Windows 7 Retail Box Images Leaked, Believed to Be Fakes
Article by George Norman
On 11 May 2009
Following the news that the first bugs have been discovered in the recently released Windows 7 Release Candidate, it is time to switch focus to the final and stable version of the Windows 7 operating system. Several images have made an appearance online, but what they claim to depict is subject to debate: images of Windows 7 retail packaging boxshots.

The images have been posted online by a Polish web page called CentrumXP (visit here, translated version here), and have been picked up by several media outlets. As you can see from the images presented below, the site claims that is how Windows 7 will look when it will hit the stores ( according to Acer , Windows 7 RTM will drop this October, on the 23rd to be more precise).


Getting back to the Windows 7 packaging issue, the thing to keep in mind is that the images presented by CentrumXp might be fakes. We base our sayings on the fact that Microsoft has not provided any feedback in the leaked images. Some IT specialists are convinced these boxshots are fake – like Long Zheng for example, the one who uncovered UAC security vulnerabilities in Windows 7 and got Microsoft to fix said vulnerabilities.

“At first glance, the images are quite interesting and that is probably the only thing to take away from. Details like the butterfly and lens flare certainly raise suspicion of its authenticity, but you never know with Microsoft, like the bird on the Windows 7 login screen. The subtle however most conclusive evidence that this is a fake lies in the “Windows 7″ logo. The official logo uses the fonts Segoe Light for the letter “7″ which is not the case here. The Windows 7 packaging secret lives to be leaked another day,” said Long Zheng.

What do you think? Are these images fake, or are they the real deal?

UPDATE: Long Zheng is taking back his words and says the box art is genuine – details here.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7
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