Build 7025 Marks the End of Windows 7 Beta
Article by George Norman
On 27 Jan 2009
The first Beta version that Microsoft made available to the general public until February 10 was build 7000; a more advanced build has leaked out, mainly build 7025, thus marking the moment when the operating system moves on to post-Beta. We can only eagerly wait the end of the development phase and the release of Windows 7 final, since tests on the Beta have shown it to be a properly good OS.

Here are the few bits and pieces we figured out from the leaked screenshots of Windows 7 Build 7025, which is currently available only to tester: the Quick Launch bar continues to be disabled and consequently is nowhere to be seen on the screen; Internet Explorer 8 Release candidate 1 (IE8 RC1) comes bundled with the OS; items in the Control Panel can be grouped according to category and can be displayed as small icons or as big icons.


With build 7025 of the next iteration of the Windows OS, we also found out that Microsoft will potentially put out several version of Windows 7, just like it did with Vista. According to the leaked screenshots, there will be at least 5 versions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Business (which as rumor on the web has it will be renamed as Windows 7 Professional) and Windows 7 Ultimate.

Microsoft did not want to comment on Windows 7 Build 7025 and how many versions of the OS will be released, but had this to say on Windows 7 Beta 1, build 7000: “We will offer updates for Windows 7 Beta and updated drivers through Windows Update and Microsoft Update. We strongly recommend that you keep your Windows 7 Beta computers up-to-date, because this will ensure you have the best experience previewing Windows 7 Beta.”

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