Windows 7 build 7201 leaks

Another week and another Windows 7 leak. Last week 7137 leaked and this week it is 7201's turn.

This time around the build tag is 7201.0.winmain_win7ids_sp.090601-2255 meaning this build is only 3 days old. As ever the build is available at the usual places.

Microsoft Netherlands employee Ruud de Jonge twittered "Installing Win 7 build 7201" a few moments ago to confirm the builds authenticity.

Microsoft revealed yesterday that it will sign off final RTM code in mid to late July with a general availability and release date of 22nd October for Windows 7.


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I finished the download of this build, but i'm not sure about updating.. Anyone knows until what date i can use my Windows 7 Build 7077?

I've just spotted they have brought back My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, and My Music. I thought they had dropped the "My" tag back in Vista? The "My" prefix is still dropped in Libraries, not noticed it before 7201.

This is to distinguish between the "Documents" library (which by default includes both public and personal documents), and your personal documents directory.

thebuild sjumped because the branches split ....

microsoft branched of 7100 for RC1, and 7200 towards the rtm branch 7100's were basically small fixes for rc1 to be released while 72xx continued active development and polishing etc. is how i understand it.

The only thing I'm wondering is why the sudden jump in build numbers? We went from 7137 on May 21st to 7201 on June 1st. The only other times we've had massive build number jumps were at Beta 1 and RC. Maybe that is why people are insisting on calling this RC2.

For those of you who're really downloading every single leaked build like free ice-cream, you might as well be a bit more observant and tell the bandwidth starved like me what's changed or different.

build number is 7201.0.090601-1516 and that means its probably not from _sp branch, what branch it is we will see soon i guess.

The build string in the article varies from the original one. Also note setup in root folder is missing digisig and copyright

Its out:-

MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.7.BUILD.7201.0.090601-1516.X86.ENGLISH.DVD-SUKONKA
BUILD: 6.1.7201.0.090601-1516
7201.0.090601-1516_x86fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULFRER_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 2,499,923,968 bytes
MD5: 70E48837DD513BA98FE483AFD0746E37
SHA1: F2BC6FC5861C76C401DF6DA7137962C727ED938D
CRC: 102CCA5A

MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.7.BUILD.7201.0.090601-1516.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-SUKONKA
BUILD: 6.1.7201.0.090601-1516
7201.0.090601-1516_x64fre_client_en-us_Retail_Ultimate-GRMCULXFRER_EN_DVD.iso
SIZE: 3,223,117,824 bytes
MD5: A64636ED74E50E7E882CDB5B80A8FCFA
SHA1: 92AC49897DE56F62BF0EF5C138974179EDE74C50

Just wish I had a link to download it!

Quick question, when a new build leaks do you have to reinstall Win7 over agian? If so that seems pretty dumb to me. :P

NoLiMiT06 said,
Quick question, when a new build leaks do you have to reinstall Win7 over agian? If so that seems pretty dumb to me. :P

Yes, changes could be made to any part of the filesystem, kernel, GUI, etc. and updating could cause a lot of problems. A fresh install is the only way to truly experience the OS.

as for installing it over the current Win7 version there surely is a way.

NoLiMiT06 said,
Quick question, when a new build leaks do you have to reinstall Win7 over agian? If so that seems pretty dumb to me. :P

Yes, changes could be made to any part of the filesystem, kernel, GUI, etc. and updating could cause a lot of problems. A fresh install is the only way to truly experience the OS.

as for installing it over the current Win7 version there surely is a way.

Ruciz said,
Yes, changes could be made to any part of the filesystem, kernel, GUI, etc. and updating could cause a lot of problems. A fresh install is the only way to truly experience the OS.

as for installing it over the current Win7 version there surely is a way.


BS. Upgrades work fine unless you are anal retentive. Not sure? Make a disk image before the upgrade as a fallback.

I agree with this course of action generally but i took one of my main computers and upgraded furiously. From Vista SP1 to 7000 to 7032 to 7048 to 7057 to 7068 to 7100. seriously. and it worked perfectly. I had absolutley 0 problems with it. as long as you get rid of daemon and anti virus before upgrading things go smoothly.

Your mileage may vary but it beats formatting for me. Its a risk obviously.

Why do people insist on upgrading or formating? You can do a clean install without formating, and the installer will move all your old data to a Windows.old directory. I've heard upgrading takes hours...

It is out but only on the most famous biggest Russian Torrent tracker out there. And it's very hard to get a username/pass for that one...

Windows 7 looks very promising. For the time being I'm sticking with RC1, but I'm interested in seeing what bug fixes and other improvements have been made in Windows 7 build 7201.

AS RTM is getting closer, the leaks are happening pretty soon (this one is 3days old). I'll expect RTM build to leak in just hours after it has been created

Nope... why would Microsoft need to make another RC? Build 7100 works magnificantly, and the RTM is due out in October, so there's little time in between for another public release.

ady199 said,
So this is RC2???

No there has never been and never will be an RC2. Look at the build string it's branched development away from winmain for service pack development which is irrelevant to main build. It's most likely 7200 is RTM.

ady199 said,
So this is RC2???

There will be NO other RC Build. It's going from RC 1 to RTM, with minor builds in between that are to go to internal people, or TAP, they'll get leaked. The next official one will be RTM.

Microsoft IS building a sort of "RC Refresh" for internal use, and close partners, so in a sense one could a bit sloppily call it an "RC2", but it won't be public, hence why Sinofsky earlier told us that there won't be an RC2.

I'm not sure if this build is that build though. It'll be distributed in June 11, according to wz.

There is and will be no public RC2. You can call internal builds whatever you want until RTM, and then anything after that is the SP1 branch, as others above have mentioned.

I wonder if they are going to change the UI colors a bit to distinguish Windows 7 from Windows Vista. As great as the OS is, if people don't immediately see differences, they may write it off.

andrewbares said,
I say they should fill the glass (aero) with water!!!

How cool would that be! Useless, but cool!


But wouldn't that be Aqua?

JonathanMarston said,
Filling Aero with water sounds like a bad idea...knowing Microsoft, it would just leak...


Bada Bing!

JonathanMarston said,
Filling Aero with water sounds like a bad idea...knowing Microsoft, it would just leak...

I did chuckle.

JonathanMarston said,
Filling Aero with water sounds like a bad idea...knowing Microsoft, it would just leak...

That has got to be the best pun ever! LOL loved it...

Beware as most unofficial builds have malware/unwanted packages inside them. As most of the "change logs" concern minor bugs I don't think the risk outways the benefits from RC1

That is false, there was like 1 or to builds that someone hacked together and installed extra spyware crap in them.

"Most" unofficial builds are clean.

Thank you, you've just saved us from some malicious software hackers crackers software. You might not be aware of this now, but you saved the world

Neowin, i never felt such sorrow in my life, since you gave up about the idea of a PLUMBER.

bring back he plumber jokes, at least that was fresh in the "same old news about the well intended leak series."

you should stretch it until september at least.

R1pper said,
Neowin, i never felt such sorrow in my life, since you gave up about the idea of a PLUMBER.

bring back he plumber jokes, at least that was fresh in the "same old news about the well intended leak series."

you should stretch it until september at least.

damn right!!

Only at miniature nova so far... and it says "Italian" there? Also, only one torrent for x86 and x64?

Anyway, nice to see it sooner already than expected.