Yes, this is the date we’ve all been waiting and wondering about. Retail availability for Windows 7 pre-loaded on PCs and in FPP (fully packaged product) form. In an interview with Ina Fried from CNET, Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard’s computer unit said, “We’re locked and loaded for the launch," McKinney said. "The quality of code is just absolutely stellar.”
Those who purchase Windows Vista-based PCs close to launch will get a technology guarantee to upgrade to the new version but details are scarce.