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Windows 7 – Build number 7000

by Steve Wiseman on January 10, 2009 · 5 comments

in Windows,Windows 7


Finally, Microsoft has decided to allow MSDN subscribers test the new version of Windows – Windows 7. The latest build number is 7000. I downloaded it last night and decided to take it for a spin. The first thing I noticed (different from the last beta) is the new bootup screen has this cool star weaving animation:

Windows 7 Boot

Some visual aspects are still very familiar, such as the login screen:

Windows 7 Login Screen

This is the first build that I have had a chance to play with that has the new start menu. Essentially it is very similar to the Mac OSX model of only showing icons with no captions or descriptions:

Windows 7 Start Menu

I am not sure how I feel about this. I do use Mac OSX all the time, and I do like this way of working with applications, but I think it may be tough for the average windows user to make this transition. Keep in mind Microsoft is not planning on having a “Classic” mode that lets you switch back to the old interface. People can learn, but dealing with end users for many years I can tell you this will be an uphill battle.

Here is an example of the frustration I think a new user may have…look at this shot and tell me which program is running right now:

Windows 7 start menu changes

Our Remote Control product is running (On the right) and Internet Explorer is on the left. You can get a description by hovering the mouse over a running application:

Windows 7 Start Menu Description

Of course, I had to try our remote control software to make sure it worked with this build – we don’t want to get caught by surprise like with Vista. The only trouble I ran into was with the firewall. Our agent automatically will add an exception for you in the firewall. Under Windows 7, this is still added, but it does not allow full access:

Windows 7 Firewall

As you can see, Windows 7 has a higher level of granularity with a firewall exception – you can allow connections just from machines on the private network, or also allow full public access. With private only, it will not allow outside connections.

There is still lots to explore in this build, but so far I am impressed with the speed, and reliability of this release.

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1 Jonathan Weinraub January 12, 2009 at 12:00 am

Ughh, no more classic interface? Why not? I had always used the classic Windows 2000 look interface, and never looked back. It isn’t that the new gui in Vista or now Seven is bad, and I am not refusing to change, it is simply that 2k works very, very well.

Did they change “Personalize” back to Properties for desktop/wallpaper change?

Anything else significant?

2 Steve Wiseman January 12, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I know – I still (without even thinking) switch my windows back to classic every time I setup a new windows install. This will be very painful for the average user. Just moving from Office 2000 to Office 2003 gives an IT administrator heart burn…just imagine those places that have 2000 or XP and have waited for this to upgrade….they will have a fun time re-training all their users.

I still wonder if MS will really not allow “Classic mode” interface. I think the pressure to offer it will be just too great to resist.

3 AwE January 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Does anyone know why build 7000 disables NTFS USB Flash drives??
This annoying version will only detect FAT32 drives and disabled 2 of my NTFS’s and now I can’t even open them in any other PC and go undetected.
First time around? W7 detected the drives and installed them as: Unknown devices. Come on! they’re usb flash drives! (1Gb and 512mb!)

4 Kevin July 11, 2009 at 11:23 am

Do they still have the boot screen divided where you have the loading bar then the little windows cirlce like vista?
Did they combine them like xp?
is there even a loading bar?

5 Steve Wiseman July 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm

There is an animation around the windows logo. Stars of light go into the four corners and they come back out again. No progress bar anymore…or a loading circle.

I would imagine it would change by the time it is released 🙂

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