The bits are available now! WINDOWS 7 versions available for download on TechNet and MSDN download sites no longer carry the Release Candidate (RC) label. While the software will not go on general sale until October 22, the full version of Windows 7 is now available to hundreds of thousands of potential users. There’s still no formal announcement in TechNet’s news area, which still talks about RC, the final files are appearing in the subscribers’ download area.
All flavors area available including Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions, subscribers can even download the Home Basic and Starter editions, which won’t be for sale to US consumers.
I grabbed my copy yesterday and it was the smoothest, fastest Windows install today. So far I’m pretty pleased.