Thurrott: Final version of Windows 7 coming October 15

Predicting the release date of things like Windows 7 beta, RC and now the RTM is something like trying to predict when the end of the world will be. Everyone gets excited about the upcoming date, but when it actually does happen, that's all anyone will care about. Well, get ready for some more predictions as we get further and further away from the RC release and closer to RTM.

The latest prediction, this time from Paul Thurrott, is that Windows 7 will be released to the public on Thursday, October 15. But as he says, this is "according to the current schedule."

Meaning... "don't shoot me if I'm wrong or they change it."

The October 15 date gives Microsoft about 5 months to squash bugs left in the release candidate, which was released on May 5. This date also does seem to match up with the news we reported on last month, via Pocket Lint, that Windows 7 would be available for purchase on the Acer all-in-one Z5600 PC systems starting Saturday, October 23.

We expect lots of rumors to circulate about the release date, up until we get something concrete from Microsoft. Not that we don't trust our good buddy Paul, but this is his second or third prediction on a release date (or at least time frame) for the final version, so we're currently working with our sources to firm up the October 15 date he mentions and hope to have more information for you soon.

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Aug 24th same day xp did in 2001 because in aug 2001 had to take my machine to shop because it was not working right and had the rtm on it and it was the first time the shop seen it running

hardgiant said,
August = RTM
October = Retail
November = patches :)

In all honesty, I'd expect patches before November. Which is not a reflection of the code quality.

ye ok, im saying date is in august or september.... for "RTM" build, not offical public. However saying exact date is stupid, even if MS it self would announce it half of year in the future.

Just remember people. October 15th is the supposed date of general availability (GA or the time when you can buy it on store shelves). The plan is to have Win 7 finished up (RTM) in mid-August.

dcoaster said,
Just remember people. October 15th is the supposed date of general availability (GA or the time when you can buy it on store shelves). The plan is to have Win 7 finished up (RTM) in mid-August.

yes Sir

Predicting the release date of things like Windows 7 beta, RC and now the RTM is something like trying to predict when the end of the world will be. Everyone gets excited about the upcoming date, but when it actually does happen, that's all anyone will care about.
What an unbelievably poor analogy :S Seriously why bother

That 7127 from torrent is a virus, avoid downloading that.
I think windows 7 RTM will be a decent os and i like it .

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Totally FWIW, as in the Neowin article of the 16th on the Feedback program, they're asking for at least 4 months of data, while also saying they'll hope you continue after final release.

Paul bases the release date for Windows 7 on when this deadline is for his Book. Which is a logical perdition. RTM is supposed to be in September which mean its goes to pressing and should be releasing about 1month later.

Hopefully it'll be more useful than the "Windows Vista Secrets" book. It was basically just a dump of the Vista help documentation, no secrets to be found.

I think the last book I bought for anything computer related was a few weeks before first getting the internet thereby making every book almost instantly obsolete, overpriced and cumbersome.

Y'know, I feel I have to comment here just to add even more colour to the username mix.

I shall be somewhat interested in the book too, never bought/read a Windows book before.

Jugalator said,
LMAO, but oh so true, as well. ;)

These kind of articles are the cheapest way to find attention in the IT community. :D


So I guess you didn't actually read his article and notice it was about far far more than just the release date.

I'm guessing it will RTM a month or two before that, probably sometime in late August if that is really going to be the public release date. Remember that the Vista RTM date came a couple of months before its release as well.

Lucas said,
Paul just wants attention.

And I suppose Neowin "just wants attention" for posting news stories? What is it you think people do on the net?

Again, Paul Thurott really ranks as an "insider" on Windows. Since he's working on a Win7 book whose release is supposed to coincide with Windows 7, I'd say his date accurately reflects Microsoft's release plans.

Now, whether Microsoft can actually hold to that plan remains to be seen...

So who is going to be camped out at their local best buy the night before to buy a copy?!?!?

I know I am....probably a few...one for each member of my family.

One can only hope the don't limit the number of copies per purchase. At last count I think I needed 8.

M. Seth said,
So who is going to be camped out at their local best buy the night before to buy a copy?!?!?

I know I am....probably a few...one for each member of my family.

One can only hope the don't limit the number of copies per purchase. At last count I think I needed 8.


why in gods name would you do that? :S It's not like they are going to run out of copies...

GreyWolfSC said,
Preorder them from Amazon and you should have them at the door the morning of the release date. :)

What if your local mail doesn't deliver until afternoon?

XerXis said,

why in gods name would you do that? :S It's not like they are going to run out of copies...

It's called sarcasm.....I don't I have ever done that for a Microsoft product.

xendrome said,
What if your local mail doesn't deliver until afternoon?

Amazon generally doesn't ship via USPS. "Day-of" preorders are usually shipped FedEx.

M. Seth said,
It's called sarcasm.....I don't I have ever done that for a Microsoft product.

Sorry but I read it as serious too...sarcasm doesn't work that well online...especially when what your saying is something many people do in fact do.

It'll be on retail shelves (OEM on machines and boxed retail) in October, but it'll RTM end of July. It's the only way it'll be ready in time for that public release date.

Paul should have pulled the "when it's done" prediction and not artificially inflate the hopes of those here who hang on every word of his or on release dates. I figure everyone like that will have his head on a pike if/when it doesn't make that date LOL.

If Paul's date is correct, then Acer's date is right on track. I'm taking it with a small grain of salt though just in cast something does change.

Do not really care when it comes out only simply that it does. However it might be a while before i purchase it. (like all OS purchases) hoping for any stability updates for things that they were unsure about on launch.

littleneutrino said,
Do not really care when it comes out only simply that it does. However it might be a while before i purchase it. (like all OS purchases) hoping for any stability updates for things that they were unsure about on launch.

Windows doesn't get stability updates after it's released. It gets security updates that make it less stable. The most stable version is always the one on the release date.

Beaux said,
Windows doesn't get stability updates after it's released. It gets security updates that make it less stable. The most stable version is always the one on the release date.


In case you're serious (I really can't tell, sorry if I'm missing the joke) just one example: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941649/en-us "This update improves the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista." And why exactly do security updates decrease stability?

Beaux said,
Windows doesn't get stability updates after it's released. It gets security updates that make it less stable. The most stable version is always the one on the release date.

Wrong. It always gets more stable AFTER release, one of the reasons why businesses tend to wait till a year after. What you said makes absolutely NO sense.

testman said,
Wrong. It always gets more stable AFTER release, one of the reasons why businesses tend to wait till a year after. What you said makes absolutely NO sense.

As a former MS Tier 2 Support Tech you would be surprised

you know, it's going to come out at october 15 and thurrot is going to say: see, told you so!!! Thereby completely ignoring the fact that this is already his third or fourth trie at predicting the date.

XerXis said,
you know, it's going to come out at october 15 and thurrot is going to say: see, told you so!!! Thereby completely ignoring the fact that this is already his third or fourth trie at predicting the date.

Thats how they all are lol

XerXis said,
you know, it's going to come out at october 15 and thurrot is going to say: see, told you so!!! Thereby completely ignoring the fact that this is already his third or fourth trie at predicting the date.

Except there's a difference between a prediction and actually having information on the date.

Since Thurott is actually working with the Windows team (he's producing a how-to book that's supposed to publish to coincide with the launch), I'd say his date accurately reflects Microsoft's current plans.

Given that Acer has already leaked details of a Win7 machine that will be available on Oct 23, this isn't too surprising.