Windows 7 PCs available early

Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, is set to officially launch and become generally available to the public on October 22. Some custom computer builders, however, have now been given permission to start selling PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed a week or more before the launch date.

Some smaller system builders have been told by Microsoft that they can start selling PCs pre-loaded with Windows 7 as soon as they receive the product keys, TechFlash reports. The product keys - used to activate the operating system - are expected to be distributed to these system builders as soon as October 13, over a week before the official release of Windows 7.

Jon Bach, the president of custom computer builder Puget Systems who are based in the Seattle region, told TechFlash that he found out about the early release stance simply by speaking to Microsoft. He had been led to believe that the policy applies only to system builders who buy Windows 7 via the official distribution channels, and not to large OEMs or retailers.

"I'm surprised this hasn't come out. It was freely shared with us, and confirmed in writing. We almost didn't believe it," Bach said of the arrangement. He added, "The way they said it was, 'This is your competitive advantage, make use of it'."

Puget Systems are prepared to start selling Windows 7 machines as soon as they receive the product keys from Microsoft. Bach himself has been testing the operating system for the past six months and feels confident that they are ready for launch. His company has copies of the RTM version, ready for preconfiguring computers so that all they need to do is enter the product key before handing it over to the customer.

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Hm... Well, good for the smaller computer companies. I would think this would upset the larger OEM's though... I don't remember Microsoft doing this before. I can't imagine many customers getting Windows 7 in their hands with that time frame. This is probably more so that these smaller companies can start preparing inventory running Windows 7?

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... Well, good for the smaller computer companies. I would think this would upset the larger OEM's though... I don't remember Microsoft doing this before. I can't imagine many customers getting Windows 7 in their hands with that time frame. This is probably more so that these smaller companies can start preparing inventory running Windows 7?

That's correct for many small computer companies. I work for a mom n pop shop with decent throughput and it's still all XP and a few smatterings of Vista when XP won't work. As far as W7 goes the average customer has heard of it but there's no one who is really anticipating it for the most part. I think the problem Vista created with it's poor performance is people aren't as willing to go with the new Microsoft OS like they did before. The XP Rollout was probably the best you could have done. It was far faster, more stable, not too complicated and lived up to its promises. Given the long wait time between XP and Vista just gave more time for developers and users to stay entrenched in XP. Why else would they have an XP Mode for W7? XP will be the first MS OS to have a large install base for more than a decade which is kinda scary if you think about it. Who was using W95 in 2005? Very Few! Many advances were made from then until now and XP was adaptable enough to handle all of the innovations but W7 will make it show it's age I'm thinking. Just an opinion.

Let see if we can start a rumor here. Dell Computer Inc., is now getting ready to discontinue the use of Windows and Linux (distro) OS's; they are going to use the new Google Chrome. Dell has decided to do this because they feel that the new Google Chrome OS is the wave of the future in the world of computing. They wanted to go with snow leopard, albeit Steve Jobs turned them down cold. So, by the end of 2010 look for Google Chrome on all Dell computers including their servers.

it seems like it wont come out for AGES

also why does DELL uk say things like "this computer is eligible for win7......offer ends 30th sept..." ??!!!!!!
shouldnt all new computers coming out NOW be able to get a free win7 upgrade?

Speaking as someone that works at the major retailer that will be selling both software and PCs we have already started to not get new vista systems in. As new W7 systems arrive they will be stored in the warehouse until launch date. The night before the launch any remaining displays will be pulled, restored and packaged for sale as closeout/open box though for the Vista launch we had 0 items left. That same night the merch team will go out and redo the entire PC & Laptop valley with all new systems.

Opening day for W7 launch there will be nothing but W7 for sale with preinstalled W7 systems.


All I want to know is when I can get me a Courier!!!!!!!!

You know, my cousin who goes to a tech college, two weeks ago, got his windows 7 key and the disc from the college library... and i helped him install it.. it's kinda cool.... so does that mean colleges got them first?

Ugh. I'm still waiting for Newegg to post the OEM copies so I can preorder it.

EDIT: And of course I check Newegg after this post and they are up on the site. Heh.

i dnt tink that will happen when vista launched pc world has vista all preinstalled already so i dont think there will be a problem

A week? psh a real launch would have all the systems on store shelves running that OS at least the day of the launch... what's going to happen is W7 will launch but the stores will all have Vista on their display systems.....

I think not. Stores are not stupid, they are always looking for the hottest new things to show off on their displays. 10 days is more than enough time for OEMs to load the Windows 7 product keys (keep in mind they will already have their factory images ready long before they get the keys) and ship new systems out through their distribution channels. Big stores like Best Buy might even have agreements with OEMs to get copies of the Windows 7 image to install on their existing display models.

I watched a Dell advert this morning and it said that it comes with the exciting and easy to use Microsoft Windows Vista.

No mention of a free upgrade to Windows 7 which of course is available, do they not think after all the hype it would be an amazing selling point.

I do think they can be stupid at times.

This is not about the retailers. The day before Vista launched, the big box retailers had XP on all their machines. The very next day, the same machines were all running Vista. A miracle.

rdmiller said,
This is not about the retailers. The day before Vista launched, the big box retailers had XP on all their machines. The very next day, the same machines were all running Vista. A miracle.

Not really that hard to swap out a pre-imaged hard drive.

stevember said,
I watched a Dell advert this morning and it said that it comes with the exciting and easy to use Microsoft Windows Vista.

No mention of a free upgrade to Windows 7 which of course is available, do they not think after all the hype it would be an amazing selling point.

I do think they can be stupid at times.



They are more then stupid, they are down right clueless. They still sell Vista Home Basic, which is not eligible for the free upgrade.

Talk about not caring for your customers.