With its latest version of Windows, Microsoft supports multiple activation scenarios, each tailored to a specific Windows 7 license. In this regard, volume customers of Windows 7 have the option to perform volume activation for the operating system. Companies with a large number of clients can centralize the management tasks associated with the process of activating multiple Windows seats. Windows 7 volume activation works either via KMS (Key Management Service) or MAK (Multiple Activation Key). Technical decision makers can now access a document from Microsoft detailing the “Top 7 Things You Need to Know about Activation TDM.”

The resource is offered for free through the Microsoft Download Center, and it is essentially a PowerPoint document. As the official title implies, the software giant outlines no less than seven things that IT decision makers need to be aware of when it comes down to Windows 7 volume activation.

The company is even enumerating the Volume Activation Enhancements for Windows 7, including “Refined end-user experience: clear & simplified user interface; updated notification dialog; customizable user experience for the enterprise; and performance improvements to the core service. More »

Just days after Windows 7 was released to manufacturing and Microsoft started handing out the gold bits of the operating system to original equipment manufacturers, the original ISO images of Build 7600.16385 were leaked in the wild and are now available for download. Too-eager-testers had had the chance to grab the gold release of Windows 7 RTM Build 7600.16385 even before the platform was RTM’d on July 22nd, 2009. Fact is that Microsoft compiled the gold build of Windows 7 as early as July 13th 2009, and only made the official announcement on July 22nd.

The full build string of the gold release of Windows 7 is 7600.16385.090713-1255. The following numbers: 090713 indicate that the code was wrapped up on July 13th, 2009. On July 13th Microsoft both confirmed and denied that Windows 7 had been released to manufacturing. At that time the company noted that it hadn’t signed off the successor of Windows Vista.

At the end of the past week, both the 32-bit and the 64-bit of 7600.16385.090713-1255 were leaked and started being served by various third-party sources, from torrent trackers to warez websites, a move that is obviously illegal. You can take a look at what the RTM development milestone of Windows 7 has to offer via this article. One critical aspect that needs to be underlined is that Windows 7 RTM 7600.16385.090713-1255 can no longer be activated with the Beta or Release Candidate product keys from Microsoft. More »