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Win7 RTM bits are up and available--if slowly

Today is August 6, 2009, the day that Microsoft is supposed to post the Windows 7 RTM versions to MSDN and TechNet. I’ve been logged into MSDN Subscriber Downloads since early this morning and refreshing the page feverishly every 15 minutes or so since then, but so far, the most recent updates on that page are the Windows 7 RC (release candidate) postings last made on May 21st.

Still no new listings on the MSDN Windows 7 Downloads page...

Still no new listings on the MSDN Windows 7 Downloads page...

I’m going to keep this up all day, and will update this blog with the news as soon as the page changes, or other news emerges about the Windows 7 RTM. Stay tuned: it’s like waiting for Santa Claus…

OK, it’s 1:00 PM Central Time and I just got back from lunch and here we are: the RTM files are now available, if somewhat slowly. I’m currently downloading the 64-bit version of Win 7 Professional at a whopping 55-155 Kbps or so from an Akamai site (MS obviously laid on some extra download resources for the download rush that is currently underway) and have 3 more items in the queue (Win 7 x86 Professional, and x86 and x64 versions of Win 7 Ultimate). Here’s what the top of the download list looks like now:

Windows 7 RTM listings make their MSDN debut

Windows 7 RTM listings make their MSDN debut

Things are going painfully slow at the moment: it looks like it’s going to take over 12 hours just to download the first of these four files. Here’s what the MS File Transfer Manager has to say about my current scheduled MSDN downloads:

The download data is kind of grim

The download data is kind of grim

Because I must grab this stuff, I have no choice but to wait for it to come through. If you don’t absolutely have to get this RIGHT NOW, I’d advise waiting for the traffic to die down. Early next week looks like a good time to jump into the swamp to me. I wish I could wait!

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