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Windows 7 Build 7100 is RC, But Beware of Fakes

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.

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.
  • LATTEH
    i cant wait for win7 :D
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  • grieve
    yupper...

    I realy like it.
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  • paesan
    Yea, I'm jizzing over it right now!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • revolink24
    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
    CHANGE: Sorry, I meant 7077.
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  • akoegle
    revo that makes no sense at all.
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  • fakeasdf
    @akoegle You are wrong, Revo is right, sorry! The rtm line switched over to 7100.
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  • strandwolf
    RC = Release Candidate. Cool. Another bit of fanboy slang.
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  • 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
    and i though RC stood for Royal Crown Cola or as it's known RC Cola;-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RC_Cola
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