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Windows 7 RC arriving soon on TechNet and MSDN

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Microsoft, RC, Windows 7;

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Today I got an email from Microsoft Connect that I was accepted in the Windows 7 International Beta Program (Norwegian). The information in the Win 7 Beta documentation suggests that the RC is soon to arrive. Over on the WinSupersite Paul Thurrott just posted that 6.1.7100.0.winmain_win7rc.090421-1700 is arriving soon (just a teaser post – as is this one ;-).

Will report as soon as I am able to start downloading the bits. My guess – sometime Friday…;-)

Windows 7 Build 7068 Screenshots

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Microsoft, Opinion, Screenshots, Windows 7 Beta, x64

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Downloaded Win 7 Build 7068 last night, and upgraded from 7057 this morning. The process took a little more than 2 hrs this time around too. Have just started to use this build so I will post later about my experiences with it, but here are some screenshots;

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As you can see from the About Windows information it is Build 7068 which was built on March 21.

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I am not sure whether this is the final IE8 or not, its build # is 8.0.7068.0

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The Games Explorer has gotten a new icon

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One change for me on WMC is that the option to watch internet TV is gone… Anyone else?

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Nothing new here…

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Must admit that I am not sure whether there are any new pictures here…

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This is how Paint looks in this build…

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Windows DVD Maker

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Well, that’s it for now. I will post more on my experience with this build later…

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Short review of Windows 7 build 7057

Written by AboKevin on . Posted in Microsoft, RC, Software, Windows 7 Beta, x64

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Thanks to a twitter friend I got my hands on a x64 copy of build 7057. This time around I decided on upgrading instead of performing a clean install. It took approximately 2 hrs 10 minutes from I hit enter the last time until the new welcome screen greeted me.

There are a lot of comments out there about the look of the new welcome screen. I have to admit that I like it, but as Rafael Rivera has pointed out in this article this is probably a feature set up for OEMs so that they can change their welcome screen to their liking. In the same article he shows how you can change the background yourself.

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This is the desktop that greeted me after the 2 hrs long wait (well worth it!)

Back to the upgrade process. I have to admit that I was a little anxious to see how it all had gone. I started up application after application and everything worked as it should. Actually; It worked better than before. Bugs I had encountered numerous times in build 7000 are gone; iTunes runs smoothly (which implies that I have to extend an apology to Apple for some of my previous rants… it seems to have been due to Win 7 Beta!), IE8 the same – its now faster and it hasn’t crashed any tabs yet and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 works fine, which it didn’t before.

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iTunes finally runs smoothly. The previous problems seems to be due to Win 7 beta…

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Running IE8 with multiple tabs without any tab crashes. And pages load faster too.

As for the OS itself it looks pretty much the same as before – very well. There are some new icons and some different wording in some dialogue boxes (well covered by Ed Bott and Paul Thurrott) and there seems to be a lot of minor bug fixes.

I thought Win 7 Beta was impressive for a beta. Build 7057 is even better and I think that the Release Candidate (RC) is going to impress people big time. Highly recommended!

Looking forward to the final product later this year!

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