Tomorrow is the D-day when Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7 RTM to TechNet and MSDN subscribers among other people.
Windows XP users will not be able to directly upgrade to Windows 7 and they will require to perform a fresh install which will mean that all the applications will be wiped out and you will need to reinstall everything from scratch on Windows 7.
Nirmal from Life Rocks has written a excellent upgrade path for Windows XP users to Windows 7 that will help you backup all your user settings and data to a external drive and then restore them back on the new Windows 7 installation.
Also most of Windows Vista users will be easily be able to upgrade to Windows 7, so you can download the ISO and burn it to a DVD and then install it on Windows Vista without losing your settings.
To check if your PC is ready to be upgraded to Windows 7 or requires a fresh install you can download the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor.
Microsoft has been trying very hard to control piracy, even by going to the extent of offering Microsoft Office for only $29 in China, but no matter how hard they try they have not been able to control piracy at all.
The proof of it is the availability of a crack for Windows 7 RTM which allows users to successfully activate Windows 7 using a licensing exploit.
The crack also passes the so called anti-piracy Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) that Microsoft has in place to prevent pirated copies of Windows from downloading updates to their computer along with free software offerings for genuine Windows customers.
The leak for the Windows 7 RTM crack has been confirmed to come from Lenovo OEM key which was leaked out.
While Microsoft has been focusing on making a great OS, they are still quite a long way from protecting it from piracy.
In case you are wondering whether the leaked version of Windows 7 RTM you downloaded is real or not 6.1.7600.16385 is the final RTM build :-).
BTW the Windows 7 is now officially signed off and RTM’d, however do not scramble to download it from torrent sites, we highly advice you against it.
Watch a video of the sign-off and official RTM.
nuf said 6.1.7600.16385 via a tweet
The Windows team has finally confirmed the release date for Windows 7 RTM, it will be made available to partners and others starting August 6th 2009.
Initial downloads of Windows 7 RTM will be available from both Microsoft Connect and MSDN. The initial release will be in English, however other languages will be made available starting October 1st.
If you are end-user customer you will be able to buy retail copies of Windows 7 starting October 22nd, pre-orders should also be delivered somewhere around the same time.
In addition to this they have also confirmed a family packof Windows 7 Home Premium. The family pack can be installed on up to 3 PCs, however it will only be available in select markets, so don’t hold high hopes yet.
How much will it cost? Check out our Windows 7 Pricing to get detailed pricing information.
Windows 7 RTM Release Dates
- 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.
- 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.
- Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd.
- OEMs will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2 days after the official RTM is released.
- 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).
- IT Professionals with TechNet Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th.
- Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th.
Are you going to go ahead and get a copy of Windows 7? Do let us know about it.