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01/01/2009 02:15 PM ID: 75903 Permalink   

Windows 7 Beta Torrent Downloads Soar


The upcoming beta release from Microsoft for Windows 7 has seen its availability soar this week on BitTorrent sites. A copy of build 7000 was first spotted last Friday. The latest Windows OS isn't expected to go on sale until late 2009/early 2010.

Ed Bott of, who has downloaded a pirated copy of it, says the EULA identifies the build as the answer to their promise of supplying a beta early this year. Earlier last month, Microsoft's Web site hinted at a release by January 13.

There is brisk speculation that the announcement may come Jan. 7 when CEO Steve Ballmer goes before the Consumer Electronics Show, but the software giant said in an e-mail that it's "still expected in early 2009."

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Build 7000 was on ISOHUNT about 3-4 months ago. So why is computerworld only writing about this now.

I also recommend people trying it but the great thing is that you don't need a cd-key to install. But the down side is you will need a Cd-key to activate the copy so it lasts longer than 30 days
  by: simonwike   01/01/2009 03:15 PM     
  They want me  
to beta test an OS in 30 days? 120 days maybe but 30 days... just not happening.
  by: ixuzus     01/01/2009 03:17 PM     
  hmmmm...more Windows junk  
History will show the many failures of and Microsoft OS. I can't imagine this will be any different. It makes me squirm to to see Microsoft release Vista (FAIL), and then a year later they begin to beta a new OS. This must be what they wanted Vista to be, except they rushed it, like EVERYTHING else. They always have to be first, not the best.....just first.
  by: homegrown420     01/01/2009 03:27 PM     
The build you saw a few months ago was probably fake, I read the article about it's release on /. and it was only a few days or maybe a week ago.
  by: Manic_Panic     01/01/2009 04:40 PM     
I've talked to a couple people that have downloaded it and they say it's everything vista wasn't. It's supposed to have far less overhead and be quite a bit quicker then vista as well as having several features vista was supposed to have.

I figure i'll check it out at some point, but right now I don't need anything new.
  by: splicer   01/01/2009 05:17 PM     
It was well noted long before Vista was released that Vista was just a side project to keep people from knowing about the actual project, now known as Windows 7.
  by: ImportFanaticR34   01/01/2009 09:30 PM     
Build 7000 wasn't out a few months ago.

It's a brand new leak.

For anyone who's interested, it's only the 32bit version that has leaked so far.

I'm going to have a test of it now, i tried one of the 6700 builds, but that was still with the aero interface...
  by: dook   01/01/2009 09:47 PM     
  @Dook and Manic  
Manic it was not a fake and this has been around longer than this article is saying. I do know how to tell windows 7 and vista apart.

Dook copies of windows 7 have been floating around my brothers workplace months before this so that developers can take a preview
  by: simonwike   01/02/2009 04:36 AM     
  no way  
as bad as vista is now .I'll never touch a windows beta.
  by: kross10c   01/02/2009 07:41 AM     
Seriously give it a try using a virtual box. It is really quite good. I never had a problem with it and it seems more stable and faster than vista. Also they removed that annoying side bar so now the gadgets can freely move around the screen
  by: simonwike   01/02/2009 12:54 PM     
  @ simonwike  
Build 7000 is a new leak believe me.

Build 67xx and 68xx were around a few months ago.

This is the reason this is news...
  by: dook   01/02/2009 01:05 PM     
  add ons  
trojan rootkit heaven
  by: raptorcigs   01/02/2009 09:54 PM     
I never implied you mistook windows 7 for vista, I merely said build 7000 wasn't around months ago and if you saw it months ago, it was a fake. As dook said build 67xx and 68xx were around a few months ago.
  by: Manic_Panic     01/02/2009 10:54 PM     
  nice OS I guess...  
but does it play DVD's?!
  by: rutgers   01/04/2009 08:15 PM     
  I gave Windows 7 a go.  
And i have to say for a beta, it is real real smooth. I ran it with VM just to check it out but after seeing how smooth it is i am considering duel booting with it. I didn't have a great deal of time to thrash it but with no noticeable flaws it seems pretty promising. The one major advantage that windows 7 will have over vista is the fact that all your old programs and hardware that you were using with vista should be compatible. I found no issues installing vista software or vista VM drivers on 7. The sad thing is that even 7 as a beta seems more efficient and refined then vista did and this is compared to a 4 gig machine with vista to a 1 gig VM. Any who i am sure there will be some flaws but just as XP built on windows 2000, windows 7 will build on vista.
  by: shiftyfarker   01/04/2009 11:32 PM     
The new GUI is fantastic and really really helps manage your taskbar. If you're anything like me (Dual screening, with 2 taskbars that are still always full and unmanageable) then you'll find the new layout fantastic.

I really can't praise it enough.

I couldn't use it as a stable OS just yet though, it has trouble with games and has some major compatability issues.

Something that did take me aback was things like my Network card and Soundcard not automatically being picked up by the OS like they were in Vista, but i'm hoping that's just because it's a Beta.

It's fast booting though and definately a huge step forward in terms of being a very usable operating system.
  by: dook   01/05/2009 12:32 AM     
I didn't test 7 with games(i was too scared), i would test it with my duel 22inch monitor setup but i am running it in VM. ZDNet did a speed test comparing XP, Vista & 7, 7 came out as the clear winner, despite the fact it is a beta which are usually build for performance rather then speed, article is here: .

Using Vista 32bit was just too slow as a result i had to use 64bit which is really good but Windows 7 32bit seems really fast. It's like using Vista(minus any bugs) with XP's performance/stability. Navigation is definitely improved, i left a windows 7 vm open and found my girlfriend using it for her work and surfing the net and organizing her music and pictures, this was pretty impressive considering she isn't very tech savvy.
  by: shiftyfarker   01/05/2009 12:45 AM     
  I like  
Windows and mac both, but microsoft needs to step up because macs are taking over. I like a challenge of technology so hopefully we get more good stuff soon.
where in the world do people find these beta versions and leak them. Vista just came out, maybe microsoft should wait, and finish something before it turns to visterrible.
  by: Muhammad009   01/09/2009 03:59 PM     
  @ Muhammad009  
"Macs are taking over"

You're kidding, right?

Windows 7 64 Bit leaked 2 days ago! Not had chance to try it yet, but i'm expecting great results!
  by: dook   01/09/2009 04:24 PM     
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