In early August, some OEMs complained of not having access to tools needed to get Windows 7 preloaded on new systems. A month later, smaller, custom PC makers still don’t have access to tools like OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK). Where as, larger OEMs got Windows 7 RTM in July, OPKs and other automated-installation tools shortly thereafter. A corporate spokesperson said: ““We delay release to system builders for two reasons. First, since system builders’re typically local and have less complex supply chains, they can often go to market much faster than larger OEMs. Second, since system builders acquire product indirectly and are so numerous, there’s no effective way for Microsoft to provide those partners the product earlier and maintain the established general availability date. Microsoft will begin shipping to distributors the system builder product as we approach the general availability date on October 22, 2009.”
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