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Windows 7 Build 7100 is RC, But Beware of Fakes

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7100 could be the RC build for Windows 7, but don't go downloading it just yet

We’ve seen build after build of Windows 7 through its beta existence. It all started with build 7000, which was released to public testers in early January.

Through each incremental update to the beta, which bumps the build number by several digits at a time, we see Windows 7 inch closer towards the Release Candidate.

While we’re all holding our breath for the release of the RC that’s supposed to land on May 5, Microsoft hardware partners such as Dell and HP already have the RC in their labs for testing.

According to a post from Microsoft-following journalist Ed Bott’s Twitter this morning, the build number for the RC that we hope to be seeing in a couple of weeks is 7100. Bott does warn that the build 7100 downloads that are making their way onto torrent sites have so far been fake.

The last build number that we know of is 7077, which we heard was being considered for RC status. Microsoft may have decided that 7100 would be the RC number for it’s obvious leap over the beta.

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    LATTEH , April 23, 2009 10:50 PM
    i cant wait for win7 :D 
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    grieve , April 23, 2009 10:59 PM

    I realy like it.
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    revolink24 , April 23, 2009 11:24 PM
    There are many new builds in this 7100 series. The 7100 series is the new RTM branch, whereas the 7000 was the beta branch. However, the 7100 series builds correspond to existing 7000 ones, ex. 7107 is the same content as 7057, just a different build. So please do a bit more research next time.
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    revolink24 , April 24, 2009 12:13 AM
    CHANGE: Sorry, I meant 7077.
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    akoegle , April 24, 2009 12:24 AM
    revo that makes no sense at all.
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    fakeasdf , April 24, 2009 1:45 AM
    @akoegle You are wrong, Revo is right, sorry! The rtm line switched over to 7100.
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    strandwolf , April 24, 2009 2:26 AM
    RC = Release Candidate. Cool. Another bit of fanboy slang.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 2:45 AM
    I'm still using the RC for Windows Me on my Pentium Pro machine. It's old but it does the job!
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    jsloan , April 24, 2009 3:21 AM
    and i though RC stood for Royal Crown Cola or as it's known RC Cola;-)
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    Flameout , April 24, 2009 3:38 AM
    w00t ubuntu 9.04 is now out!

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    kato128 , April 24, 2009 4:55 AM
    @windowsmelover: Man you must be a masochist or something. WinME only lasted 2 weeks on my pc and that was the RTM.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 5:42 AM
    I Just find Windows Me to be really fast and really stable, plus excellent driver support.
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    spazoid , April 24, 2009 6:29 AM

    Welcome to the Internet. The place where irony is common but rarely understood.
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    neiroatopelcc , April 24, 2009 8:48 AM
    kato128@windowsmelover: Man you must be a masochist or something. WinME only lasted 2 weeks on my pc and that was the RTM.

    Win ME was the best windows ever! Sure it didn't really work, but it was great! It's the only piece of software microsoft ever released, that actively sabotages the network. You always needed 3rd party tools for that until ME arrived. I still remember ME as the os, that when you browse it from an unpatched windows 98 mashine, your 98 mashine would lock up.
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    reapper , April 24, 2009 9:21 AM
    one thing about these "builds" going out the microsoft door: "hey, some guy in the GUI department said he would fix some bug by today so I'm going do BUILD (compile) it and see if the whole thing still works"
    :D  on the other I really hope they will make this OS good. Since I Installed 7077 three weeks ago I had only 1 BSOD and 1 lockup. That's good but still not good enough by my standards but I'm not sure I have really safe RAM. Time will tell :D 
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    eric54 , April 24, 2009 9:49 AM
    Anyone else having issues with the nvidia beta drivers while running a gts 250?

    Incrementially backing up until may 5. Its gonna be a good day!
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    neiroatopelcc , April 24, 2009 10:07 AM
    Not I, but I've heard rumors that nvidias latest driver doesn't work properly with newer graphics cards. So could very well be your problem is the same.
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    goryachev , April 24, 2009 10:13 AM
    I still use XP, and don't plan to move from it, not even to windows 8. Unless the industry forces me to do that, like when I moved from DOS to windows 95.
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    goryachev , April 24, 2009 10:18 AM
    windowsmelover2I Just find Windows Me to be really fast and really stable, plus excellent driver support.

    Including no memory leaks? :) 
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