Microsoft Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit for System Builders is Delayed
Microsoft has delayed the release of the Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit to smaller system builders, stating that to do otherwise would interfere with the Windows 7 general availability date. Microsoft and its ecosystem partners hope that the release of Windows 7 will compel a tech refresh among SMBs (small- to medium-sized businesses) and the enterprise.Microsoft is still holding out on a Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit for smaller system-builders until closer to the operating system's Oct. 22 general-release date - for a reason.
The OEM Preinstallation Kit is vital for installing customized copies of Windows 7 automatically on multiple machines, and releasing it early would give local system builders time to prepare for the demand that the new operating system is expected to generate among both businesses and consumers. However, despite expectations that the Kit would become available to system-builders in August, no sign of it has appeared yet.
A Microsoft spokesperson has issued a widely-circulated statement concerning the matter:
A recent survey by Deutsche Bank indicated that penetration rates for Windows 7 within businesses could exceed that of both Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, other studies have indicated that the penetration rate for the new operating system could be slowed by radically reduced IT budgets and a lack of time on the part of IT administrators to both install the system and train new users.