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Windows 7: fre??

08 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 
fre??

My apologies if this is a stupid question, but what does the -fre stand for?

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08 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I suppose it could stand for "Freshly Released Edition" but I believe it has more to do with the x86 architecture type, but not sure exactly what
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08 Apr 2009   #3

Windows7
 
 

Quoting from:
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/200...lease/comments

Fre is short for Free, not French (which is typically abreviated to FRA anyway).

So what is meant by 'Free'? Not zero dollars; instead it means 'release' build (vs 'debug' build, which is also known as 'checked').

In short the difference between release(free) and debug (checked), is that in release the compiler has optimized the code (typically for speed), and in debug there is typically lots of extra debugging info and code (making it big and slow).
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08 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the info!!
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