Windows 7 now available on Technet and MSDN

Microsoft has officially released Windows 7 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) available for download via Technet and MSDN, however, users must have a valid subscription to either web site.

Today's release is only available in English, and other languages will be released on October 1st. Users can now download an ISO image of Windows 7 directly from Microsoft with a unique serial key. The ISO images of Windows comes bundled with Home, Premium, Professional, and Ultimate edition in either 32bit or 64bit. The download varies in size depending on which architecture you download:

Windows 7 in 32 bit: 2385.99 MB
Windows 7 in 64 bit: 3075.30 MB

Windows 7 Starter is also available for download for users via Technet and MSDN. Users may experience some slow down during the download due to heavy bandwidth usage as consumers try to get their hands on the next major release.

Only four weeks earlier, Windows 7 was officially signed off on and went to RTM status. Consumers who do not want to wait can register for a Technet or a MSDN account to get their hands on Windows 7.

Starting tomorrow, Volume License customers with an existing Software Assurance license will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English via the Volume License Service Center. Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st.

The final release of Windows 7 will be available in stores as of October 22, 2009.

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I did what I thought I'd never do - an in-place upgrade from Vista ultimate. And... it works, everything works, and is just as fast. Sure, it might be a bit faster with a fresh install... but I don't have time right now, and besides, IT WORKS, all my softwares work. Oh I am happy

Just installed W7 RTM 64bit Ultimate on my main Gaming Rig! Sorted.

Will be running W7 Enterpise on my laptop as from monday.

gtxvortex said,
Just installed W7 RTM 64bit Ultimate on my main Gaming Rig! Sorted.

Will be running W7 Enterpise on my laptop as from monday.


Very nice! How's the gaming experience going with 7?

LiquidSolstice said,
I believe that it's actually already out. I could be wrong about that.



Its not on Technet yet.

Never mind, found all the info I needed...

OEMs will receive Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM in English and all Language Packs on July 29th. The remaining languages will be available around August 11th.

For Volume Licensing Customers:

If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license, you will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM on August 19th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).

Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows Server 2008 R2 through Volume Licensing on September 1st.

IT Professionals:

IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish on August 14th and all remaining languages beginning August 21st.

Developers:

Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish on August 14th and all remaining languages starting August 21st.

For Technical Enthusiasts:

Starting on August 20, you can download the 180 day evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 R2 from http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/try-it.aspx

Additionally, Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available in the retail channel on September 14th.

Do any of you guys know if it's possible to install this image now, and activate with a serial in october, when it's for sale? It sertainly shouldn't be hard to get a copy of the image..?

Yes, you can use 30-day Trail and then everytime u can re-arm it for another 30days for max of 3 times. So you get 30x3 = 90 days

pmendu said,
Yes, you can use 30-day Trail and then everytime u can re-arm it for another 30days for max of 3 times. So you get 30x3 = 90 days

Actually, the rearming limitation starts at the end of the first 30 days, so you can actually use it for 120.

Thanks! I've already pre-ordered my ultimate-copy. Can't wait. Been running on beta and rc builds for quite a while now.

Has there been made list of changes from RC to RTM?

Anyone know how many times you can use the key you get? Is it 10? Wouldn't mind a page with some info on how many times the serial key will work.

technet has a 'product key and FAQ' page for subcribers to read...if that doesn't explain enough you can always 'email support'

Emil Valsson said,
Actually there is a difference. When getting it from Microsoft you are getting it legally and from a trusted source. (y)

That's what hash checks are for.

LA1979 said,
People would never do anything to an ISO on the file sharing networks, would they?

:eyeroll:


Neverrr. You know the internet. Lots of trustable people

LiquidSolstice said,
Lol, idiot,

Some of us want to actually get the ISO legally rather than download them from a torrent site.


Again... That's what hash checks are for.

These downloads are the same as 4 weeks ago..... I have this build already fully installed.....nothing new in the current download version.

HDW-mobile said,
These downloads are the same as 4 weeks ago..... I have this build already fully installed.....nothing new in the current download version.

Nothing new except for the fact that these people all got it legally.

Aren't these the same keys as for the RC?

In any case, thanks for your help. I see you've explored MSDN quite extensibly!! :)

I have a MSDN account and have most versions of Wndows 7 available for download, but the Enterprise and Ultimate versions are not available! Any ideas why?

Even on another account that gives me all applications (Office and the likes) these 2 versions of Windows 7 are not available.

Dang it!

Strange. On my (MSDN Premium) account I saw all of them (including Basic, which I might try on an old lappie I've got kicking around).

If you consider all you can get, like Office, the next to come Virtual PC refresh etc. it's worth it, just for 7 it isn't.

The reason I'm considering the same is because I want/need Ultimate and the upgrade version is $219. TechNet is $261.75 with the 25% discount code. With all that TechNet offers, including Office 2010 within the next year, I think it may be worth it.

KaneHusky said,
The reason I'm considering the same is because I want/need Ultimate and the upgrade version is $219. TechNet is $261.75 with the 25% discount code. With all that TechNet offers, including Office 2010 within the next year, I think it may be worth it.

its sound a nice idea.

I was having issues with the Akimo download where it was zipping right past the page with the ActiveX warning before I could click and install the control. I finally timed it just perfect and now it's downloading at ~ 1.2MB/sec. Much better than the default MSDN download manager.

Now I just have to find the time to do the install and I'll be all set. :~)

I don't know about that, I can't d/l from the akimo thing either.

EDIT: Now I can d/l from the akimo thing. Must have been bogged down b4 and that's why I was getting errors.

wow thanks. I started off d/l enterprise and straight away looked at the key, SWEET I thought, came back 2 hours later and the d/l had finished but now the generated key was gone and the link is blanked out and couldn't make a new one.

Saw your post and clicked on the "my product keys" and behold, the key I generated is still in there.

Same. Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise downloads and ability to generate keys for those products are disabled here as well. Top Downloads still links to ISO's though.

same here, they are disabled, I can only d/l pro now but luckily I started the enterprise d/l when it was still up and I generated the key lol

So I hope the key is still valid when I go home after work to install enterprise.

Top downloads are still linked but i get errors when I go to d/l so it;s not working for me.

ManMountain said,
Same. Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise downloads and ability to generate keys for those products are disabled here as well. Top Downloads still links to ISO's though.

I managed to generate keys for both the x64 and x86 versions of Ultimate.

It was going painfully slow on MSDN (showing ~25 hours for the download time), so I killed it. I'll try again after the feeding frenzy is over.

Guys There Is No Need 2 Purchase An Expensive MSDN Or Microsoft Tech Net Subscription, As The Server Version Of Windows 7 RTM (Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM), Is Going 2 Be Available As A Free 180 Day Trial Beginning August 20th, 2009, Just FYI. I Plan 2 Use It 2 Hold Me Over Until Windows 7 RTM Comes Out On October 22nd, 2009.

kevpan815 said,
Guys There Is No Need 2 Purchase An Expensive MSDN Or Microsoft Tech Net Subscription, As The Server Version Of Windows 7 RTM (Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM), Is Going 2 Be Available As A Free 180 Day Trial Beginning August 20th, 2009, Just FYI. I Plan 2 Use It 2 Hold Me Over Until Windows 7 RTM Comes Out On October 22nd, 2009.

Source?

kevpan815 said,
Guys There Is No Need 2 Purchase An Expensive MSDN Or Microsoft Tech Net Subscription, As The Server Version Of Windows 7 RTM (Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM), Is Going 2 Be Available As A Free 180 Day Trial Beginning August 20th, 2009, Just FYI. I Plan 2 Use It 2 Hold Me Over Until Windows 7 RTM Comes Out On October 22nd, 2009.


You Have Capitals On Every Single Word.

andrewbares said,
You Have Capitals On Every Single Word.


Might be he used the Office 2007 Word feature "Capitalize Each Word'..

I Agree. That Was Very Irritating To Read. But What's More Irritating Is That Trying To Type Like This, I Keep Adding A Period After Every Word Because Instinct Tells Me It's The End Of A Sentence.

kevpan815 said,
Guys There Is No Need 2 Purchase An Expensive MSDN Or Microsoft Tech Net Subscription, As The Server Version Of Windows 7 RTM (Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM), Is Going 2 Be Available As A Free 180 Day Trial Beginning August 20th, 2009, Just FYI. I Plan 2 Use It 2 Hold Me Over Until Windows 7 RTM Comes Out On October 22nd, 2009.

There are eleven 2's in this post. Why? Learn2typeoutURwerds.

And I think some people here need to get a life and quit acting like you are honest abe in life and everyone must follow every rule to the T. Technet is not cheap, its not like people are getting free software, they are paying for it.

TC17 said,
And I think some people here need to get a life and quit acting like you are honest abe in life and everyone must follow every rule to the T. Technet is not cheap, its not like people are getting free software, they are paying for it.

correct, not free, but still not for the intended use!

TC17 said,
And I think some people here need to get a life and quit acting like you are honest abe in life and everyone must follow every rule to the T. Technet is not cheap, its not like people are getting free software, they are paying for it.


there is no reason to join technet just for the software. Technet is $349. You can get a copy of windows 7 and office 2007 for that much. So anybody who joins it just for windows 7 is wasting their money.

Well it depends how many systems they have and how much software they want (they may want more than Windows and Office).

But yes, I doubt MS care a awful lot to be honest. It's not cheap and being a subscription service I'm sure they make more money from many users than they otherwise would out of renewals rather than them going and buying a copy OEM once every four years.

Sorry TC17, the truth is a bitch sometimes. I wanted Technet to be for personal use as well - I'd get a lot of use out of it. But it isn't, and no amount of wishful thinking will change that fact. The pre-sale for 7 was aimed at people like me, so I went with that, and it was significantly cheaper than buying a Technet sub.

BGM said,
correct, not free, but still not for the intended use!

Yeah, but when you PAY that much money for the subcription, you've already covered the cost for a FULL copy of Ultimate, + lots of interest.

Just downloaded x64 and now x86.

I think people need to be clear that technet subscriptions are for evaluation, and msdn is for development. That is not developing website/windows forms/cheesecake recipes whilst using the os, it is developing FOR the os and checking compatibility etc.

I'm pretty sure that any other use is a breach of terms, and, ultimately illegal.

I could of course be wrong


I bet like 50% of technet use the OS's full time.

Owenw said,
Just downloaded x64 and now x86.


I bet like 50% of technet use the OS's full time.


hmm.. well, they should be using volume or retail licensing.. :)

i'll download mine off of the partner site some time next week. yay for software assurance

I think people need to be clear that technet subscriptions are for evaluation, and msdn is for development. That is not developing website/windows forms/cheesecake recipes whilst using the os, it is developing FOR the os and checking compatibility etc.

I'm pretty sure that any other use is a breach of terms, and, ultimately illegal.

I could of course be wrong

not exactly. The MSDN license requires that you install the OS on a computer used for development. I use my computer for both work and leisure, nothing in the MSDN license prevents me from doing so.

I personally think the Technet/MSDN programs are well worth the money for getting access to things early and all in one place to try out and use (For testing/development of course ) indefinitely. It's a good way to learn the technologies.

pupdawg21 said,
I personally think the Technet/MSDN programs are well worth the money for getting access to things early and all in one place to try out and use (For testing/development of course ) indefinitely. It's a good way to learn the technologies.

Especially if you got them for free!

Yes,

MSDN program is geared toward developers.
TechNet is geared toward any IT Professionals.

So MSDN users typically get access to debug and checked builds and driver and development kits that TechNet users don't typically get access to.


Same here. I've been downloading for 8.5 hours for one stupid ISO. This is ridiculous! My speed keeps fluctuating between 50kb/s & 185kb/s.

GreenInspiration said,
what about those who did the windows feedback panel on windows 7.anyone know?

What about them? I hope you aren't expecting a free copy...

Windows Feedback Program participants will get their Ultimate copy sometime around January 2010.

tuxplorer said,
Windows Feedback Program participants will get their Ultimate copy sometime around January 2010.

Oh, that program, previous comment redacted.

GreenInspiration said,
Why not

He misspoke, I believe he thought you were talking about were the ones who downloaded the Public Betas and RCs and gave feedback about them.

TechNet subscriptions includes nearly everything that Microsoft Makes. All OS, Servers, Client Software, Exchange, ForeFront, SQL Server, etc ....

It is geared toward Development/Testing the software.

As for Windows I believe you can get 10 licenses or so for every OS.

What're the limitations on a technet subscription? Can I install on multiple PC's in my Home? Do I get multiple product keys? Can I get whatever I want thats out by microsoft? (XP,Vista,7) ?

amrinders87 said,
It is for evaluation of the software. You cannot use it for development purposes.


You can on MSDN - Microsoft Developer Network

Owenw said,
Yes, well...I'm going to be evaluating Windows 7 for the next....4 years. Lol..

Same here. I believe in in-depth testing.

I don't get why one would pay for this, if the intention is to violate the license anyway. There are free options if that's the intention.

Someone please define "evaluation".... how does one evaluate software if its not for testing ones own software... What is the point of a technet subscription?

Jugalator said,
I don't get why one would pay for this, if the intention is to violate the license anyway. There are free options if that's the intention. :p


You're still giving Microsoft some money, so it's not nearly as bad. It's aobut 3x better than pirating (morales wise)

zackiv31 said,
Someone please define "evaluation".... how does one evaluate software if its not for testing ones own software... What is the point of a technet subscription?

I believe it's more for IT staff ect who as part of their job test software before rolling it out on networks ect. IE they download it, make sure whatever they need to run works fine ect ect and then the company they work for will go out and buy more copies if it passes the test.

I think it depends on how you morally see the situation to be honest. It'll technically be the same copy so I guess it depends how you define "evaluate" and how you can construe any definition to justify you owning a technet license.

The link above even states you can "evaluate" it at home so I guess you could say you're evaluating it at home to see how applicable it is inside the office. The terms only really explicitly state it can't be used for development or live environments which I don't think really falls under home use. The fact the wording has been somewhat confusing and vague for some time and hasn't really being addressed pretty much says to me that MS is happy enough for home users to subscribe and pay for it.

Of course others will see it differently and some will say it's no worse than piracy. I personally think it's one big grey area thanks in part to MS's wording, something which they seem happy to keep rather open ended as far as home use is concerned despite being pretty clear on how the software is to be applied for work purposes.

BoDEAN said,
You need friends that work at MS. Why spend money for MSDN / Technet?

It's easier to get money than it is to get friends.

The SHA1s are all different for each x86 ISO and each x64 ISO

So what happened to the single ISO and "Pick your edition" approach?

Why do I have to download 3 ISOs to get Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate for x86 and another 3 ISOs for x64?

Ok,

Here is the Deal. EACH ISO is an ALL in ONE disc that have every version. However, each ISO has been customized to only Allow the version that is listed to be installed. You don't get a drop down or choice when you go through the installation. So say you download the Ultimate x64 ISO and when its time to put in a key you put in a Professional x64 Key what will happen is that it will deny that key.

I did a little testing with the Ultimate x64 ISO and I've noticed that if you remove the ei.cfg file from the diSC it will change that ISO image into a version that asks you to select what version you want to install. (the selection menu with all the versions) However, I did not test if it will actually let you activate other versions when you get to the screen. I'm getting ready to try this in a little while. To see if this theory proves right but removing the file did indeed bring the selection screen back. The differences in say the Ultimate x64 and the Professional x64 ISO probably is just the content of that ei.cfg file but there may be other changes that makes it different because all of them are essentially the exact same file size for the respective architectures. The one exception is the Enterprise edition which is actually a different file size for the x86 and x64 versions than all the other versions. I'll try it and let you know since I really don't want to have to burn like 8 different discs I'd rather have just (2) that have all the versions. One for x64 and one for x86.

pupdawg21 said,
Ok,

Here is the Deal. EACH ISO is an ALL in ONE disc that have every version. However, each ISO has been customized to only Allow the version that is listed to be installed. You don't get a drop down or choice when you go through the installation. So say you download the Ultimate x64 ISO and when its time to put in a key you put in a Professional x64 Key what will happen is that it will deny that key.

I did a little testing with the Ultimate x64 ISO and I've noticed that if you remove the ei.cfg file from the diSC it will change that ISO image into a version that asks you to select what version you want to install. (the selection menu with all the versions) However, I did not test if it will actually let you activate other versions when you get to the screen. I'm getting ready to try this in a little while. To see if this theory proves right but removing the file did indeed bring the selection screen back. The differences in say the Ultimate x64 and the Professional x64 ISO probably is just the content of that ei.cfg file but there may be other changes that makes it different because all of them are essentially the exact same file size for the respective architectures. The one exception is the Enterprise edition which is actually a different file size for the x86 and x64 versions than all the other versions. I'll try it and let you know since I really don't want to have to burn like 8 different discs I'd rather have just (2) that have all the versions. One for x64 and one for x86.


Why do they do this, why do they deliberately make things harder to do. It is death by a million paper cuts with Microsoft.

cakesy said,
Why do they do this, why do they deliberately make things harder to do. It is death by a million paper cuts with Microsoft.


The funny thing is that it wasn't nearly this hard in Vista. They actually made it harder in 7.

mite be wanted to makes easier for customers and not make them confused with choosing between diferrent editions. there are lot of not tech users around.
i would still prefer to have those options during installation.
(but what is the probablity that a non-tech guy would be installing windows anyways?)

Chicane-UK said,
Accept it. It's a bug.

It isnt a bug. It can be fixed with a chipset driver update. It is the chipset's driver's fault. Not Windows 7

powerade01 said,
It isnt a bug. It can be fixed with a chipset driver update. It is the chipset's driver's fault. Not Windows 7


Thank you, for finally making this clear.

Getting annoying that people are searching for something to downplay 7's launch.

TruckWEB said,
Downloading from MSDN at a crazy slow rate of 250k/sec....

Please, i am lucky to get 100kbs now...consider yourself lucky. 12 done and another 4-6hrs to go......

ThaCrip said,
anyone who considers 250KB/s 'crazy slow' is just flat out spoiled with insanely high speeds! (i.e. 1MB/s+ or more)

? 1 MB/sec is insanely high now? I pay a little less than $35 a month from Comcast for those kind of speeds. I dont' consider myself "spoiled" when people around me on T3s are downloading at 23 to 25 MB/sec.

Downloading now - 400kbs/second using the download manager. I usually download from MSDN at over 1mb/s, so its considerably slower.

Not a bad deal for the $249 year subscription I paid when it was on sale a while back... not to mention, I will be able to evaluate full version office 2010 come the end of the year.

I recommend paying for the MSDN - its a great deal and you get the software early.

Cool, anybody know if there are any good TechNet coupons out right now. The full price is ok but if there are discounts out there that would be great. I know at one point it sounded like there was like a $100 off coupon for new subscriptions.

Lowdown said,
Cool, anybody know if there are any good TechNet coupons out right now. The full price is ok but if there are discounts out there that would be great. I know at one point it sounded like there was like a $100 off coupon for new subscriptions.

There is one for 25% off around that works just fine.

Unclean009 said,
Any word on MSDNAA?

Earliest it will be available is August 14th, it's still up to the administrators of each one to add it.

Microsoft's servers are very slow at the moment.

I'd like to give a tip to everybody:
For better Download speeds, I recommend everybody to use the Akamai download manager. You can use this by downloading from the "Top Downloads" section instead of the normal downloads section. My speed increased from 50 KB/s to 850 KB/s .

magnetra7 said,
Microsoft's servers are very slow at the moment.

I'd like to give a tip to everybody:
For better Download speeds, I recommend everybody to use the Akamai download manager. You can use this by downloading from the "Top Downloads" section instead of the normal downloads section. My speed increased from 50 KB/s to 850 KB/s .

dude...you kick ass!!!

This works much better than the normal regular download area. It's provided to combat the problems of server overload a new, popular download creates.

Although the speed fluctuates quite a bit - my download is going from 300 KB/sec to 2.6 MB/sec - it is much better than the more steady 180KB/sec to 190KB/sec I was getting from the regular download area.

You da man!!!!

It is bouncing about a bit from 800k to 32k every second but still, it will only take 2 hours to d/l comapered to 8 hours on MSDN at 80k/sec

nullie said,
What are the main differences besides price between MSDN and Technet subscriptions?


MSDN = developer
Technet = IT Pro

MMaster23 said,
MSDN = developer
Technet = IT Pro

Don't forget price too. MSDN is several thousand dollars. The TechNet ones are only several hundred. I wouldn't mind Visual Studio but that is over on MSDN only (which is the developer one).

I just landed an MSDN Premium account in eBay a couple of months ago for under $500US, though I can't promise anyone could duplicate that.

I wanted Small Business Server 2008 (for development purposes only, of course!) and Visual Studio 2010 when it's released (not to mention a production license for VS 08), so it was worth a few extra bucks for me.

Chrono951 said,
I get both! Woot! Microsoft Student Partners!

I'm an MSP and only got MSDN Ahh well, still gets me the stuff I wanna play with

Intelman said,
Most Partners and even Microsoft Student Partners get both. Not sure why.

Because we need it for our demanded certifications.

so is this final version? and there's no more? i have a mate on technet, can he just go and download it? while i have to wait and pay for it, but its both the sale version...