Update: MSFT to RTM Windows 7 by June 26? Build 7260 leaks

Earlier today Neowin reported that Windows 7 build 7232 had leaked. What a difference a few more hours makes, now 7260 has leaked and the Russian site Wzor claims that Microsoft will build the RTM (release to manufacturing) build between June 15-19.

If Wzor is correct, and that's a big if and rumour, then we may see the final Windows 7 RTM build ready this weekend. Internal sources indicate that 7260 is still the latest build under the win7_rtm branch. Build 7260 carries the tag 7260.win7_rtm.090612-2110 and is an RTM escrow build meaning vigorous testing will commence to ensure this is the final code unless there are show stopper bugs. Folks inside Microsoft who wish to remain anonymous have also indicated that many people internally are growing tired and bored of the leaks and want development to conclude as soon as possible. I think everyone here at Neowin feels the same, lets see what the weekend brings.

Microsoft will officially release Windows 7 to the public on October 22.

Updated: According to our own reliable sources Microsoft is set to RTM by June 26.

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So everyone will download the RTM (maybe not legally), install it over their RC installations, and have only 30 days unactivated use - great. If you can't buy activation keys by then whats the point of this unless you're buying a new pc.

If anybody wanna direct me where I can get the latest leak that would be helpful, my xp just got a virus and i might as well just redo everything

Folks inside Microsoft who wish to remain anonymous have also indicated that many people internally are growing tired and bored of the leaks and want development to conclude as soon as possible.

For this exact attitude is why Vista was never completed and tested correctly and why it failed to impress anybody. We don't want history to repeat itself. We want Windows 7 to work so TAKE YOUR TIME Microsoft!

Maybe it's just me, but I have to say I'm getting sick of these leaks! I like Win7 and I'm happily using RC1, don't get my wrong Win7 is great but these constant leaks are getting wee bit much!..but meh maybe it's just me :P

Noticed this on the MSDN subscriptions site:

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I seem to remember the same sort of weekend outage when Vista RTM was released - fingers crossed!!

Boothy said,
Noticed this on the MSDN subscriptions site:

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I seem to remember the same sort of weekend outage when Vista RTM was released - fingers crossed!!

They can't really "plan" an RTM.

I have only installed a couple of beta releases of Windows 7 and am still waiting to be impressed. Maybe I'll be impressed when the RTM official release is available. Maybe!!!

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i did sumthing cool with these Wallpprs.... so wanted to share this with u....
now just do what i say
and u'll really like it !
First of all.. Save that windows logo wallpaper...
now ..in the comments search for a user named "nyolc8"...he uploaded a wallpaper without the windows logo....everything else is same in the wallpaper...So..save his wallpaper too...
Select both these wallpaper and click on "change wallpaper every 10 secs or so"
Then just wait and watch....
it will give a very nice fade in/fade out effect to the windows logo...
i hope every1 will like it...

I will suggest that you go for RC at least mate, it is much more stable for me and the debug code is removed from the RC while its in 7048 - it IS faster, noticeably, on a Q6600 rig. Just a tip top top tip

You can look at the leaks from a security perspective and say why can't Microsoft stop the leaks? It can be a PR thing if you look at it from another light. Not really but it can be percieved in that way.

I too would like to see a change in icons or what MS might do is release icon themes like they have now with the themes from America and other countries. This would be a good move as well if they cannot shove it in the RTM.

Control Panel icon can be improved as well as the the notification icons. Just minor tweaks with some color or animation would be cool.

You people who install every single leaked build are wasting your time. Really now, you spend a few hours reinstalling Windows and all of your programs for what? A new background? There may be a few minor tweaks here and there, but since the leaked builds don't go through as much testing as the official releases, they're likely to introduce bugs that the official builds don't have. Also, the official releases may receive updates that the leaked builds don't get.

As for the RTM, BRING IT ON! It would be awesome if we could get the RTM build this weekend. I've been running Windows 7 both at home and at work since Beta 1 was released, and in my opinion, even Beta 1 was release-quality.

I haven't installed every single leaked build, I'm currently on Build 7201, I encounter a few minor glitches that I was hoping would be addressed by the likes of build 7260. And I don't know what your big concern with other people's time is, but the more people that install leaked builds the more testing they go through and the more problems get resolved and fixed in the finished product. I doubt many bugs would be "introduced" with incramenting builds as they are designed to iron out bugs. Windows Updates has worked fine on build 7201 with Office 2007 so that statement of "may receive that the leaked builds don't get" is inaccurate.

You can just do in place upgrades you know. There hasn't been a reason to do a clean beta install since they fixed some of the underlying driver conflict errors.

keuka said,
Windows Updates has worked fine on build 7201 with Office 2007 so that statement of "may receive that the leaked builds don't get" is inaccurate.

Right, but what I think he's saying is that what if someone intends to use one of the late pre-RTM builds for an extended period of time and MS releases updates through WU for RC -- would it be a good idea to install them on 7260 or whatever random build you have (if it's even possible)? I'm not so sure, but some people do intend to take advantage of the March 2010 expiration and use RC for a while. I'd feel less comfortable doing that using [insert random build here].

keuka said,
...Windows Updates has worked fine on build 7201 with Office 2007 so that statement of "may receive that the leaked builds don't get" is inaccurate.

Things like Office might get updated, but the only build of the OS itself that has received Windows Updates is the official RC. Windows Update does not work "fine" on other builds -- just with things like Office that get updated regardless of build.

And if some major security issue comes up, the RC is likely to receive a patch, but other things won't.

Atlonite said,
is there updates for 7100 all i've had are few crummy test updates and a few win defender ones nothing of real importance


Yes. KB970789 at the minimum was considered critical, and appeared solely for the RC. IE8 on the RC received updates as well, including to correct an annoying hang. They don't bother to issue updates for comparable things on other builds.

In all honesty im tired of this leaks as well, I mean reinstalling whole computer (yes i hate upgrade) every two/three days, just isnt fun! once/week is enough! :P however this build didnt leak yet in to general public, so its bit to soon to call it "leak" i guess, but since its outside MS then i gues it is definition of leak already

SoLoR1 said,
couse its new! (and yes this is only reason and stupid one but still :P)

Reinstalling software for no good reason is not a healthy hobby.

SoLoR1 said,
In all honesty im tired of this leaks as well, I mean reinstalling whole computer (yes i hate upgrade) every two/three days, just isnt fun! once/week is enough! :P however this build didnt leak yet in to general public, so its bit to soon to call it "leak" i guess, but since its outside MS then i gues it is definition of leak already :)


Yes, being that the public isn't supposed to have it, that does make it a leak.

windows 7 RC itself is so good that it could be RTMd..i have no issues with it that i experienced with beta. its a good news they will sign off it soon...

I wonder if the final build will mean all my hardware works, e.g the Microsoft fingerprint reader working would be nice and a 64 bit driver wouldn't go amiss for the fingerprint reader.

NinjaGinger said,
I wonder if the final build will mean all my hardware works, e.g the Microsoft fingerprint reader working would be nice and a 64 bit driver wouldn't go amiss for the fingerprint reader.

which fingerprint model do you have?
mine is working fine.

already been announced that ms fingerprint reader is dicontinued and unsupported in windows 7. on microsoft.com/hardware you can find a phone number about it, and they'll send you a $39.95 check.

rev23dev said,
already been announced that ms fingerprint reader is dicontinued and unsupported in windows 7. on microsoft.com/hardware you can find a phone number about it, and they'll send you a $39.95 check.



Nice I have 37 of them in my office I will have to call (Thanks for the tip)

zagor said,
which fingerprint model do you have?
mine is working fine.

itis the Microsoft one, didn't know it was discontinued bet the offer is US only, not rip off Britain.

pasty2k2 said,
nyocl8, could you put the logo back on it, but smaller? That would be awesome to have a wall like that...


Or simply the logo by itself, save it in PNG, and resize it to whatever you want.

Wow that was quick! And Microsoft should take it's time it's the RTM development. The last thing we need is for something to bugger up in the end.

It would be a MOST welcome surprise to be a month early, but...

I think someone is translating their Russian poorly. I believe this is the START of the final RTM build cycle, not the end.

I'm pretty sure there are still some outstanding drivers from major vendors still working their way through the system...namely nVidia for one, haha.

Hmm.... Seems worth the jump from 7201 just because of the build number, artificially increased as it may be :p
But I can't.. uhm.. wait, can I say that here? If I don't say I'm downloading it, just observing its availability (as you do). Not seeing it at the usuals.

Callum M-R said,
But I can't.. uhm.. wait, can I say that here? If I don't say I'm downloading it, just observing its availability (as you do). Not seeing it at the usuals.

*giggles*

Callum, if you don't admit to downloading it, you have nothing to worry about ;)

Calum said,
*giggles*

Callum, if you don't admit to downloading it, you have nothing to worry about ;)

Yes, because we all know that no one of us ever downloads anything at all... (now where's that whistling smiley when you need it?)

Well unfortunately no new icons then in 7 RTM if all this is true...

I don't expect them to put new icons or skin in the last 3 or 4 builds.. Maybe 10 or 15 last builds, but if this is really true I guess is for Windows 8...

Love 7 anyway, it would just made me more happier...

is it just me or has the whole "windows 7 awesome" stage kinda passed? its fast, stable and everything, but the "new" feeling isnt there anymore... i dunno, just how i feel

KnightWolf said,
is it just me or has the whole "windows 7 awesome" stage kinda passed? its fast, stable and everything, but the "new" feeling isnt there anymore... i dunno, just how i feel

+1

Yeah thats actually a problem to me, I really liked the look/feel of Vista then when it was released i wasn't impressed because I had already been using it for so long.

KnightWolf said,
is it just me or has the whole "windows 7 awesome" stage kinda passed? its fast, stable and everything, but the "new" feeling isnt there anymore... i dunno, just how i feel

Your OS isn't supposed to constantly remind you of itself. It's good for it to fade into the background.

Thats the issue with leaks for me. I don't test every leak, RC1 is the first build for me. When you see it in the news everyday, its almost as if its been released and the WOW factor goes down.

KnightWolf said,
is it just me or has the whole "windows 7 awesome" stage kinda passed? its fast, stable and everything, but the "new" feeling isnt there anymore... i dunno, just how i feel

well, you can try go back to Vista or even XP, then return to 7 and most probably you'll get this "awesome" feeling again.

MioTheGreat said,
Your OS isn't supposed to constantly remind you of itself. It's good for it to fade into the background.

not what i mean, the OS isnt even released yet but feels dated already... ive only used the RC of 7, didn't get any of the leaks

Ñ....iso said,
well, you can try go back to Vista or even XP, then return to 7 and most probably you'll get this "awesome" feeling again.

XP is main, actually using it right now... guess what i meant is it feels dated already and it doesnt release until oct.

KnightWolf said,
XP is main, actually using it right now... guess what i meant is it feels dated already and it doesnt release until oct.

Wait...you think that Windows 7 feels dated and you're using XP? Uhhhh....

FrozenEclipse said,
Wait...you think that Windows 7 feels dated and you're using XP? Uhhhh....

yep, not a hugh stretch of the imagination, one can use a piece of software/os that is 8 years old and still feel that having a public beta and rc that has been going on for 4-5 months is dated

Good News about RTM

As far as the leaks go, Doesn't Apple have some very good ways of tracking leaks for their versions of OSX.
I mean, I remember a few years back hearing that apple could pin point a leaker based on a serial number or pid number.
I don't know if Microsoft really cares that much about the leaks, but I would assume they would have some good measures to track who is leaking them.

gamestargrinder said,
Good News about RTM

As far as the leaks go, Doesn't Apple have some very good ways of tracking leaks for their versions of OSX.
I mean, I remember a few years back hearing that apple could pin point a leaker based on a serial number or pid number.
I don't know if Microsoft really cares that much about the leaks, but I would assume they would have some good measures to track who is leaking them.

Since every build has a solid timebomb and Microsoft doesn't really do secred features and stuff they don't really care I guess. Some builds do have a developer signature and they don't get leaked because they would be able to be traced back.

They just don't care, extra bit of free testing for them. And they can see that with all the downloads people really like Win7. I bet they're happy all around.

M$ dont do secret features LOL if thats so then you'll know just how many times windows phones home then and the fact that the US govt demands a back door in no secret features pfff get real

Atlonite said,
M$ dont do secret features LOL if thats so then you'll know just how many times windows phones home then and the fact that the US govt demands a back door in no secret features pfff get real

Where's your proof?

Atlonite said,
M$ dont do secret features LOL if thats so then you'll know just how many times windows phones home then and the fact that the US govt demands a back door in no secret features pfff get real

I love your so far up your ass in conspiracy that you can't even say Microsoft, you have to say "M$" like an uneducated idiot. As for your little theory, if you're dumb enough to install the Malicious Software Reporting Tool, then you deserve that backdoor. That simple.

Hahaha Microsoft must put the Windows 7 builds on an unprotected FTP to have this many leaks. How many is this today now? 5? (1/2j/k)

Satchmo Bevins said,
I've installed & reinstalled so many times I have my RC key memorized.

LOL LOL LOL
This happened between me and Windows 98 :-P

plocri said,
LOL LOL LOL
This happened between me and Windows 98 :-P

This is on par with the same amount of leaks too...

God I remember those days...

Satchmo Bevins said,
I've installed & reinstalled so many times I have my RC key memorized.

Maybe just one more time.....maybe


Hahahahaha......

Twas a while back. Cant say I can remember the RC key, but Im copying and pasting that each time as opposed to write it down on the CD and type in 5 blocks of 5... back in the day eh!

Satchmo Bevins said,
I've installed & reinstalled so many times I have my RC key memorized.

Why do you enter the key at all? There's no need to if you're installing builds as frequently as you suggest.

Satchmo Bevins said,
I've installed & reinstalled so many times I have my RC key memorized.

Maybe just one more time.....maybe

I use Autounattend.xml

rseiler said,
Why do you enter the key at all? There's no need to if you're installing builds as frequently as you suggest.

Ya, I do. It may only count as a "click" to Microsoft in terms of usage numbers, and it may not be that important for them to get that click, but I do it anyway.

And I like having my computer trimmed out proper. That includes activation.

pasty2k2 said,
Twas a while back. Cant say I can remember the RC key, but Im copying and pasting that each time as opposed to write it down on the CD and type in 5 blocks of 5... back in the day eh!

That's kinda why I do type it in. It brings back some warm, fuzzy memories from Windows installs past.

Copy/Pasta? It just seems cold. ;-)

eblkheart said,

This is on par with the same amount of leaks too...

God I remember those days...


And Windows 98/SE were *the* all-stars of the 9x era (especially SE, though it certainly wasn't *planned*)

98 SE and ME were the "unplanned" 9x OSes, as the original plan had Neptune (NT-based consumer OS, basically Windows 2000 Home Edition) directly following Windows 98. 98 Second Edition came to pass because the core code for Neptune (Windows 2000/NT 5) wasn't ready (it didn't even get to RC stage until after 98 SE went RTM), and ME (AKA ME-ow) came about because the OEMs (not the testers, users, or even most of Microsoft and the software partners) wanted a last 9x-based OS, protesting that the user base wasn't ready.

I don't enter my RC key anymore. Why? Because I never use a build longer than 30 days because the next one leaks!

Much easier to just partition the hard drive into a main and backup drive, and just keep tossing stuff on the backup.

Folks inside Microsoft who wish to remain anonymous have also indicated that many people internally are growing tired and bored of the leaks and want development to conclude as soon as possible

What the hell? They're developing the damn thing. Why should leaks interest them? And for gods sake, don't rush the last week of development.

None of us care or are in a hurry, don't know where that came from. Nothing is going to be "rushed." We have a plan and we're sticking to it.

The leaks are getting really annoying though. I hope that person screws up and gets fired Real Soon Now.

Brandon Live said,
None of us care or are in a hurry, don't know where that came from. Nothing is going to be "rushed." We have a plan and we're sticking to it.

The leaks are getting really annoying though. I hope that person screws up and gets fired Real Soon Now.


Can't blame you there. It is a real pain when you put so much into a product and then it leaks. What I can say though is that you all are doing tremendous work at Microsoft. This is the best release of Windows ever and I am proud to be a Windows user thanks to your hard work. Don't let the idiots of the world discourage you by any means. They exist and are a pain, but they are not worth it. lol.

Microsoft could easily find who is leaking the builds, but of course, someone up the chain is doing it, generating publicity that has made windows 7 the revindication of Vista.

Microsoft is getting tons of free good publicity from us, so companies (the ones that made them rich) will do buy their stuff.

Max? said,
What the hell? They're developing the damn thing. Why should leaks interest them? And for gods sake, don't rush the last week of development.


The leaks look bad from a corporate security standpoint (even though they are fantastic from a public-relations and buzz/press standpoint). What the folks inside are likely thinking is "When er're done, the leaks should friggin STOP!"

Holy crap. There is no way in hell Microsoft is not intentionally leaking these! I mean, are they are really that focused on getting this out the door, they can't find the leak?

Man I can't wait till October 22.

There are 10000+ people in windows org alone who have access to the builds, not counting other groups and individuals who have access. The builds are too huge to be keyring'd based on users. So any of these employees could be the source of the leak.

However, the point is these leaks are not hurting MSFT (as long as windows genuine advantage included in Win 7 is not broken), they are on the other hand providing valuable data for bug fixes.

ork said,
There are 10000+ people in windows org alone who have access to the builds, not counting other groups and individuals who have access. The builds are too huge to be keyring'd based on users. So any of these employees could be the source of the leak.

However, the point is these leaks are not hurting MSFT (as long as windows genuine advantage included in Win 7 is not broken), they are on the other hand providing valuable data for bug fixes.


The WGA has already been broken as has the timestamp

TOOLaudiofan said,
Holy crap. There is no way in hell Microsoft is not intentionally leaking these!


Controversy man.. Microsoft loves when people talk!