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At the beginning there was Windows XP, and Bill Gate said, let’s there be black, and Blackcomb was born.

In 2000 Microsoft was planning to follow up on Windows XP, so they began the development of their next Windows release which was codenamed Blackcomb, and it was scheduled to be released on September 2005. Many features were planned for Blackcomb including the ability of live search, and a new storage system called WinFS ( short for Windows Future Storage). later, Blackcomb was put on hold, and a  interim Windows release was announced codenamed “ Longhorn” and scheduled for release on 2003. by the middle of 2003 Longhorn had acquired many of the features previously planned for Blackcomb including the new Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) live search, and WinFS . in the summer of 2003 after many viruses exploited Windows XP, Microsoft halted the development on Longhorn, and prioritized the release of SP2 for Windows XP, thus delaying the release of Windows Longhorn.

Naming Windows 7

In 2006 when Windows longhorn was about to be released, now officially called  Windows Vista, Microsoft changed the codename of Blackcomb to Windows Vienna. however, after the release of Windows Vista, it was confirmed by Microsoft that the official name of the next Windows OS would be Windows 7. this name was chosen because is the 7th operating system released by Microsoft, and because of the version number of the OS.

Internet Leakages

On October 8, 2008 screenshots of build 6801 were leaked. on October 28, 2008 Microsoft distributed pre-beta build 6801 to attendees at the Professional Developers Conference ( PDC) which soon started to circulate on bittorrent downloads afterward. the glass Window border in Windows 7 build 6801 had a different blending style, making the colors in the background more saturated – windows-7buildthis was removed in build 700. other features that were present on build 6801 were also removed like Accelerators, RSS-feed wallpapers and Pen and Touch panning.

On 20 November 2008, Microsoft posted screenshots of build 6948 on the Engineering Windows 7 blog. in early December screenshots of build  6956 were leaked, and  on December 10, 2008, Windows 7 build 6936 x64 leaked to the Internet.

On December 23, 2008, screenshots of the Windows 7 beta (build 7000) were leaked. On December 27, the x86 version of Windows 7 Beta build 7000 leaked and quickly spread to torrent sites, and many FTPs. On 5 January 2009, the 64-bit version of the Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) was leaked onto the web.

Official Beta Release

The Windows 7 Beta was released on January 7, 2009 to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.On January 10, after a short delay due to overwhelming demand, both 32 and 64-bit versions of the Beta were made available to the public until the 10th of February. The build number is 7000.winmain_win7beta.081212-1400. Existing installations of the beta continued to operate until August 1, 2009 with bi-hourly shutdowns beginning July 1.

Release Candidate

The Windows Team Blog announced on April 24, 2009 that the Release Candidate would be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers on April 30 and to the public on May 5. The release candidate was also reportedly given to OEM partners and TAP gold testers. On Thursday, August 20th 2009, the Windows 7 Release Candidate download was removed from Microsoft’s website. Product keys for the Release Candidate were available until October 21, 2009.

Official Release Of Windows 7

On 24 July 2009 Microsoft released Windows 7 to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers and system builders) online, followed by MSDN and TechNet Subscribers via download and Microsoft Connect on 6 August 2009. Since the next day, 7 August 2009, companies which bought Software Assurance have been able to download Windows 7 RTM.

Since 16 August 2009, Windows 7 is available to Microsoft Certified and Gold Certified Partners, followed by Microsoft Action Pack subscribers on 23 August. Microsoft has also announced that companies which have a contract with Software Assurance may acquire Windows 7 became available for volume licensing on September 1, 2009. Windows 7 was released to the world  on October 22, 2009.

How to make Outlook to open links on a different browser

I have 3 browsers installed on my computer, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. I use all of them to test websites I design to make sure compatibility on different platforms, but for my daily Internet browsing I only use Firefox. On Windows 7 Internet Explorer is the default browser, and links in Outlook or Windows Live Mail automatically open using…

Windows 7 Remote Installation

We are planning to start deploying Windows 7 in our network, and to make the deployment easier, I’ve been looking for a way to install Windows 7 through the network using a sort of imaging or cloning software. so we just boot the computer using PXE network booting, and easily install the OS over the network. here are the options…

Changing Static IP Address To Dynamic In Windows 7

This post is a reply to a comment posted by Yuly regarding a problem with her wireless access in Windows 7. the question is: Hi Nelson, I have a problem that when I try to connect wirelessly it connects fine but then says limited access! I am only able to connect successfully and access the net on my home wireless.…

How To Setup A Wireless Profile On Windows 7

Recently I wrote a post on how to connect to a wireless access point on Windows 7, but at some point you probably will have to setup a wireless profile manually on your Windows 7 computer, so now in this article I will show you how to do that. On windows 7, and on most of Windows versions, the wireless…

Windows 7 Unidentified Network Problem

We only have deployed a few Windows 7 computers in our network among our savvy computer users willing to test the new OS, and we are getting good feedback from them so most likely we will be deploying new computers with Windows 7 from now on. anyways, one of these users was having a strange problem with her wireless connection…

Windows 7 Minimum Requirements

Windows 7 is the next Operating System release from Microsoft.  I’m using it on my working laptop since Microsoft made available Windows 7 beta for download, and so far I have nothing but praise about the OS. I’m pretty sure the official public release will be much better than the beta version. so, you might be wondering what are the…

How To SysPrep Windows 7

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How to create an ISO image

There are many occasions when you would want to create an ISO image.  for example, when you want to  create an exact copy of a disk, you create an ISO image, when you modify a bootable CD, you create an ISO image, etc. in this tutorial I will show you the easiest and quickest way to create an ISO image.…

Windows 7 Remote Server Administration Tools

I’ve been running Windows 7 on my working laptop for a week now, and so far I could not be happier with the OS performance, it just works. I understand this is a beta version, and I was expecting some bugs to come up along the way. the first issues I was expecting were driver problems, but amazingly windows 7…

Why Windows 7 SP1 Takes So Long To Download?

Today I decided to rebuild my computer system because it was running slower than usual. after doing a complete back up of my files, and installing the OS, I have spent the last two hours installing updates, and security patches. it’s been more than 45 minutes since I started downloading Windows 7 SP1 through the windows updates, and still 24%…

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