Update on Win 7 RTM availability, MSDN and TechNet August 6

Microsoft has just sent word that MSDN and TechNet customers will be able to get hold of Windows 7 RTM on August 6.

Windows 7 RTM will initially be available in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st for both MSDN and TechNet customers.

Microsoft has released a time-line for RTM availability, English will be first followed by other languages:

  • ISV/IHV - 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.
  • Partner Program Gold/Certified Members - August 16th. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
  • Action Pack Subscribers - August 23rd. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
  • OEMs - Approximately 2 days after Microsoft officially RTM
  • Volume License with Software Assurance - 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 without Software Assurance - September 1 (downloadable from the Volume License Service Center)
  • MSDN/TechNet - August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.
  • Everyone else - October 22nd, general availability date.

Microsoft also confirmed there is no special deal or "thank you" for Windows 7 testers. The special pre-order pricing was "done with our beta testers in mind" according to Brandon LeBlanc.

Microsoft have not confirmed the RTM build number or when exactly they plan to announce the official RTM so the wait continues.

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Can I installl the RTM or OEM and then once my retail key ships on Oct 22nd, can I plug it in without having to reinstall?

ricknl said,
Windows 7 will only work for 30 days without a key though.

Well, you can rearm it for up to 120 days, giving enough time for Oct 22 to come around

Two replies, no answer.
I don't know, but my thinking is the key will work for the version you purchased, ie Home Premium, or Ultimate. It being E or not - I wouldn't think - will not matter.
Just my thoughts thought.

Stupidly most people are installing Ultimate and will have bought just a Home Premium licence, which will not work (in my thinking)

I, of course, am a completley unrealiable source but.

It'll RTM today (Wednesday 22nd July) and OEMs get it on Friday... Expect a torrent on Saturday!!

As an Action Pack Subscriber I am pleased we are getting it earlier than we got Vista, I just hope they are not "upgrades" like those pointless Vista Business PKs. I notice OEMs get to ruin Windows 7 2 days after RTM.

I read for the MSDNAA people like me, it's up to your University/College to have it on your list of software to choose from. if they do, it can be on your site on August 6th as well. just what i heard, can't site sources.
What happened to the RTM being late July?

And there you have it kids. Did we not keep telling you this? ;)

Glad to see a final date, i'm looking forward to it!

No, it's not to "keep program compatibility". Compatibility Mode is used to spoof install utilities. Microsoft isn't going to mess around with their versioning just to enable sloppy programmers.

"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"

MSDNAA availability is apparently at the discretion of each school's admin. And it doesn't look like Microsoft has announced it anyway, so the odds are good you're gonna have to wait at least until GA.

No, MSDN Premium, on the other hand (heh, heh...) XD

Great news.

On a side note, is there a place I can find all the different links to Microsoft websites. Like fixes, tweaks.. I recently lost all my bookmarks and I had them saved...

So you're saying you installed an unfinished OS on your primary machine, then.

Somehow I don't think you'll win any sympathy by passing off a gold install as inconvenient.

Joshie you and I both know that the RC is pretty usable. Also, what's the worst that could happen? Do you think an RC would have some bug that could cause a spontaneous format or something?

paperless said,
Joshie you and I both know that the RC is pretty usable. Also, what's the worst that could happen? Do you think an RC would have some bug that could cause a spontaneous format or something?

Exactly.

I've always been wary about installing development builds of a OS as my main OS, but with the Windows 7 release candidate, I just had to Not only because it is so much better than any other Windows version but because it is very stable.

As long as you backup your important data, then there's not really anything that could go wrong which isn't fixable

Calum said,
As long as you backup your important data, then there's not really anything that could go wrong which isn't fixable :)

Except for the fact that the RC will expire next year.

Hey yeah that would be funny. So funny in fact that I think you have what it takes to write the next "Not another xxxx movie" movie.

Yay, now when are 3rd parties going to stop producing "beta" drivers for 7?

Asus Xonar drivers do weird ****. Have to end some processes to get some stuff to work.