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Latest Windows 7 Leak Claims to be RTM

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."

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.
  • AMDnoob
    The taskbar looks really ugly in this pic.
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  • wildwestgoh
    windows 7 really fugly without the aero-glass
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  • "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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  • cruiseoveride
    Its windows, its gonna look ugly
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  • Wayoffbase
    I wonder how many times we will see this same article before it actually happens?
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  • afrobacon
    so many claims... so many pointless articles
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  • seatrotter
    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
    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
    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
    cruiseoverideIts windows, its gonna look ugly
    so your mom looks ugly ?

    cuz you look ugly.
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