From Softpedia.com Windows 7 Available on September 1, 2009 And even earlier, only weeks after RTM By Marius Oiaga, Technology News Editor 14th of July 2009, 15:51 GMT Adjust text size: As Microsoft is making its way to the release to manufacturing milestone of Windows 7, the company confirmed that the gold build of the operating system would be made available to customers months ahead of October 22, 2009, the official launch deadline. In this regard, on September 1, 2009, business customers will already be able to start deploying the final development milestone of Windows 7. But they won't be the only ones. In fact, just weeks after the RTM, Windows 7 will be made available for download to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Ã¢â‚¬Å“MSDN & TechNet Subscribers: Subscribers will be able to download the final version of Windows 7 a few weeks after we announce RTM,Ã¢â‚¬Â revealed Brandon LeBlanc, a communications manager on the Windows Client Communications Team. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Volume License (VL) Customers: As announced today by Bill Veghte during his WPC09 keynote, Windows 7 will be available to Volume License customers on September 1st.Ã¢â‚¬Â The general public will need to wait until October 2009 for the release. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Consumers, Enthusiasts, & Beta Testers (Everyone else): The retail version of Windows 7 will be available in stores October 22nd. If you pre-ordered Windows 7, it should be delivered sometime around the October 22nd timeframe (depends on the retailer). You can pre-order Windows 7 today through many online retailers like the Microsoft Store. On New PCs: OEMs are expected to start shipping new PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed on them around October 22nd,Ã¢â‚¬Â LeBlanc added. The reason why some customers get Windows 7 ahead of the general release is rather simple. Neither MSDN or TechNet subscriber, nor corporations required packaged or pre-installed copies of Windows 7. Microsoft is essentially supplying just the final bits for download, much in the same manner as with the Beta or Release Candidate milestones. GA means that Windows 7 boxes will be available on store shelves and that the next iteration of Windows will be pre-installed on new computers from OEMs. Ã¢â‚¬Å“MSDN and TechNet subscribers, as well as Volume License customers will have access to product keys (PIDs) when Windows 7 is made available to them. Product keys for Windows 7 RTM will be different than the product keys used for Windows 7 Beta and the release candidate. Windows 7 Beta or RC product keys *will not* work with Windows 7 RTM,Ã¢â‚¬Â LeBlanc explained.