Windows 7 Build 7048 leaks

Yesterday we covered the 7048 screenshot leak but word reaches us that an x64 version of 7048 has leaked to popular torrent sites today.

7048 carries the build tag 7048.0.winmain.090219-1845 meaning it was compiled on the 19th February. According to the screenshots that leaked yesterday 7048 includes a tweaked start button, new icons for Notes, Paint and Calculator applications and Aero Peek is enabled on alt+tab.

7048 is a pre-RC1 compile of Windows 7 and is not likely to become the final RC1 build.

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Pardon my ignorance, but are there compatibility modes for 32-bit programs/drivers when running 64-bit windows?

Tried upgrading 7000 to 7048. I have 7000 on a 25 GB partition so 7048 wouldn't install because there's not ~10 GB free space. This is just stupid because it'd overwrite files anyway. Basically you need about a 32 GB partition if you want to upgrade Win7 to a newer version. You also can't upgrade by booting from the CD, even though the upgrade option is available. Clicking it just gives a dialog box telling you to boot into Windows and run the installer from the DVD again, again for no valid reason. Hopefully this is fixed in the final because it's totally user unfriendly.

It didn't take long to notice a glaring bug in 7048 after installing it on another hard drive. On the Windows Explorer views (file browser, control panel etc) the path and search field sizes can't be changed. This would be ok otherwise but the path field is way too small to be of any use. 7000 also has these issues but only in the Open dialogs from other programs (and even then you can resize the fields, the setting just doesn't stick).

I also spotted a bug where the UAC confirmation prompt jumped into the top left corner. Not a big issue but annoying enough on a 30" screen.

Minor bugs but if I spotted these minutes after installing, I can expect a lot more in there. I'm sticking with 7000 and waiting for the public RC build.

PS. No X-Fi drivers on 7048. The Creative ones install just fine if you run the installer in Vista compatibility mode. Otherwise drivers installed nicely, unlike 7000 I didn't have to install network or motherboard drivers separately. Windows update also installed drivers for my keyboard and display.

no problem upgrading 7000 to 7048 on a 20Gb partition. the installer did recommend more space but installed anyway after I dismissed that message. creative x-fi drivers install but all you get is 2.1 - no 5.1 yet. Knowing how creative screwed their customers with vista drivers I am not putting my hopes up too high.

Does anyone know if the x64 build has drivers for Creative X-FI cards? I know that beta 1 did not include those drivers and the ones from Creative did not install.

Thanks!

you need to install them in compatibility mode. However, you only get 2.1 - no 5.1 yet....Hopefully (crossing my fingers) learned from their mistakes with driver development for Vista.

Congratulation to you 64 bit users who finally got your hands on new builds first before 32 bit users unlike the past couple times. Doesn't make me any less sad about no 32 bit though.

Well this is a fantastic update, I did upgrade and I can notice the benefits, much smoother and much snappier... even tho win7 beta 7000 was already awesome.

This is really the best OS by far in my opinion.

Yes you can update from a previous beta and the beta keys do work. I just finished doing an upgrade and everything works fine.

If you are talking about the screenshots that surfaced of the setup files labeled 7054, that is completely fake. The digital signatures are not validated. The shots are just modified files from a previous build, 7022 I believe.

7054 is already leaked...this is old!

And yes MS should stop making 32bit all together, If people want to run old hardware...they should have to stick to old OSes too.

Besides the x64 builds are more stable and get far less malware n viruses!

morF ® said,
7054 is not leaked. Rumors appeared to be faked. Unless you want to brighten us with a link (:

If you are asking for a torrent link, please don't - it is against our rules.

However, if you are asking for a link to an article about it being leaked... I would allow that :)

Regardless, the rumor of build 7054 being leaked has been confirmed as fake anyway

Baked said,
And yes MS should stop making 32bit all together, If people want to run old hardware...they should have to stick to old OSes too.

Wow, another clueless twit who thinks that all 32-bit systems are necessarily old systems. Here's a clue: most (possibly all) netbooks currently being sold use Intel Atom processors, which are 32-bit.

roadwarrior said,
Wow, another clueless twit who thinks that all 32-bit systems are necessarily old systems. Here's a clue: most (possibly all) netbooks currently being sold use Intel Atom processors, which are 32-bit.

And netbooks make up what 1% of hardware sales if that!


Baked said,
And netbooks make up what 1% of hardware sales if that!


Considering that netbook class machines have only been generally available for less than a year, and sales only really started to take off around december of last year (3 months ago), even 1% would be impressive, but I'd be willing to bet that netbooks make up much more than 1% of current hardware sales (and the percentage is still rising).

I'm glad Microsoft does not hire people like Baked. I do not get the mentality of some people... I either see lazy OEMs who refuse to release 64-bit drivers for their systems, or rabid fanbois who do not seem to get it that 32-bit processors like Core Duo (Yonah) are actually NEWER than Prescotts and 64-bit processors like Athlon64s. It's always one extreme or the other.

(For those who need a grammar lesson, " it's " is a contraction for "it is". Just read the full thing out loud whenever you cannot decide whether to use an apostrophe, or not.)

Athlon64s. Oh man, Microsoft should start releasing 128-bit-only builds, and people with old processors like A64s should stick to older OSes!

iamwhoiam said,
Maybe not, but you don't NEED 4GB+ to use 64bit. They really need to push 64bit and quit making 32bit only releases.


And what exactly are those of us running Windows 7 on netbooks supposed to use?

Games support is not an issue. If it worked on Vista, it'll work on 7, however there are always exceptions to the rule so I stand by to be corrected

Because I'm running the 32 beta and it would have been good to move to this build and just upgrade over the top of the existing 7000 build.

Nah... I am only satisfied with literally light speed OS performance in every aspect. Everything else makes me bored... :0

djlegion said,
Will the RC be public?


I believe it will be made public about a week or two after the MSDN and TechNet people get their hands on it. I think I read somewhere that it will be available in April sometime.

morF ® said,
It's definately public. RC --> Release to Candidates. Candidates are us. Long live the bay :)


RC does not mean "Release to Candidates", it means "Release Candidate", in other words, the build is a possible candidate for release. Usually only last minute bug fixes occur between RC and RTM.

The RC is due in April (according to the rumours) and RTM will be at least a month or two after that. You're going to wait for that long?

It's actually a 20-minute process. Although the 7048 can only be installed through a bootable usb and cannot upgrade, only be set up as a new install

morF ® said,
It's actually a 20-minute process. Although the 7048 can only be installed through a bootable usb and cannot upgrade, only be set up as a new install

I used it to upgrade from 7022 just by putting the files on another hard drive and clicking setup.exe