Update: Windows 7 RTM available on MSDNAA on 6th August NZT

Microsoft has announced, through their official "Imagine Cup New Zealand" Facebook page that the Windows 7 Professional RTM will be available on individual MSDNAA students websites on the 6th August, 2009, New Zealand Time.

This means, for people in other parts of the world that Windows 7 Professional will be available on the 5th of August (this may be dependent on your country settings). The following announcement confirms that it will be released on the 6th (NZT):

Ic Nz : "Windows 7 Professional will be available on MSDNAA as of 6th August 2009, and available through ELMS on the 15th of August...."

This may also mean that all Windows 7 SKU's may appear on the Microsoft Technet site at the same time - perhaps depending yet again on what country you live in. To find out what time this is in the rest of the world, click here. There isn't long left now..

UPDATE: Apologies for the typo in the title, Microsoft has confirmed Windows 7 will not be available via Dreamspark, also via their Facebook page, in the following comment:

UPDATE #2:Microsoft has pointed out that those of you who use ELMS (The separate web portal to access MSDNAA software) won't have access until the middle of August. Those that get access directly through an admin (The IT administrator on campus) can request it now though.

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File Name: en_windows_7_ultimate_x64_dvd_x15-65922.iso Date Posted (UTC): 8/6/2009 9:59:56 AM

Here's hoping my school's MSDNAA Administrator gets it added to our portal soon. Even with the 8/14 information, I'll probably check every couple days just for fun

sweet! i can't wait! but i have a question though...with the new "ultimate" install process and then key entry, what happens if you choose to enter the key later? will it tell you to reinstall the "right" version (of the key) or will it apply the version-specific system changes? anyone has an idea?

t0l4 said,
sweet! i can't wait! but i have a question though...with the new "ultimate" install process and then key entry, what happens if you choose to enter the key later? will it tell you to reinstall the "right" version (of the key) or will it apply the version-specific system changes? anyone has an idea?

If you install a version you don't have a key for ... you'll need to reinstall the correct version.

well the install process (with RTM image) didn't ask for a key till setup was completed, and i just chose "activate later", so i'm hoping it will activate to the right version (professional) later?

So long as you install the version you have a key for, even if you don't enter the key at the end of the install, when you do put the key in and activate, no issues.

As an example, issues will only arise if you install say Ultimate, but only have a key for Professional. After the 30 days of use without the key are up, you'll need to use an Ultimate key, or reinstall professional.

hmm does it actually say what time on the 6th? Could be anytime within the next 23 hours or so and still be within the 6th Aug NZT ?

Anyways, it isn't up yet...

That is a rather unprofessional Facebook page. For starters it's a profile, not a page (against Facebook's T+Cs) and it is using the Poland logo. WTF?

So it's Thursday in Kiwi land, but Win 7 did not appear in my MSDNAA account. Unless of course they'd propagate it only as clock strikes midnight in each individual country...

vanx said,
So it's Thursday in Kiwi land, but Win 7 did not appear in my MSDNAA account. Unless of course they'd propagate it only as clock strikes midnight in each individual country...

When I had access to MSDNAA, my local admin had to manually add software to the site. I remember b/c I wanted server 2003 and I contacted the Admin and he was like yeah I'm adding it.

What I'd like to know is whether Windows Server 2008 R2 will be made available on DreamSpark. I would certainly like it if it was. I'd imagine it will probably happen at some point, but they seem to be pretty slow at updating the DreamSpark site, so I reckon it'll be a while...

kikumbob said,
So, is it just me that thinks this happening way too early? What's the October release date for again?


General Availability aka you can walk in to a shop and buy it.

Its not too early, only got 18 more days before I need to activate my copy!

Technet tomorrow

GREAT TIMING!
My machine is in dire need of a reformat. Can finally get rid of Vista

And YAY for being a University Sys-Admin <3

Sweet.....I have a legit copy of XP Pro, Vista Business (Ultimate without the ultimate extras basically) and now (once this goes up) Windows 7 Ultimate.

Cant wait for this, seems like my degree is finally starting to pay off.

mwpeck said,
Sweet.....I have a legit copy of XP Pro, Vista Business (Ultimate without the ultimate extras basically) and now (once this goes up) Windows 7 Ultimate.

Cant wait for this, seems like my degree is finally starting to pay off.


It's Windows 7 Professional?

Owenw said,

It's Windows 7 Professional?

Yeah, my bad......still plenty for me...never used Bitlocker and only speak English. :P

mwpeck said,
Cant wait for this, seems like my degree is finally starting to pay off.

I read somewhere that you can also use your degree to get a good job.

Uhh, correct me if i'm wrong, but doesnt August 6th NZT mean it'll be available on August 7th for the rest of the world as NZ is GMT +1130 ?

Or is my brain working backwards :P

Uh, NZ will be on the 7th August when the rest of the world (pretty much) is on the 6th. We're the first to see the sun every day...

Mm, I wonder if it will follow suit of Vista and XP and be the professional version. I'm kinda hoping so as that is what I ...plan to??... have on my computer. Anyrate, I'll be getting a key at the minimum come august 6th.

firey said,
Mm, I wonder if it will follow suit of Vista and XP and be the professional version. I'm kinda hoping so as that is what I ...plan to??... have on my computer. Anyrate, I'll be getting a key at the minimum come august 6th.

It says so in the article. Windows 7 Professional

Kevin. said,
Sweet! I'll be sure to get my copy as soon as it pops up on Dreamspark.

Sorry, I'm actually unsure of dreamspark dates, it's actually MSDNAA, was a typo. Have emailed them though to find out

It's not likely that 7 will be available on Dreamspark. The only other operating systems on there currently are server.

gdodson said,
It's not likely that 7 will be available on Dreamspark. The only other operating systems on there currently are server.

Updated. It won't be available on dreamspark.

Owenw said,
Updated. It won't be available on dreamspark.

Bummer. I hope my former college's MSDNAA's site will have it up soon. It'll be nice to have an extra copy of Windows 7.

Chrono951 said,
I'm confused. Isn't dreamspark and MSDNAA not the same thing?

Nope, different MS offerings. MSDNAA is administered by your institute, whereas for dreamspark you just have to be part of a qualifying place and you can download all the ISOs you want.

Chrono951 said,
I mention it because this article claims that Windows 7 is coming to Dreamspark. The post says its for MSDNAA only.

Darn, just realised. Thanks heaps...

Yea they are not the same. Why doesnt Microsoft use a public group/fan facebook page instead of a regular user account (add as a friend to see more) for this "offical" announcement.

Chrono951 said,
It would have been nice though....

I know, right :(

Doli said,
Yea they are not the same. Why doesnt Microsoft use a public group/fan facebook page instead of a regular user account (add as a friend to see more) for this "offical" announcement.

It doesn't make sense, I know.