Windows 7 Build 7700 Spotted (Early Windows 8?)

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Windows 8? More like Windows 7 SP1.
  • fiskfisk33
    Well, couldn't this just as well show theyre working in a service pack?
  • mlopinto2k1
    This 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!
  • cheepstuff
    like watching the grass grow
  • mianmian
    When the number pass Build 9999, here comes the Windows 8. :)
  • edilee
    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.
  • darkknight22
  • uh_no
    Ah, this particular author...with breaking news again!
  • SchizoFrog
    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.
  • thepinkpanther
    cheepstufflike watching the grass grow
    shhhhhhhhhh shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is the best part...photosynthesis!