Windows 7 Beta leaked

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It is inevitable in this day and age for software as well as games to be leaked on the Internet earlier than their official release date due to the carelessness on the part of the developer or snitching employees who decided that their Christmas bonus (or rather, the lack of it) just wasn’t good enough an effort by the company to keep them going for another year. There are a 1,001 explanations for a leak, but I guess most people are not interested in the “how” but would rather just play around with the leaked software itself. The latest victim to fall to piracy of the digital kind and leaks is none other than Windows 7 Beta, according to searches at some BitTorrent sites today.

Those who frequent the Pirate Bay BitTorrent site would be able to find two Windows 7 Build 7000 listings that were posted last Friday, and depending on the type of connection you have, thousands and even millions of interested folks could have had installed Windows 7 on their experimental computer by now already. On Saturday afternoon itself, a single torrent on Pirate Bay revealed over 1,800 “seeders”, alongside 8,500 “leechers” that are propagating and receiving the disk image of the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate, Build 7000, respectively. These are not hard and fast numbers, but more or less a general consensus of user comments and various Internet sources.

The beta build has been listed as a 2.44GB download, making many of us wonder whether netbooks will be powerful enough to run Windows 7 smoothly with the limited processing power and memory. For those who stay away from torrent sites, they can always keep their fingers crossed the Microsoft will keep to their promise of opening the beta to all users early next year without mentioning an exact release date, although latest information published on its own site does point toward a pre-January 13 release. If you’re one of those who have already downloaded the Windows 7 Beta and installed it, how did it go?

Source: Computerworld

6 reviews or comments

PS3 News Says: December 29, 2008 at 8:47 am

Not great news for Microsoft who have been trying to keep this under wraps after the previous fiascos with leaked versions of the Windows OS.

Lets see how they cope with this one

Edwin Says: December 29, 2008 at 8:59 am

Well at least the build looks good to go and is pretty much stable enough to pass off as the real thing. Hopefully this is a turn for the better for MS after the Vista fiasco.

Michael Says: December 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm

So far I like the beta, which I got legally, but it’s not at all ready for prime time. I hope Microsoft doesn’t rush into it just because of the massive Vista fail. It would be a shame, since 7 is NOT a dog.

Daedal Says: January 8, 2009 at 11:59 am

Windows 7 works great. the GUI is better designed and much nicer than Vista. it Boots very fast. About as fast as my XP.

Michael Says: January 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Yeah, definitely not as dog slow as Vista and it seems to be more stable, on the whole. My only concern so far is that intensive operations, like video editing, seem to take even more resources than in Vista and are prone to failure. Still, not slower when it is working, unlike Vista and it’s a beta. I would assume they’ll figure it out BEFORE release, unlike with Vista.

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