When will I get Windows 7 RTM?
I recognize this is an important question to have answered. Many of you have said you want to know exactly when you will be able to get your hands on RTM. Last Monday, I gave an update on RTM to close out some myths. In that update, I also gave a broad timeline on when different groups of people – or “audiences” – would get the final RTM code.
While I have nothing new to add regarding RTM today, I do however have more precise information to give on when you will be able to get RTM. Again, when you can get RTM depends on who you are.
For Partners & OEMs:
ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th. There is already a lot of momentum from ISVs and IHVs in the ecosystem today for Windows 7 as Mike Nash blogged last week. If you are a partner who has been working on Windows 7 for a while, now is the time to complete your testing with final version of Windows 7. For partners that haven’t gotten started yet with Windows 7, now is the time to get involved. You can also visit www.readyset7.com to learn more about getting ready for Windows 7.
Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd here. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.
OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2 days after we officially RTM, as a little time is required to release and distribute these images. This will allow them to begin preparing images for new PCs to ship with Windows 7 on them. We know our OEMs are excited for Windows 7 and we can’t wait to hand them the final RTM bits!
For Business Customers:
If you are a Volume License (VL) customer with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license you will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 7th via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). The rest of the languages for Windows 7 RTM should be available within a couple of weeks after that.
Volume License customers without a SA license will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on September 1st as we announced last week at WPC09. Mark these dates on your calendar and start making your deployment plans!
For IT Professionals:
There are a few ways you can get Windows 7 RTM. IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.
IT Professionals at companies with Volume Licensing see above on how you can get Windows 7 RTM.
We have quite a bit of resources for IT Professionals to use to become experts on Windows 7 and to aid in their deployments. Those resources can be found at the Springboard Series.
Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.
To help developers who are developing applications for Windows 7 or updating existing applications to take advantage of new Windows 7 features, check out the Windows 7 for Developers Blog. Also, be sure to check out the Windows 7 Developers Guide on MSDN. Oh and there are also some fantastic videos on Channel 9 too!
For Beta Testers & Enthusiasts:
A special thank you to our beta testers is needed for their time and effort in helping make Windows 7 a solid release. The special pre-order offer we did offering Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional at almost 50% discount was done with our beta testers in mind. And many of you jumped at the chance to take advantage of this deal – thank you!
I know there have been some rumors going around about a “family pack” for Windows 7. We have heard a lot of feedback from beta testers and enthusiasts over the last 3 years that we need a better solution for homes with multiple PCs. I’m happy to confirm that we will indeed be offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select markets) which will allow installation on up to 3 PCs. As I’ve said before, stay tuned to our blog for more information on this and any other potential offers.
UPDATE 8/6: See this blog post here for information on the Windows 7 Family Pack.
Beta testers will not automatically receive a free copy of Windows 7. Many beta testers are already subscribers to TechNet; those of you who fit that description will be able to download Windows 7 RTM shortly after RTM happens for free as part of your subscription.
UPDATE 8/6: See this blog post here regarding a special thank you for beta testers.
However, if you don’t have TechNet and are waiting for GA (to either purchase Windows 7 or wait for your pre-order to arrive) you can continue to use the RC. In fact, you can continue to use it until it expires on June 1st, 2010 (expiration actually starts March 1, 2010, this is when the reboots start).
While our special pre-order offer with the near 50% has ended, Windows 7 can still be pre-ordered today from the various online retailers (including the Microsoft Store).
We are also going to release an evaluation of Windows 7 Professional for IT Professionals via the Springboard Series shortly after RTM. Over 40% of beta testers are IT Professionals and this will allow them to quickly access the RTM code and plan for deployments.
Windows 7 will be in retail stores and shipping on new PCs starting October 22nd. If you pre-ordered Windows 7, it should be delivered sometime around the October 22nd timeframe (depends on the retailer).
UPDATE 8/6: I’m including a nifty chart to summarize the above information for everyone (click to make bigger).
"Your special offer for beta testers" hopefully was meant as a bad joke - as that is what it felt like in Germany
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Actually, Microsoft announced that invite-only beta testers WOULD receive a free copy of Windows Ultimate.
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As a 'thank you' to the millions of public beta/RC downloaders and testers, why not give them a special offer to purchase and download Win7 earlier than Oct 22....perhaps September 22 or thereabouts? That would be a great way to say 'thanks,' encourage sales for the OS, and possibly even build some hype when the people who are already using it can show it to friends and family, thus influencing their purchasing decisions in favor of Win7.
For those who tested the public beta, public RC, and made a pre-order, or for those who simply downloaded and tested the public beta, why not have a nice little treat and allow them to download Win7 a little early, say September 22 or thereabouts? That would be a great little 'thanks' to the millions of public beta testers.
SpottedEagle, the offer was to beta test ultimate for free for a year. They never offered the RTM version.
What happenend to the offering to invited beta testers that they would receive a free copy of windows7 ultimate for beta testing
At one point I was sent an email stating that because I was invited to beta test windows 7 I would receive a free copy of windows 7 ultimate what happenend to that offer
I see that the RTM has appeared on MSDN and TechNet. Thanks MS.
Never mind. It's there on MSDN. Downloading it right now!
Thanks for the update, but do you happen to know when the RTM will be available for us MSDN subscribers? As of 1:05 EST, there is nothing there yet we were told we would have it as of today, unless that wasn't entirely true.
I would like to know the validity of clain of a release today, as well as why there has been no blog update explaining any delay.
Please give us an update with what the problem is, and an ETA please!
Whiwo, Windows 7 has been on the radar for over a year. And, the upgrade IS a full copy, you just have to have a previous version of Windows that has been activated. Otherwise, it's a full version of Windows and you do NOT have to have the previous version installed.
Just like what davidke stated, if you were building machines for a customer, as soon as a new hardware comes out that outdates say the video card you just put in, should they demand you give them a free upgrade to the newest video card?
Why do people expect free upgrades? Who started this trend? I just bought a 2009 Ford Flex and now they came out with the 2010 model. Should I expect a free upgrade?
The pupose of a free upgrade program is to get the customer to buy now rather than wait for something that is imminent. Keeps the revenue stream going. If its expected that a developer has to give a way the next version, then why invest in developping it in the first place?
I'm really perturbed at you guys. I just bought Vista 64bit Ultimate OEM in January for the new computer I built and now Windows 7 is coming out less than a year later and I can't get a free upgrade. The best you have to offer is an upgrade to Premium at half off that's not even a full copy. So now I'm supposed to go back and purchase it again? I don't mean to be rude, but that's a crock of cow dung. Maybe I should just ride the RC out until 2010 when I can afford to switch to Apple. I'm sorry, but this really pisses me off.
On the Official MSDN Subscription Blog, Mike Kinsman stated they will notify MSDN subscribers there when it's posted. He wouldn't commit to an actual time.
So, we'll get it when we get it I guess.
will anybody tell me when will RTM elease ??
at what time if you can pleasae ??
when will 7 RTM release .. dunno abt the time in us but it 4 pm of august 6th here in uae
Just wondering when on August 6th it will be available to MSDN subscribers? It's already 7:35 am ET on August 6th and still no RTM.
Just getting anxious to start working with it.
August 6 over here in Asia and W7 not on Technet yet.
August 6 over here in Asia and W7 not on Technet yet....
Weren't we originally told Windows 7 would be available to MSDN-AA at the same time as MSDN/TechNet? What changed?
Windows 7 Rocks, cant wait will i get the RTM, With Technet Australia, when will we see this download available?
Update regarding MSDNAA - I'm told folks can expect the Windows 7 RTM bits to become available on MSDNAA around August 14th (8/14). I'll post more info once I get it. Sorry for the delay to the MSDNAA folks asking about availability.
Brandon, thanks for your continued blogging and keeping us aware of the RTM's Thanks
I still think its unfair to leave out the beta testers, we are the ones who made it possible by our feedback.I also belive while testing this os, it will make life alot easier for alot of people.
Thanks, Team. Finally, users will get an OS they deserve.
I hope that 'selected markets' for the proposed family pack of Win 7 Home Premium includes Oz.
We missed out on the 'near 50%' offer.
"Beta testers will not automatically receive a free copy of Windows 7. Many beta testers are already subscribers to TechNet; those of you who fit that description will be able to download Windows 7 RTM shortly after RTM happens for free as part of your subscription."
Does this mean that we're allowed to use Technet licenses on our home computers for personal use as long as we're not running a business with it?
What worries me is the trend being created of developing newer and faster operating systems, forcing the computer industry into better and faster and bigger systems that one day only corporates will be able to afford. With Windows 7 hardly out of the box, is Microsoft planning the next OS beyond its irregular Service Packs? Maybe I am just old or pessimistic, but unless one can afford all the upgrades as we have seen over the past 20 years, soon the regular "man in the street" will not be able to afford to keep up with the race and be left behind in the dust. As a veteran user (since DOS 2.1) keeping up with latest trends and developments is expensive, which is why Microsoft's "gift" of allowing Windows 7 Home Premium on 3 home PCs for the cost of one license is highly appreciated!
I am really disappointed that Microsoft won't publish Windows 7 over Technet in different languages before October 1st.
Hope Microsoft will change his position till August 6th.
I'm really disappointed that Microsoft won't publish Windows 7 over Technet in different languages before October 1st.
Will it be possible download the RTM from " Windows Ecosystem " in Microsoft Connect?
"(...) I hope that this offer would be available in as many countries as possible."
Family Pack unfortunately unavailable in Poland.
Oh and great news about the family pack for Windows 7, I hope that this offer would be available in as many countries as possible.
It would also be nice to have the family pack available at limited physical retail stores...maybe a BestBuy, Staples or Frys for a limited time...or even a Microsoft Store if theyre up and running in time for release.
Brandon, I just wanted to say thanks. This is much better communication from Microsoft compared to Vista availability at its RTM. As a small-time MS partner I can now plan much better for Windows 7.
As you probably remember Vista RTMed on 8th Nov '06 and it was (what I googled up) ready for download through MSDN-AA on 21st of the same month. I'm pretty sure we won't wait much long for this kind of software source.
how can I do to have my discount? I´m not founded any option to mark that I´m a beta tester.
WINDOWS 7 ROCKS!!!!
Having used/tested every version of Windows since 1.0, I can safely say that without a doubt this is THE BEST version so far. I really can't wait to start rolling this out for clients.
A big congratulations to the Windows Team on this one- we won't mention the 'practice run' that Vista was... (another Windows ME maybe? lol)
BRING ON THE 7!!!! :-)
Yeah, what about MSDN-AA? When will Windows 7 be pushed out there?
Still no answer to the MSDN AA question?
How about Windows 7 E availability in EU, is it the same as Windows 7?
It really SUCKS that there is no price distinction between XP and Vista users. I understand want to get XP users to switch to the newest OS, but it shouldn't be at the expense of Vista users. Micrsoft should rewarding brand loyalty to vista users.
The preorder discount was great, but again there should be a distinction for Vista users. I only heard about the discount AFTER it had expired. Even if I did hear about the discount, I wouldn't have been able to upgrade my Vista Ultimate with a reduced priced Win7 Ultimate.
Please reduce prices for Vista users and allow Vista Ultimate users to also get a reduced upgrade price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is amazing news!!!! I am running Ultmate RC as my primary system OS and look forard to running the final bits.
Why should beta testers have to come to this blog to get information pertaining to a private beta.
If the special offer was to reward beta testers why weren't details posted directly to beta testers via email or using the Announce newsgroup in the beta?
I'd like Brandon's response to this.
Also, re the Microsoft Store - it is available in fewer countries than beta testers come from. Still absolutely nothing for those of us in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many other places.
The offerings in that store are also more restricted outside the US. So again non-US beta testers get a raw deal.
Maybe you should announce that advance next beta. "If you're not from USA or part of the EuroZone you get nothing but the mild satisfaction of posting bugs."
if possible, please make some languages (German, French, Spanish etc.) available earlier, as you did with Vista.
I am panicing thinking that I would have to wait until three weeks before GA to get my hands on the German language pack or the German Windows 7 E version!
@Solid Jedi Knight
I've participated in many Betas from various vendors, and at least half the time they don't do any kind of discount or free copy. I think the most I ever had from Microsoft was maybe one discount on something before.. You could have joined TechNet for $249 recently, so that isn't really that much, considering all the software you can use with that..
I think that's pretty horrible how the beta testers are assumed to all be technet members. I for one am not a technet member and yet we don't get any special kind of thank you in the form of a majorly discounted version of Windows 7. Yet it was the beta testers who volunteered to risk their PC, sacrifise of their time, volunteer to give away valuable technical telemetry to Microsoft, make the reports to the Windows 7 team, and risk a lot of their pictures, music, and personal data. Yet Microsoft can't find the generosity to go the extra mile to thank these individuals who aren't privy to Technet and other means? That's just not right and reflects poorly on Redmond. I really do someone reads this posting and really makes the top leadership at Microsoft really reflect on how shady the beta testers are getting treated.
I am also very interested to know when the RTM will be available for MSDN-AA customers. Similar to a previous poster, my university also distributes MSDN-AA software via an e-academy.com site.
Looking forward to additional infomercial on this.
So they announce the family pack after the pre-sale?
I bought three units of the W7 upgrade only to find out now I could have waited and gotten the family back at the same or even less.
Way to go Microsoft. What was the point of the pre-sale discount in this case? Sometimes it feels like Microsoft is making things up as they go.
Great job.. you rock!
August 6th will be the date of RTM availability also for MSDN-AA members?
I would also like to know when it will be available on MSDN-AA.
please read this
Now in german:
Ich persönlich bin froh nicht im MS eigenen Betatest für Windows 7 gewesen zu sein. Wie MS diesmal seine Betatester behandelt bzw. behandelt hat, ist es eigentlich nicht wert näher erwähnt zu werden. Ich selbst war seit Windows 95 in jedem Windows Betatest und kann über diese (bis auf den Vista-Betatest) eigentlich nur Gutes berichten. Mit Vista fing das Dilemma an, kritische anmerkungen wurden kaum noch berücksichtigt, Bugs zum Teil ignoriert. Viele Bugs, auch welche, die selbst gemeldet hattem finden sich immer noch in Vista wieder. Nun wird dem Vista Käufer ein Windows 7 offeriert, zu deutlich erhöhten Kosten natürlich.
Windows Ultimate Usern wird nach wie vor nicht das Ultimate geliefert. MS and Brandon Leblanc - Windows 7 is only the Vista we all didn't get in 2006. Why no Full Windows 7 Ultimate RTM Build to the clsed Betatester.
Now in german again:
Ist es wirklich so schlecht um MS gestellt, dass den Closed Betatester nicht mal nur eine RTM Kopie gegeben werden kann.
Sorry, aber so sollte MS gänzlich auf diese Betatests verzichten. Nicht ein kleiner Lohn, für die vielen Stunden ernsthafter Betatest - Arbeit.
Und Brandon LeBlanc, was soll dieses Versteckspiel mit dem RTM Build. Why you don't say, Windows 7 isn't ready? It's RTMed and you know that. Or is another compiled version as build 7600.1685.090713.1255?
Those asking about MSDN-AA should already know if they are eligible to download it by now.
Those with Developer & Designer subscriptions will be able to download.
Are the data for the EU version of the bits?
I wonder if I will be able to download Windows 7 RTM on August 6th from the "Windows 7 Ecosystem Readiness Program" on Connect...
Thanks for the update. I hope RTM can be on time with August 06, 2009 on MSDN.
I also have the same problem. @Brandon : pls check on someone who knows about the MSDNAA release, if its been released, for what subscriptions are they going to include.?
Really need this as im not buying this coz i think this will end up in MSDNAA.
Bump about this:
When will Microsoft put the bits on MSDNAA (specifically msdn06.e-academy.com/.../Home.aspx)? I don't want to have to shell out $400 if I don't have to. Please respond!
I asked for the same question in your previous post, which two users asked above about release date of Windows 7.
You have written:
"Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st."
Is this information also valid for MSDNAA subsriptions?
I read a horrifying article about the fresh install of Windows 7. It said we need to have a working Pre W7 machine to use the W7 RTM installation media. So one year down the line if I have to do a fresh install then I have to first install either Xp or Windows Vista activate it, and then do a upgrade install again. Whish is utter rediculous!! can you please confirm whether or not it will be possible to do a fresh install with W7 Home Premium media I will be getting on Oct 22nd?
@ Brandon LeBlanc
Obrigado pela Informação!
Isso aumenta ainda mais a nossa anciedade de por as mão no Windows 7 RTM!
Thanks for clear information. But it's said to know we need to wait until Aug.
One more question, when debug symbol for Win7 RTM be available on Microsoft symbols server?
hitmouse, the Microsoft Store is also available in several other countries as well. When you go to the link in the above blog post to the Microsoft Store, you will see a drop down box next to the search box that allows you to switch to a different country.
"A special thank you to our beta testers is needed for their time and effort in helping make Windows 7 a solid release. The special pre-order offer we did offering Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional at almost 50% discount was done with our beta testers in mind. And many of you jumped at the chance to take advantage of this deal – thank you!"
Was that a joke? That offer was only available in some countries and not in ours!! So many beta testers have been stabbed in the back! When will you guys offer family pack and discounted offer for ultimate edition? Why do you guys always make it late?
I'm hoping to deploy Windows 7 in our student computer lab this summer. Activation via our campus KMS server remains a concern however as the current version only support Vista and not Windows 7. These dates are VERY helpful, but will an updated KMS that supports Win 7 be made available at the same time on the Volume Licensing site? And..can we run that KMS on our existing Windows 2008 box or will it require an upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2?
"Your special offer for beta testers" hopefully was meant as a bad joke - as that is what it felt like in Germany. I did not get a copy of Windos 7. They only had a few of them that were gone minutes after going on sale. I did not expect such a rush and checked hours too late. Looking at the eBay listings it seems like that the special conditions in Europe are at fault. Do to the fact that no upgrade version is available for the European E builds they sold the full retail packages. Power Sellers have horted them to make a profit - I am sure many of them will wait until they stop selling the full retail version at the upgrade price later this year to make a huge profit.
Seems like beta testers got left out - can't you send us special on time invite codes for the MS store so we can still get a discounted license? Otherwise I probably won't be spending the money - it seems unfair to make eBay sellers rich and screw your testers....
The details of the pre-order offers were posted here on June 25, 2009. Here is the link to the article
Announcing the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program & Windows 7 Pricing – Bring on GA!
The upgrade option on your Microsoft Store link is only available to those in the USA. What happens with non-US beta testers??
Why didn't the team notify beta testers about this 50% discount offer BEFORE it expired? I've been getting plenty of emails about the beta program, but nothing about this....
I have a new name for your blog,
Windows 7 Team Blog - THE SPECULATION STOPS HERE.
ALL - Windows 7 RTM has not been delayed. We have not yet announced RTM. As the blog post states above, I have nothing new to add regarding RTM today over that we're on track to RTM the last 2 weeks in July. This post is simply to let people know *when* they will be able to get the RTM bits. Again, this post is not announcing that we have RTM'd.
Will you allow users to upgrade from home premium to a family pack licence for a $20 fee or something. I bought win7 pro for £80 and would like to pay £10 extra to get a family pack licence for it as i have 3 pc's in my house and home premium doesnt have the features i need so i had to buy the pro version.
the family pack is around 10% more expensive so you should do the same with the other versions and allow users who didnt buy a family pack to upgrade to it for a small fee.
hope to hear back from you soon.
I bet it was languages.
some don't make sense. why would somebody with sa get it before gold/certified or action pack subscribers when we probably sold the sa contracts to begin with? doesn't make sense.
So why is it delayed again? I tought the first planned date was on July 13th. This means the final Build is still not ready?
What about the college students?
What about MSDN-AA? When do MSDN-AA people get it?
What about sites like CDW-G?
For Beta Testers & Enthusiasts
Only for US? or Italian inclused?