,
any legal ways to download 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso from microsoft? i have technet+, msdn

If you have read the previous articles, Technet and MSDN aren't getting it next month, AUGUST 6.

eblkheart said,
If you have read the previous articles, Technet and MSDN aren't getting it next month, AUGUST 6.

i know, what's why asking. any OTHER legal ways to get the binaries

I guess they didn't update the rest of the icons like everyone was going on about on the forum then? If it's the same build that leaked etc.

Stupid question i know but i need to re-install my OS soon since i'm gonna change my MB, CPU and RAM (my MB NB fan died and i decided to change the whole MB, CPU and RAM instead of just the fan). I posted this from another computer before someone ask ;)

So if i install Windows 7 RTM instead of Vista can i activate Windows 7 later this fall using my legit copy (i pre-ordered it from Amazon already) ?

Edit: Since the pre-order is an upgrade version and not a full one, you won't be able to activate it with an upgrade key.

Yes you can. But then you'd have to buy a full version of Windows 7. If you get an upgrade key, you're not going to be able to activate it. You will then have to reinstall 7 and use the key.

Pharos said,
Yes you can. But then you'd have to buy a full version of Windows 7. If you get an upgrade key, you're not going to be able to activate it. You will then have to reinstall 7 and use the key.

Hum i pre-ordered the upgrade boxed version since i own the full version of Vista already

LaP said,
So if i install Windows 7 RTM instead of Vista can i activate Windows 7 later this fall using my legit copy (i pre-ordered it from Amazon already) ?

If it's like the upgrade for Vista was, you can install it without a key and then install a second time (with key) for the "upgrade".

I've about given up on Logitech for webcams. My cam that I bought just before Vista was released never got drivers for Vista, much less anything else. They seem to drop support for a camera the day after it is replaced, and they seem to release new models every couple of months.

Well my logitech works well. It's the Microsoft VX-6000 believe it or not. Compatibility message every time. So, for now I am reduced to the Logitech webcam - Communicate stx or something. Waiting on some drivers for the lifecam.

Matthew Waldron said,
Now all I have to do is wait on the webcam drivers.. Already had these builds myself.

If it works on Vista, it will work on 7, since they are the same operating system.

MS should spark things up and release the build as a different number even if 16385 is the official RTM. Make it 16387.

splur said,
MS should spark things up and release the build as a different number even if 16385 is the official RTM. Make it 16387.

They run a very serious business there, and not a playground party...

So RC1 is pretty much the final product, minus bug fixes here and there? No other surprises? That's a first for MS.

Uhhh. even if you ignore the whole arbitary jump from 7264 to 7600, you have to be smart enough to realize that the RC is still quite buggy, when you think about how amazing it was for the 7000 Beta to jump to 7100, and we know for sure that there was a 7200.

t0l4 said,
sweeeet :)) its about time that zippy eye-candy thingy got released! now when do i get my MSDN key, M$?

August 6 I believe. That's when TechNet subscribers get it anyway.

paperless said,


Paul didnt say it, he quoted it.

"Today, after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600.16385 as RTM," said Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc in a message that will be added later today to the company's Windows 7 blog.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/913..._7_declares_RTM


brandon does not list a build in his blog, just fyi:

Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/...ufacturing.aspx

My plan is to wait for final confirmation about the RTM build-string and then I'll download it/install/prepare it and wait until it's available via TechNet/MSDN to get a key for activating it. Can't wait!

dlegend said,
My plan is to wait for final confirmation about the RTM build-string and then I'll download it/install/prepare it and wait until it's available via TechNet/MSDN to get a key for activating it. Can't wait!

"wait", "wait" and "can't wait"

Don't know about you, but I lol'ed.

As far as i am concerned it did not matter when it RTMed because we already knew when it was going to be available for legal distribution anyway.

Ummm, plenty of "legal" distributions are set specific times after the RTM. Sure, you know when RETAIL distributions are, but many other digital distributions are set x days after RTM.

Kushan said,
Ummm, plenty of "legal" distributions are set specific times after the RTM. Sure, you know when RETAIL distributions are, but many other digital distributions are set x days after RTM.

Actually, that's not true. We knew, before the RTM sign-off, specific dates for all avenues for legally aquiring Windows 7.

I think the point littleneutrino is trying to make is that it doesn't matter when the actual Windows 7 released to manufacturers, because the launch date that mattered to us was already set in October.