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Windows 7: Side by side: UI changes from Windows 7 beta to build 7048

09 Mar 2009   #1

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Side by side: UI changes from Windows 7 beta to build 7048

What's new in the latest Windows 7 build? I'm asked this question every time there's a new build out and I see it asked on forums, too. Usually, the response is brief because it's really hard to spot all the changes when you're just using the new build. That's exactly why I've put this post together: I have Windows 7 build 7000 on my laptop, and Windows 7 build 7048 on my desktop, and I've gone through trying to spot as many changes as I can. That's not to say that this list is a comprehensive one, but it's a solid start, and I encourage you to leave feedback in the comments as I will be reading all of them before I do a more thorough comparison between the beta to the RC.

Build 7000 was compiled on December 12, 2008, at 2:00pm and the leaked build 7048 was compiled on February 19, 2009 at 6:45pm, so there is over two months of work to cover. This is not about the new sound schemes, sample videos, sample pictures, and wallpapers; this is about the UI and feature changes between both builds. Although I do mention some fixed bugs, I'm mainly focusing on tweaks that are "tangible" as opposed to the thousands of bugs that have been fixed.

In the comparison screenshots, I have tried to keep build 7000 on the left and build 7048 on the right, or build 7000 above and build 7048 below. Also remember that the "Send Feedback" link has been removed in build 7048, so that's an easy way to remember if there is a window title bar visible.

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09 Mar 2009   #2
xan K

Windows 7 x64

nice read. thanks!
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10 Mar 2009   #3

Windows 7 7600

The article is good. But it doesn't mention that Remote Desktop Connections are remembered on the "Recent" list. That's a good thing in my opinion :-)
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10 Mar 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

At what point will Build 7048 be availiable on the W7 updates or availiable for download from MS?
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10 Mar 2009   #5

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Hello saverio,

Unless you are a MS official tester 7048 will not be made available direct from MS, if you are it's already available. Also MS never include complete OS builds in windows update
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10 Mar 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Oh I see. I downloaded my Build 7000 from MS themselves, so I thought perhaps ther would be a continuity there.

So in essence i carry on with Build 7000 until it expires whereupon what, I have to go back to Vista?

Or will another build be open to me? ... or hopefully the full retail version will be out...

here's hoping!
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10 Mar 2009   #7

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

There should be an RC (release candidate) build out for public download at some point before 7000 expires.

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10 Mar 2009   #8

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Microsoft have stated that the Release candidate will be a public release, or at least "widely available". When the Beta time bombs you will need to reinstall a valid OS This could be Vista, The RC or the released windows 7
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10 Mar 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hey slimy thanks for this
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10 Mar 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Thanks barman, and gary,

I really hope that I can get the RC or failing that the retail before my build expires.

I'm dreading having to re-install vista and go backwards!

I'm really enjoying this experience, and that's coming from a hardcore Mac User !
(see we can be turned! )

There's still a couple of things that I feel really would be of benefit, and i'v communicated this through the Feedback loop, but mostly I'm really impressed.
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