Windows 7 copies shipping early for some

Windows 7 pre-orders are arriving early for many in the UK.

Neowin reader dancedar let us know his copy arrived yesterday morning by a postman reliably delivering parcels instead of striking. According to a Microsoft spokesperson "Microsoft is aware of the planned postal strike and has taken action to minimise impact on those customers who pre-ordered their copies of Windows 7. As a result, some customers may receive their copy of Windows 7 a day or two early."

According to The Register, both PC World and Currys in the UK have begun shipping copies early. Royal Mail are currently planning strike action on Thursday in the UK which would cripple the ability for people to receive their Windows 7 copies on the day. Many retailers have opted for other means of delivery including DHL and UPS.

Neowin will be covering the UK launch of Windows 7 tomorrow and the US launch on Thursday. Stay tuned.

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It looks like IBM isn't much of a friend of Microsoft's anymore. Today IBM announced an extension of its Microsoft-Free PC effort together with Canonical Ubuntu Linux.

Boo to Win7 !

Pre-ordered mine from Currys (£44.99), arrived Monday, installed last night (upgraded a Vista install); took around 2.5 hours but went according to plan.

Home Delivery Network have been and gone.

Seems amazon.co.uk have asked them not to deliver till tomorrow.

Ohh well another sleepless night!

what does your tracking information is say when you go to the DHL website?

You get a lot more information than you do on the tracking on Amazon.

20/10/2009 00:00:00 WEB CUSTOMER The parcel data has been received
21/10/2009 01:07:00 DROITWICH The parcel has been sorted at our hub

I saw the van come to where I live visit a couple of homes then go.

F best buy. I preordered as per their website, with my card # and everything and the lady says" Sorry, I see no orders in the system. Last time I preorder ANYTHING from worstbuy

Wow. That's really good. I'm glad to see Microsoft on the ball here. A postal strike could really be horrific... I hope it's warranted and short...

without digging too deep into the reasons its a moronic move on the post office staff, the post office are loosing business because of it and subsequently more jobs will be lost. Whatever the post office think they are achieving they are also destroying something else.

My 3 copies have been shipped just a few hours ago from Amazon.co.uk. But I doubt it will get here (Norway) until next week though.

I just go an email mine has been sent via HDN (home delivery network), as they don't trust royal mail.

So I should have mine tomorrow before 11:00.

Preferential treatment? They're only avoiding us getting screwed over again due to own own striking incompetent mail service. It's only one company which seems to have had the ok from MS to ship before the snail mail grinds to a halt again.

I expect there'll be hundreds of posts about the lack of a massive warning about wiping the drive clean to install; there are notices if you read the text but they could have been more obvious.

Now all you UK people can quit bitchin' about the US getting all the preferential treatment LOL. Most of us in the US are still waiting for our copies to even ship. I'm mad and jealous!

ir0nw0lf said,
Now all you UK people can quit bitchin' about the US getting all the preferential treatment LOL. Most of us in the US are still waiting for our copies to even ship. I'm mad and jealous!

Yeah, but you're not about to have a post strike...

You ought to see how my postal delivery person Ace Ventura's my packages at home... LOL But a postal strike would indeed bite.

I love that shiny holographic DVD. Can we order one through Microsoft if I have a genuine key I got from MSDN?

Not sure if this is some side effect of the postal strike, but a friend of mine up in Scotland just got Forza Motorsport 3 through the door - it's not due out till Friday!

I'm glad to see companies on the ball with this. It doesn't affect me as I'm in the states, but I can only imagine what the impact would be from a large postal strike...

Got mine yesterday too from PCWorld, good to see Microsoft is watching the postal strike here in UK and taking action! No news from Amazon though ... infact PCWorld did not even notify me of dispatch ... it just showed up

xSuRgEx said,
its a shame Amazon have not bothered to ship early still i have my win7 pro for �30 thanks to the student offer.

No movement from Amazon for me either.

I see the distinct lack of a 64-bit disc, is it just not in shot or they only shipping both discs with Ultimate? (like with Vista) I thought all editions came with both discs...did I hear wrong? (I know it's easy to get, I did the same to get my Vista Home Premium 64-bit DVD...just be nicer to have both discs included :P )

Xerxes said,
I see the distinct lack of a 64-bit disc, is it just not in shot or they only shipping both discs with Ultimate? (like with Vista) I thought all editions came with both discs...did I hear wrong? (I know it's easy to get, I did the same to get my Vista Home Premium 64-bit DVD...just be nicer to have both discs included :P )

Stacked discs, see comment below.

Recieved mine yesterday. Installed last night and running great. No prompt for choice of browser :-) I heard it will be in an update from MS but don't see point after having installed OS and already chosen my choice of browser.

anyone know if i can update RC to Ultimate OEM via the version number edit trick?

i'm too lazy to burn all my drm files to CD.....

if i remember you will have to do a clean install .

i had to when i was running the RC2 version of windows xp all them years ago lol.

mocax said,
anyone know if i can update RC to Ultimate OEM via the version number edit trick?

i'm too lazy to burn all my drm files to CD.....

Should've prepared for it before then.

mocax said,
anyone know if i can update RC to Ultimate OEM via the version number edit trick?

i'm too lazy to burn all my drm files to CD.....

yes it does work by editing the CVersion.ini (think thats the name) file to a version number below 7100. I have managed to upgrade RC Ultimate to Retail Home Premium by changing a registry key so the installer thinks that Ultimate was Home Premium.

Most people on here are probably already running the RTM version so it really doesn't matter when the package arives. I'm not even planning on reinstalling, I'll just keep running with my TechNet product key and keep the box for the sake of making it legit.

Glad they decided to do this, would be so annoying to have to wait a few weeks after release date because of the strike. Got my copy yesterday, fantastic!

By picture I assume you mean the box and disc art and not this photo? What is wrong with it? It is plane and to the point, nice looking in a minimal kind of way. I could see wanting something a little more impressive than the solid green on the disc art but it does match the box and I think the box looks good.