Windows 7’s Early Arrival

By  |  Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Puget SystemsOctober 22nd may be Windows 7’s official arrival date, but at least one manufacturer plans to not only be ready for it but ahead of schedule. Custom PC manufacturer Puget Systems says it’ll begin shipping Windows 7 machines on October 13th, nine days before so many of us will be holding festive Windows 7 launch parties. Sounds like anyone who springs for fast shipping could have a PC on his or her desktop around a week before the OS’s formal debut.

I can’t remember how firm the release dates for Windows upgrades past have been, but if Puget has permission to do this, you gotta think it most likely isn’t the only company who plans to ship early. I guess operating systems aren’t like hot books whose publishers do their very best to prevent any sellers from jumping the gun.

I continue to believe that it’s not only rational but arguably the most sensible plan of action to wait a few weeks before buying Windows 7 or a Windows 7 PC, just so any showstopping technical problems get fixed before they bedevil you. But I wonder how many folks will decide to buy a Puget PC to get a nine-day head start on even other early adopters?

Let’s end this with a T-Poll:


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8 Comments For This Post

  1. Jon Bach Says:

    Thanks for the mention!

    We actually have a large waiting list of customers, and while they would have waited until Oct 22nd, no one minds Christmas coming early. We’ve been running Windows 7 at the office and at home since before the days of the RC Beta, and have had the RTM version for a few weeks now for final testing. We’ve been offering the RC for free with our builds since it became available, so we’re already accustomed to having “product” out on the field. We’re ready — I’ve never been more comfortable with a new operating system launch. Bring on the early adopters 🙂

  2. gfd Says:

    Windows 7 has been available to Volume Licensing customers since early September; I’ve been using it on my primary laptop at work since the day it was available (as have a number of my coworkers and many thousands of other IT personnel). If there were any “showstopping technical problems” they would have become apparent a couple of weeks ago.

    To anyone who is really happy with XP, I’d say there’s no pressing need to upgrade, but to anyone who has already made the jump to Vista, and for all the people buying new PCs, I can’t think of any reason not to make the move to Windows 7 as soon as it’s available.

  3. Backlin Says:

    I would, only if I needed a new computer. I just bought a copy of the OS.

  4. Evan Kline Says:

    All of my machines are fairly new, so I won’t be getting new hardware. I do have 2 upgrade copies on preorder, though.

  5. Matt Sharpe Says:

    Is there really any need to include that “showstopping bug” FUD? Anyone who has been using Windows 7 throughout the beta and RC periods knows that it has been remarkably stable.
    As has been mentioned in previous comments, Windows 7 has been available for weeks now and many people are using it on a daily basis with no problems whatsoever 🙂

  6. JessicaD Says:


    Thank you for your support of Windows 7! Have you pre-ordered your copy of Win 7 yet? If you are planning on purchasing Windows 7 when it is released it may be helpful to know you don’t have to wait until October to reserve your copy of Win 7! You can pre-order your copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional today. For more information, see the Windows 7 Pre-Order offer page here:

    Also, if you are currently a student you may qualify for the $30 upgrade to Windows 7. For more information, please go here:

    Microsoft Windows Client Team

  7. Harry McCracken Says:

    @Matt: It’s not FUD (and I’ve been using Windows 7–mostly happily so–for close to a year now).

    I expect the rollout of Windows 7 to go much more smoothly than that of Windows Vista, and probably smoothly by any standards. But every existing PC is slightly different, and some of them–a very small percentage, hopefully–WILL have issues with Windows 7. Many of those issues WILL be avoidable if you wait for them to be fixed before you install Windows 7. If that turns out not to be the case, I’ll eat my ThinkPad.


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