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Announcing: Release to Manufacturing

It’s almost here! We’re very happy to tell you that we’ve hit the last big milestone on the way to Windows 7: Release to Manufacturing. We’re packaging copies and manufacturers are putting it on new PCs. On October 22, you’ll be able to get the final shipping product. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done; you helped make this an operating system we’re all going to enjoy.

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Meanwhile, RC’s downloads are still available. You can get the release candidate download until August 20, 2009. After that, you won’t be able to get the download, but if you have the software, you can still install the RC and get a key if you need one. (Keys will be available till March 2010. To get a key, just go to the Downloads page and follow the instructions.)

We’re listening. Tell us what you think. If you’re using Windows 7 Release Candidate, please go and tell us what you think. You’ll be able to give feedback on various aspects of the operating system.

Got the RC and need help? Experts on the Windows 7 Forum can help answer your questions. The forum also gives you a way to share what you’ve learned with other people.

Essential resources

The Installation Instructions give you the info you need to get started.

To get more information about Windows 7, such as feature descriptions, visit the Windows 7 website.

Looking for technical help or information? Here are a few sources:



The Windows 7 online forums are a great place to start.


You can keep up to date on news about Windows 7 on the team blog.


Find essential “getting ready” info at Microsoft Answers.

Thanks again for your investment in Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Team




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