Early Windows 7 SP1 build leaks

An early build of Windows 7 SP1 has leaked to file sharing sites this week, indicating that Microsoft is on target to ship the update later this year.

The build, 6.1.7601.16537.amd64fre.win7.100327-0053, appears to be a recent compile from March 27. Early reports, from enthusiast site GeekSmack, indicate the build is quick to install but it's not clear whether it includes the promised USB 3.0 support or enhanced Bluetooth and Wi-fi stacks.

Microsoft has sold more than 90 million Windows 7 licenses to date making it the fastest selling operating system in historyMicrosoft released Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. The operating system has received praise from consumers, businesses and the media. In November 2009, Windows 7 managed to surpass Apple's Snow Leopard market share in just two weeks. In early February it was revealed that Windows 7 had reached 10% market share in just three months.

Screenshots of a Windows 7 post RTM build showed up on the web in February, fueling speculation that Microsoft is compiling early Windows 8 builds. The successor to Windows 7 will likely be available in 2011 as an ex-Microsoft worker penned July 2011 as the RTM date for Windows 8.

Microsoft is currently readying the first Service Pack for Windows 7. A beta version is expected in June with a public release in September this year.

Image Credit: GeekSmack

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Please fix Explorer crashing on bootup. Happens to two different PCs for me and it's sporatic. I hope MS got the error reports I sent (and there are a lot!)

windowspczone said,
Wish they would hurry up and release the SP already! :L

Why?
No need for rushing anything. The dang OS hasn't even been out close to long enough to be wishing they'd hurry already!

I'd like to see proper context menus on task bar items.. I constantly switch inputs on my 2nd monitor, and it would be nice to have an option to move a window without having to switch back.

Windows8 in 2011? That is just ridiculous. Windows7 has hardly been out that long yet, people get sick of constantly having to fork more money over to Microsoft. Then Microsoft is baffled as to why people aren't upgrading.

TC17 said,
Then Microsoft is baffled as to why people aren't upgrading.

Guess that's why Windows 7 was the fastest selling OS in history then.

Stupid people, got to love them.

Osirus23 said,

Guess that's why Windows 7 was the fastest selling OS in history then.

Stupid people, got to love them.

I thought that was because Vista sucked so badly.

TC17 said,
Windows8 in 2011? That is just ridiculous.

As others have stated earlier, a 2 year release cycle is fairly normal for Microsoft (and Apple as well, for that matter). The cycle between XP and Vista was an abberation caused by the fact that Microsoft restarted development of Vista.

Edited by roadwarrior, Apr 7 2010, 7:17pm :

TRC said,

I thought that was because Vista sucked so badly.

Vista wasn't the issue; it was a combination of bad driver code from IHVs and practically zero enterprise traction. Because a large number of driver glitches were due to that lick-and-a-promise warmed-over driver code, the OS itself largely got the blame (despite the vast majority of folks having very little or NO driver-related issues, and few compatibility issues, even if the move was combined with a bitness switch; because of those aforementioned software-compatibility issues, I'd rather run Vista x64 than XP64 where either is an option). There are few real changes driver-wise between Vista and 7 (and most of those are strictly display-related; the only audio-related changes are below driver level, and the drivers for most non-display hardware didn't change at all). I went from XP to Vista x32 with few issues (none of which involved software, including drivers), and crossgraded to Vista x64 with even fewer (a grand total of *one* issue; an older game [from 1995!] with a 16-bit installer) and run 7 x64 (and Mom runs 7 x32) today.

My company still runs XP and I haven't heard one word about upgrading to Win7...I know in many cases its not easy to upgrade an OS, especially with the multiple platforms and products/services that are used, but someday they'll have to upgrade.

The only issues I have had with Win7 x64 is hard drive support. My solid state drive has had a few conflicting issues with Windows 7...but other than that...no major issues.

I gotta be honest. I have had no problems with my win7 x64. It has made my computing experience flawless. I am running all this on a almost two year old alienware m9750 and if this keep up I will be keeping my current laptop setup for another couple of years with a cpu change. window 7 is just unbelievable good. played metro 2033 the other day on high and is ran so beautiful with dx10.

aarste said,
That's more likely to be your card. My Radeon 1950xt had much smoother aero animations than my Geforce 260 for example.

No, it's a pretty widespread issue, even with recent cards. My 640mb 8800GTS may be old but for Aero, it should run perfectly (6.9 score in WEI). In Vista I do not have this problem. And Aero is otherwise fine, except for closing and opening windows.

Edited by Pharos, Apr 7 2010, 11:05pm :

Well, what I know the improvements are:

- To use XP Mode without any processor restriction.
- USB 3.0 Support
- Bluetooth fixed
- Blue-Ray fixed
- Bugs and security fixes
- Speed improved

roadwarrior said,

Good to know. I'm quite surprised that this update hasn't gotten more attention, considering the attention the requirement originally got.

That's largely because the issue was only important to VM users (mostly developers), and they should have gotten the word via TechNet Flash (how I got it) or MSDN. The details are, in fact, on the VirtualPC home page (http://www.microsft.com/windows/virtualpc).

Hopefully they,

1. Fixed Transparent Icons Bug
2. Sped-Up Explorer.exe
3. Fixed Refresh-Bug
4. Fixed slow WMP Bug
5. Fixed Event Log refusing to start
(feel free to continue this list)

Udedenkz said,
Hopefully they,

1. Fixed Transparent Icons Bug
2. Sped-Up Explorer.exe
3. Fixed Refresh-Bug
4. Fixed slow WMP Bug
5. Fixed Event Log refusing to start
(feel free to continue this list)

Hopefully I,

Continue to never have these issues nor anyone i know

Neoauld said,

Hopefully I,

Continue to never have these issues nor anyone i know

Nor I. Always funny to hear people blame Windows for all their self-inflicted software/hardware issues.

Osirus23 said,

Nor I. Always funny to hear people blame Windows for all their self-inflicted software/hardware issues.

I know right! I have tons of software on my system and weird things, and not a single sign of instability to go with it. I think alot of this is due to the XP users who fought Vista upgrading to Win7 expecting their PC to get new life or something. Who knows.

Using a beta service pack = fail.

Worked on a PC just yesterday it had some pre-release service pack 3 on it. Why bother, you need some beta usb 3.0 technology that will fail on top of itself? Yeah im all for it.

Anywho, leaks are fun :-D.

Hasn't it been stated in the past SP1 will include no new functionality but will simply be all patches and fixes since RTM rolled into one? What is the point of finding, downloading and running it if you already have Windows Update applying said patches?

No, in fact SP1 will contain the client side functionality of the new Remote Desktop technology that lets you watch movies, etc. remotely. If this SP1 beta has that tech, I wants it now! 8)

You know what? As a teenage geek, I was like "omgz must haves" but now that I am a Geek 2.0, I can actually wait. The same goes for having the latest MSN build

Singh400 said,
You know what? As a teenage geek, I was like "omgz must haves" but now that I am a Geek 2.0, I can actually wait. The same goes for having the latest MSN build

hehe - same here..

Sorry but Windows 8 will _NOT_ RTM July next year. I see 2012 being more of a likely year. Late 2011 at a push.

Tony. said,
Sorry but Windows 8 will _NOT_ RTM July next year. I see 2012 being more of a likely year. Late 2011 at a push.

Yes. It's rather impossible for them to create a new OS, with different features, and dump right away, their best OS in the market by the moment.

What would all that campaign was for if they are just going to dump it in the following 2 years. What their new OS could provide, direct X 12? How, if a very few Video Cards can actually support it to the full state.

Jose_49 said,

Yes. It's rather impossible for them to create a new OS, with different features, and dump right away, their best OS in the market by the moment.

What would all that campaign was for if they are just going to dump it in the following 2 years. What their new OS could provide, direct X 12? How, if a very few Video Cards can actually support it to the full state.

They don't need to create a new operating system. All they are doing is improving on their current one which runs brilliantly. But, Windows 8 is set to be a major release so I'm expecting 2012, at the earliest..

Tony. said,

They don't need to create a new operating system. All they are doing is improving on their current one which runs brilliantly. But, Windows 8 is set to be a major release so I'm expecting 2012, at the earliest..

+1 AGREED

Tony. said,
Sorry but Windows 8 will _NOT_ RTM July next year. I see 2012 being more of a likely year. Late 2011 at a push.

Maybe beta next year.

The 7601 build 153 version it is available for download weighs 1.2GB. This compilation was generated on March 27, is a bit older than version 159.


Anarkii said,
The 7601 build 153 version it is available for download weighs 1.2GB. This compilation was generated on March 27, is a bit older than version 159.


All they need to fix is deleting windows.old files hell lot easier... and automatically Fixing CPU when reinstalling windows so its not always 100% for weeks

Sebianoti said,
All they need to fix is deleting windows.old files hell lot easier... and automatically Fixing CPU when reinstalling windows so its not always 100% for weeks
CPU at 100%? Not heard of that. Hard drive perhaps (due to indexing), even though that isn't actually an issue. Why would the CPU hit 100%?

(I hardly think deleting windows.old stuff is high priority tbh)

Sebianoti said,

All they need to fix is deleting windows.old files hell lot easier... and automatically Fixing CPU when reinstalling windows so its not always 100% for weeks

That was never hard. Use Disk Cleanup and it will provide an item to remove the old Windows installation.

shinji257 said,

That was never hard. Use Disk Cleanup and it will provide an item to remove the old Windows installation.

done it

Why exactly are they releasing Windows 8 so soon? It doesn't make sense. Is this some sorta new thing they're doing to keep the OS Structure more up-to-date... because it just seems like they could add some new features to 7... though it would be hard to sell it, for sure, but... I don't see what the problem is with 7. Its worked very fine for me, since Beta.

This is not a new thing; do you realize that Windows 2000 was released in Feb. 2000 and XP in Oct. 2001? Yeah, about a year and half-between the two. The long wait between XP and Vista was the "new thing" and not what they had originally planned for. Frankly, even the gap between Vista and 7 was longer than expected, given that it was considered a "minor release". Besides, they're not talking about Windows 8 here; it's about Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Why are you thinking this is Windows 8?

Edited by devHead, Apr 7 2010, 7:11am :

Aanuun said,
Why exactly are they releasing Windows 8 so soon? It doesn't make sense. Is this some sorta new thing they're doing to keep the OS Structure more up-to-date... because it just seems like they could add some new features to 7... though it would be hard to sell it, for sure, but... I don't see what the problem is with 7. Its worked very fine for me, since Beta.

It's not soon. People think the XP to Vista time frame was the norm? MS has always went with a 2-3 year OS cycle with a 1 year cycle for SP's. Vista just messed that up with the delays, but they're going back to the normal MS release schedule.

WIn7, RTM on Oct 2009, so Win8 RTM in late 2011 fits into what they've said and done in the past.

Aanuun said,
Why exactly are they releasing Windows 8 so soon? It doesn't make sense. Is this some sorta new thing they're doing to keep the OS Structure more up-to-date... because it just seems like they could add some new features to 7... though it would be hard to sell it, for sure, but... I don't see what the problem is with 7. Its worked very fine for me, since Beta.

What the above two said.

GP007 said,

It's not soon. People think the XP to Vista time frame was the norm? MS has always went with a 2-3 year OS cycle with a 1 year cycle for SP's. Vista just messed that up with the delays, but they're going back to the normal MS release schedule.

WIn7, RTM on Oct 2009, so Win8 RTM in late 2011 fits into what they've said and done in the past.

Honestly I'd love to see a free SP every year and a smaller upgrade after 2 years. It would likely help them sell more upgrades as well, provided they were $30 upgrades. People have shown time and time again that they will pay all kinds of money as long as they don't have to pay it all at once. It's just how we work. I'd rather pay $30 every other year for a minor upgrade than $100-150 every 4-5 years for a big upgrade.

devHead said,
This is not a new thing; do you realize that Windows 2000 was released in Feb. 2000 and XP in Oct. 2001? Yeah, about a year and half-between the two. The long wait between XP and Vista was the "new thing" and not what they had originally planned for. Frankly, even the gap between Vista and 7 was longer than expected, given that it was considered a "minor release". Besides, they're not talking about Windows 8 here; it's about Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Why are you thinking this is Windows 8?

Windows XP's beta began almost immediately after Windows 2000 Professional launched; good thing, because during the later stages, that rather nasty CODE RED worm (and the progeny, CODE RED 2) started mass-infecting unpatched Windows PCs (corporate PCs were especially vulnerable due to their hypercautious patch cycles). I was in the beta of XP and was happily smirking (because XP, even in beta, was immune to both worms).

PGHammer said,

Windows XP's beta began almost immediately after Windows 2000 Professional launched; good thing, because during the later stages, that rather nasty CODE RED worm (and the progeny, CODE RED 2) started mass-infecting unpatched Windows PCs (corporate PCs were especially vulnerable due to their hypercautious patch cycles).


Good lord, I hated Code Red. I was taking some of my network classes in college at the time, and part of that included setting up Windows 2000 servers from scratch. It was damned near impossible to connect a new machine to the network in order to download updates without it getting infected.

Quick to install and with Win7 working so well, sp1 might be just an update that changes the version numbers to keep corp customers happy... </Joke>

bobbba said,
Quick to install and with Win7 working so well, sp1 might be just an update that changes the version numbers to keep corp customers happy... </Joke>

ITT: corp customers check what updates get installed .

bogas04 said,
lol guys , rather say u will wait for final release , official seems like this one is by Apple

Does anyone else understand this?

Maybe his words are just so powerful and meaningful that they come across as gibberish to us normal folks.

Then again, maybe not...

:: Lyon :: said,
I've got no complaints using the current Windows 7, so I'll probably wait til the official release

Read my above post.

david said,

Read my above post.


It may be legitimate, but that doesn't make it stable or otherwise worth installing at this point.

gdodson said,

It may be legitimate, but that doesn't make it stable or otherwise worth installing at this point.

Indeed, plus you never know what additional fixes are going to be added.