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New build hasn't been leaked to torrents -- yet

Microsoft's Windows 7 is perhaps one of the most hotly anticipated tech products of the year.  Its beta builds have thus far showcased both polish and Microsoft's willingness to improve and take constructive criticism.  Microsoft has over 2,000 planned bug fixes for the Release Candidate phase, and recent builds have given users just a taste of the promising new OS's potential.

Hot on the heels of the leak of RC build 7077 to the torrent world earlier this month, Microsoft has delivered a major milestone build to OEM partners and TAP gold customers.  Microsoft reportedly compiled the new build, 7100.0.winmain_win7rc.090421-1700 (build 7100, for short), on Tuesday, and has already began distribution.

While some are likely eagerly awaiting the build to hit torrents, for home testing, Microsoft may actually beat leakers to the punch.  Microsoft announced via its Partners page plans to launch a semi-public distribution of the release candidate by May 5th to MSDN/TechNet customers.  The official release will invariably also be shared by these customers over torrent.  The 7100 build seems a likely target for the release.

There's potential, though, that the posting could be a mistake, as a Microsoft Online Chat Concierge spokesperson commented, "Currently the Windows 7 RC has not been available through the TechNet subscription yet, only the Microsoft OEM partners such as Dell, Siemens are taking part in the RC's this period of test."

Regardless, whenever DailyTech get its hands on release candidate 7100, a features update piece can be expected.  Until then, like the rest of community, we have to wait and see.

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RC Upgrades Not Supported
By TomZ on 4/23/2009 3:18:19 PM , Rating: 3
I haven't seen this covered in the tech news, but Microsoft is not supporting Windows 7 beta-to-RC upgrades. By default, the upgrade will fail. The post below describes Microsoft's reasoning for this, and it describes a workaround:

Clean installs and upgrades from Vista are fully supported.

RE: RC Upgrades Not Supported
By mikefarinha on 4/23/2009 4:36:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad they aren't wasting any resources in supporting such minuet scenarios.

My wife and I have been running the Win 7 Beta (7000) since it was released. It makes it really hard to have to use WinXP each day at work. Aero snap, Aero peek, and Aero preview are so friggin' addicting. And the new start bar is fantastic.

RE: RC Upgrades Not Supported
By Smilin on 4/23/2009 5:57:17 PM , Rating: 5
This is a general practice. You want to support Vista to Win7-RC so that customers will test it.

You do not however want to support Win7-BuildX to Win7-BuildY because:
1. This will ultimately never be a production scenario.
2. If issues arise from some portion of the upgrade failing then you don't wan't to get bogged down in debugging because of #1.

This is generally true across all products, not just Windows.

RE: RC Upgrades Not Supported
By Lerianis on 4/27/2009 1:41:18 AM , Rating: 2
It's still a pain in the butt though. Personally, I think that they should leave out this stuff and not require the 'workarounds', it just annoys the heck out of most beta testers and those who download 'leaked' builds.

Thank GOODNESS that the leaked RC build didn't put up a hissy-fit when I was installing it over build 7077... I would have been severely miffed it it had, because I don't like having to do 'workarounds'.

Microsoft also has a SEVERE problem with Vista to Windows 7 upgrade installation with the 64-bit to 64-bit upgrade.... it doesn't work and ALWAYS pops up an error saying "Not enough disk space" even if you have 400GB's of disk space left.

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