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Windows 7 Build 7600 Leaked; RTM Suspected

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 8 comments

A new build of Windows 7 has hit the net, but this one could be extra special.

Last week we heard from multiple sources that Microsoft was aiming to bring Windows 7 to RTM on July 13. Now that the day is here, some are waiting for Microsoft to announce the completion of its next operating system.

Interestingly enough, over the weekend a new build of Windows 7 leaked out, bearing the build number of 7600 (the exact build string is "7600.16384.090710-1945," according to GeekSmack). While a leaked build isn't an uncommon occurrence, the last known builds that were leaked were from the 7200 series. The major jump in version has some speculating that it's the RTM build.

Microsoft will be kicking off today its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. If there were to be an announcement regarding Windows 7, that's where it'll happen.

Hitting RTM will allow Microsoft to disseminate the final version of Windows to its computer-making partners for even broader testing and integration, with the goal of having all OEMs ready to sell Windows 7-loaded computers on October 22.

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    volks1470 , July 13, 2009 6:44 PM
    geez, 7600...makes the RC build 7100 seem pretty insignificant...
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    cadder , July 13, 2009 7:08 PM
    I've just started playing with RC1, too bad it's probably too late to give them feedback.

    To me their new Explorer is hard to use.
    1. The symbols and fonts don't show up as well as with XP, and the small symbols are harder to hit with the mouse or touchpad.
    2. Adding favorites and libraries and so forth just makes it more complicated to me. I was fine with "my documents" under XP, with Vista it started getting more complicated, with W7 it is even more complicated. I would rather organize my files and folders my own way.

    I've already paid my $50 and pre-ordered so I'll have it for better or for worse.
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    socrates047 , July 13, 2009 7:49 PM
    cadderAdding favorites and libraries and so forth just makes it more complicated.


    you said it bro! I totally think there should be a better filing sysytem for personal files... especially if someone has several hard-drives or partitions waiting to be filled that are not the Local C drive.
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    makotech222 , July 13, 2009 7:56 PM
    i just updated to 7600 two minutes ago. dont notice any difference yet.
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    TheZander , July 13, 2009 8:34 PM
    Socrates047you said it bro! I totally think there should be a better filing sysytem for personal files... especially if someone has several hard-drives or partitions waiting to be filled that are not the Local C drive.


    Then Windows 7 is for you! They gave you exactly what you wanted. You guys need to learn how to use Windows 7 (unless you were being sarcastic!) :D 

    "It's possible to create custom Libraries made up of arbitrary locations; the demos at PDC showed Libraries being used to group together all the files related to a given project or customer, for example. They're useful whenever an aggregated view of multiple locations is required.

    The Libraries are also used throughout Windows 7. Prior to 7, Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center both had their own distinct library concept. In Windows 7, however, both of these programs use the Libraries visible in Explorer. This results in a far more consistent view of the media stored on the PC."

    http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2008/10/arspdc-windows-7-libraries-under-the-microscope.ars

    It may be take one extra step but once you get your favorite folders added (many of mine are on the server - this works perfectly in Windows 7) the whole OS will have much more handy and consistent access to your favorite folders or files. I know it's different and it sucks having to change from what you're used to, but this is a much better way. All it takes is one click and drag to get whatever you want in its individual library and then it's right there no matter what application you're in.

    If you don't think it's better, you probably don't know how to exploit it to its full potential. I had to learn how to run it, too, but now that I use it it's faster and more efficient than any previous way, and I've been using Windows and Apple's OS's for 10 years at work. This is a good way to do it, once you get used to it.
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    xaira , July 14, 2009 3:01 AM
    using 7600 now, i havent used the other builds, but it is really miles better than vista, its so snappy
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    rpmrush , July 14, 2009 5:22 AM
    You know..I get tired of people talking about fresh installs of Win 7 being snappy. Hell my fresh install of Vista was lightning fast. But just like all MS OS's I need to reload fresh. It's been about a year. That's about the same cycle XP had as well. Win 7 will slow down just like XP and Vista after all your favorite programs and games are installed. Hell a fresh Copy of XP is fast compared to a year old install of Vista that has loads of programs installed.
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    xaira , July 14, 2009 11:16 AM
    point taken