Windows 7 build 7232 leaks, with new wallpaper

It's that time again, another week and another Windows 7 build leak. They are really starting to flow now leading up to RTM and this time there are changes to report.

Last week we had 7229 leak and this week it's build 7232.winmain.090610-1900 that has wriggled out of Microsoft's Redmond HQ and is being distributed across the net.

The most obvious visual change is that a new default wallpaper has been set and there is no more betta fish. The new wallpaper is named harmony. Windows 7 is still on track for a July RTM, and it's possible that it may even RTM by the end of June. Microsoft has announced that it will be available in stores October 22nd.

New wallpaper (click for larger version):

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I think Microsoft is making way to many changes for something that is already after is RC release. I know my Xonar DX sound card does not work with any of the builds after the RC release... installing the drivers after the RC release, causes the entire operating system to hang.

They may cause major problems for themself at release. I would expect minor bug tweaks, not adding things and changing how things work.

TC17,

Please remember, any of the builds after the RC are pre-releases and may not function properly due to the changes that have yet to be fully completed. I would stick with the RC and remember the release to the general public for retail is only a few months away.

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team

Chipshop said,
To those who don't like the new wallpaper... Hands up who never changes their wallpaper?




0?


Thought so...


Just you, 'cause you have no creativity.

JahnnyBoy said,
Just you, 'cause you have no creativity.

Please re-read post :p
What i was saying is that everyone changes their wallpaper anyway so those people moaning about the new default paper need to just change it lol.

Reading my comment back though i did format it a little on the confusing side.. sorry 'bout that

If you are too dumb to change the default wallpaper then you deserve a big fat logo on your screen.

But yeah, it is and always has been, tacky.

I guess adding "Windows" or "Windows Live" to almost every default application in Windows Vista wasn't enough for Microsoft. Now even the default Desktop picture has to scream "LOOK! YOU'RE USING WINDOWS!!!!11!!1111!!!".

"Microsoft should create a more consistent feel between their applications look, feel, presentation, naming and functionality"

"OH NO MICROSOFT IS NAMING EVERYTHING SIMILIAR TEH DOOMS!"

Wow, you're right! I didn't notice it until you mentioned, but I see it too!!

P.S. this was meant to be a reply to above...why can't we delete comments?

Nice wallpaper, the logo is a bit in your face, but I like it. Will look really good on laptops and desktops in stores.

bbfc_uk said,
Nice wallpaper, the logo is a bit in your face, but I like it. Will look really good on laptops and desktops in stores.


It looks good now; I have it as my default, logo and all.

It's also personally fitting (entering into my second decade of being involved in various Microsoft betas, going back to the original Windows NT 3.1).

sw1tch.. said,
So whats the deal with the Penguins in the sample pictures???



Pens had just won ther Stanley Cup.

Notice the trees in the northwesst (green section) of the logo. In fact, notice the designs in each section; match them up with the states indicated in each region. In short, the penguin has a reason for being where he is.

MisterTL said,
Well, then you can install it now.
It's feature complete, and very stable.

+1

Not only "can", u should install it man..it's damn good.

Has anyone noticed this new wallpaper now looks a little more like the welcome screen from build 7057 onwards?

Try using that wallpaper on your desktop and then compare it with the welcome screen (Ctrl + Alt + Del).

Yep They're trying to give a consistent experience and I'm really glad they have carried on with that type of design - I really like it. It's refreshing

Scykei said,
Has anyone noticed this new wallpaper now looks a little more like the welcome screen from build 7057 onwards?

Try using that wallpaper on your desktop and then compare it with the welcome screen (Ctrl + Alt + Del).

OMG you're right. I don't think anyone noticed that. Well done.

Calum said,
Yep They're trying to give a consistent experience and I'm really glad they have carried on with that type of design - I really like it. It's refreshing


Whole heartedly +1 :D
It's good to see the refreshing consistent design of windows 7 starting to filter through to all parts of the OS.

Scykei said,
Has anyone noticed this new wallpaper now looks a little more like the welcome screen from build 7057 onwards?

Try using that wallpaper on your desktop and then compare it with the welcome screen (Ctrl + Alt + Del).


I thought that too, it would rock sitting alongside the login screen on my dual monitor setup

Amateur? have you seen the wallpaper in full screen or try it? the edges are rounded, It looks good, I'm not a fun of the big logo but I like it.

The wallpaper does look a little amateur to me. The edges of the logo should be more smooth, this looks like it was rushed. I expected more.

Not much different from other recent builds (besides the new wallpaper), but stepping back and looking at how Windows 7 as a whole has turned out....looks nice! :-D

This may be the first Windows OS I actually go out and buy when it comes out instead of waiting until I get it through school, work, new computer, or some kind of promotion...

I think they are trying to make Windows 7 (like they did with windows live wave 3) seem very "friendly" to get away from the Apple "PC" image (i.e. Bill Gates/nerd style).
It matches the feel of the windows website and fits in nicely with a home environment.

Ultimatley though, people will want something more personal than a corporate logo so they will explore the various windows Themes or just stick a family photo on there. Shops, however, are likely to be displaying the default settings so the PC or Laptop gets a bit of extra branding.

It's win-win in my opinion

I love minimalistic/clean looks, and the wallpaper would be perfect without the logo, it would fit perfectly the overall look of the OS... "I already installed the damn thing! No need to do additional Marketing!"

VanAlex said,
"No need to do additional Marketing!"


I think the reason for the big logo is that MS knows that a large percentage of users change the wallpaper anyway, so it's more geared toward showing potential PC-buyers in shops what they're getting and re-establishing the Windows-brand. Of course it would be nice if they release the same wp without the logo....

dr_crabman said,
...Of course it would be nice if they release the same wp without the logo....

My thoughts exactly. So easy to just delete the layer with the logo and give users a choice.

VanAlex said,
My thoughts exactly. So easy to just delete the layer with the logo and give users a choice.


See, it's people like you who start the whole EU antitrust thing.

Jesus. People aren't such stupid buffoons. They HAVE an effing choice, it's not like they think they're locked down to every little thing that comes with their computer.

The EU would be better off handing out leaflets educating people on alternate options, rather than bitch about something so ridiculous.

VanAlex said,
My thoughts exactly. So easy to just delete the layer with the logo and give users a choice.


See, it's people like you who start the whole EU antitrust thing.

Jesus. People aren't such stupid buffoons. They HAVE an effing choice, it's not like they think they're locked down to every little thing that comes with their computer.

The EU would be better off handing out leaflets educating people on alternate options, rather than bitch about something so ridiculous.

Soldiers33 said,
its gd that you reminded me to back it up.

Yeah good job because it won't be available on the interweb until the end of eternity. Right.

iaTa said,
Yeah good job because it won't be available on the interweb until the end of eternity. Right.

Well gee, aren't you clever. I'm sure you're proud of yourself for that witty comment.

I love the new default wallpaper :)

Now, for some brand new icons to match the new Paint, Wordpad etc ones please, Microsoft? Thank you

Calum said,
I love the new default wallpaper :)

Now, for some brand new icons to match the new Paint, Wordpad etc ones please, Microsoft? Thank you :)

when are they going to give us back the network acivty icon on the system tray?
there is a lot of posts on the windows 7 forums asking for this small feature, are Ms running an internal compo to see who gueses the right number of posts relating to this or what? becasue at the moment they havent done anything about it.

but lets get excited like little school kids over the new wallpaper on a build that wasnt ment for general public use.

I don't know. I don't work for Microsoft The network activity is shown for me when using my wireless connection, so it doesn't bother me. As I am happy with Windows 7, I'm just looking forward to new visual changes, like icons and wallpaper

I actually like the logo... but hey, that's just me. I can see how some might not like it. Anyways... is there anymore changes to be noted? Or is this just like 7100, minus the bug fixes of course.

-=imaak=- said,
bahhhhhhhh........
itss soooo...... ummm XP ish .... :(
they need sum serious work on the logo !

Whats wrong with Windows XP? xD

-=imaak=- said,
bahhhhhhhh........
itss soooo...... ummm XP ish .... :(
they need sum serious work on the logo !


The logo is the same one that Microsoft has used since XP (and is also used for *all* of the Windows products, client and server, of that generation, and since; it actually marks a return of sorts to cross-product thematic wallpaper, or has everyone fogotten that Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 had the same default wallpaper, save for color, at one point? Not Bliss, but Metal Logo; in XP's case, it was blue, in ther case of Server, it was a silver color).

snore. in the beginning it was interesting - now these constant leaks are getting annoying.

yeh it was smart originally for MS to leak builds and get widespread feedback - but now it just seems like they're exploiting the public to get feedback and generate mass hype - not cool.

No change log with leaked builds as far as I know. So the only way to find out is to try it and see if any old bugs/problems you had before are still there or not.

dewaaz said,
snore. in the beginning it was interesting - now these constant leaks are getting annoying.

yeh it was smart originally for MS to leak builds and get widespread feedback - but now it just seems like they're exploiting the public to get feedback and generate mass hype - not cool.

wtf. some people complain for the sake of complaining. The leaks shouldn't trouble you at all. If there were none you'd be complaining that you'd only been given an RC months ago. Personally i've been trying various leaks and checking that they work on all my hardware. TBH i hope all future versions of windows are exposed in this way.

omg i'm not having a cry, just making a comment FFS.

personally, i just think there's a difference between a few 'subtle' leaks here and there, and a blatant pushing out of builds to artificially generate hype and get free testing - just not 'professional'

dewaaz said,
omg i'm not having a cry, just making a comment FFS.

personally, i just think there's a difference between a few 'subtle' leaks here and there, and a blatant pushing out of builds to artificially generate hype and get free testing - just not 'professional'

Oh so you think prolonged exposed testing is a bad thing? You just can't win with some people.

Whats wrong with free testing.

Let say I've a product, before i sell it, Id send it out to the masses to use. Find the bugs and let me know about them so in the end i can make my product the best it can be.
The more ppl testing it the better it is for me.

Personally i love testing Microsoft products. we get leaks to test, they get the end result and make it better, becasue of us. Simple. wheres the problem ?

dewaaz said,
omg i'm not having a cry, just making a comment FFS.

personally, i just think there's a difference between a few 'subtle' leaks here and there, and a blatant pushing out of builds to artificially generate hype and get free testing - just not 'professional'

Have you actually considered that these are just simple leaks by people who have the builds but aren't supposed to really be leaking them and not Microsoft trying to sneak it out and get more widespread opinion?

dewaaz said,
yeh it was smart originally for MS to leak builds and get widespread feedback - but now it just seems like they're exploiting the public to get feedback and generate mass hype - not cool.


You assume that MS is leaking these when it's much, much more likely that Microsoft is simply giving out test builds through TAP and to other partners, and employees of those partners (usually ones in China and Russia, it seems) leak them out. The frequency of the leaks is increasing because Microsoft is sending out test builds more frequently as they move to RTM and enter "crunch time" to make sure everything works.

Remember what happens when you assume - although your assumption isn't doing anything to me in this case...just u.

dewaaz said,
snore. in the beginning it was interesting - now these constant leaks are getting annoying.

yeh it was smart originally for MS to leak builds and get widespread feedback - but now it just seems like they're exploiting the public to get feedback and generate mass hype - not cool.


+1

JahnnyBoy said,

+1


-1
since when has being cool been a requirement in business? Vista was not widely tested, it didnt exactly meet the requirements of the general public. Windows 7 has been tested to extreme lengths due to all the leakage. The leaked products are incomplete codebases and are timebombed and will stop working. Can one of you please explain to me how global userbase testing is a) a bad thing b) uncool?

given the number of 3rd parties involved here, where is your evidence that MS is responsible for the leaks? and why should they stop them?


+1


i didn't mean LITERALLY cool, geez relax mate, these are just comments.

it's just... unprofessional? like ok a few subtle leaks here and there to quietly gauge user opinions would be a normal sort of thing... but leaks EVERY WEEK? every few builds there is a new leak... and it's just like getting a bit much.

you know when someone tells a joke, and they say it so many times you tell them "yeh ok mate we've heard it before... you can shutup now"

same sort of thing... we've seen leaked builds before... maybe key builds are ok... but leaking EVERY WEEK is getting a bit over the top now.


although from the responses here obviously people will cream their pants when the next build gets leaked again (probably tomorrow or the day after). how dreadfully exciting. lucky MS has a super loyal fanbase

dewaaz said,
omg i'm not having a cry, just making a comment FFS.

personally, i just think there's a difference between a few 'subtle' leaks here and there, and a blatant pushing out of builds to artificially generate hype and get free testing - just not 'professional'

Yeah, sure. Because Microsoft is generating hypes by publicly telling the world about new builds and making them publicly available. [/sarcasm]

See, unlike the users here on Neowin who download these builds the moment they coem out, the rest of the world is choosing not to and/or still using the Beta or the RC.

Please, stfu, you have nothing intelligent to say if all you can think of is "subtle" leaks here and there. You're just whining because you're not being spoiled with a changelog so you can't bring yourself to just try it out on your own.

Totally lame and pathetic. You people just love to whine so you'll look for any reason to do so.

Has it ever occurred to you for even one second that Microsoft doesn't want these builds leaked? No way! Oh wait. This is the internetz, where we download stuff for free so much that we begin to expect it and treat it as our right, that we are entitled to these things. Well, newsflash, ass, we're not.

Chasethebase said,
Would be awesome without the logo. Seriously.


Yep, I'd love it without the logo in the middle. Can someone shop it out? :P

Tekkerson said,
That's... the wallpaper?...

the logo doesnt integrate quite well into the background, it's like jumping over me. i don't like it much

pensador` said,
That is a very average wallpaper indeed.


Beats the heck out of da fish.

It's average for a reason: it fits every possible screen format (4:3, 16:10, 16:9, etc.) and resolution. (Windows 7, unlike Vista, has no wallpaper designed specifically for widescreen formats.) As someone that actually changed displays (from CRT to 16:9 LCD) during the beta cycle (and has one computer running Windows 7 that still has a 4:3 CRT display), having to change wallpaper because I changed display format is a pain. However, that has been all to often required, because the wallpaper is all too often designed to look good only in particular screen formats. (It's not a Windows-specific issue.) Harmony, on the other hand, is....."harmonious", and with any screen resolution (from 800x600 to 1920x1080 and beyond), or screen format.