Windows 7 build 7022 leaks

Microsoft are currently working hard towards the Release Candidate of Windows 7. Currently the only official build available to testers and the general public is build 7000 but we have learned that 7022 has leaked to the internet today.

According to a Russian torrent site it was leaked by "friendly" Microsoft Ukraine individuals. It's not likely that the build contains any of the UAC changes Microsoft has recently promised. The build is Build 7022.winmain.090115-1850 which indicates it was built nearly a month ago. Some Microsoft employees have twittered recently that they were "installing build 7034" so the company is clearly pushing ahead with the builds ready for the upcoming Release Candidate.

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It's always the same with Windows operating systems. What some people hate some will love and vice versa. It's impossible to cater for everyone's taste and requirements. I like vista but I love windows 7 even more. They're always going be some haters out there no matter what they do.

Personally I like everything that everyone (in this thread) dislikes.

I've alwyas loved Aero and Windows 7 has improved it.

The start menu button looks great. And I find it distinguishable enough. There is a border around it, unlike any other icons you might place on the taskbar.

I'm also likening the more subtle sidebars in explorer. Let's hope they stay that way.

My fave major/minor enhancement is that you can now include the Downloads folder among the others that appear on the start menu.


So far i have 3 major issues with the beta build (7000)

1. No inbox drivers for Intel 2200BG. Downloaded drivers from Intel would lose connection so very often.
2. 3945ABG wont connect automatically most of the time. I have to manually connect it. I saw some reports of this from other users as well.
3. IE hangs.

Hopefully in the new build the IE has got better. Will try out soon :P

xporvista said,
Could someone test out the Cisco VPN and see if you blue screen without the ndis method. Thank you!

I am still running build 7000, although I did not have this issue on my laptop, I did experience on my desktop. The fix for me was to run the Cisco installer file as Administrator. Worked ever since.

It's nice to see W7 rolling along smoothly. I haven't paid this much attention to a Windows release since 2000. I'm looking forward to W7 actual release and I hope the alternatives to "Adobe Reader's" Bloat-ware are out. (That's the first thing I noticed in the screenshot, someone already defiled their install by installing AR9).

Looking forward to the RC. Looks like lots of subtle little changes which overall improve the user experience.

This is an old build. It isn't worth the time to install it and the other apps IMO. 7030++ would be interesting

RealFduch said,
Closed because of rights owner request.

Yeah, like that's gonna stop it's distribution. Excuse me while I chortle.
:chortle:

iAurora said,
They are included in the torrent.

You shouldn't be discussing warez on Neowin. If you don't have a key, then you're obviously not working at Microsoft and shouldn't have access to this build.

It's not warez, it's a leak. There's a difference.

Never the less, I have to agree that we should not be discussing the details of the torrent here on Neowin. Do that on the Torrent sites, please.

Raa said,
If you don't have a key, then you're obviously not working at Microsoft and shouldn't have access to this build.
the 3 keys included are all public beta keys

just finished installing Windows 7 build 7022. The installation seemed much faster, maybe 20 minutes tops. Some of the things I noticed during the installation was:

* When my graphics driver was installed for 7000, it caused half of the installer screen to go black in both 7000 x64 and x86. This did not happen in 7022, and seemed fine.
* It no longer asks you to join a HomeGroup during the setup.
* After the second reboot during install, when the bootloader came up there were three options: Windows 7 (this would finish the install), Windows 7 Rollback (Not sure what this does. Possibly rolls back all changed the installer made? New, did not show in 7000), and Windows 7 x86 (my previous installation of Windows 7, normal).

Some things that I noticed right away in the actual build, running it.

* The new sidebar color that was shown in previous screenshots. See below...
* New Paint, as we saw in previous screenshots. See below...
* HomeGroup gets a new icon. See below...
* IE8 updated to RC1
* Faster search in startmenu, instant.
* General higher stability in OS
* New animations when moving between things in Windows Explorer
* Desktop Gadget Gallery is the new name for Sidebar. It gets a new icon!

Det. Sonny-Crockett said,
* New animations when moving between things in Windows Explorer

Care to expand on this bud? I'm grabbing the 32bit at the moment, would love a 64bit to leak

"General higher stability in OS"

I'm curious, how did you come to that conclusion after running it for less than an hour?

(not trying to be a jerk, legit question)

ozzy76 said,
"General higher stability in OS"

I'm curious, how did you come to that conclusion after running it for less than an hour?

(not trying to be a jerk, legit question)


Probably because IE is at RC1, it doesn't suck as bad.

Det. Sonny-Crockett said,
just finished installing Windows 7 build 7022. The installation seemed much faster, maybe 20 minutes tops.

Build 7000 already installed in 20 mins for me.

Det. Sonny-Crockett said,
* When my graphics driver was installed for 7000, it caused half of the installer screen to go black in both 7000 x64 and x86. This did not happen in 7022, and seemed fine.

Never had a problem like that with 7000.

Where are the screenshots you spoke of?

Lord Ba'al said,
Where are the screenshots you spoke of?

They are in the original source:
JCXP dawt net.
Follow the link on the homepage.

besides the task pane changing to a cleaner/softer background... anyone know of any more changes?? I mean besides code number Lol. thanks.

skynetXrules said,
^ feedback

Yeah, but when I ask for Feedback on a product I'm working on I want Feedback on the current version. Reporting bugs and such when that may very well have been fixed in current builds is silly. Feedback is fine, but who knows how many bugs have been fixed in latter builds...

Does anyone know when updates are going to start being released to Beta testers? I kind of expected updates on the 7000 build as they became available... What's the point in testing old code?

Just curious...

It depends on which testing level you are on, most builds stay internal, some go to connect testers, even fewer go public. They've already announced there will be no more betas, the next release (if it gets a public release at all) will be an RC.

good news .

meh i wont change ,going to wait till the RC build .

not much i bugs i passed by
1- CEIP crashing windows update and installer > fixed using worked aroud

2- some UI quirk when assessing the hardware with WEI

3- small anyyoance in the network center "coinitialize has not being called" bla bla bla when trying to view network status

i am sure they are fixed by now . i will pass

Intelman said,
Wonder if 7022 is new enough that IE8 doesn't suck.

Good question. I wonder if this build brings internal IE in line with the external RC build of IE.

So what does this article really state besides a new released Windows 7 on Torrent sites? There's like one of these a week... and even the article shows nothing new.

[awaits the "don't read the article then!" comments]

So when was the last torrent leak of a Windows 7 build after build 7000? There hasn't been one. Judging by your estimates there should have been 4 by now.

Your exaggerating big time! One every week? Yeah right! We are lucky this leaked, especially a build like this, they will start changing stuff like the Windows Orb and the Windows Logon background, and it changes into a more final Windows 7. The UI elements they have now are mostly Windows 7 beta material, they use them just to show off to the public so they don't expect anything, most of the time they make something really flashy and cool in beta, but then change it in a release candidate build to something very professional looking but also very nice. In Vista, they changed the explorer detail pane to a plain silver look, they changed the logon background, added the orb, changed the mouse pointer, changed the task pane's background, and so on. This all happened for Vista during switch from beta 1 to beta 2, it also happened during the switch from beta 2 to release candidate. Now because Windows 7 had no beta 1 and it was just Windows 7 Beta, take those 2 cycles of switching and you have to expect some sort of changing of UI elements. These builds that are getting leaked are going to include improvements we can see, and the speed is already great, I can't wait to see the next batch of leaked builds!

Tom W said,
So when was the last torrent leak of a Windows 7 build after build 7000? There hasn't been one. Judging by your estimates there should have been 4 by now.

I guess I just thought I saw more... maybe I'm thinking of a sticky on the front page? I don't know.
I just recall always seeing article's for every little build, I just don't follow Windows 7 that much...

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I guess I just thought I saw more... maybe I'm thinking of a sticky on the front page? I don't know.
I just recall always seeing article's for every little build, I just don't follow Windows 7 that much...

There is 7 minus this one

6519.1 (x86)
6801 (x86)
6801 (x64)
6936 (x64)
6956 (x86)
7000 (x86)
7000 (x64, released hours before the public release of 7000)

I believe it would a lot more hard to create updates on an older build then to just start from fresh and continue to replace files with newer files and not have to worry about compiling updates that are to be rolled out to an older build. They want to keep this stuff secret too, they change some UI elements at the end to surprise us, and I'm not talking like vector glass or aero diamond, I mean stuff like polishing of aero glass, changing Windows logon background, changing Windows orb, that kind of stuff. They don't want us to see everything, and knowing that the task pane's background was changed that looked very similar to the logon background can come to conclusion that the background for the Windows logon might have been changed too already in a build we have not seen yet, or will be very shortly.

wait about an hour and people will have the build but don't get your hopes up, i would imagine it will be very similar. tbh windows 7 is pretty fast already bit obviously it could be faster.

darkmanx21 said,
Any word on speed improvements?

Yea, if you still need speed, maybe upgrade your system... that's my word on speed improvements... since the OS is already fast as crap.

installed 7000 some weeks back, just to test

how come MS are taking drivers out, for example, my nforce2 chipset isn't supported in Win7 but has a generic driver for vista

(yea i know, my nforce2 is getting old now :D)

SolwayUK said,
installed 7000 some weeks back, just to test

how come MS are taking drivers out, for example, my nforce2 chipset isn't supported in Win7 but has a generic driver for vista

(yea i know, my nforce2 is getting old now :D)

Probably because nvidia doesn't even support it anymore.

archer75 said,

Probably because nvidia doesn't even support it anymore.


Not supporting is not the same as Not offering drivers. Many nVidia products are not supported by nVidia Tech support any more, doesn't mean they stop offering drivers for those hardware items.

Exactly, Nvidia still has downloads for the Geforce 1/2 and even the old TNT cards, and AMD still offers drivers for cards as old as the Rage IIc. It makes sense for Microsoft to remove these since very few people would be running Windows 7 on hardware that old.

Was it not available via Windows Update?

Ideally you should have had a network driver out of the box, and get anything else you need from WU...

lol for me windows 7 came with all the drivers for my eee pc 1000H EXCEPT a network adapter (wired or wireless) which was annoying.

i had no drivers installed although the thing is i forgot to insert the Leopard Install disc since i was dual booting from my mac running Boot Camp i got scared though :P

SHoTTa35 said,
OMG? Where.... going now I can't wait to play around

it's not allowed to publish links to warez here, so you have to find it yourself on free-torrents.org. it's the national replacement for torrents.ru, which is partially shut down by copyright owners.

yeah i'm really liking it. the blue was fine imo but i can imagine that a lot of people didn't like it. this way you can can set your aero glass colour to anything and it won't clash.

Mercellus said,
Anyone notice the much more subtle background in the Task Pane on the left-hand side of Windows Explorer?

Yeah I noticed that, gonna have to see how that looks once I install, might take a bit of getting used to, I personally liked the one that's been in 7 since 6519.

Faisal Islam said,
ya....it's more gorgeous now i'm liking this change.

Me too. I honestly hope this was the power of Windows7 Taskforce. Which i open a ticket and complain about the sidebar.

Now it looks MUCH BETTER!

Mercellus said,
Anyone notice the much more subtle background in the Task Pane on the left-hand side of Windows Explorer?

Looks really ugly now...
Hope they change that crap again, it looked much better before.

iwod said,
Me too. I honestly hope this was the power of Windows7 Taskforce. Which i open a ticket and complain about the sidebar.

Now it looks MUCH BETTER!

It looks much better. The blue didn't fit in well in my opinion.

I like it a lot, it has a much calmer and elegant look to it now. I was never a fan of the Aurora like stuff.

Lechio said,
Typical for the Russians to blame it on the Ukrainians.

3.00 GHz CPU and only scores 1.0?

The graphics card obviously lets it down. Must have been done in a virtual machine.

Lechio said,
Typical for the Russians to blame it on the Ukrainians.

Typical for europeans to blame on Russians Victims of US propoganda

thealexweb said,

The graphics card obviously lets it down. Must have been done in a virtual machine.

Which should have been obvious to Lechio due to the lack of Aero in the screenshot.

Thirtythree said,
Which should have been obvious to Lechio due to the lack of Aero in the screenshot.

Right. So you can't disable Aero if you have a fair graphics card?

Lechio said,
Typical for the Russians to blame it on the Ukrainians.

3.00 GHz CPU and only scores 1.0?


typical for both to fight over stupid things.

Lechio said,
Right. So you can't disable Aero if you have a fair graphics card?

You can, don't know why you'd want to though, loads your CPU more.

Just made a note there as why it would only score 1.0 points with that CPU.
Guess it's cleared now. It's because the graphics card obviously lets it down, also because that's the result you get first time after installing ( needs a refresh to show proper values ) and because it's running on a virtual machine.

All obvious now. (y)

That start orb looks horrible on the new taskbar. It just doesn't fit. Is there any chance of it being changed before it's finished? I'm guessing probably not by now.

Chewbob said,
That start orb looks horrible on the new taskbar. It just doesn't fit. Is there any chance of it being changed before it's finished? I'm guessing probably not by now.

Of course it is possible. Elements of Vista's UI were changed between the Release Candidate builds.

Chewbob said,
That start orb looks horrible on the new taskbar. It just doesn't fit. Is there any chance of it being changed before it's finished? I'm guessing probably not by now.
Yeah, i hope it gets changed. The taskbar just looks hideous right now IMO

I'm still kind of crossing my fingers that they'll surprise us with a brand new theme. I never liked the Vista one much at all. Not likely but you never know.

Chewbob said,
That start orb looks horrible on the new taskbar. It just doesn't fit. Is there any chance of it being changed before it's finished? I'm guessing probably not by now.

I agree, i submitted a feedback request to have windows basic updated and also the start button needs some adjustments.

I highly doubt it will change though, from looking at a channel 9 video, they made investments into the start button by making that glowing flare effect.

oh well!

IMO the problem with the orb is now that it looks to be part of the applications; it doesn't distinguish itself well enough, as it does on Vista.

Jugalator said,
IMO the problem with the orb is now that it looks to be part of the applications; it doesn't distinguish itself well enough, as it does on Vista.

I agree completely. I like the vista look...

So long as I can change it to an XP/2000 Star Menu, I don't care what the default looks like.
I can change it, right? :pleading look:

Airlink said,
So long as I can change it to an XP/2000 Star Menu, I don't care what the default looks like.
I can change it, right? :pleading look:

No, they finally removed it.

Jugalator said,

No, they finally removed it. :/

Thank God.... The 2000 Start menu is circa 1995. It's vasty inferior to the Vista start menu.

If people would just take the time to investigate all of the features of Vista's (and subsequently Win7's) start menu they will quickly learn how vastly superior it really is. It's MUCH quicker when it comes to finding and launching applications.

Oh yeah.... It's also 100X better looking than the 9x/Me/2K Menu and 50X better than the XP menu.

thealexweb said,
Anything new or different?

Changes from build 7000 :

1. The new sidebar color that was shown in previous screenshots. See below?

2. New Paint, as we saw in previous screenshots. See below?

3. HomeGroup gets a new icon. See below?

4. IE8 updated to RC1

5. Faster search in startmenu, instant.

6. General higher stability in OS

7. New animations when moving between things in Windows Explorer

8. Desktop Gadget Gallery is the new name for Sidebar. It gets a new icon!

Btw thanks for the upload !

Thre is also more customization options on the start menu. My favorite is that you can finally include the Downloads folder among the others (e.g. Documents, Pictures, etc).

I access the Downloads folder more than any other.