Windows 8 Enterprise M3 6.2.7959 has leaked

It was just last week that build 7955 leaked to the Internet, but now, according to BetaArchive, build 7959 has been leaked. This build represents the first M3 build to be leaked but is said to be quite buggy. It should be noted that this is a server build, unlike the previous leak, 7955, which was of the Ultimate variety. This build weighs in at 2.87GB and is said to be an X64 build. 

Previously, Neowin has covered information that leaked out from previous Windows 8 leaks which can be viewed here. As this is a later build, it is expected that users will be able to unlock features that have previously not been seen. 

Windows 8 is far off from public availability and it is rumored that a public beta may be announced at PDC later this year. It is expected that Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in late 2012 with the latest rumors suggesting that retail availability will happen in early 2013.

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Actually Aero Lite in 7959 has either been heavily incluenced by Metro or Metro got its influence from Aero Lite in 2008 R2. Full DWM is non-existent (even if you add the Desktop Experience service, which is not active by default, though included)

Windows 7 is a great OS and corporate net admins are not going to change it until a new server is going to come out. Because R2 is amazing and very stable so in the corp. environment nothing will change for a while

That table with the letters..... What is it? Is it Microsoft's way of finding who has leaked something?

Its Windows Server but uses the client installer. My aero basic looks way better than that. What is shown in the screenshot is the replacement to what we call today "Classic" theme.
To install the virtual box guest additions simply browse to the DVD and find the amd64 executable and set it to Windows 7 compatibility. Had issues with full aero since the microsoft drivers (renderer and display - additional to your display adapter drivers - hidden) failed to start.

Riva said,
Its Windows Server but uses the client installer. My aero basic looks way better than that. What is shown in the screenshot is the replacement to what we call today "Classic" theme.
To install the virtual box guest additions simply browse to the DVD and find the amd64 executable and set it to Windows 7 compatibility. Had issues with full aero since the microsoft drivers (renderer and display - additional to your display adapter drivers - hidden) failed to start.

It's not really a "replacement." That theme is the same in Server 2008 R2. We won't see any GUI changes until the features are locked down.

briangw said,

It's not really a "replacement." That theme is the same in Server 2008 R2. We won't see any GUI changes until the features are locked down.

Windows Basic is now Aero Lite (I mean, that's what on the screenshot), but if you try switching to Aero and you're unable to, it'll display the old, Vista/7 Basic theme instead - that's how it behaved to me.

Can someone who already installed it add the desktop experiance feature and then start the following service: Desktop Window Manager Session Manager, Themes, then re-select the aero theme in personalise and post us a screenshot please?

Must just be something odd with my system, but I've yet to get one of these to actually fully install in VirtualBox (haven't tried this one yet though). They all end up stopping or hanging at the first "Starting Windows" screen after the initial installation.

roadwarrior said,
Must just be something odd with my system, but I've yet to get one of these to actually fully install in VirtualBox (haven't tried this one yet though). They all end up stopping or hanging at the first "Starting Windows" screen after the initial installation.

They do the same thing for me.

roadwarrior said,
Must just be something odd with my system, but I've yet to get one of these to actually fully install in VirtualBox (haven't tried this one yet though). They all end up stopping or hanging at the first "Starting Windows" screen after the initial installation.

That happened to me too, but I discovered that Virtul Box automatically paused for no reason. Just click the Machine file menu and click Resume and the installation should continue. Make sure you have Virtualization enabled for a guaranteed install.

roadwarrior said,
Must just be something odd with my system, but I've yet to get one of these to actually fully install in VirtualBox (haven't tried this one yet though). They all end up stopping or hanging at the first "Starting Windows" screen after the initial installation.

This was from the other post on 7955, not sure if it works on this one:

You have to enable IO APIC on your System settings in Virtualbox (before running setup) and it will install. Of course, you can't install the GuestAdditions. The virtualization option in the BIOS must be on.

Why do we even call it "leaks" anymore? We should call it "release" because of all those builds "leaking" all over the internet ALL THE TIME just look backward and think of all other Windows.. 7, Vista, XP maybe..

mnl231 said,
anyone know how long till its available in other sources other than ba?

There is a torrent plus another site is hosting direct download links. Get it now before they all become over-saturated. I am watching my download speed on both drop by the minute...

Lunfai said,
Another build got leaked, NEOWIN update build string: 6.2.7961.0.winmain_win8m3.110308-1712

x64 or x86

Those who are eager will test it and give feedback, i will wait for something more stable, and when i get a new laptop (if i get one) because on this 768MB RAM machine i can only run XP.. so hopefully by the summer i might get my hands on Windows 8

allwynd said,
because on this 768MB RAM machine i can only run XP..

You CAN also run Vista and 7. Of course 1 GB of RAM should be the minimum if you want a decent experience.

robert_dll said,

You CAN also run Vista and 7. Of course 1 GB of RAM should be the minimum if you want a decent experience.

ive installed both on this machine, but its useless, because there isnt enough ram to feed them

robert_dll said,

You CAN also run Vista and 7. Of course 1 GB of RAM should be the minimum if you want a decent experience.

ive installed both on this machine, but its useless, because there isnt enough ram to feed them

allwynd said,
ive installed both on this machine, but its useless, because there isnt enough ram to feed them

Vista I wouldn't bother.. I've run 7 with an old 512MB with passable results, but yea it'll be super swap heavy. But jeeez pop some more memory in that thing, it would cost more to fill up a tank of gas. Even XP is going to be clunky with only 768 with anything bigger than notepad running.

I hope MS gets leaks back under control and we don't get anything till a public beta. Sure this might suck for some of you but seriously I'd rather not see people moaning about how such and such seems bad/looks ugly and so on thinking this is somehow final.

It's also good to get some nice surprises and net totally spoiled a year in advance.

+1

its really annoying to see people like "ugly" "it doesn't look nice" "i hope they polish it" "omg... another service running in the background?" "useless feature" "ribbon? i dont want ribbon it looks bad" "it doesnt catch up linux, osx" "omg... im swtching to mac"... specially since it still says windows 7... because its not close to beta.
of course i like knowing stuff about windows 8 but people seems to take it as it will not change and it will stay all the same they see on these leaks, so they write crap stuff

GP007 said,
I hope MS gets leaks back under control and we don't get anything till a public beta. Sure this might suck for some of you but seriously I'd rather not see people moaning about how such and such seems bad/looks ugly and so on thinking this is somehow final.

It's also good to get some nice surprises and net totally spoiled a year in advance.

IMO a consistent amount of the build leaks we saw in the past were "intentional".

it is a very effective, and cheap I would add, viral adverting strategy.

One thing I should note though, Aero Lite seems to be the new Classic in Windows 8. I wouldn't mind it especially on Server, since the Windows Classic (Windows 95 look) is very jarring with the thicker taskbar and Start button.

Mr. Dee said,
One thing I should note though, Aero Lite seems to be the new Classic in Windows 8. I wouldn't mind it especially on Server, since the Windows Classic (Windows 95 look) is very jarring with the thicker taskbar and Start button.

Windows Classic still looked REALLY decent until Windows XP (included). With Vista, it just felt like they didn't even care anymore.

Kuraj said,

Windows Classic still looked REALLY decent until Windows XP (included). With Vista, it just felt like they didn't even care anymore.

Because they probably didn't. Glad to see that there is no Windows Classic anymore.

Kuraj said,

Windows Classic still looked REALLY decent until Windows XP (included). With Vista, it just felt like they didn't even care anymore.

Because....they didn't.

What's the date on this build?

Since it's a server edition, does it mean that it has stuff like Aero unavailable OOTB?

Kuraj said,
What's the date on this build?

Since it's a server edition, does it mean that it has stuff like Aero unavailable OOTB?

March 7th, 2011 according to the build tag.

what said,
Looking at the build number it's probably from 7th March (or 3rd July >_>)

Its 7/3/11 you read the date from right to left.

Kuraj said,
What's the date on this build?

Since it's a server edition, does it mean that it has stuff like Aero unavailable OOTB?

March 7 2011

Kuraj said,
Since it's a server edition, does it mean that it has stuff like Aero unavailable OOTB?

It's Enterprise (desktop), not Server. But you can do Aero in the server builds too, just isn't enabled by default.

Jen Smith said,

It's Enterprise (desktop), not Server. But you can do Aero in the server builds too, just isn't enabled by default.

No, it is server. PowerShell and Server Manager are on the Taskbar. Those two are also positioned the same on all flavors of Server 2008 R2 (minus Server Core).

Kuraj said,
What's the date on this build?

Since it's a server edition, does it mean that it has stuff like Aero unavailable OOTB?

can be enabled ,

Kuraj said,
What's the date on this build?

Since it's a server edition, does it mean that it has stuff like Aero unavailable OOTB?

6.2.7959..fbl_srv_wdaxml.YYMMDD-HHMM.??
The time is 24-hour, but I'm not sure what the strange hash is at the end.
Does anyone know what the hash means?
Similar related, if Windows 7 SP1 is 6.1.7601.17514 what does the 17514 mean? I never understood when they started doing that with Vista

sayjay09 said,

Its 7/3/11 you read the date from right to left.


Clearly you dont know how the rest of the world reads the date stamps...
AUS = DD/MM/YYYY
US = MM/DD/YYYY
Just as a basic example..

Based on the fact that we are only in the 5th month most people would be able to assume its DD/MM/YYYY, else WIndows 8 comes with a real TimeMachine

briangw said,
No, it is server. PowerShell and Server Manager are on the Taskbar.

Whups you're right, not sure why I assumed the desktop Enterprise edition, just now actually looked at the full build number. To be fair though, PowerShell comes with the desktop editions too, and RSAT can be added optionally. (Which I personally use, I probably forgot it's not standard.)

Jen Smith said,

Whups you're right, not sure why I assumed the desktop Enterprise edition, just now actually looked at the full build number. To be fair though, PowerShell comes with the desktop editions too, and RSAT can be added optionally. (Which I personally use, I probably forgot it's not standard.)

True, but the giveaway are those icons being in the taskbar like that. I've probably built hundreds of Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise physical and virtual machines in the past year so I recognized that right away since I use both on a daily basis. Besides, MS would confuse the rest of the general population by putting PowerShell on the taskbar. I can already see the puzzled looks on my family members' faces.

netsendjoe said,

6.2.7959..fbl_srv_wdaxml.YYMMDD-HHMM.??
The time is 24-hour, but I'm not sure what the strange hash is at the end.
Does anyone know what the hash means?
Similar related, if Windows 7 SP1 is 6.1.7601.17514 what does the 17514 mean? I never understood when they started doing that with Vista


The last number in that Windows 7 SP1 build string is used for the release candidate stage, I believe, because the build number is frozen at that point.

As for the hash in the Windows 8 builds, it could be some random hash just to ensure unique build strings for every built ISO (i.e. if they rebuild it or something). But I don't really know, it would be all guesses until someone inside Microsoft can confirm what it would mean.

Jen Smith said,

Whups you're right, not sure why I assumed the desktop Enterprise edition, just now actually looked at the full build number. To be fair though, PowerShell comes with the desktop editions too, and RSAT can be added optionally. (Which I personally use, I probably forgot it's not standard.)

Actually both can be added to the desktop editions of 7 down to Home Basic (Server 2008 R2 Enterprise includes PowerShell as standard fare, as does RSAT), so it's not as if either were server-specific (neither was, in fact, designed that way). It's just that the initial leveraging of both was by developers (and server administrators), as opposed to desktop admins.

This build represents the first M3 build to be leaked but is said to be quite buggy and unless you need an X64 version, it is advised that you may want to avoid this build.

Also because it would be warez amirite?

DrunkenBeard said,
"is said to be quite buggy". I hope they fix these bugs before RTM. /s

Nope it will be RTMed with no further testing what soever...

Fubar said,

Nope it will be RTMed with no further testing what soever...


Well I hope not, Windows 8 has been a major disappointment coming from Windows 7 so far with all these buggy releases and unfinished themes

DrunkenBeard said,

Well I hope not, Windows 8 has been a major disappointment coming from Windows 7 so far with all these buggy releases and unfinished themes

Dude WTF? It hasn't even reach BETA and you're talking about RTM? Do you expect it to ship like that?

DrunkenBeard said,
Windows 8 has been a major disappointment coming from Windows 7 so far with all these buggy releases and unfinished themes

I really hope that you're trying to be funny, as the alternative is just depressing.

DrunkenBeard said,

Well I hope not, Windows 8 has been a major disappointment coming from Windows 7 so far with all these buggy releases and unfinished themes

there has been no releases, and why would you come from 7 to run an alpha as main, thats dumb

Sir Ali said,

Dude WTF? It hasn't even reach BETA and you're talking about RTM? Do you expect it to ship like that?

theyarecomingforyou said,

I really hope that you're trying to be funny, as the alternative is just depressing.

He was obviously being sarcastic. Relax people.

DrunkenBeard said,

Well I hope not, Windows 8 has been a major disappointment coming from Windows 7 so far with all these buggy releases and unfinished themes

Dude, im aware what im risking with but **** off! That complete retard bull**** what youre writing there!

DrunkenBeard said,

Thank you Obviously, I should practice my sarcasm skills
I'd think /s is enough but maybe you should put </sarcasm> so everyone understands.

Ci7 said,

about 5 builds got leaked

65xx ,6801 , 7100,7068 ?

....

Windows 7 Build 6519
* Windows 7 Build 6801
* Windows 7 Build 6956
* Windows 7 Build 7000 Beta
* Windows 7 Build 7022
* Windows 7 Build 7048
* Windows 7 Build 7057
* Windows 7 Build 7068
* Windows 7 Build 7070

And there's more than that, those are just a few that one site managed to collect and list...

LiquidSolstice said,

....

Windows 7 Build 6519
* Windows 7 Build 6801
* Windows 7 Build 6956
* Windows 7 Build 7000 Beta
* Windows 7 Build 7022
* Windows 7 Build 7048
* Windows 7 Build 7057
* Windows 7 Build 7068
* Windows 7 Build 7070

And there's more than that, those are just a few that one site managed to collect and list...

yes, but nothing was better than the whistler days when a new build was popping out every two weeks