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Topic # 28582 4-Dec-2008 22:36
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So the pre-beta has come out, and I've had a chance to play with it.

At this stage, its just Vista, but with some additional features. I think this is what this release is about, purely to show what will be included in Windows 7.

The 'Show Desktop' icon has been replaced with a button that sits to the right of the clock. This is good, as I think the Show Desktop button is imperritive in today's desktop needs.

It has new themes and the control panel looks a bit different, but right now, its no different to Vista.
It may have been running on the 7 kernel, but I don't know. The 7 kernel is said to be very small by todays standards. I saw a video with a guy from Microsoft giving a seminar and said it was about 40mb, but still not as small as he would like it.

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  Reply # 182199 5-Dec-2008 08:24
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Hmmm. As far as I know there's no pre-beta of Windows 7 available - except for some invited to a very close NDA beta and the old build distributed at the Los Angeles PDC 2008.

Where did you find your pre-beta?

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  Reply # 182256 5-Dec-2008 12:17
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Apparently anyone can download it as a Torrent!  But the first beta may be out next month, possibly at CES.

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  Reply # 182332 5-Dec-2008 15:53
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It's commonly known that if you have access to windows 7 install media in some way you can use your Vista Beta or RC key from a few years back with the Windows 7 prebeta. Its not exactly that secretive.

I've also heard quite a few other unannounced things about it that i won't mention for obvious reasons

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  Reply # 182421 6-Dec-2008 02:09
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I won't lie, I did download it via Torrent, but its not a hacked version or anything, it expires after 30 days without a valid key.

Having a look around youtube etc, there are newer versions. The pre-beta I had was 68XX, but new videos show 69XX.
Heres a video of the new taskbar

It looks very Mac-esque, but the window preview on it looks very nice, and smooth.

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  Reply # 183112 9-Dec-2008 19:45
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6956 version runs media centre well with several changes one major problem is the guide.  Channel changes are smooth and quick no longer is there a decoder problem. Things are looking good for the official beta release nice new deskrop and toolbar seems pretty stable

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