Windows 7 Release Candidate: First Bug,Test Updates
Article by George Norman
On 11 May 2009
Following the public release of Windows 7 RC, and a bunch of other software applications, like for example Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta, we have two new bits of info to report about the Microsoft developed operating system. The first thing that all of you running Windows 7 Release Candidate on your 32-bit processor machines should be made aware of is the fact that there is a bug plaguing the OS, bug that could cause applications to fail.

Microsoft Help and Support explains: “In the English version of Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) 32-bit Ultimate, the folder that is created as the root folder of the system drive (%SystemDrive%) is missing entries in its security descriptor. One effect of this problem is that standard users such as non-administrators cannot perform all operations to subfolders that are created directly under the root. Therefore, applications that reference folders under the root may not install successfully or may not uninstall successfully. Additionally, operations or applications that reference these folders may fail.”


A Hotfix has been issued by Microsoft and is available to Windows 7 users that have been affected by this issue via Windows Update.

The second thing you should be made aware of is the fact that as of tomorrow, the 12th of May, Microsoft will roll out about 10 test updates. Windows Communication Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, Brandon LeBlanc, explains:

“Starting this Tuesday we will release up to ten test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 RC in order to verify our ability to deliver and manage updating of Windows 7 in certain real-life scenarios. These updates do not deliver any new features or fixes. This is the second set of test updates we’ve released to test the updating mechanism for Windows 7 - the first set were released on February 24.”

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