Windows 7 begins to release to the public across the world

Right now, it's October 22nd in some parts of the world, and Microsoft has begun releasing Windows 7 across the world at various launch parties and events. In New Zealand, Microsoft held events in Auckland and Wellington to promote the launch of Windows 7 by gathering a crowd and making a big Windows 7 logo with them.

Windows 7, is available worldwide today to the general public, whereas before now it has only been available to technet/msdn subscribers, as well as VLK owners and university students around the globe. Windows 7 had the largest beta testing process in the history of Windows release cycles, with well over 8 million copies of the public beta being downloaded in 3 months.

In May, Microsoft made the Release Candidate, Build "7100", available to the public through until August 20, stating that this version of Windows 7 would be free for "six months" if you continued to use the RC until it expired. This build had over 100 fixes and tweaks that Microsoft had provided thanks to testers feedback. On August 6, Microsoft made available the RTM code, Build "7600", of Windows 7 to Technet/MSDN users, and general availabilty on October 22 marks the final phase of Windows 7's release - after 3 years of development and testing, which was heavily user driven.

From today, Windows 7 will be available from retailers around the world, as well as online stores such as Amazon.

So, Neowin, have you got your copy yet? Hot off the press? Or have you had it for a while?

Update: Microsoft NZ has made available a Photosynth of the events in New Zealand on their promotional website.

Update #2: Microsoft showed a promotional video at the launch event earlier today in the United Kingdom that counts up the releases of Windows. Notice that they omitted Windows ME. Thanks Long Zheng!

Update #3: Microsoft is offering real-time Windows 7 tweets via a update that just went live to the Windows site.

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I got my Win7 from newegg.com, Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack rox for the average joe! And of coarse gonna have to get the Anytime Upgrade to Ultimate! "Boot from Windows 7 image
Windows 7 Ultimate users can boot from a backup image (.tib file) containing a backup of their system partition. This will allow the ability to test a backed up system without actual restoration. If the operating system boots from the .tib file, then it will boot when the need arises for a system recovery."

Think I'm getting a free copy (Professional) when I go to TechEd in November too, as well as a subscription to MS TechNet.. bonus!

Mine just arrived 5 minutes ago, Win 7 Pro 64 bit with a 32 bit disk.

First thing is to make an .iso for the ops so as not to use the disks again and keep them in the condition I received

them.

I am currently downloading the upgrade academic 32 bit for my fiancée.

Finally it's a relief.

Nice, reading this at 7AM and just got a knock at the door. Who the hell is that at this time? Delivery guy it seem's with my copy of Windows 7.

CBS has some fail coverage on it:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDE5AChSPzs&feature=player_embedded
They show the "OS"...but actually it's just HP's crappy interface

no win me and 2000 apparently.

i guess they didn't put them there since they were taken over quickly by xp and me was part of 9x era while 2k was part of the nt (xp) era!

and if you start your count at msDOS and go through to win 7 it is actually the 9th os for the home or 10th if you really must count ME

pet peeves for Kiwi's
1: no pre-order deals (unable to even buy it from another country)
2: no launch party availability (closest was in Australia)
3: damn expensive retail prices = Home premium $341.22 , professional $488.66, ultimate $499.05
4: damn expensive OEM = home premium 32/64 $217.70, professional $285.08, ultimate 32bit $391.74 - 64bit $368.24

i'd pay the oem price for a retail copy without a qualm but seeing as how i dont make the socalled 45k per year average wage i don't have that sort of dissposible income , so unless prices drop radically in the time i have left on the RC i'll be going back to my legit copy of XP

Atlonite said,
pet peeves for Kiwi's
1: no pre-order deals (unable to even buy it from another country)
2: no launch party availability (closest was in Australia)
3: damn expensive retail prices = Home premium $341.22 , professional $488.66, ultimate $499.05
4: damn expensive OEM = home premium 32/64 $217.70, professional $285.08, ultimate 32bit $391.74 - 64bit $368.24

i'd pay the oem price for a retail copy without a qualm but seeing as how i dont make the socalled 45k per year average wage i don't have that sort of dissposible income , so unless prices drop radically in the time i have left on the RC i'll be going back to my legit copy of XP

I agree we get shafted pretty good usually but our countries so far behind in I.T in general and such abysmal quality I wouldn't blame them, really.

I'll probably go technet path.

Damn you guys, i'm sorry. I work for an IT company, I'd be happy to ship you a bunch of copies - I have an uncle in chch.

koppit said,
Damn you guys, i'm sorry. I work for an IT company, I'd be happy to ship you a bunch of copies - I have an uncle in chch.

I have technet, it's cheaper over here in NZ

Atlonite said,
and pay even more just for a copy of win7

For windows 7 yeah it's easier plus get access to the rest of software which will be handy.

As for koppit... that would be interesting

email me @ gmail dot com - there are many options for out of country sales. I have a MAPS subscription at work too, so I don't really need to purchase any copies for myself

Still costs more in CDN than USD ... even though they're so VERY close to being equal :p

Already installed my copy of W7 Ultimate from the party pack - PARTY TIME TOMORROW!!

Time to change is here. XP is too old. Windows 7 didn't duplicate or cuadruplicate the value (as Vista did) with the recommended settings. I have the RTM version since the 2nd day of the build to finish and is working as a jewel. There is no doubt that this will be Microsoft's best OS, or at least a "refreshing" version of Windows XP

Well, I know I'm looking forward to the Launch Party myself and the other half will be attending tonight!! Been using 7 since the beta, always been fantastic, minimal issues - I lost hope for MS when vista came out, but 7 restored it!!

The prices weren't too bad so picked up a copy of 7 Ultimate today (was aiming for Pro but Ultimate was only AUD$10 more so I thought why not) should arrive Monday and I'll put it on my main machine, will wait abit before upgrading the laptop though (it's dual booted between 7 RC1 and Vista anyway)

Hey , I just ordered it off newegg for $49 for the retail upgrade. does it have the 32bit and the 64bit versions on the disc?

One bug i found in taskbar. I could still move icons like e, wmp, firefox around even the Lock the taskbar is clicked.

that's the superbar, and that's normal. you won't be able to move any toolbars around, nor can you resize the superbar when it's locked.

koppit said,
that's the superbar, and that's normal. you won't be able to move any toolbars around, nor can you resize the superbar when it's locked.


I said it dont matter. It keeps resizing or moving icons even when its in Locked position. You said, nor can you resize the superbar when it's locked. I still can move when it's locked.

Jatt5 said,
I said it dont matter. It keeps resizing or moving icons even when its in Locked position. You said, nor can you resize the superbar when it's locked. I still can move when it's locked.

I can't resize the bar when it's locked - and the icons are ALWAYS moveable by design. The superbar is not the quicklaunch bar of old, that's your confusion. See the Windows help..

Shiranui said,
Going out to buy Ultimate 64 this afternoon - I'm getting to old to camp outside the shop at midnight.

afaik, x64 and x86 are included in the package :P

been using win7 for a month+

Does anyone know, yet, if the Windows 7 Home Premium Update will require that Windows Vista already be installed? I have my disc and CD-KEY and need to know if I should reinstall it tonight...

I haven't used it since the Beta and later RC of Windows 7, and I think sense I've formatted my Windows Vista partition for other things.

Yes, you have to have Vista installed in order to be able to activate your Windows 7. Best thing to do IMO, if you can, backup all your important stuff to another hard drive/flash drive, format the drive, install Vista and then install Windows 7 right after, using the "CUSTOM" option.

thank you microsoft. stop celebrating and give us the windwos 8 beta fast :). im assuming a great rise of windows pc soon. the good days for the mac are over although mac are also good

Looks like MS have ballsed up their own pre-order program, the MS Store is showing as Windows 7 avaliable now as a download, a friend just placed an order and was able to download straight away, but meanwhile my own pre-order on the same site is still showing as pending release of software - seems I'm getting punished for pre-ordering?

i too have been using 7 since rc. Got a technet subscription so it would be the cheapest route for me to upgrade. Now have it deployed on 2 of our 3 computers (kid pc is next).

i had been pleased with Vista overall. I ended up having less problems with it than when XP first launched.

So before you go off of 1 posters rant on 7. Give it a try!!!!!!

Heh, those photos were taken just across the road from my work.

I've personally been on 7 since the betas via MSDN. Running the RTM build now at work and home on two machines. We hook up my wife's laptop to the TV and watch movies using media centre. It's great! Yeah, I know media centre was in previous versions of Windows, but she used to have a MacBook ;-)

I have been using windows 7 since beta and I am using rtm now on all my machines including an asus eee pc. Best version of windows that i have ever used.

I've got it installed on my new rig, still using XP on my main box. So far 7 has offered me literally nothing new other than enhanced security. As for performance, seems about the same as XP... certainly better than Vista (which I rightfully skipped, ha). Got it for free anyways, so can't complain! Ha!

hotdog963al said,
I've got it installed on my new rig, still using XP on my main box. So far 7 has offered me literally nothing new other than enhanced security. As for performance, seems about the same as XP... certainly better than Vista (which I rightfully skipped, ha). Got it for free anyways, so can't complain! Ha!


You turn off the task bar enchancements?

Did beta testers who opted to get a CD in the mail got their copies yet? I ask because I chose the CD rather than download and I'm yet to receive the CD.

I test installed it yesterday, and I guess that was the mistake... because now I'm ordering a licence before christmas.... dang...

They are probably iphone users. I think it registers as OSX as well and would explain the use of a mobile service such as Twitter.

Been using it since the beta and fell in love with it :P Have my signature edition now though thanks to the party pack

I started using it with the Public Beta and continued with the RC. About a week ago I installed the Signature Edition and if the WEI is to be believed, the index is better than both the RC and the PB (which, at least in the PB's case, is to be expected). But I have been using the same computer (homebuilt AMD Athlon X2 5000+, 4GB PC5300, NVidia 8600GT 256MB) through all these, and the WEI went from 4.4 to 5.6.

I did a clean install btw, and even though I didn't have the problems with Vista (at least after SP1) that some others complain about, IMO Win 7 is much better. Hope they like the cake...

Jimmy422 said,
7 is still great, though.

Compared to previous incarnations, yes indeed. It could be much MUCH better though if they really tried.

So what are some things you wanted in 7 that they didn't ad exactly? And please don't say something like "completely rewriting x from scratch" or something.

There was something like a million plus participants in the beta/RC cycles... can you imagine the volume of feedback generated? just getting a 2 or 3 percent consensus on a single feature request with that many people would be difficult. THere were some changes made, however, based on common feedback, so they did listen.

I have used Windows 7 since the PDC (OMG so long ago!) and I noticed that its much faster (so quit trolling!), but it gets slower over time like any other OS - dont expect the impossible, because even XP does that (O.K., let me get this straight, It has probably something to do with the small partition I keep Windows 7 in, too. And don't forget XP had lots of security issues when it was released.).

Overall, I'm deeply excited about this release and I'm looking foward to use Windows 7 from now on. Any older Windows release does not bring anything that will make you want to be stuck in the past. I'm still amazed how the Vista graphics got the XP-like performance, and I have been using it for ages now.

Of course, your 8GB SSD netbook can stay in Linux/XP, Windows 7 is big and it wont let you install anything in such a tiny space.

Ricmacas said,
I have used Windows 7 since the PDC (OMG so long ago!) and I noticed that its much faster (so quit trolling!), but it gets slower over time like any other OS - dont expect the impossible, because even XP does that (O.K., let me get this straight, It has probably something to do with the small partition I keep Windows 7 in, too. And don't forget XP had lots of security issues when it was released.)..


the impossible will be possible if you install windows 7 on ssd disk. then the performance will be always the same

Ricmacas said,
Of course, your 8GB SSD netbook can stay in Linux/XP, Windows 7 is big and it wont let you install anything in such a tiny space.

Oh, it can be done - you just have to try I've got it running on a 4GB SSD eePC.. google and ye shalt find..

ok so we have our 1st 7 user who thinks its a POS.

Well ive been using it since the RC and the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial. and compared to Vista its much better

It definitely performs better than Vista. Absolutely.

But under the hood it's not much more than a optimized Vista SP2, with some new features added and some features removed (such as Ultimate Extra's and the Quicklaunch bar).

I compare it to Vista as XP compares to Windows 2000. 5.0 --> 5.1 kernel, 6.0 --> 6.1 kernel, but it is basically built around almost the same code, and Vista drivers will mostly work with 7, just like 2000 drivers worked with XP most of the time.

And where driver manufacturers now release 2000/XP/2003 driver packages, they will now also releast Vista/7 driver packages.

Those who think that Windows 7 is the salvation we have all been waiting for..... but at the same time HATE Vista for what it is and stuck with Windows XP all these year..... are really not going to be all that impressed.

Those who like Vista for what it is, but just were disappointed in its performance.... are going to like Windows 7. A lot.

wow, i mean really... the only issue i have had with 7 is trying to install a 64bit version on a laptop that shipped with vista 32. some hardware components were not supported in x64 so i droped it back to a x86 install and roberts your mothers brother. no more issues. if your machine is running slow in 7 you should check your hdd for bad sectors. or upgrade your 486. i was running one of the first beta builds on a eeepc 900a 2gb ram, when the minimum install size was just under the 8gb ssd and that was noticeably quick then XP forget about vista. i have loved vista. i loath working on xp machines now but since i changed to seven even in the beta build ill never turn back.
PS: this is my first post on neowin. i always visit to check out the news but never had the need to post any thoughts... then i read thealexweb post and well, here i am..

xSuRgEx said,
ok so we have our 1st 7 user who thinks its a POS.


More like the first "imbecile" or "troll" is you ask me hehe

I for one have just come back to vista, windows 7 has blown its last chance for me. Slower (slower than vista and xp) and buggy as hell even weird preview pane bug. Uses more ram while idle than Vista and takes longer to bootup, overall rather shocking OS.

thealexweb said,
I for one have just come back to vista, windows 7 has blown its last chance for me. Slower (slower than vista and xp) and buggy as hell even weird preview pane bug. Uses more ram while idle than Vista and takes longer to bootup, overall rather shocking OS.

:blink:

quit trolling, your full of it. no way vista is faster or better than 7. you better check your pc hardware my friend. anyways...im going on 2 months now with the final than ks to a friend and a free msdn key!

thealexweb said,
I for one have just come back to vista, windows 7 has blown its last chance for me. Slower (slower than vista and xp) and buggy as hell even weird preview pane bug. Uses more ram while idle than Vista and takes longer to bootup, overall rather shocking OS.

Maybe you should put your original copy of Windows 98 back on that computer, should fix all your problems

I'm just confused. You must have some major issues. I 've installed used windows 7 on around 4 machines. Never once had a crash.

smooth3006 said,
quit trolling, your full of it. no way vista is faster or better than 7. you better check your pc hardware my friend. anyways...im going on 2 months now with the final thanks to a friend and a free msdn key!

warwagon said,
I'm just confused. You must have some major issues. I 've installed used windows 7 on around 4 machines. Never once had a crash.

Same....well 1 crash...but that was a hard-disk failure

Sounds like Windows 98 to me. Windows 7 is nothing like thealexweb described, not even during the pre-beta.

thealexweb said,
I for one have just come back to vista, windows 7 has blown its last chance for me. Slower (slower than vista and xp) and buggy as hell even weird preview pane bug. Uses more ram while idle than Vista and takes longer to bootup, overall rather shocking OS.

Yea, you have issues buddy. I have it on my work and home laptop (thanks TECHNET!) and no issues what so ever. Runs quicker than Vista did and has not crashed once. Few others have installed it as well with no issues.

I wonder if he even realizes the background on 7?

Vista had good functionality and horrible performance... 7 expanded upon Vista's functionality improvements and vastly improved system performance. If he were a developer or IT Pro, he'd surely have some background on just how they did this (for starters, with on-demand services).

Maybe he's a script kiddie sitting in his mom's basement on a 386?

warwagon said,
I'm just confused. You must have some major issues. I 've installed used windows 7 on around 4 machines. Never once had a crash.

That doesn't mean there aren't any problems. I have Windows 7 installed on 2 machines, my home desktop (x64 with 6 Gb), and my work HP elitebook laptop (x64 with 4 Gb). I also had it installed on my wife's laptop, also an HP laptop with 4 Gb.

However, I took it back to XP after continued lockups. The problem is a known one, there are some bugs with the power/hibernation system in Windows 7 which has been reported with several laptop models from several brands.

Her laptop would just lock up on the weirdest times.... in the middle of work, when closing the lid, when opening the lid, etc.

XP is once again rock stable, although it is only using 3 Gb of the 4 Gb of RAM right now.

I will install Windows 7 on that laptop, but I think I will wait till all the drivers have been released for that model, and till there are a few more compatability patches. Till then, it will run XP.

On my two other machines..... Windows 7 runs like a charm! Absolutely wonderful. Just this one laptop.... and no, the ram was tested with Ubuntu and Memtest86+ - no errors.

While I don't agree with Windows 7 being buggy, it certainly wasn't faster than Vista on my laptop. I also found the new task-bar annoying. And Libraries? That's going confuse alot of people. I don't deny Windows7 has improvements, but for now, for me, on my laptop, Vista is better and more comfortable.

@vaximily: Vistas performance is fine for me...


maartena said,
That doesn't mean there aren't any problems. I have Windows 7 installed on 2 machines, my home desktop (x64 with 6 Gb), and my work HP elitebook laptop (x64 with 4 Gb). I also had it installed on my wife's laptop, also an HP laptop with 4 Gb.

However, I took it back to XP after continued lockups. The problem is a known one, there are some bugs with the power/hibernation system in Windows 7 which has been reported with several laptop models from several brands.

Her laptop would just lock up on the weirdest times.... in the middle of work, when closing the lid, when opening the lid, etc.

XP is once again rock stable, although it is only using 3 Gb of the 4 Gb of RAM right now.

I will install Windows 7 on that laptop, but I think I will wait till all the drivers have been released for that model, and till there are a few more compatability patches. Till then, it will run XP.

On my two other machines..... Windows 7 runs like a charm! Absolutely wonderful. Just this one laptop.... and no, the ram was tested with Ubuntu and Memtest86+ - no errors.


the hibernation problem u have has been fixed for a long time now. microsoft hasnt release the patch because they wait for this day i presume. there are already 50 patches. all official from microsoft, you can download and install them all from here http://forums.mydigitallife.info/showthread.php?t=10571

maartena said,
...I think I will wait till all the drivers have been released for that model, and till there are a few more compatability patches.

Is that not more of a driver/manufacturer problem than Windows 7?

I'm also running Win7 on my box at home for over a month now, no problems whatsoever.

I also deployed Win 7 to over 20 PC's at work, for almost two months now, and they all run fine, on P4 2.8GHz with 1GB RAM up to Dual Cores with 4GB. Tested lots of drivers and software, no issues so far.

Being able to run 7 WITH areo features on a small net book which i would not dare touch with Vista and ran ok with XP...

I think someones posting form their Macbook pro...

smooth3006 said,
quit trolling, your full of it. no way vista is faster or better than 7. you better check your pc hardware my friend. anyways...im going on 2 months now with the final than ks to a friend and a free msdn key!

If they're experiencing issues and bad performance, how is that trolling? While uou, I, or most others haven't had any issues with 7, doesn't mean others haven't.

thealexweb said,
I for one have just come back to vista, windows 7 has blown its last chance for me. Slower (slower than vista and xp) and buggy as hell even weird preview pane bug. Uses more ram while idle than Vista and takes longer to bootup, overall rather shocking OS.

You must be using SnowPussy, or whatever it's called...

For the record, he's not completely at fault here. Bootup, for some odd reason is sometimes longer at the login screen (though faster at the pre-desktop boot) versus Vista. I've seen weird glitches with the Preview pane where the image does not expand to fill the pane's width.

Saying that, you do have to keep in mind that it's a rather impressive first show of an OS, and the problems you mentioned, they're probably specific to some hardware/software configuration and may be fixed in the near future.

thealexweb said,
I for one have just come back to vista, windows 7 has blown its last chance for me. Slower (slower than vista and xp) and buggy as hell even weird preview pane bug. Uses more ram while idle than Vista and takes longer to bootup, overall rather shocking OS.

Ah, an Apple troll trying to make the Windows 7 Launch page look bad.

thealexweb said,
I for one have just come back to vista, windows 7 has blown its last chance for me. Slower (slower than vista and xp) and buggy as hell even weird preview pane bug. Uses more ram while idle than Vista and takes longer to bootup, overall rather shocking OS.

LOL. You sir are a liar or should replace your computer.
I don't reboot my computer daily.. maybe on a 3-4 week basis and a couple lost seconds can be spent making coffee. I however do find it to run very fast but I do have a computer that is faster than most people.

omnicoder said,
Ah, an Apple troll trying to make the Windows 7 Launch page look bad.


Yeah, and so obvious too hehe

Quick review of his post history shows him commenting that he has a cheap Inspiron laptop, and another where he mentions something about not thinking to update drivers. So I'm gonna chalk his comment up to PEBKAC and move on.

Mega Goatlord said,
Quick review of his post history shows him commenting that he has a cheap Inspiron laptop, and another where he mentions something about not thinking to update drivers. So I'm gonna chalk his comment up to PEBKAC and move on.

+1

omnicoder said,
Ah, an Apple troll trying to make the Windows 7 Launch page look bad.

This site is getting worse and worse, no one has mentioned apple on this launch page until now.

Perhaps he has faulty hardware or perhaps there is a compatibility problem with his machine and 7. I have installed Windows 7 on a variety of machines and not had a problem, however i can appreciate that this may not be the case for everyone.

warwagon said,
I'm just confused. You must have some major issues. I 've installed used windows 7 on around 4 machines. Never once had a crash.

Oh, great. Therefore it will never ever crash for anybody.

You anecdote doesn't cancel out his anecdote at all.

Personally, I don't see the point of going from Vista v2 back to Vista.

Owenw said,
Same....well 1 crash...but that was a hard-disk failure :(

So Windows 7 destroyed your hard drive? That is bad :-(