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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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

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'

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?

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.

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?

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

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