When can I DL w7??

The most import parts of the wall of text in the post is the following…

For Partners & OEMs:

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.
There is already a lot of momentum from ISVs and IHVs in the ecosystem
today for Windows 7 as Mike Nash blogged last week.
If you are a partner who has been working on Windows 7 for a while, now
is the time to complete your testing with final version of Windows 7.
For partners that haven’t gotten started yet with Windows 7, now is the
time to get involved. You can also visit www.readyset7.com to learn more about getting ready for Windows 7.

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. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become
available to download.

Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will
be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd. By
October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download.

OEMs
will receive Windows 7 RTM software images beginning approximately 2
days after we officially RTM, as a little time is required to release
and distribute these images. This will allow them to begin preparing
images for new PCs to ship with Windows 7 on them. We know our OEMs are
excited for Windows 7 and we can’t wait to hand them the final RTM bits!

For Business Customers:

If you are a 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). The rest of the languages
for Windows 7 RTM should be available within a couple of weeks after
that.

Volume License customers without a SA license
will be able to purchase Windows 7 through Volume Licensing on
September 1st as we announced last week at WPC09. Mark these dates on
your calendar and start making your deployment plans!

For IT Professionals:

There
are a few ways you can get Windows 7 RTM. IT Professionals with TechNet
Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on
August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.

IT Professionals at companies with Volume Licensing see above on how you can get Windows 7 RTM.

We
have quite a bit of resources for IT Professionals to use to become
experts on Windows 7 and to aid in their deployments. Those resources
can be found at the Springboard Series.

For Developers:

Developers
with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in
English on August 6th and remaining languages by October 1st.

To
help developers who are developing applications for Windows 7 or
updating existing applications to take advantage of new Windows 7
features, check out the Windows 7 for Developers Blog. Also, be sure to check out the Windows 7 Developers Guide on MSDN. Oh and there are also some fantastic videos on Channe

I know there have been some rumors going around about a
“family pack” for Windows 7. We have heard a lot of feedback from beta
testers and enthusiasts over the last 3 years that we need a better
solution for homes with multiple PCs. I’m happy to confirm that we will
indeed be offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select
markets) which will allow installation on up to 3 PCs. As I’ve said
before, stay tuned to our blog for more information on this and any
other potential offers.

Beta testers will not automatically
receive a free copy of Windows 7. Many beta testers are already
subscribers to TechNet; those of you who fit that description will be
able to download Windows 7 RTM shortly after RTM happens for free as
part of your subscription.

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