Windows 7 build 7025 screenshots leak with versions info

Microsoft released Windows 7 Beta few weeks ago and the only version that was released during this beta was Windows 7 Ultimate. However, a select testers were invited for a separate Windows 7 Home Premium Beta program.

It is still unclear about the different Windows 7 versions that Microsoft is planning to release. A chinese website has leaked the Windows 7 build 7025 screenshots which could have answered the different versions of Windows 7, Microsoft is planning to release.

Without any further discussion, below is the leaked screenshot:

So, there you go. It looks like Microsoft is still going along Windows Vista's path in releasing a Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions. It is really disappointing to see a Windows 7 Home Basic edition - May be it is a 'touch-free' version or would it be a version specifically targeted towards netbooks?

One more thing to notice in the leaked screenshots are the good old Quick Launch and Show Desktop Icon!

Neowin had reported earlier that IE 8 RC1 is due soon and the leaked screenshots do confirm that IE 8 RC1 is on its way!

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I can just see another vista farce with oems trying to tell ya your new pc thats running starter ed will infact run any version of win7 .... :P 3 EDs should be enough burn starter and basic at the stake and leave it at Home Premium, Business and Ultimate

This is definitely fake. Why?
The start button is taller than the taskbar. Everybody knows the start button is same height as the taskbar in Windows 7.

er i think you need glasses as it looks just like that on my win7 if i have the taskbar down the bottom of the screen like it is in the screenie but if you drag the bar height up it wont be

It's just the quick launch folder toolbar turned on etc. MS has kept the QL folder there for compatibility.

I for one don't see the need for it anymore. I'll just pin the apps I always use to the new taskbar, and pin other less frequent apps to the start menu. For anything else just use the start menus search box to type in the name and run it that way.

creamhackered said,
It's not fake, you can hack the registry to re-enable it

Hack the registry? its just a simple short cut toolbar you make lol, no registry needed.

Too be honest this list of versions doesnt prove anything as it will be changed late on near rc/rtm version - the general belief is that the business version is likely to be renamed Professional similar to windows 2000 and windows xp business versions

Are we still stuck with NTFS? or is windows 7 shipping with new file system technology. I remember back before the lunch of vista they said that they will be releasing a file system that is based of SQL engine.

NTFS is a very impressive file system, it has been upgraded with each Windows version. NTFS is highly reliable and very fast, ive yet to see a file system crash because of NTFS.

He's thinking of WinFS, which is currently vaporware. WinFS was supposed to be part of Longhorn, but it got canceled and hasn't come back from the dead yet. Since nobody's actualy seen a completed version of WinFS, we can only go by what Microsoft said it was going to be, and if you want to know that, Google is your friend.

Airlink said,
He's thinking of WinFS, which is currently vaporware. WinFS was supposed to be part of Longhorn, but it got canceled and hasn't come back from the dead yet. Since nobody's actualy seen a completed version of WinFS, we can only go by what Microsoft said it was going to be, and if you want to know that, Google is your friend.

Just install the last beta and calm down. It wasn't very impressive.

This is MY view of the SKU break down:

Home Basic - NEVER/RARELY seen even low end PC's and netbooks can run Aero, so it might just be a "cheaper option" on machines, or perhaps "basic" just means "no Media Center".

Business - more tech savvy/Professional users that don't need Media Center

Ultimate - those that want it all

Home basic for Vista is more common than you might think. My Girlfriends laptop has it just because it's cheaper than home premium and it lowered the cost of her laptop.

did they default to small icons? if they did its just great.. the slightly bigger taskbar looks dumb out of the box imo

excalpius said,
Indeed. In many ways, these screenshots scream faked.

Is it so impossible the user just did those changed? I have my B1 machine set up like that.

It was never really gone in the first place. You can add it back just like any other toolbar.

Actually after having yet another look at that "Taskbar" I think that it is a fake !
Why ? Simple .... Two IE icons in the "Quick Launch" area and most surprisingly Media Player out of the area.
Lastly the Windows Explorer icon..... In one screenshot its in the "Quick Launch" area and in the other it is NOT !

Why must it be fake? One is the quicklaunch, one is the taskbar. And what do you mean "Media Player out of the area"? I don't see any screenshots where explorer is in the quicklaunch, its always in the taskbar.

I may be getting old for a caveman but I am sure that I have seen the first picture before !!!
Please also note that it does not state a "64 bit version of Ultimate" either (I am working with the 64 bit version at the moment (build 7000))!!!
I am VERY suspicious of this picture indeed !!!

I really don't understand all this trouble about Quicklaunch - after trying out the new taskbar for some time, I found that I can live very well without it.

I think this is fake. It was discussed in the forum and appears to not be real. Quck launch was removed but screen shot shows a quick launch. It wouldn't be the first for that web site to post a fake screen shot of a build of Windows 7.

To have your 'good old quick launch' ...

I Want My Quick Launch Toolbar Back! You might have noticed that the old faithful Quick Launch toolbar is not only disabled by default in Windows 7, it’s actually missing from the list of toolbars. As is probably obvious, the concept of having a set of pinned shortcut icons is now integrated directly into the new taskbar. Based on early user interface testing, we think that the vast majority of users out there (i.e. not the kind of folk who read this blog, with the exception of my mother) will be quite happy with the new model, but if you’re after the retro behavior, you’ll be pleased to know that the old shortcuts are all still there. To re-enable it, do the following:
Right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars / New Toolbar
In the folder selection dialog, enter the following string and hit OK:
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Turn off the “lock the taskbar” setting, and right-click on the divider. Make sure that “Show text” and “Show title” are disabled and the view is set to “small icons”.
Use the dividers to rearrange the toolbar ordering to choice, and then lock the taskbar again.

If it’s not obvious by the semi-tortuous steps above, it’s worth noting that this isn’t something we’re exactly desperate for folks to re-enable, but it’s there if you really need it for some reason. Incidentally, we’d love you to really try the new model first and give us feedback on why you felt the new taskbar didn’t suit your needs.

audacioustrash said,
This is awesome, but how to disable the new lanuch thingie?

Change to small icons, disable grouping, unpin items from taskbar.

i guess if microsoft really wanted to continue on with these different skus, they should limit what can be installed on what hardware... like this time make win 7 home basic for netbooks only where traditional laptops for consumers be preloaded with home premium. no more home basic for normal computers.

yeah because all those "ultimate" extras that vista users were promised was sooooo worth paying the extra for.

dont do it this time Ms.

xSuRgEx said,
yeah because all those "ultimate" extras that vista users were promised was sooooo worth paying the extra for.

dont do it this time Ms.


Ultimate is a combination of Home Premium and Business. It is NOT Home Premium + Extras.

Three years and people still don't get it.

Um, the Ultimate extras were not the distinguishing feature of Vista Ultimate. Nobody bought Ultimate for the originally nebulous and undefined "extras." They bought it because it's the only individually licensed version with both Media Center and Remote Desktop (and Bit Locker, shadow copy, and on and on).

Nobody bought Ultimate for the originally nebulous and undefined "extras."

Wow, that's a damn bold statement to make, especially on Neowin, following the flood of complaints that arose at one point.

Nobody, are you sure about that?

Jugalator said,
Wow, that's a damn bold statement to make, especially on Neowin, following the flood of complaints that arose at one point.

Nobody, are you sure about that?


In my case, Nobody has a point. I could care less about the Ultimate Extras. While Media Center is included in Home Premium, Remote Desktop is not, and as a home user supporting other home users, Remote Desktop is far too useful. Not all technical users work out of a cubicle or even at a corpoate locale. Another big user group for Vista Ultimate is telecommuters (this may likely be the biggest group of atypical Ultimate users), as a multi-purpose desktop or notebook deserves an operating system that can fit just as well on the boardroom as it can at the LAN party. Sorry, but neither Home Premium or Business cuts the mustard there.

Yes these were all ridiculous market sub segmentation decisions (remove this, keep that) which only confused the hell out of people who thought they were buying a computer with VISTA - per the ads the saw in magazines, online, and on TV. To get home and find out that all you really had was "Vista Lite" or, even worse, "Vista Gimp" was insult to injury.

On a marketing stand point - do they really gain from having so many versions? its still doesn't make sense. I still doubt they even make money off the first two versions. Also as far as I know, when they did this for Vista, the best selling version was the Home Premium. Very few ultimate versions were sold compared to Home Premium.

This is where id really agree with Apples stand point. Just one version. After all even a business owner would love to have the multimedia options that Home premium or ultimate might have. Just does not make that much sense..

Oh well.. either way even if we cry about it, Microsoft is still going to put out these other useless versions of Windows 7. Absolutely ridiculous.

Yes. It's worlds different than Apple when you are selling to OEMs, as opposed to selling your own hardware.

It's not like they have different versions of the xbox360's software, or the Zune firmware.

They can still have separate prices for OEM, upgrade, and retail versions but MS really needs ONE version of Vista period. ESPECIALLY given the problems with Vista upon release (everyone who paid for Vista should get a free or heavily discounted seat of Windows 7 IMHO) and the poor economy.

I also think it is a HUGE mistake not to let Windows 7 upgrade from XP. That is where the real money is for MS this time around. 7 is fast and light enough to work quite well on even older machines that choked on Vista. It's good enough to convert the holdouts...period.

Neowin, quit spreading non-finalized information. This is obviously leftovers from the Vista installer. There's no need to spend time on the installer... instead work on the OS itself to get any and all bugs worked out first. Also, the user who got this build simply enabled the QuickLaunch tweak to get that back. Wait for RC1 or public announcement by MS to render a judgment on what Windows 7 WILL be.

dimithrak said,
Do you work for microsoft? :P

Actually, no. But I'm tired of hearing rumors that go out of control... People just need some patience, as well as credible sources....

Haven't Microsoft already confirmed that it's not called Business and they're going with the Professional name this time around? That alone confirms the list in the screenshot above is just copied over from Vista.

I notice they screenshot that asks what version to install, they are all x86. is this bcz it's beta? or does the installer determine what you can install based upon your hardware etc?

ChrisJ1968 said,
I notice they screenshot that asks what version to install, they are all x86. is this bcz it's beta? or does the installer determine what you can install based upon your hardware etc?

Or possibly just the disc that's in the drive.

This is because there will still be different discs for x86 and x64 as they're completely different. however for the version differences (home, ultimate, etc), it will just be Ultimate on the disc, and the installer will add/remove certain features depending on which version you choose.

... Most likely.

Check the Win7 beta iso files ...

In the sources folder look for ei.cfg
Open it and notice why you can't choose which edition of win7 you want during install.

People have test it, removing that files will allow you to select which edition you want but strange part is fact the the beta keys won't allow you to activate it

My guess is that the naming scheme is leftover from in-house builds and 7 basic IS a netbook edition because in my experince seven ulitmate runs perfectly fine (even with aero) on basic XP level-technology...and now that drivers are far more available for vista level I can't imagine the need for basic except for low low low end systems (netbooks)

Quicklaunch can be turned on in the beta the same way (it's just a folder toolbar, the old Quick Launch folder still exists for application compatibility reasons).

I can't imagine why they turned it on in a screenshot...

Quicklaunch - fine, but totally unnecessary and easy to disable. Language bar = booo. There is nothing worse than that sodding thing which resizes itself and moves around the taskbar as it deems fit, and appears completely out of the blue for no reason (launching IE? Language bar! Installed Office? Language bar!).

It's a little better behaved in Vista (vs XP), but turning it off with the Toolbars menu doesn't do it permanently - have to right click and set to hidden or turn off advanced text services.

I dearly hope that this is just a customized installation where these features were explicitly enabled. They were pleasant absences from build 7000.

Language bar isn't a problem if you only have one language installed, and even if you have more it's not so hard to get rid of.

The real annoyance for me is when you connect through Remote Desktop from a system with a different keyboard layout set, when you disconnect the host then keeps the language bar, with the option for that keyboard listed, and there is no way to get rid of it without a reboot, as your regional & keyboard settings don't actually list that language.

daz411 said,
even better!

Yeah, that would be awesome but this is still an improvement. No one is going to ever install Starter, so really it's only 4, and Basic is pretty useless also so really it's only three. I do get what you are saying though.

and Basic is pretty useless

And that's why it shouldn't be marketed as either a separate product, or bundled with computers. It'll only make Windows 7 look worse and spread bad PR as a less capable OS. My parents are two among many who got Vista Home Basic on their Dell computer, and it's henceforth known as Vista by them. It really doesn't look good.

Good Lord, you would think they'd learn from Vista about having so many versions. I think having 3 versions would be good enough.

Windows 7 - Home
Windows 7 - Business
Windows 7 - Ultimate

M2Ys4U said,
XP had more SKUs than Vista, why aren't you saying "you would think they'd learn from XP"?


although you are right, all those versions of XP didnt sit on retail shelves side by side. it was home edition and professional.

profets said,
although you are right, all those versions of XP didnt sit on retail shelves side by side. it was home edition and professional.

But see, that's the thing. The version thing is only made a big deal by tech people. They really don't sit side by side. If you buy a computer from someone like Dell, it'll likely have Home Premium. You'll probably also have the choice to get Ultimate, if you're a power user, or Business, if you're a business user.

None of that is so confusing. Then you have Stater which is for developing markets, so that's not even in the mix most place, and home basic, which, I agree, is somewhat pointless.

So in the end, there is arguably one too many versions. You could probably blend both Home versions together, but at the same time, there is an argument for both. Home Basic is fine for my grandparents, and hell, probably my parents. Home Premium is fine for more advanced users, or users who want more features, and Ultimate is mainly for people who need top of the line features or are enthusiasts who want it all.

So overall, why is it bad to have choice? If someone is too lazy to sit down and read the feature comparisons and decide what they need, that's their problem. Don't shoot the company that offers choice.

Betaz said,
But see, that's the thing. The version thing is only made a big deal by tech people. They really don't sit side by side. If you buy a computer from someone like Dell, it'll likely have Home Premium. You'll probably also have the choice to get Ultimate, if you're a power user, or Business, if you're a business user.

None of that is so confusing. Then you have Stater which is for developing markets, so that's not even in the mix most place, and home basic, which, I agree, is somewhat pointless.

So in the end, there is arguably one too many versions. You could probably blend both Home versions together, but at the same time, there is an argument for both. Home Basic is fine for my grandparents, and hell, probably my parents. Home Premium is fine for more advanced users, or users who want more features, and Ultimate is mainly for people who need top of the line features or are enthusiasts who want it all.

So overall, why is it bad to have choice? If someone is too lazy to sit down and read the feature comparisons and decide what they need, that's their problem. Don't shoot the company that offers choice.

i'm with you on that. i always thought vista's setup (minus home basic) was fine. these days i think people are always buying a computer with an oem copy preinstalled. quite obvious the 'business' edition is going to be for business use. home premium for home, and ultimate for everything. the stupid part for sure though was home basic & home premium.. especially when they differ by $10 in price now.


But see, that's the thing. The version thing is only made a big deal by tech people. They really don't sit side by side. If you buy a computer from someone like Dell, it'll likely have Home Premium.

Or Home Basic. Or Business. (and yes, I've experienced Dell laptops in all these shipping configurations, and no, it's not even rare to have Basic laptops -- that's often their budget segment)

And they do sit side by side, check the online stores...

Yes for us technically inclined people it is nice, but think of the average person. My father asked me a few months back which version of Vista he has on his computer because he truly didn't even know.

Without looking it up can you guys list the differences between all the versions?

Just think how the Average consumer feels when presented with this choice.

daz411 said,
Yes for us technically inclined people it is nice, but think of the average person. My father asked me a few months back which version of Vista he has on his computer because he truly didn't even know.

Without looking it up can you guys list the differences between all the versions?

Just think how the Average consumer feels when presented with this choice.

sure.. home basic - like home premium but missing things like media center, window transparency, dvd maker, etc.. business has ability to join domain as key feature for business use. ultimate provides all features.
i think the confusing part is home basic and premium. one 'home' edition would be best. and you'd have to be stupid to not agree that the name 'business' is self explanatory. theres no way average joe should order a PC configured with home premium and wonder if he should be upgrading to business or not. actually, business is an even more clear name than professional was for xp

daz411 said,
My father asked me a few months back which version of Vista he has on his computer because he truly didn't even know.

What version you have is displayed on the login screen, and in the control panel.

Irrelevant. MS gained its monumental market share with single track Windows versions. One of the reasons it lost so much momentum with Vista was the insane marketing segmentation of a dozen versions, only 2 of which anyone ever wanted. It confused end users what was "real" Vista and what was not, and when some of the key eye candy features in the ads were only available in one class of Vista over another, it just became ludicrous. No one answering a tech support call should have to first ask "what version of Vista do you have?" 8P

daz411 said,
My father asked me a few months back which version of Vista he has on his computer because he truly didn't even know.

Sounds like the problem is your father's, not Microsofts.

Anyway, if you are the kind of user that does not even know which version you are using, it usually means that you do not need to know.

As much as I don't like Microsoft having so many versions, I honestly can't see a situation in which someone will ever be at a loss to decide. Tech savvy people will know what they want. The rest of us will just buy whatever is put on the computer and live with it.

I agree but I think that they need to create a better naming scheme for home basic, home premium and ultimate....rename them basic, home, and comprehensive....i can see where a user upgrading may get confused between ultimate and home premium

They should have versions optimized for students, gamers, office... Not like this, just some more bloated version of windows.

AnarKhy said,
They should have versions optimized for students, gamers, office... Not like this, just some more bloated version of windows.


Another "bloat" parrot... Bloat, bloat, bloaty bloat! Rawk!