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Windows 7 Beta 1 Goes Torrent

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

Torrent leeches don't have to wait until next month to check out the Windows 7 beta.... it's already listed on Torrent trackers.

While you won't see any direct links here, the ISO does indeed appear listed on multiple trackers, weighing in roughly around 2.44GB in size and reporting to be build 7000. Consumers and developers alike are anxiously waiting for an official release of Microsoft's next version of Windows, and in a sense, the leaked beta is a good indication that end-users are ready for the new OS no more than ever. And while the leaked beta has hit torrent trackers, it's easy to forget -in the excitement of its appearance- that the coveted ISO might carry some unwanted baggage as well.

So is it a coincidence that a few websites are posting screenshots and reviews of the Windows 7 beta the same time the torrent appears online? Maybe, maybe not. While there's no finger pointing going on, this site posted a huge batch of installation screens on Christmas Eve (December 24). ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes even posted a review of the OS beta, liking the new build but commenting that the new version (7000) is very similar to the last build, 6801, offering fewer new things than previous builds. Granted, the article did indicate that many of the updates are underlying improvements and don't have anything to do what apparent visuals. However, he indicated that the new Windows 7 beta is of release quality; very stable, very fast, and very telling that Microsoft may stick to a mid '09 release.

In general, Kingsley-Hughes claims that the installation procedure is faster than Windows vista and Windows XP, taking around 20 to 25 minutes (depending on the system). But once loaded, he instantly took notice of the taskbar and didn't seem too thrilled with its new design. "The new revamped taskbar is visually very interesting (and certainly a lot easier to use at higher screen resolutions that the Vista or XP taskbar), but it tries to do too much and as such comes across as kludgey and counter-intuitive," he writes. "One failure is that it’s hard to tell the difference between apps that are running and shortcuts that have been pinned to the taskbar." He also complains about the Jump Lists, saying that they are awkward to use "in the real world."

Other features he goes on to discuss include Aero Snap, a method of tiling applications to either side of the screen (ripped from Adobe no less), Aero Peek, a way to see all running applications without minimizing everything, and Personalizations, various ready-made themes that even include a desktop slideshow that will continuously change the background wallpaper. He also noted that Windows Messenger, Windows Mail, and even Movie Maker are no longer part of the Windows OS, and must be downloaded through the Windows Live Essentials. Paint and Wordpad have received a facelift (via the Ribbon UI), Internet Explorer 8 will be the default browser, Media Center received a few tweaks, and Windows Media Players has "vastly improved."

"I like Windows 7, a lot," he reports. "Microsoft seems to have put a lot of effort into developing a core operating system that is free from the pointless frills of the likes of XP and Vista. The OS is solid and fast and based on what I’ve seen so far I’d have no problems in rolling out beta 1 and using it daily."

According to Microsoft, Windows 7 Beta 1 will go public sometime in the second half of January 2009. While it seems sensible just to wait for the official, it's not stopping impatient consumers from downloading the shiny new beta anyway. Who knows... perhaps Microsoft intentionally leaked the beta in order to track down possible pirates. In any case, anyone pondering over whether or not to download the ISO can't say that they weren't warned.

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    adamk890 , December 29, 2008 3:48 PM
    Looks like a clean shaven version of Vista to me. I haven't had the chance to play around with it yet but it looks like this one is going to have alot more sucess. On the first pic i saw i thought it was a blatent mac rip-off un'till i saw it was ruining in VM ware.
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    hixbot , December 29, 2008 4:01 PM
    "no more than ever" way to proof read.
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    eklipz330 , December 29, 2008 4:30 PM
    so does it have dx11? any specific bugs i should be aware of? like should i only use it to 'play around with' or can it actually function like an os should?
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    hannibal , December 29, 2008 5:30 PM
    Well, well... light beta, heavy final version? I hope not.
    To Ellipz330: It should have bugs because it is beta :-) But as have been said. It's based on Vista core, so many things have been covered beforehand. That DX11 is not the one, but it should be relative cloise to DX10.1 so Windows 7, should be less troublesome in the beginning than Vista, but most corporates still wait untill SP1 for Windows 7 is out...
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    Pei-chen , December 29, 2008 6:25 PM
    hannibalWell, well... light beta heavy filan version? I hope not. To Ellipz330: It should have bugs because it is beta :-) But as have been said. It's based on Vista core, so many things have been covered beforehand. That DX11 is not the one, but it should be relative cloise to DX10.1 so Windows 7, should be less troublesome in the beginning than Vista, but most corporates still wait untill SP1 for Windows 7 is out...

    Most corporates will wait til their XP machines burn down before upgrading. My company just bought a few hundred HP workstations with Intel E4600 CPU to run XP and IE6.
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    that_aznpride101 , December 29, 2008 7:35 PM
    I hate to say this, but the mention of "stability" in this article made me more excited than the Windows 7 screenshots. LOL
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    apache_lives , December 29, 2008 9:12 PM
    demonhorde665i'm definitely looking forward to win7 particually the 64 bit implimentation, i avoided vista ,becaue i ahd heard a ton fo bad stuff about it's 64 version ( and even worse stuff about xp's 64 bit version) I already had xp 32 so saw no real reason to move to vista 32 bit. but with the way win7 is looking so far , it might be my choic e aprticularly if it can offer better driver and game support than vista 64 bit did (many many games still dont work in vista 64 even with backward compat in use.) so yeah i'm looking forward to win7


    You are like the million others out there living under a rock, there aint nothing wrong with vista, and i sure as hell hope i never have to use xp again - i wouldnt use 6 year old hardware, same goes for my OS.
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    hurbt , December 29, 2008 9:21 PM
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    are underlying improvements and don't have anything to do what apparent visuals.
    Am I to assume what = with?

    as said earlier... proof read... sheez.
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    frozenlead , December 30, 2008 1:44 AM
    I'm sick of people rating things on how intuitive they are. That kind of property of a device or a software application is different for everyone and CAN'T be gauged by any one person.
    And if you really don't get it, just google it for god sakes. 97% of the time that would solve any question a person asks me about this or that.
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    danimon , December 30, 2008 3:05 AM
    is the 7 beta better than vista SP1?i mean stability n feature?anybody knows when the 64 bit version will come?
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    rambo117 , December 30, 2008 7:24 AM
    lol, like once i saw that it was available via torrent, i googled it and started downloading it xD

    cant wait for it to finish!!!
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    giovanni86 , December 30, 2008 7:25 AM
    I have no problems with vista beyond it being a memory hog. And the fact that some older games and new ones alike have trouble running on a vista machine. But even with all that i think Vista is a big jump from XP, in a visual more appealing sense. Everything works on it how it should work. Its those that do not have the right amount of hardware for it that complain. A $600 pre-built PC from a piece of shit store does not do the job of being able to run vista. My two cents.
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    kamkal , December 30, 2008 7:48 AM
    giovanni86I have no problems with vista beyond it being a memory hog. And the fact that some older games and new ones alike have trouble running on a vista machine. But even with all that i think Vista is a big jump from XP, in a visual more appealing sense. Everything works on it how it should work. Its those that do not have the right amount of hardware for it that complain. A $600 pre-built PC from a piece of shit store does not do the job of being able to run vista. My two cents.


    yea havent upgraded to vista, i have an old slower hard drive and only 2gb mem
    once i get those up to spec, vista64 or even windows 7 depending on timeframe
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    tirnaog , December 30, 2008 1:28 PM
    Never had much problems with Vista64 on my Pc.
    Clean install and I have tested a load of Apps. Including a lot of games. Runs my Civ4 very well.
    Only problem I had was stupid HP wouldn't create a driver for my prter.
    Buggers! My new Canon one though works great.
    Win7 looks like a highly optimized Vista to me so far.
    And if you aint 64bit now then hurry up and change over. :) 
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    captaincharisma , December 30, 2008 4:02 PM
    every time a hear people talk about windows being unstable i just have to shake my head cause they are clueless. windows is not unstable it the programs and drivers you add on to it that cause windows to be unstable and crash and guess what? windows doesn't make 99% of the programs and drivers you install on your crappy PC's which im sure most of the software your PC's is cracked. so here is a challenge for all you clueless people just install windows and nothing else on your PC and leave it for a week and i bet you vista will run like a champ
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    hannibal , December 30, 2008 10:16 PM
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    Most corporates will wait til their XP machines burn down before upgrading. My company just bought a few hundred HP workstations with Intel E4600 CPU to run XP and IE6.


    They will indeed...
    Just trying to say that there is not any harry in waiting full scale DX11 support :-)
    or many differences from Vista... It is just Vista with more time to mature. Givin this name "Vista SE" would be poor choice for busines... After all this not so earned Vista bashing. So Windows 7 it will be...
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    gwellin , December 31, 2008 1:22 PM
    I actually wish windows 7 would be exclusivly 64 bit. It is going to happen at some point. That way they can spend all their effort tweeking that out and it will force all the other company's to concentrate on 64 bit drivers. I currently have been running Vista64 for about 18 months and have never had a problem with stability. It is all the paranoid and inexperienced people that have bashed Vista for so long that it leaves a false impression in everyones minds.
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    goldendragoon84 , December 31, 2008 4:29 PM
    I hope they don't make it PAYG
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    hannibal , January 1, 2009 9:06 PM
    It has been confirmed by MS that Windows 7 is released as an 32bit and 64bit versions... So no 64 bit programs in big scale for a long time... But because win7 is vista se, it's not a big surprice that both versions 32 and 64 will get their face lift versions.
    But yeah... pure 64bit would have been better. It most propably would have reguired longer support for XP and Vista. And that is not something that MS would like to do.
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    apache_lives , January 2, 2009 5:39 AM
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    It has been confirmed by MS that Windows 7 is released as an 32bit and 64bit versions... So no 64 bit programs in bu scale for a long time... But because win7 is vista se, it's not a big surprice that both versions 32 nad 64 will get their face lift versions.
    But yeah... pure 64bit would have been better. It most propably would have reguired longer support for XP and Vista. And that is not something that MS would like to do.



    It they released Vista with ONLY 64 bit in the first place we wouldnt have all these people "oh its heavy, oh it crashes" etc cause they wouldnt be able to run on a crappy old Socket 478 or Socket A system which in its self is prolly the cause in the first place for all the issues.

    Wouldnt expect Windows 3.11 to work on a Current Machine, and i wouldnt expect a current OS to work on a Windows 3.11 generation machine.
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