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Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 is currently available for download via the MSDN Academic Alliance. The past week, starting with August 6th, 2009, Microsoft began offering the gold bits of Windows 7 to MSDN
subscribers. August 7th marked the availability of Windows 7 RTM for Volume License (VL) customers with an existing Software Assurance (SA) license. And on August 8th, members of the MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) also were allowed access to Windows 7 RTM, according to Gautam Reddy, Microsoft academic relations manager.
“Microsoft Windows 7 Professional is now available in MSDN Academic Alliance. [In the week of Monday August 10th] Windows 7 will be available through ELMS download for student distribution. Windows 7 Client Retail Professional Edition (English) is included for student distribution in both the x86 and x64 variety. For lab installs, Windows 7 (x86 and x64) Enterprise Edition (English) is included with the volume license keys,” Reddy revealed
When it comes down to Windows 7 editions, Microsoft has made it clear that all SKU supersede one another as far as features are concerned. Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate are one and the same, however, in terms of features, and contain everything that Professional brings to the table, offering on top BitLocker Drive Encryption, Multilingual User Interface and UNIX application-support.
“ELMS is a Web-based software distribution and management application hosted by e-academy. As a turnkey system, ELMS enables you to authenticate eligible students and faculty online and automate the ordering and distribution of MSDN AA software to students and faculty,” Microsoft explained. “ELMS is available to all Program Administrators worldwide, and is currently available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. ELMS is available to your end-users in the following eight languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian.”
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|Comment #1 by: frank on 10 Aug 2009, 18:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I have not seen the RTM on any of my MSDNAA accounts
|Comment #1.1 by: Sor on 10 Aug 2009, 22:20 GMT|
downloading mine via msdnaa...
|Comment #2 by: Josh on 11 Aug 2009, 02:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
still not on msdnaa elm. suspence is killing me. Im praying we get enterprise
|Comment #3 by: Taylor on 11 Aug 2009, 09:52 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Nor on IEEE CS MSDNAA. Come on Microsoft ! Where is Windows 7 Pro for us ?
|Comment #4 by: daniel on 11 Aug 2009, 11:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
there's no win7 rtm on my german msdnaa account. wait and see...
|Comment #5 by: Ove on 11 Aug 2009, 12:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
There's no Win 7 on the MSDNAA account from my university. it's hosted on e-academy.com
They did say "In the week of Monday August 10th" so I'm thinking it will be any day now...
I also know that once Windows 7 is released to MSDNAA, the program's administrator from the school has to approve it before you can download it (he needs to log in and tick a checkbox for Windows 7)
I can't wait!
|Comment #6 by: From Nepal on 11 Aug 2009, 13:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Same here guys but hopefully the program administrator will soon wake up and add it to our account. There's Vista enterprise in my account so am sure there will be 7 Enterprise too. Can't wait :)
|Comment #6.1 by: mspnepal on 16 Aug 2009, 12:22 GMT|
windows 7 pro will be on msdn e academy nepal
by the november end
|Comment #7 by: Josh on 12 Aug 2009, 04:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Vista enterprise came out a while after the business on msdnaa right?
|Comment #9 by: Taylor on 12 Aug 2009, 13:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
MSDNAA-ELMS most likely will get the windows 7 pro download on 14th/15th of August once activated by the admin. Hopefully IEEE CS MSDNAA admin remember to activate it for us. Haha ... Can't wait ...
|Comment #10 by: Alex on 12 Aug 2009, 18:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Anyone who has it on their msdnaa, what version is it?
I was to install and put in the key later when its available.
|Comment #11 by: Pants on 13 Aug 2009, 03:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Well, as one of the admins at our school, I can confirm that the RTM isn't available via Hosted ELMS. They did, however, add the non-RC 'Windows 7 Language Packs' just tonight.
|Comment #12 by: CiaranM on 13 Aug 2009, 08:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The Windows 7 RTM Language pack has appeared on my universities ELMS but still no OS.
|Comment #12.1 by: Peter on 13 Aug 2009, 14:56 GMT|
same here. What would be nice is if we had a OS to apply the language packs to. *hint hint*. Im hoping for later today or about this time tomorrow.
|Comment #13 by: Fran on 13 Aug 2009, 17:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It looks like the RTM is now in the eLMS system:
It still doesn't appear in my list of downloadable software, though: whether it's live my school's program administrator still has to add it (notably, the beta and RC are already there) or it's still not officially live, I don't know.
|Comment #14 by: Gareth on 13 Aug 2009, 17:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Im also waiting for it over in the UK on ELMS. Am I right in thinking that our ELMS admin has to add it to the list before we can download it or is this not correct for direct access to e-academy.com?
Will be looking out for when its posted!
To the person who asked about what version it is to use a key later: I am told that they are special builds which require the correct key from ELMS only, no other key will work.
|Comment #15 by: Josh on 13 Aug 2009, 21:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Well its up at UC Berkley and OSU, still not at my school. Sucks its only professional. I really wanted to put it on all 4 of my computers.
|Comment #16 by: Paulo on 14 Aug 2009, 00:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
someone please post here after Windows 7 become available at your ELMS, thank you.
|Comment #16.1 by: Barry on 14 Aug 2009, 13:20 GMT|
It is up on my schools site, already downloading. I was hopping for Enterprise, but all that is up right now is Professional.
|Comment #17 by: deltatux on 14 Aug 2009, 04:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Still no Windows 7 available on the MSDNAA system for my college.... >.>"
|Comment #17.1 by: CiaranM on 14 Aug 2009, 10:14 GMT|
Other forums are suggesting that it will be available on the 15th
|Comment #18 by: Ove on 14 Aug 2009, 09:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I found a college that has it. I have emailed my administrator, and I hope our college will have it soon. The bad news for me is that I think he's on vacation :(
Here is the college that has it: http://msdn60.e-academy.com/elms/Storefront/Storefront.aspx?campus=msdnaa_rv1441&np1=112
|Comment #19 by: DFYX on 14 Aug 2009, 18:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Strange things happen. Our university (KIT in Germany, http://msdn40.e-academy.com/) doesn't have it by now. I just sent an e-mail to our admin and he told me, he can't see it in the admin panel either.
|Comment #20 by: Brandon on 14 Aug 2009, 19:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Still no Windows 7 on my computer science dept. However, it seems that We are given access to much more software than most.
|Comment #21 by: From Nepal on 14 Aug 2009, 21:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I posted a new thread in my country's MSDN AA forum and this is what the moderator had to say:
Actually the Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate (both x86 and x64) are available to download for the subscribers of the MSDNAA not other users..... so i think you cannot download it.....it is there but the download button is not activated to the other users. So wait until the unlimited building release it. Thank you.
So the admins are still SLEEPING!!
|Comment #22 by: Pants on 15 Aug 2009, 05:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
At our school, Windows 7 Professional became available via ELMS on the 14th. No word yet on whether any of the other versions will be available.
|Comment #23 by: nepal bata on 16 Aug 2009, 12:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
its already been aug 16 but still there isn't any win7 pro here in our
dont know whether our administrator is going to put it up or not... any suggestions are welcome
|Comment #24 by: Dominic Watson on 16 Aug 2009, 13:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 7 isn't available for download at Sheffield Hallam Uni MSDNAA yet :(
I have found the pages for x86 and x64 but you can't actually select them to download
Do we have to ask the administrator to add them or something? Hope my account doesn't expire on MSDNAA now that I've finished university... would be crap if it expired on start of new term and they had disabled old term accounts :@
|Comment #25 by: Marius Oiaga on 17 Aug 2009, 07:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I posted an update for Windows 7 RTM and MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) Availability. Hope it helps to answer some of your questions. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-RTM-and-MSDN-Academic-Alliance-MSDN-AA-Availability-Update-119313.shtml
|Comment #26 by: Sepph on 29 Aug 2009, 17:54 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The CRC check fails after downloading the x64 version of Windows 7 Pro. It gets stuck at the first line.
I have unpacked the .iso with another program but considering it failed the CRC check I'm not very keen on giving it a go trying to install it.
The .sdc downloaded on a wired connection, in about 20 minutes.
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