Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

It seems like every day we have news regarding this, but this time it looks like it’s official! According to Ed Bott, this RTM build is officially the 7600.16385 which leaked to the torrent sites a few days ago…no surprise there.

Windows7 Team Blog

As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.