The final version of Windows 7 is now available for Microsoft Technet and MSDN subscribers. If you are one of them and have downloaded Windows 7, you must have noticed that you can’t upgrade directly from a pre-release version, i.e., the RC version and the Beta version. But with this quick and easy workaround you can easily!
While installing Windows 7, it checks whether or not the current version you are running is a pre-release copy. This prevents any upgrade further. The following error is generated:
Microsoft announced that Windows 7 is ready and will be available to select users in two weeks.
Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communication Manager for Microsoft, have mentioned the dates for Windows 7 RTM availability for the relevant parties at the Windows Team Blog. Windows 7, the much-anticipated operating system was completed on Wednesday.
Microsoft said in a press release that Windows 7 will be available for the general public on October 22nd, Independent software and hardware vendor partners would be able to download Windows 7 RTM copy on August 6th and Gold/Certified members of Microsoft Partner Program will get their copy on August 16th, Volume License Customers will get their copies from Volume License Service Center on August 7th.