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Latest Windows 7 Leak Claims to be RTM

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 30 comments

The race to RTM occurs even in pirate waters.

Leaked builds of Windows 7 hitting file sharing networks are claiming to be "very, very possible FINAL RTM build."

More than one piracy scene group today released iso disc images that bear the build string and filename "7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULFRER_EN_DVD.iso."

It's unclear how different this is from  build 7600 that leaked onto the internet last Sunday, though the filename indicates that it was compiled on July 13, 2009 at 12:55 p.m., making it a few days newer than the one previously leaked.

Microsoft did follow up with a comment on July 13, saying, "Just because a single build may have 'leaked' it does not signal the completion of a milestone such as RTM."

Furthermore, Microsoft's Windows Communication Manager Brandon LeBlanc warned users against using leaked builds of Windows 7. "As always, beware of what you download. There are many bogus copies of Windows 7 floating around the Internet. More often than not, they contain a rather nice malware payload," he said.

"When Windows 7 hits RTM, it will be announced here," LeBlanc continued. "Until that happens, any builds you are likely to see on the web are either not the final bits or are laced with malicious code."

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    Anonymous , July 17, 2009 2:23 AM
    "The taskbar looks really ugly in this pic."

    I believe that is because the "transparent glass" visual effect is disabled for some reason. If you have the RC you can disable/enable it system settings; not sure how to do it in Vista.
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    AMDnoob , July 17, 2009 1:56 AM
    The taskbar looks really ugly in this pic.
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    Anonymous , July 17, 2009 2:23 AM
    "The taskbar looks really ugly in this pic."

    I believe that is because the "transparent glass" visual effect is disabled for some reason. If you have the RC you can disable/enable it system settings; not sure how to do it in Vista.
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    Wayoffbase , July 17, 2009 2:56 AM
    I wonder how many times we will see this same article before it actually happens?
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    afrobacon , July 17, 2009 3:08 AM
    so many claims... so many pointless articles
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    seatrotter , July 17, 2009 3:08 AM
    RTM? I'm guessing it's a newer version since it'll have a new feature included: rootkit/backdoor.

    :D 
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    Sicundercover , July 17, 2009 3:24 AM
    I find it interesting how many new bot nets have popped up this year. I also find it interesting that the recent attacks were done with some of these bot nets. I wonder how they are growing so fast.

    I wonder.
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    matt87_50 , July 17, 2009 3:54 AM
    sicundercoverI find it interesting how many new bot nets have popped up this year. I also find it interesting that the recent attacks were done with some of these bot nets. I wonder how they are growing so fast. I wonder.

    it may be that ppl just can't be bothered or forget to re-install their virus scanner as they move to the win7 RC, also that look is what you get when aero isn't on, this happens from time to time when programs you run aren't compatible with it, or just wan't it turned off for maximum performance.
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    NYCGPS , July 17, 2009 3:56 AM
    cruiseoverideIts windows, its gonna look ugly


    so your mom looks ugly ?

    cuz you look ugly.
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    Sicundercover , July 17, 2009 3:58 AM
    Yea odds are that picture is a screen shot of a build installed on a virtual machine and the Virtual graphics card doesnt support Aero. Notice how the Winver window also has the blue frame instead of the glass frame.
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    Doctor Rob , July 17, 2009 4:27 AM
    I love Windows 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    unlicensedhitman , July 17, 2009 5:03 AM
    What's "RTM"?
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    danielkza , July 17, 2009 5:16 AM
    unlicensedhitmanWhat's "RTM"?

    Release(d) To Manufacturing
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    aspireonelover , July 17, 2009 6:05 AM
    I guess it's real. My guess. No offense or anything, but I think M$ kinda BSed on that stuff.
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    that_aznpride101 , July 17, 2009 7:00 AM
    Despite this warning from Microsoft, that's not gonna prevent stupid people trying to download "official" copies of Windows 7....and get viruses on their computers.
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    danielkza , July 17, 2009 7:03 AM
    aspireoneloverI guess it's real. My guess. No offense or anything, but I think M$ kinda BSed on that stuff.

    Don't you think MS would shout for as most people as possible that the RTM is out? This is a major milestone after years of work, I can't see any reason why they would hide this. (Don't you think OEMs and other companies would have said something if they had the RTM version by now?)
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    liemfukliang , July 17, 2009 11:12 AM
    There is a simple way to know if it is a real retail final. That is you must get choose edition dialog when install it. So far I didn't find the dialog in build 16384 (last digit is four not five).
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    liemfukliang , July 17, 2009 11:12 AM
    There is a simple way to know if it is a real retail final. That is you must get choose edition dialog when install it. So far I didn't find the dialog in build 16384 (last digit is four not five).
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    Dave_69 , July 17, 2009 12:14 PM
    Gay.
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