Windows 8 build 7926 setup.exe screenshot surfaces

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 8 and as the days go by, we tend to learn a little bit here and there about what we can expect in the new platform. While there is not a lot of new information to report at this time, a new screenshot leak of build 7926 has hit the web.

Infamous leaker, Zuko, who has been a primary source of the leaks so far, has posted up another screen shot of of the setup.exe file. The entire build string is 6.2.7926.0.winmain_win8m2.110211-1159 which means that it was compiled on February 11th.  At this time there has not been a build of Windows 8 leaked, but as time continues to move forward and more users get their hands on the builds, the possibility of a leak becomes more prevalent.

Not too many details have leaked out about Windows 8, but its new UI might be called "Wind," where Microsoft plans to create a 3D desktop. Other details suggest that Microsoft might be integrating Windows 8 to the cloud, selling the operating system as more of a service, making deploying and updating a simple task.

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It's painfully obvious most of you naysayers here have very limited experience beta testing for Microsoft in the past. If you did, you'd know that most milestone releases mirror the the previous OS builds for a bit. UI doesn't come into play until the beta round. Don't expect any different look until baeta series at least come out. Have fun trolling, and banging your heads against the screen asking Why,why,why. LOL Microsoft is doing nothing out of the ordinary here.

Look like Windows 8 which is the retail name, is based on Windows Vista's foundation as is Windows 7. Kinda misleading to call Windows 7 but such a number when the build number is 6.1.

But whatever works. I am lookign forward to 8.

If it.is not fake, why don't they install the os and show us the changes from windows 7 to the current build? Microsoft has been working like a year plus or is it 2?

Il y a en fait 2 infos dans cette news pas si pourrie que ça : le développement de Windows 8 en est au milestone 2 et le numéro de version est 6.2 ce qui montre la volonté de MS de conserver la compatibilité ascendante du prochain Windows, en tout cas pour le moment. A suivre...

winkento said,
Il y a en fait 2 infos dans cette news pas si pourrie que ça : le développement de Windows 8 en est au milestone 2 et le numéro de version est 6.2 ce qui montre la volonté de MS de conserver la compatibilité ascendante du prochain Windows, en tout cas pour le moment. A suivre...

This is a english-speaking community. so I g'translated it for you;

"There are actually 2 info in this news not so rotten that it is the development of Windows 8 is at milestone 2 and version number is 6.2 which shows the desire to retain the MS compatibility of the next Windows, in any case currently. Continued ..."

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Why did you have to write that in French?
Because I'm French and I didn't want to make the effort to translate into English (tired), sorry. Thank you Morphen.

winkento said,
Because I'm French and I didn't want to make the effort to translate into English (tired), sorry. Thank you Morphen.

So basically what you're saying is that you "couldn't be bothered" to post in the language this community speaks? You realise that doesn't exactly endear yourself to the rest of us, right? It's like saying, we're not worth the effort. So in which case, why even bother posting?


Other details suggest that Microsoft might be integrating Windows 8 to the cloud, selling the operating system as more of a service, making deploying and updating a simple task.

Worst, dumbest, most utterly STUPID idea EVER.

FloatingFatMan said,

Worst, dumbest, most utterly STUPID idea EVER.

Yeah, when this happens and all natively installed windows operating systems such as windows 7 become unsupported, I will move to a Linux or Unix distribution, (Although i'm already using a few on other machines).

MrGriggs said,

Yeah, when this happens and all natively installed windows operating systems such as windows 7 become unsupported, I will move to a Linux or Unix distribution, (Although i'm already using a few on other machines).

Won't happen. Cloud features would probably be opt-in and most likely only available on enterprise versions of Windows.

eviltwigflipper said,
Hope it comes soon its been to long since I reinstalled my computer...

Does reinstalling a computer mean you take all the hardware apart and put it all back together again....

offroadaaron said,

Does reinstalling a computer mean you take all the hardware apart and put it all back together again....

Absolutely so I can add a turbo button to boost my CPU by 50mhz...

Well, it's nothing worth seeing and it tells nothing other than "they are working on Windows Next"... but it's catchy.

Waiting till almost-beta screenshots with actual new details start leaking!

CoLdFuSi0n said,
This site used to be really good for news and information but as of late, all you guys post is useless crap.

Don't know you but I like the fact that at least now I have a clue of how far the development of "Win8" has gone.

CoLdFuSi0n said,
This site used to be really good for news and information but as of late, all you guys post is useless crap.

People aren't getting the point of the picture, it might not show anything really interesting, but it shows what milestone we're upto, which is M2. There is usually about 6 Milestones (roughly) before we go RTM, so a bit to go at the moment.

Tony. said,

People aren't getting the point of the picture, it might not show anything really interesting, but it shows what milestone we're upto, which is M2. There is usually about 6 Milestones (roughly) before we go RTM, so a bit to go at the moment.


There's still betas and RC before RTM, so it's much longer than you anticipated.

FarCry3r said,

There's still betas and RC before RTM, so it's much longer than you anticipated.

A beta is still a milestone...

TDT said,

A beta is still a milestone...

i remember windows 7 had M3 around 6800s , beta @ 700 , rc @ 7100 and final @ 7600 , so i guess they are 5 milestones considering beta and rc as milestone too

Ricky65 said,
Probably fake, anybody can create a fake file descriptor like this.

Zuko is a very good source of information when it comes to this, I'm convinced it's real, but it shows nothing really at interest at the moment, only showing the progress and what milestone we're at i.e. we're at milestone 2 at the moment.

well, damn, already up to 7926??? If true, that's pretty close to 8000, which I figure will be the final build for Win8, just like 7000 was for Win7 and 6000 was for Vista.

GP007 said,
well, damn, already up to 7926??? If true, that's pretty close to 8000, which I figure will be the final build for Win8, just like 7000 was for Win7 and 6000 was for Vista.

Uhh... The final build for Windows 7 was 7600 lol... the BETA was 7000, the RC was 7100

GP007 said,
well, damn, already up to 7926??? If true, that's pretty close to 8000, which I figure will be the final build for Win8, just like 7000 was for Win7 and 6000 was for Vista.

lolol

GP007 said,
well, damn, already up to 7926??? If true, that's pretty close to 8000, which I figure will be the final build for Win8, just like 7000 was for Win7 and 6000 was for Vista.

Please type winver inside cmd

GP007 said,
well, damn, already up to 7926??? If true, that's pretty close to 8000, which I figure will be the final build for Win8, just like 7000 was for Win7 and 6000 was for Vista.

Microsoft will either bump up the build number or go back a few builds. You need to remember that while builds with bigger numbers might seem newer, this isn't always the case because usually the builds will start branching to different areas i.e. Service Packs, Mainline etc.

I guess that Russian character means b, which would lead me to believe that the size of the installer is 102KB. Which is nothing.

Whilst I see that this qualifies as news, I am not getting that excited till builds that dont crash 24/7 start appearing all over the net. Vista x64 worked great on my 2.13ghz core 2 duo 4gb box, win7 x64 pre-beta worked without crashing once AT ALL & Win7 x64 retail has never crashed. I only hope that after my recent upgrade to a Q6660 B3 chipset that win8 will work ok. Maybe an upgrade (if poss on my dell dimension 9200C ) to 8gb ram will help -if ram was cheaper I'd have tried the upgrade by now.

Plus total integration on my win phone 7 is needed ;-)

Brian Miller said,
Why does it still have the Vista/7 look and feel?
Can they design something better?

UI is one of the last things they work on.

Brian Miller said,
Why does it still have the Vista/7 look and feel?

You do realize it is just an exe's Properties Window and not an actual Win8 screenshot right?

Jared- said,

UI is one of the last things they work on.

I made a comment a few comments above this one, the UI won't be the last thing, it'll be implemented and changed a few times like they did it in Windows 7.

Brian Miller said,
Why does it still have the Vista/7 look and feel?
Can they design something better?

Zuko is on dualboot. Screen taken with Windows 7.

I don't understand what this is doing here. It's a dialog of setup.exe properties. You can literally guess the number and date and get it right or close based on previous information. There's nothing here. Plus it's from Zuko who posts things like this very frequently, so are we going to have front page news for each build number?

THIS CONFIRMS THAT MICROSOFT IS WORKING ON WINDOWS 8! HUZZAH! TRULY INSIDE INFORMATION!1!!11

What a rubbish article. The article provides no new information of interest - and then ends with a rehash of old news about a speculated code name...

When will the stream of cruddy un-newsworthy articles end?

People calling it fake or not convinced, don't you get tired of this?
Everybody knows Microsoft is working on Windows 8. It would be fake if there was an UI or big change showing up at this moment.
I'm already tired that we will have to see all of those new Windows junk statements and fakes that we see on EVERY new launch.

Hollow.Droid said,
Guess what they're usually attached to....actual builds! Leaks gotta start somewhere.
I'll believe it when I see it.

I'm one of those types, hard to please!

A pic of the setup.exe means nothing for me, other than "Oh look, they just finish build 7926 on that date." I am waiting for a screenshot of the new UI.

Redz0ne said,
Totally Fake some of the writing doesn't even make sense...

Did it, at any point in the time it took you to type out that comment... ever occur to you that the language the OS is set to is not English? Thus the reason most of it doesn't "make sense".

DarkNovaGamer said,

Did it, at any point in the time it took you to type out that comment... ever occur to you that the language the OS is set to is not English? Thus the reason most of it doesn't "make sense".

Or perhaps he speaks russian and knows something you don't. Or perhaps that whole 102 KB size of the setup.exe might be what is throwing him.

NamoBhagavan said,

assembly language + c/c++

Um... Windows NT is portable C.

The only assembly portion of Windows or Windows NT is the HAL layer that is custom written for the hardware platform.

Sure there are 3rd party applications and some .NET optimized VM code in assembly, but these are in the Win32 subsystem, and abstracted from the base Windows NT OS.

An enforced design aspect of Windows NT is to remain a portable OS, thus must be developed in a portable language.

Interesting bit of history about NT and the portability design requirement...

When Windows NT 4.0 was released, Microsoft engineers noticed that it was 25% faster than Windows95 if the system had 32mb of RAM. This was a shock to to Microsoft and the technology community as a whole.

The Windows95 team had complete control over their code and it was primarily written in optimized assembly. They had no OS 'model' guidelines to follow that inherently creates overhead like security token handling, object based architecture/communications, etc.

So they had everything they needed to make Win95 super fast without the overhead issues required in modern OS like Windows NT, and also had the ability to code in pure assembly for significantly faster code than portable C.

The Windows NT team were a different group of developers, had to adhere to the NT model with all its overhead as a modern OS and also had to write in portable C with no assembly optimization. (NT 4 was released for PowerPC, Alpha, x86, etc. with essentially only the HAL being different, and the OS code just recompiled to the various architectures.)

Windows NT 4.0 was faster than Windows95 because of how elegant the NT kernel and its OS architecture did work even with a less optimized development language. However the main reason Windows NT 4.0 was faster had to do with the development and engineering knowledge of the people on the Windows NT team in comparison to the Win9x team.

This is when a solid date was set to replace Win9x with Windows NT, and the Win9x team pretty much knew their days were numbered, and after WinME, a few made the transition to the Windows NT team, but a lot of Win9x developers were shuffled off to other areas of development.

So portable C, good engineers, and a good architecture beat out optimized assembly, mediocre engineers, and a poor architecture. And this was highly unexpected at the time both inside and outside Microsoft.

bdsams said,
These are legit, the source is about as good as they get...
Prove it was zuko who took the screenshot and wrote zuko, and I'll believe it. Otherwise, anyone can slap Zuko on something and "omgitslegit!"

thenetavenger said,

... many things ...

Wow, that is a thoroughly interesting story; thanks very much for sharing. It's gems like this that keep me visiting Neowin.

cybertimber2008 said,
Prove it was zuko who took the screenshot and wrote zuko, and I'll believe it. Otherwise, anyone can slap Zuko on something and "omgitslegit!"

He posted them himself.

franzpassler said,
FAKE

Fake or True, who cares. It's a fricking properties dialog, it shows absolutely nothing of the new operating system beyond the fact that they still use close buttons, tabs, ok and cancel buttons, oh and plain black text.

Indeed. I'm all for sneak-peek pictures of stuff that's in the works.. but would really rather see a picture of the actual new build, not the properties of one of the executables. Doesn't quite have the same "wow" factor.

Jen Smith said,
Indeed. I'm all for sneak-peek pictures of stuff that's in the works.. but would really rather see a picture of the actual new build, not the properties of one of the executables. Doesn't quite have the same "wow" factor.

Oh it's just building the suspense up.

This is more or less how it always goes. At the start of a new OS all we hear is rumors, and then these tiny bits of mostly useless "evidence" of the OS existence, and then screenshots leak, and then the beta. Foreplay is important in OS development, it seems.

OuchOfDeath said,
Foreplay is important in OS development, it seems.

Foreplay is never important, however this view may also explain why I remain single.

Nihilus said,

Foreplay is never important, however this view may also explain why I remain single.

Aww why can't we like comments lol

Nihilus said,

Foreplay is never important, however this view may also explain why I remain single.

Here, have a +1 from me. You made me LOL