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Windows 7: Windows 7 build number "changed"

31 Jul 2009   #11

Windows 7 Pro (MSDN)


Windows version numbers are in 4 parts:

Whenever a hotfix updates a file, it updates the "QFE" portion of the version number (the "QFE" number for W7RTM is 0x4001 (16385)) for that file ("QFE" is the name that Microosft internally calls that last number, according to some MSFT employees). It has been like this since... forever. You install a Windows 2000 hotfix, and it's going to update the QFE portion of the version of the file that is updated. If you install a Windows XP hotfix, the file's QFE number is going to be changed. If you install a Vista hotfix... you get the picture.

The version number reported in the registry and in the about dialogs (for XP, at least) are taken from the version number of the main kernel EXE file.

Which means that any hotfix that happens to update the main kernel EXE file will also update the QFE portion of the version number that "represents" the whole system.

This is nothing new or exceptional. It has always been like this. XP and Vista version numbers have been updated in a similar fashion countless times (each time there was a kernel hotfix, and there's been a lot of them!).

To reiterate: all that is going on is that there's a hotfix that updates a small handful of files, but it just so happens that one of these files is the kernel, so Windows "reports" a different version number. Anyone who pays attention to the behavior of XP and Vista hotfixes knows that this is not news, not anything special, and not anything to get excited over (though I've lost count of the number of times I've had to correct people about this even on places like Wikipedia).

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31 Jul 2009   #12

windows 7 RTM

all my updates failed to install not sure why lol
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31 Jul 2009   #13

Windows 7

You can download these updates by torrent on this site:

[link removed by admin]

(i think its legal to download a update?)
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31 Jul 2009   #14

Windows 7 7264x64(main), 7260x86(secendary), XP SP3 Triple Boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dan7777 View Post
all my updates failed to install not sure why lol
do you have a frankenshtinebuild? :P
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31 Jul 2009   #15

Windows 7 Pro (MSDN)

I am a little curious, though, about the Notepad hotfix. I mean, seriously, Notepad?! Has there even been any changes to Notepad since XP (aside from the new icon introduced in Vista)? Windows Notepad is really not much more than an edit control in a window--what kind of a bug could they have possibly found in Notepad?!
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31 Jul 2009   #16

Windows 3.11

warning   Warning
@SSP Remove your link before admin see and bann you!
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31 Jul 2009   #17

windows 7 RTM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by akramh View Post
do you have a frankenshtinebuild? :P
no mate i have the untouched iso
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31 Jul 2009   #18


Round and round and round we go

It is the RTM... It's not the RTM! LOL

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31 Jul 2009   #19

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 [dual boot with Windows Vista Enterprise w/SP2]

Quite not convinced yet so I'm quite not believing.
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31 Jul 2009   #20

Windows 7

16385 is the RTM, this is a windows update.
When you buy windows in october you will get 16385.

But anyways when I run windows update it says there are no new updates, and "about windows" still shows 16385 for me.
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