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Windows 7 Build 7700 Spotted (Early Windows 8?)

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

Windows 7 build 7600 is the RTM version that's on all the new PCs today. It's the version that was completed shipped by Microsoft last summer – but it appears as though the developers are still tinkering away at it.

Neowin reported that a Russian site Wzor, which has a history of Windows leaks, posted screenshots from a post-RTM Windows 7 build 7700.

While many of you will find the screenshot completely uneventful, given that there does not appear to be any visual changes aside from the version number, the real news here comes from the build strings that tell us the progress that Microsoft is making.

The latest leak is 7700.winmain.100122-1900, which tells us that it is build 7700 and it was compiled in the 'winmain' lab on January 22, 2010 at 1900 hours.

Build strings leading up to this latest one are:

  • 7650.0.winmain.090917-1843
  • 7651.0.winmain.090924-1802
  • 7656.0.winmain.091015-0833
  • 7658.0.winmain.091019-1850
  • 7659.0.winmain.091020-1830
  • 7660.0.winmain.091021-1736
  • 7661.0.winmain.091022-1755
  • 7662.0.winmain.091023-1645
  • 7664.0.winmain.091027-1825
  • 7691.0.winmain.100106-1825
  • 7692.0.winmain.100107-1735
  • 7693.0.winmain.100111-1820
  • 7694.0.winmain.100113-1753
  • 7695.0.winmain.100114-1855
  • 7696.0.winmain.100115-1725

Watching numbers count upwards is fairly uneventful, but it does prove that progress is being made on top of existing Windows Vista and Windows 7 code – perhaps en route to the release of Windows 8 slated for 2011.

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  • 33 Hide
    Anonymous , February 3, 2010 9:57 PM
    Windows 8? More like Windows 7 SP1.
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    fiskfisk33 , February 3, 2010 9:58 PM
    Well, couldn't this just as well show theyre working in a service pack?
  • 24 Hide
    thepinkpanther , February 3, 2010 10:29 PM
    cheepstufflike watching the grass grow


    shhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is the best part...photosynthesis!
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  • 33 Hide
    Anonymous , February 3, 2010 9:57 PM
    Windows 8? More like Windows 7 SP1.
  • 31 Hide
    fiskfisk33 , February 3, 2010 9:58 PM
    Well, couldn't this just as well show theyre working in a service pack?
  • 17 Hide
    cheepstuff , February 3, 2010 10:07 PM
    like watching the grass grow
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    edilee , February 3, 2010 10:21 PM
    Did they miss the obvious fact that the screen says "Windows 7 Ultimate"? It would make more sense that this is a service pack. Win 7 has been out about 4 months I seriously doubt anything but a service pack is being worked on at this current time.
  • 7 Hide
    darkknight22 , February 3, 2010 10:22 PM
    yawn.....
  • 16 Hide
    uh_no , February 3, 2010 10:23 PM
    Ah, this particular author...with breaking news again!
  • 5 Hide
    SchizoFrog , February 3, 2010 10:29 PM
    mlopinto2k1I WANT NEW AND IMPROVED STUFF MICROSOFT! MORE VARIETY!


    Windows 7 has plenty of 'New' features along with many 'Improved' features. Each one of the software companies you mentioned are known for one, and ONLY one piece of software. Microsoft is NOT! If it is variety you want... go stare at trees or count snow flakes.
  • 24 Hide
    thepinkpanther , February 3, 2010 10:29 PM
    cheepstufflike watching the grass grow


    shhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is the best part...photosynthesis!
  • 0 Hide
    micky_lund , February 3, 2010 10:29 PM
    good on ya marcus :D 
  • 5 Hide
    brendano257 , February 3, 2010 10:38 PM
    edileeDid they miss the obvious fact that the screen says "Windows 7 Ultimate"? It would make more sense that this is a service pack. Win 7 has been out about 4 months I seriously doubt anything but a service pack is being worked on at this current time.


    Windows 8 IS being worked on already, it's supposedly slated for next summer (2011). However, this screenshot is in all likelihood just a service pack, not a full blown new OS. M$ tends to over exaggerate their names, so I doubt they would have a build called 7700 when it's really Windows 8.
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    Anonymous , February 3, 2010 10:39 PM
    Hey Apple has done this for years and they charge for it! No such thing as SP1 or SP2. With Apple you just buy another OS in two years or less.
    I think a 4 year cycle for a operating system is good. That allows for a couple or so SP updates but does not allow the OS to get stale like XP has.
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    ttangx , February 3, 2010 10:49 PM
    mlopinto2k1This is starting to get really stupid. It's almost like they are building an OS... selling it while it's in it's half-ass state, then fixing, calling it Windows 8 and selling it again. I mean, COME ON. You shouldn't have to keep BUYING it and BUYING it. There are plenty of companies out there that offer free upgrades after one purchase for a full version - 1.0-2.0. Then you pay to get a new license. I don't mean SERVICE packs either. Image Line does it, Renoise does it, Diskeeper Pro does it. They actually IMPROVE the software and release new versions. Microsoft just patches their crap. Ugh that urkes me. I WANT NEW AND IMPROVED STUFF MICROSOFT! MORE VARIETY!


    Actually, that's Apple's gig.
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    razorblaze42 , February 3, 2010 10:57 PM
    Yea I'm firmly in the, this is SP1, camp. I like windows 7, and I personally think it’s the best windows build to date... is there room for improvement? Yes and I hope to see a lot of them in SP1.
    Not buying this is a windows 8 leak.
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    rbarone69 , February 3, 2010 11:05 PM
    MS just doesn't take a vacation on building their next operating system. I mean really, the builds are expected to continue to increase in number... Am I wrong in saying it seems obvious? IDK...
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    fflam , February 3, 2010 11:30 PM
    i thought windows 8 was supposed to be there server OS to replace there current server OS (2003?)
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    bison88 , February 4, 2010 12:37 AM
    fiskfisk33Well, couldn't this just as well show theyre working in a service pack?



    According to some sources that worship new builds of MS products before they are released and I quote:

    Quote:
    The SP builds are in the winmain_sp branch and typically only increase the build # by one (for example, Windows 7 SP1: 7601).
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    Blessedman , February 4, 2010 12:41 AM
    fflam that sounds much more likely, I highly doubt with the reception that 7 has gotten that they are willing to toss it aside for another update. I honestly feel the next desktop OS won't be here until sometime late 2012-2014 range. Hopefully they innovate the actual desktop/start menu instead of another rehash. I know it's hard especially when everyone is used to the norm, but I would love to see some true out of the box thinking.
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    dannyaa , February 4, 2010 1:07 AM
    HOLY MOTHER OF WHAT. Stop the presses. Microsoft continually works on Windows? Where I have been the last 20 years?
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