Windows 7 RC expected at the end of February

WinFuture, a German website reports that the one and only RC build of Windows 7 will be ready at the end of February to be sent to select testers.

According to WinFuture's sources, the first-RC build has been compiled by now. The build number currently under test is not known, however WinFuture reports that 7048 was the latest build of Windows 7 and might be the RC, created a few days before and confirms that work is currently going on around the Windows 7 RC build.

The German website also reports that MSDN/TechNet subscribers along with the other private beta testers, would receive the RC build after 27th February, but not sure about the public beta which ended few weeks back.

Neowin earlier reported that we could be seeing the Windows 7 RC in early April, but with the rumor that Windows 7 is set to hit RTM in August, no wonder we can expect the RC build very soon!

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Oh the controversy. First we get told that they're testing buils 7048 then we get told that is not true and that the latest build is 7046 and that was compiled on wednesday now we get told that it's 7047 that was compiled on wednesday. People seriously we'll just have to wait and see. It's all just rumour and speculation at the moment and we can't do anything about that but wait.

I personally try to stay away from Russian sites ..... too many viruses !! Plus who the hell can read russian ..... except russians ....of course !

Caveman-ugh said,
I personally try to stay away from Russian sites ..... too many viruses !! Plus who the hell can read russian ..... except russians ....of course !

prehaps, but theres allways google or another online translator.

Anyone bashing Vista and claiming how much better "windows 7" is, has NEVER even really tried Vista. Their basing their opinion off of the stupid lies and rumors that were spread about Vista.

I tried Windows 7, and found nothing that makes it stand out from Vista.

Yeah I know some people are claiming its faster in games... and I know for a fact that is total BS. Vista with SP1 is just fine. Windows 7 is just another excuse for Microsoft to make more big bucks for basically nothing in terms of investment. It IS Vista whether you want to believe it or not... Vista with some minor tweaks.

well i have used vista since beta1 and i have to say windows7 from the start is far more better then vista was... maybe the people whom use windows7 know what they are saying. So Vista with SP1 is just fine what about pre SP1? we all know its vista with more updated things in it! and we are all happy about this! Im sure when windows7 come out we all be sure to keep a eye out to make sure you dont upgrade to win7 and you keep you fantastic copy of vistaSP1 and im sure when SP2 RTM comes out there will be even better results for vista! Hey BTW were you that one big fan of WindowsME?

I have to say that,Vista had a steep hardware requirement and those machines should run Windows 7 with the greatest of ease. So i see Vista as a way that forced people to get newer powerful PC's and quit trying to use old outdated legacy systems.

just my guess and opinion

kevpan815 said,
P.S. There Is A Major Show Stopper Bug In W7B1, There Are Phantom Files In W7B1, Just FYI!

Better call Scooby and the gang on this post haste!

[< snipped > - CalumJR]


Please do not use all capital letters in a news comment. This is stated in the Neowin community rules as something we do not tolerate.

Also, if you believe the content of an article to be incorrect, we now have a 'Report a Problem' feature which I will explain to you in a personal message, kevpan815.

Kojio stated:

All joking aside, Windows 7 is simply the finishing touches on what Vista should have been.

Vista was Microsoft's chance to get their foot in the door with a new engine, and while they stumbled very hard, it still bought them enough time to add the expensive paint job and luxurious interior that is Windows 7.

It's unfortunate that it took an incomplete O/S release, unrealistic hardware requirements, a headache full of third parties dragging their feet with compatibility, a hardware scandal from Intel, and a bunch of negative publicity to finally get to this point. Those who knew enough to either stick with Windows XP or purchase a powerful enough Vista machine; our transition to Windows 7 is not bad at all. However, many people fell victim in between, and were left with a horrible experience. Both Microsoft and a plethora of irresponsible hardware/software companies are to share the blame for this, for many reasons. Dell, HP, Sony, Nvidia, Intel, Apple, Creative, to name a few.

Through the turbulent times, I'm glad we are finally at this point: A refined, polished product. I've been using Windows 7 Beta 7000 as my main O/S since its release, on both my work notebook and HTPC. I know that sounds a bit masochistic, but aside from Windows 7 possessing my brother printer to devour ink and paper like cupcakes at fat camp, it has been a smooth ride.

The sooner that Microsoft can release an RC1 build, the happier I will be!


Right to the point

yea wht about the libraries part great when you have more then 1 hard drive of things! BTW i enjoy the changin wallpapers section! even better with a RSS feed.

BTW i enjoy the changin wallpapers section!


i once enjoyed the head-chop-off machine though the actual functionality was kinda out of question; just for a better kind of diversity i guess,,,

I am also a bit annoyed that Direct Access is not in Windows 7 Professional. What small businesses don't want to use such features?

For your information, from a business point of view, an April RTM would be lucrative to Microsoft.

Their next financial quarter starts in April, so if they can start securing sales of Windows 7 as early as possible, their quarterly results will be much healthier. Given the current economic situation, that's potentially a big driver.

Of course, Windows 7 won't hit shelves in April but it's really OEM and Enterprise sales that make up the bulk of all Windows sales.

The new range of Asus Eeepc's are due out around that time, and Asus have already said that they will run with Windows 7. So everthing fits doesn't it !

I agree. I like the new UI refinments but it still feels unfinished. One of the reasons I gave up and went back to Windows Classic. Too many apps, Office 2007 included, don't follow the theme either. Its rather annoying.

I'd second that feature request, but at least the baby blue already goes with a lot more than the strong blues and greens in Vista.

As for Office 2007 - it doesn't follow any theme particularly well, but it still manages to not be an eyesore in Grey mode. I wouldn't mind seeing the Windows Live team do some Office themes!

im using build 7022, i was using build 7000 and have a couple of issues. But this lastest build is dead on great! i thnk the only other thing M$ should do is, not to add protection onto themes, so people can just install them, and not have to worry about patching the uxtheme.dll files!

lflashl said,
im using build 7022, i was using build 7000 and have a couple of issues. But this lastest build is dead on great! i thnk the only other thing M$ should do is, not to add protection onto themes, so people can just install them, and not have to worry about patching the uxtheme.dll files!

I'm told that the reason Microsoft force themes to be digitally signed isn't actually to stop third-party developers creating new styles, it's actually to prevent OEMs creating branded, substandard themes - perhaps introducing GUI bugs in the process.

@mocax

just wait till they release w7 rtm/vista sp2

and says bye bye for address bar! since you mentioned it

i just installed SP3 for my XP machine, and i got the biggest WTF moment i've had..... the address toolbar disappeared from the taskbar?!

googling frantically, i came across a forum where the microsoft guy said microsoft removed the address toolbar because they're forced by courts to do it.
that's the last straw... [< snipped > - CalumJR]


ok rant over, now the mystery..... why is the address toolbar still around in Vista and Windows 7?

FEB? Reallly ?? Time of Official Beta testing sounds less... Hope they dont rush this without fixing bugs .... make people to again wait for SP1 of Windows 7

I honestly believe that Windows 7 is what most XP users have been waiting for. I also think that a lot of Vista customers will upgrade to the new OS at RTM.

Windows 7 is much more then Vista done right.

All joking aside, Windows 7 is simply the finishing touches on what Vista should have been.

Vista was Microsoft's chance to get their foot in the door with a new engine, and while they stumbled very hard, it still bought them enough time to add the expensive paint job and luxurious interior that is Windows 7.

It's unfortunate that it took an incomplete O/S release, unrealistic hardware requirements, a headache full of third parties dragging their feet with compatibility, a hardware scandal from Intel, and a bunch of negative publicity to finally get to this point. Those who knew enough to either stick with Windows XP or purchase a powerful enough Vista machine; our transition to Windows 7 is not bad at all. However, many people fell victim in between, and were left with a horrible experience. Both Microsoft and a plethora of irresponsible hardware/software companies are to share the blame for this, for many reasons. Dell, HP, Sony, Nvidia, Intel, Apple, Creative, to name a few.

Through the turbulent times, I'm glad we are finally at this point: A refined, polished product. I've been using Windows 7 Beta 7000 as my main O/S since its release, on both my work notebook and HTPC. I know that sounds a bit masochistic, but aside from Windows 7 possessing my brother printer to devour ink and paper like cupcakes at fat camp, it has been a smooth ride.

The sooner that Microsoft can release an RC1 build, the happier I will be! ^_^

Unrealistic? Only to the computers too old to handle it, as well as some marketing blunders with PC manufacturers tying Vista to their sh---y machine. Overall, it's not "crazy" to expect a higher requirement for an OS that came out quite a while after XP.

Drivers were going to be a problem of course, but that was to be expected when Microsoft decided to plunge into this giant project. Personally, I feel they were too tied up to really listen to the consumer back when Vista was in beta as well.

Now that the tough part is truly out of the way, they can fine tune everything the way they wanted to. However, I feel we should really get away from calling it Vista+ or whatever. Some people are making it sound like Windows 7 isn't worth the attention it's receiving, that it just isn't such a big deal. Additional features, better performance, improved interface, as well as having certain things being made easier; this is what is expected of newer versions of software. That is what Microsoft is delivering. Things must move forward.

Overall though, I think people will be pleased if they aren't already.

Unrealistic? Only to the computers too old to handle it, as well as some marketing blunders with PC manufacturers tying Vista to their sh---y machine. Overall, it's not "crazy" to expect a higher requirement for an OS that came out quite a while after XP.

The problem was that Windows Vista's hardware requirements didn't leave enough wiggle-room to compensate for the avalanche of crappy software that PC Manufacturer's were going to pile on top of it. In that sense, it was unrealistic to the vast majority of computers in the market. You can play the blame game many different ways, but it was in Microsoft's best interests to kick some OEM-ass and reign in the irresponsible software. They failed to protect Vista's image from this, and media moguls took the bad press and ran with it. Microsoft is very poor at managing their image, which is why Apple has such an easy time vilifying their company, and painting Steve Jobs as the second coming of Christ.

But I agree that it's better to think Windows 7 as a complete product, instead of an upgrade to Vista. If anything, Vista was just an extended beta for Windows 7.

It's good news, I suppose. However, I can't stop feeling that this could be a tad bit too early.

Hope Windows 7 will be popular, though! It's really a great OS...

I think it is good that Microsoft is returning to a more regular release schedule. I think a lot of Vista's perceived problems were due to it being too little too late.

OMG this is so cool, Windows 7 has totally changed my life - Its so much better than anything before - It has keyboard shortcuts and stuff!!!

Sorry but Im not impressed with 7, granted it better than Vista but thats not really saying much UI wise.

Feels a bit early. If that's so the RTM probably will be ready around April/May. They can't hold it back until the end of the year. The beta was really good and I think Windows 7 will be very popular.

Hope it's true. Win7 is la creme de la creme right now out of all the windows i've used in my lifetime Win95 to Vista. I'd like to congratulate the windows team they've done a superb job on this one.

michael.dobrofsky said,
I don't get the Win7 hype machine. Must just be me, I guess...

Seems like a slighty better version of Vista but man has Microsoft worked it's marketing magic to get people excited about it.

The thing is that Windows 7 is getting a lot of attention due to the state of Vista, especially as it was at release. It was a *long* time since MS last made a solid release, and I think that's what the hype is more about than the qualities of the OS itself. Because Windows 7 is, after all, at best an incremental release.

Well, I think it's a bit more than just overall stability. The fact that the performance has been tuned up to be better than Vista, decent features added, as well as genuinely listening to the consumer has put them in a good light with everyone.

kinda sad i've to reformat my machine when the beta expires.

Just run "slmgr -rearm" as an admin, reboot, and enjoy another 30 days. I believe you can do this 3 times.

Yeah the way Windows 7 just works is the hype. Everything feels so smooth and you get the feeling Microsoft have really tried to correct everything they've done wrong. They've done a pretty good job from where I'm standing

@Tragik: i think mocax was referrring to the actual expiration date of the beta/RC builds and a rearm can't do anything about that

trajik 2600
Just run "slmgr -rearm" as an admin, reboot, and enjoy another 30 days. I believe you can do this 3 times.

That rearms product activation, it has nothing to do with an in built beta timebomb.

The "hype" is justifide from where I'm sitting, and that's at a 6yo desktop with 768MB of RAM running Win7 beta just fine. Sure it's not silky smooth like it would be on a newer PC but it does run, and I do everything I did on XP with this system just the same.

You could say it's just a point release as well, but it's on hell of a point release.

thx for deleting my post!

anyway: was just saying that if u were one of these poor guys who once thought happiness comes from a shower head just may be right so here,,,

i look forward to the public RC build. i see this baby in the stores by the end of summer to be honest. i just hope microsoft really aren't rushing things here.

smooth3006 said,
i look forward to the public RC build. i see this baby in the stores by the end of summer to be honest. i just hope microsoft really aren't rushing things here.

Has it been announced that there will be a public RC build then? I'm sure I read somewhere back when Beta 1 was released that it would be the one and only build that would be released to the public.

Having an RC already built within a month or two of beta release? Are they really sure they squashed all the high-priority bugs?

It's physically impossible. It looks like it's not the developers who decide when the product's ready, but the marketing team. This is a popular routine among companies but a very sad routine.

ZeroHour said,
tom5: LMAO how can you know that?!!?!

It's obvious to anybody who's ever worked in software development or indeed, any kind of project management. The developers will give their expected timescales and the sales and marketing departments will either accept the first date given, or produce their own.

The finished product will be made available when it's 'acceptable' - not necessarily when the development team consider it 'finished.'

This time frame of a RTM in April also goes in line with the immenent release of the new Asus Eeepc's which will be running Windows 7 as their choice of OS's.

Paul Thurrott predicted that Win7 would go RTM in around April "SHoTTa35" so no.... the REAL release candidate (RC) !!!
I am just hoping that they release the RC for public as well otherwise there will be hell to pay, I downloaded the Beta from torrent and it was no good, so then I waited for the OFFICIAL Beta release and it installed fine !

The only thing that I am saying is that it all fits into place, just like pieces of a jigsaw, and the fact that he hasn't been wrong yet !

Marshalus said,
With all due respect to Paul, I think he is too early in that prediction. I could be wrong though.

I'm not so sure. The Beta builds (all 1 of them) covered a period of around 2 months. You can imagine the RC builds (again, I suspect there will only be 1) will cover a similar period. That puts RTM around the end of April.

It does raise the question though.... is 4 months and only 2 builds really enough to test a product as complex as Windows?

By select I guess they mean the 3,453,934 people who downloaded 20 minutes after a torrent is released on torrent sites? LOL

"the one and only RC build of Windows 7 will be ready at the end of February to be sent to select testers. "

Windows 7 RC1 build is "6.1.7048.winmain_win7rc1.090211-1625"

Leaked information from testers now reveals that Windows 7 Build 7048 carries the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) label. Various sources, especially enthusiasts on Windows-centric forums, indicate that a select pool of Microsoft testers have received Windows 7 Build 6.1.7048.winmain_win7rc1.090211-1625. Microsoft has yet to confirm or deny that, as at just a little over one month since the public launch of Windows 7 Beta it has started compiling builds of the operating system belonging to the RC branch.

However, the version label associated with Windows 7 Build 7048 indeed suggests that the Redmond company has branched off winmain. At the same time, “090211-1625” indicates that Windows 7 Build 7048 was compiled on February 11, 2009, at 4:25 PM.

Right now Windows 7 Build 7022 is the latest version which is available to download with the 32-bit flavor, circulating through BitTorrent.

Source: Softpedia

Faisal Islam said,
Windows 7 RC1 build is "6.1.7048.winmain_win7rc1.090211-1625"
...snipped...
Source: Softpedia

Softpedia huh? Must be true then. </sarcasm>