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Microsoft to give system builders a head start on Windows 7

Small manufacturers can sell systems with the new OS starting Oct. 13

For anyone who really can't wait until Oct. 22 to get a copy of Windows 7, Microsoft will let some small system builders begin selling Windows 7 on Oct. 13, nine days before the official commercial rollout, according to Computerworld.

Jon Bach, president of Puget Systems, told the magazine that system builders will be able to buy original equipment manufacturing editions of Windows 7 by Oct. 12, install the operating system, and begin selling the computers the next day. Puget systems specialized in custom-built PCs.

Major PC manufacturers, such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, can begin selling Windows 7 systems Oct. 22.

It may mark the first retail appearance of Windows 7, but various trial editions of Windows 7 have been around for a while and Microsoft in September released Windows 7 it its volume licensing subscribers. The GCN Lab has run tests on a beta version.

Government agencies, meanwhile, have shown early interest in Windows 7, particularly since many bypassed Vista and support for the XP operating system they are running will run out eventually.

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