Get it today. There are only certain retailers offering this. Also, you Euro cats are out of luck. You can go ahead and blame the EU. http://gizmodo.com/5302734/how-to-pre+orde...to-cut-the-line This is for the UPGRADE version only. This is not the full retail version. Edit: According to Paul Thurrott, you can do the "clean install" that was possible in Vista. I guess it makes sense i.e. what if your hard drive decides to blow itself up.