Windows 7 RTM vs Windows 7 GA

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The software downloads on the MS software assurance site still show Win 7 from August 2009.  Is there a difference between the RTM and GA installers?
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The RTM (Released To Manufacturing) release is what will become the final boxed product. It's the version of the software that's going to be pressed onto disk. It's also the version that will go to hardware manufacturers so that they can have Windows-7 machines on sale from the launch date and onto the MSDN subscribers downloads page so developers can make sure their applications work with it, and they are always the same unless a serious bug is found with RTM partners, in which case they usually release a second RTM edition or a quick hot fix that gets bootstrapped in setup.

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