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Windows 7 RTM Coming 13 July

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Windows 7 RTM Coming 13 July

Has any Windows development period been so smooth?

Following the release of Windows 7 beta in January and the year long licensed Release Candidate in April it seems we could be getting the RTM (Released to Manufacturing) version in just one more week.

13 July is the date being "confirmed" by GeekSmack.net, Wzor and neowin (all of whom claim to have gotten word from Microsoft insiders) which suggests it is pretty nailed on. It also coincides with the start of the Microsoft 2009 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) so consider us convinced.

An RTM is essentially the build Microsoft hopes it will be able to bring to the shelves on its formal 22 October release date, but it does provide some room to make last minute changes should any major bugs be discovered. It is also what manufacturers will largely use as the test bed for their final software and hardware products.

Whether Microsoft will make the RTM publicly available is currently unknown but like previous builds it will likely require a fresh install to upgrade from the (now auto shutting down) Beta or RC. Either way expect it to hit torrent sites within minutes of launch.

Now all we need is confirmation of those Family Pack licences to marry up with the Windows 7 pricing and promotions and we'll consider this one job done...


via neowin.net

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July 6, 2009, 1:10 pm

"Now all we need is confirmation of those Family Pack licences to marry up with the Windows 7 pricing and promotions and we'll consider this one job done... "

I'd disagree slightly. The Windows 7 rollout to date has been superb, but there is just one step missing - the easy upgrade from the beta to full retail version.

I appreciate moving files etc is easy enough to do, but it is a pain to have to reinstall a large comprehensive suite of programs - in my case it can take the best part of a day.

I'll still pre-order the retail - the incentive prices are too good to turn down - but sincerely hope that there is either a change of policy at MS or someone works out how to slipstream an upgrade.


July 6, 2009, 2:13 pm

@ Greg - Considering the beta wasn't meant for widespread distribution on Home PCs as a main operating system, it's perfectly understandable that they have decided to require a clean install (which is advisable even if there was an upgrade option).

People need to learn that beta software is for testing purposes only.


July 6, 2009, 2:16 pm


Just cant see that changing, they wont put all that effort in for a one time benefit, at least we got to try it early!

Im just hoping TrustedReviews do a "which version of windows 7" article, ill be damnned if I can see any reason to buy any version but home premium!

Neil B

July 6, 2009, 2:21 pm

At the very least there should have been an upgrade path from Vista. Not looking forward to re-installing all my apps.


July 6, 2009, 2:40 pm


The main reason i would have for getting Professional is the ability to join Domains. This is key if you ever intend to bring you laptop into work.

Simon Heather

July 6, 2009, 3:09 pm

You can upgrade from Vista if you use the non-European version of Windows 7 - the European version doesn't include Internet Explorer and therefore needs to be a fresh install.

Martin Daler

July 6, 2009, 7:32 pm

@Simon Heather - is it possible/easy to use a non-EU version of Windows 7?

I see that you can pre-order Home Premium on the US windows website for just $49.99 + sales tax. Over here (http://www.anvika.com/preorder... we have to pay £49.99 + shipping (it's that exchange rate thing again, and we don't get IE bundled at the price either!)

So I (UK based) would rather take the USA option - what are the pitfalls?

Tony Walker

July 7, 2009, 11:29 pm


The 49 buck US version is the "upgrade" product. Not the full "install it on your choice of PC, anytime" version.


July 8, 2009, 12:25 am

@Tony yes, but all European versions of Windows 7 will be full versions (minus Internet Explorer of course) and will not allow upgrading.

Martin Daler

July 8, 2009, 12:43 am

@ Tony

I'm happy just to upgrade, that's the whole point - I already have Vista, I don't want the hassle of reinstalling everything else (which is my understanding of what I would have to do with a new "full version"), and I get to keep IE. So the USA $50 version is:

a) cheaper

b) more comprehensive (has IE)

c) simpler - upgrade rather than new install

what's not to like?

But my question remains - is it possible, can I buy from the USA microsoft site, download 7 and upgrade from my own UK Vista? Or is this stuff all region locked like DVD's and such?

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