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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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By invidious on 4/23/2009 5:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
For those of you using win7:

I am using vista64 which has always felt like a bit of a port. Having the program files (x86) was discouraging, especially when 80% of my applications get dumped there. Is there going to be more of a reason to go 64bit with win7?

RE: question
By Smilin on 4/23/2009 5:52:57 PM , Rating: 4
You'll still have Program Files (x86) and as long as 80% of your apps are 32bit then 80% of them will end up in the x86 folder.

The change in drivers from XP to Vista was very dramatic so there was a big pain point. The change from Vista to Windows 7 will be subtle. In the past couple years as oems have gotten their crap together with Vista drivers it has had the side effect of also getting them ready for Windows 7.

At this point there is little reason to go 32bit unless you've got some essential legacy hardware that has no 64bit driver.

RE: question
By TomZ on 4/23/2009 6:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
Is there going to be more of a reason to go 64bit with win7?
IMO, it should be the other way around - people should use 64-bit on new machines, unless they have a compelling reason to go 32-bit (e.g., lack of drivers or <4GB RAM).

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