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Windows 7 Developer Guide

Build applications on a solid foundation; enable richer application experiences; and integrate the best of Windows and web services. The features and technologies of the Windows 7 operating system enable you to build the next generation of software applications. Download this guide to read descriptions of those features and see vivid screen shots from the pre-Beta version of Windows 7 released at PDC.

Note Many of you have written asking about the beta and how to sign up or download it. The best source for information on that will be the site, which our product marketing team owns and will keep up to date as the beta information is available. Also note that the Windows Vista blog where you will see announcements and news has been updated to reflect the inclusion of Windows 7. This blog is now known as the Windows Blog:

Version History
--Version 1.0 - Original release
--Version 1.1 - Added descriptions of the Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) and Direct3D 10.1 Command Remoting
--Version 1.2 - Edits to the Media Platform section
Last edited Dec 3 2008 at 12:57 AM  by Eliot, version 7
karthikk wrote  Oct 30 2008 at 7:43 PM  
Thank you for the guide. Windows 7 looks awesome. I am very eager to test windows 7.

epgacutan wrote  Oct 30 2008 at 7:56 PM  
Can't wait to evaluate the new windows in my MSI Wind and check how it performs in the sub-notebooks.

whoops wrote  Nov 3 2008 at 4:05 AM  
Thank you for the guide. Windows 7 looks awesome. I am very eager to test windows 7

wing2383 wrote  Nov 3 2008 at 7:52 AM  
Thank you for the guide. Windows 7 looks awesome. I am very eager to test windows 7

xraja wrote  Nov 3 2008 at 11:53 PM  
is Windows 7 available online ?

karthikk wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 8:08 AM  
No, I don't think it is available legally. May be it will be available later.


Teuzz wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 10:42 AM  
I heard that Microsoft has released the PDC Windows 7 build for press to get publicity. Is it true? Where can I get informations about subscribing as something like MS Press Partner? I work for one of the most read PC e-zine in our country and I'm interested as a journalist as well as a developer...

Petre wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 11:05 AM  
Please inform us about the availability of Windows 7!
I just wait to test it!

pjc007 wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 1:47 PM  
As with everyone else, I am eager to obtain any beta version(s) of Windows 7 for testing.

CyberNetSys wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 1:56 PM  
I was a BETA tester of Microsoft Windows Vista and many other Microsoft softwares and it would be awesome if I have a chance to test the Windows 7.
Waiting for it!

vinnie wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 3:55 PM  
This guide is awesome. Windows 7 looks like something real special. I can't wait for it to become available for testing.

digioz wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 5:10 PM  
Thank you for publishing this. Windows 7 looks very promising, certainly more so then Windows Vista!

Pete Soheil
DigiOz Multimedia

PvdG42 wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 5:50 PM  
I'm also very interested in W7, based on the developer guide info. I do have one concern. When Vista was released (I was a beta tester), we found that Visual Studio 2005, released prior to Vista, had some issues with the new security features and had to be run "as Administrator" for full functionality. No big deal at home, but a huge issue in tech labs and classrooms at a university. Visual Studio 2008 is fully compatible. With Visual Studio 2010 on the horizon, I hope that the dev teams for VS 2010 anf Windows 7 are communicating to ensure compatibility.

Mjhieu wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 6:00 PM  
Thanks for letting me know about this. I'm willing to be a windows 7 beta tester!

bonjohnny wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 7:19 PM  
Yes, after a long and trying Vista Beta test I am ready for Windows 7. This one will prove to be the best Windows yet. Sign me up!

barberino wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 7:52 PM  
I am really glad Microsoft spent a great deal of time working the performance issues of Vista. I am looking forward to test the W7.

jhanserd wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 8:05 PM  
Great guide, Windows 7 looks to be a promising and a great change from Windows Vista

cobaltrich27 wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 8:26 PM  
Very Nice! Looking forward to the Beta count me in.

FalconZ wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 8:56 PM  
Great guide, can't wait to test on my laptops and PCs at home.

shehabi wrote  Nov 4 2008 at 10:16 PM  
great, i would love to test it if it is possible, any hint in how to get BETA for testing?

khaled wrote  Nov 5 2008 at 1:07 AM  
Windows 7 looks very promising,I can't wait for it to become available for testing.

btb42693 wrote  Nov 5 2008 at 2:55 AM  
This looks like Microsoft is actually making a step forward this time, instead of a falter. Good job! I'm really looking forward to testing this. If anybody knows when this beta comes out, let me know ASAP. I'm excited to build off of a new operating system again finally. Vista wasn't too fun at all, way too many crashes. Also, it was very difficult to get around the problems once presented to me and gave me a headache just thinking about coming back to my work. Hopefully this presents some future promises to better computing. At least it looks better and sounds better, according to the developer guide. With any luck, W7 will become something close to Windows XP, unfortunately never comparable to the jump forward Microsoft made with that OS. I can't wait for this to come out.

malky wrote  Nov 5 2008 at 7:45 AM  
As another windows beta tester since win95 who may have been passed over, it's good to be able to access this info, please sign me up !

martin_sommer wrote  Nov 6 2008 at 5:40 AM  
Is there a "feature request" email address, or forum for Windows 7?

soren wrote  Nov 6 2008 at 4:59 PM  
i would like to test w7 too, it looks cool. It was fun to test vista, so i must test this one too. Please sign me up !

Philmore wrote  Nov 6 2008 at 8:22 PM  
Yeah, i'd love to test it, too. I had the Vista beta and it was really good to get an eyrly look at the OS.

antilus wrote  Nov 6 2008 at 9:14 PM  
I just have to test this! It feels way much better than Vista already!:D Sing me up please!

scottyrockit wrote  Nov 7 2008 at 12:33 AM  
I'm Ready

Eliot wrote  Nov 7 2008 at 3:38 AM  
For those looking for the forums, you can find them in the MSDN Forums. They are currently mislabeled as Windows Vista forums, but that will be fixed soon. for the US English version.

kjak wrote  Nov 7 2008 at 8:22 PM  
I like the demos that I have seen for Windows 7. Concerns still arise when thinking of the resources needed to run all of these graphical updates. Sure, the new task bar seems nifty, but how practical is it if I need that memory for another process? Vista is great for a non-development machine, but can be a pain otherwise. I may have several heavy-duty applications all running at once.

How well is Windows 7 going to be able to handle a user who uses: Photoshop, Visual Studio, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, 5 web browsers, and several smaller processes all at once? From what I have seen so far, Windows 7 only addresses OS startup time.

While I'm on features: I recently installed Ubuntu 8.04 LTS 64-bit Linux on an HP Pavilion DV5020us notebook. I have noticed that the OS runs extremely well and has done a great job of handling Java Development using Eclipse. A really cool feature that many Linux distributions use is the multiple desktops. Has Microsoft considered adding a built-in option for a similar, multi-desktop environment?

Lastly, what is the support going to be like for 64-bit environments? Thank you for the Developer's Guide!

MadJoe11 wrote  Nov 8 2008 at 8:45 AM  
Just got my new rig ready for Windows 7!! Would love to beta test it. Testing Vista was great!

perney wrote  Nov 8 2008 at 11:16 AM  
Je vous remercie pour le guide. Windows 7 semble tres impressionnantes avec plein de possibilite. J'ai très envi de tester windows 7.
Vista est vraiment super , merci a vous tous

Talents wrote  Nov 8 2008 at 2:58 PM  
Please sign me up for testing the beta. I am particularly interested in checking any conflicts with the input method I created for the Chinese platform. I have done that before with Vista.

Landshark2007 wrote  Nov 8 2008 at 10:00 PM  
Dear Microsoft, as a small developer I am probably so "off your radar" that I will never get heard. I have clients who migrated from XP to Vista which required a re-write of part of our software and has had continued 'fixes' for the Vista platforms. Now that Windows 7 has been announced I am getting a lot of nervous clients asking whether my software releases will work with this. I have to tell them that I have NO IDEA as I cannot find out anything about it that is relevant to me. The Developer's Guide lack real meat on compatibility issues and this causes major headaches for us who have to remain backward compatible with OS levels as far back as W2K.

These announcements cost small businesses a fortune as we have to gear up before release and then have to play catch-up once the release is done.

Finally - can someone confirm that MS intends to actually DO something about WMDC in the next release. 6.1 has been a pane in the glass for so long many of us have simply had to give up and tell people to unistall it and go to an earlier version just to get our synch stuff working.

tcol12 wrote  Nov 8 2008 at 10:23 PM  
thanxs for the guide 7 looks brill cannot wait for the real thing i have always been a fan of microsoft i've tried all other o/s but im on 32 bit vista thanxs again

jonttu wrote  Nov 9 2008 at 2:32 PM  
Windows 7 looks like something real special. I am very eager to test windows 7

BaNaNaS wrote  Nov 10 2008 at 2:17 AM  
I hope i qualify for W7

ChrisTomalty wrote  Nov 10 2008 at 3:21 AM  
I'm going to be honest and say upfront that I run Ubuntu Linux 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, which works perfectly. Can't say the same for Windows on the same laptop. Nuked it last week. XP. Made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

I still can't see what 7 offers me that Linux can't provide or will be able to provide before Seven gets released. Face it, Microsoft will lose to Ubuntu's 6 month releases. It's already more stable and faster than Windows on my computer, and with Ubuntu 9.04 due for release before 7 and promising amazing desktop-web integration, I can't see Windows winning the vote from my pocketbook.
Once Windows gets the following things I'll be happy:

-Themable window manager. XP looked ugly, but creating Windows themes is a huge hassle and is a hack. I like the idea of GNOME or KDE-style theming, even if Microsoft has to approve them first...

-Extendable compositor. Aero is a one trick pony. CompizFusion is a much more dynamic compositor that allows people to make plugins so that you can make it do whatever you want. It's faster too, and customizable.

-Security. No matter what Microsoft says, their OSes are only ever more secure than the previous WindowsOS. I don't want to have to shell out for antivirus. Convince me to switch from Ubuntu Linux. I'm not anti-MS. I'll give you a fair chance, but you've been asleep while the world's moved forward

-Speed. Windows is sluggish. That's a tested fact. Give us some zing like Linux or OS X. Leopard runs just fine on my little brother's G4. It's awful (the computer, that is, though I am not fond of macs either). However, if he used Vista on a machine from the same period it would probably die or something. I want something that will run decently and I don't want to have to upgrade my computer. If you say it's inevitable, it's not. Ubuntu runs fine on specs from years and years ago. CompizFusion actually makes it FASTER by shifting processing of GNOME to the graphics card. Windows is bloating, and it would be great if you stopped it.

-IE. Stop. Just... Stop. I fail to see why you continue to produce a sub-standard browser that breaks almost as many rules as it follows when you could take the code from Firefox or something and rebrand it as IE. Without paying a cent. IE is the slowest browser on the market and you're still pouring money into it.
-Multiple Desktops. Windows is pretty much the last OS without them. Linux has had them for ages, and now even macs have them. They are a popular feature. I know Microsoft would - correctly - be accused of copying them and not innovating, but that's what you get when you don't innovate. Multiple Desktops increase productivity and the only way to get them is to hack windows.

-Make Windows play friendly on networks. Windows doesn't play nicely with Mac and Linux machines on a network. It's awful. I've managed to patch together computer-computer shares but Windows is not playing nicely with SAMBA. Which is why my next home server will run Linux, which plays nicely with Windows.

-Use Open formats. I understand that Windows is proprietary software, but adding support for open codecs won't hurt MS. I've heard that ODT will be implemented in the next Office and I'm very excited (I'm an Office lover, especially since 2007 and especially since I can run it on Ubuntu with Crossover). But support OGG, support all these open protocols that won't cost you a dime to license. Windows can't compete in the sub notebook world (See the section on speed and references to bloat...). It costs too much and Linux can be tailored for each netbook. If Microsoft doesn't want to frustrate its users (not that most aren't already...) they need to play nice with others. This could possibly include opening Silverlight or helping Novell get Moonlight easily distributable.

Windows shows very little innovation and I don't have high hopes for Seven unless Microsoft performs a real miracle.

It's your job to convince me to switch, not mine.

Ericquadria wrote  Nov 10 2008 at 6:14 PM  
Merci pour votre guide, Windows 7 présente des innovations très intéressantes. Je suis très impatient de pouvoir l'essayer dans des conditions réels au sein du domaine server 2008.

MetatronNine wrote  Nov 10 2008 at 9:17 PM  
Excited to see how Windows 7 is coming together, but this 'developer guide' is all marketing fluff. It needs some serious technical editing. I couldn't find a single API documented such that I could write software against it... I am nervous about the promises in this document. There are lots of haughty ideas that are repeated that just don't deliver - I am sorry, but you can't say rich gestures and then rattle off pan, zoom and rotate as your examples - those are the basics. The document is rife with promises about the user experience. One talks about the 'right' user experience?!? Let me ask you - the last time you went to an amusement park, did you have the 'right' experience? It makes no sense. There are other mistakes - "For the first time ever, you can control your computer by touch" - um, I use an ATM that I control by touch and I've seen them boot it - its XP. I expect more from Microsoft and Microsoft employees should deliver more than this fluff piece. Windows 7 looks to be innovative, don't kill that with silly promises masquerading as a developer guide. To sum it up for the authors of this document, the 'experience' I had reading this as both a computer user and a software developer just isn't 'right' enough for me in this case.

chefdvd wrote  Nov 12 2008 at 9:26 PM  
thanks for the guide. Windows 7 looks good.

I can't wait for the new Windows.

I am very eager to test windows 7.

Sing me up please!

nev2star wrote  Nov 13 2008 at 8:26 PM  
could you sign me up with it i am a great beta tester will try to install lots of programs and i will search for bugs and i will try to program my own app for windows 7 so could you plz sign me up with the beta my email is

shovelhead1154 wrote  Nov 14 2008 at 2:49 AM  
sounds good ,need somethin that worrks before i forrk out the little bit of money i have to spend , let you know, later

xnomorex091 wrote  Nov 14 2008 at 8:46 AM  
windows 7 looks great and it going to rock and i test windows vista beta and it was great so please sing me up for this new windows

dmcginty wrote  Nov 14 2008 at 7:38 PM  
I am the IT Director for a large Home Health care agency. I have beta tested Server 2003, and 2008 and Windows Vista. I would love to put Windows 7 to the test with our health care software.

Invisibleman wrote  Nov 15 2008 at 9:23 PM  
I want test Windows 7.

I love new Windows.

Darkness_Child wrote  Nov 16 2008 at 2:48 PM  
For my experiences with Build 6801, I must say that 7 is what vista should have been.

neFEEL wrote  Nov 17 2008 at 11:49 AM  
I wanna test Windows 7.
I was a beta tester of Windows Vista, and I am a Internal beta tester of Windows Essential Business Server.
Especially, I found a bug in Windows 7~! ^^;
It occurs when we change our User Account Passwords.
We must type two passwords, first is to type, and second is to confirm.
When these two passwords gets wrong, Explorer Freezes!
I wanna found other bugs I may accounter in Windows 7, and I'm eager to test Windows 7!

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bogdan5432 wrote  Nov 18 2008 at 12:23 PM  
I tested Windows Vista. I would gladly test Windows 7. Sign me up!

xmaijer wrote  Nov 19 2008 at 7:46 PM  
Thank you for this guide. Windows 7 looks nice.
I would like to test it.
please sign me up.
I allways want to try out new things

kai824 wrote  Nov 20 2008 at 6:29 PM  
I realy like to test Windows 7. It looks very nice.
But i don't think i may test...

Martijn Hendrikx, Holland

tkrish wrote  Nov 21 2008 at 3:07 PM  
I like to beta test windows 7 on my mini-notebook

javierl93 wrote  Nov 21 2008 at 7:48 PM  
very nice i am interested i test it in mi pc
please sign me up

Quantenhorst wrote  Nov 21 2008 at 10:57 PM  
Vista is good (thank God for SP1), but it is still slow....very slow.
Windows Seven looks very similar to Vista and I can not image that
it's worth buying it. So please convince me! I have never ever
tested a Windows Version, just other software. It would be very interesting
for me and of course for you.
Quantenhorst (Austria)

khaled wrote  Nov 22 2008 at 7:16 PM  

coldachilles wrote  Nov 23 2008 at 2:48 AM  
sign me up please. I would test ths for sure.

Richie wrote  Nov 24 2008 at 1:29 AM  
OK, I was a beta tester for Win98, Win ME and Windows XP. My main concern with Windows 7 is legacy machines. Evetually we will be stuck with 1000s of machines that cannot run Vista, cannot buy XP and need an operating system. Ubuntu is a very possible alternate, but let's sya users have older copies of Office or Works they need to run... what are the prospects for a LIte version of Windows 7? Also, why not let users have a choice of shell-- if they want the all singing all dancing new interface then fine, let it have that option, but why not have an option for the older style Classic Interface, or even move back to a Program Manager presentation manager.. at least it will be easier for people to find their programs without having 50 icons all over the desktop.

It's wrong to imply touch navigation is available EXCEPT on touch screen enabled machines. Tablet PCs bombed and presently you're looking at Net books as the way forward for most users. Yeah, think thin client and fat server again. Of course that's great when you can hook up to Network using wifi, but what if you have no internet access or the HiSpeed is down. Consider some kind of local caching.

Another enhancement given the change in the hard disk size: why not have two versions of Windows 7 on the computer? The first would be for general productivity, the second optimised for games.

Include Virtual PC by default, include images for Windows 98 and 2000, don't charge for them, but use them as a way of providing support for legacy applications.

I want to see Windows 7 running on a P4 1.6GHz with 1GB RAM, or a P3 1.2GHz with 512 MB RAm.

And a smaller foot print.

You may also wish to consider letting the best be run over the web via Virtual Machine. That way you can flush development versions very easily, yet allow developers to store their code online.

I think this last will be a really good idea. I would like to test Windows 7 on emulation.


GemingLeaer wrote  Nov 24 2008 at 10:51 PM  
Very comprehensive guide.
Thanks very much.

SiNSiC wrote  Nov 25 2008 at 2:00 PM  
hello, i dont want to be a bother, im using windows since win95.. and i really didnt like vista, so to get to the point.. im really eager for the release of win7..i dont really care about the beta, though i there is something that concerns me .. Vista doesnt support many programs and that sucks. Im using my pc at its fullest, games, making music productions, some web designin and photoshop. As an expirienced user i tent to use addons and other applications to get things done easier and better. I really hated vista for not supporting not half but almost nothing of what i need as a user, gaming cant get addons and i seem to have problems with music mixing software as nuendo and Qbase. My wish for win7 is to be winXP with vista designs.. PLEASE make them support anything besides unique vista programs, or win7. Vista sucks because they just keep our hands tied .. im sorry if this post troubled you by any way, though its a wish from a fanatic microsoft costumer. Im really dissapointed from win Vista, i even feel bad for buying them ... im sure im not the only one. Please make it perfect, propably i will replace the vista i have now with winXP again, because even though they dont look fancy, they Rule !! i hope for the best, i hope for a software from space :D sum it up and dont forget, target this, win7 should play ANYTHING ! if that happens, then all previous windows and other softwares of the same kind will look silly and needless :)
thank you for your time, im sorry i spammed, its because i care :)

shubham wrote  Nov 25 2008 at 9:07 PM  
were can i get a copy of this

mwsfan27 wrote  Nov 27 2008 at 6:26 AM  
I would like to beta test WIN 7 where can I get a copy?

mwsfan27 wrote  Nov 27 2008 at 6:27 AM  
I would like to beta test WIN 7 where can I get a copy?

JeanOsorio wrote  Nov 27 2008 at 4:59 PM  
Dear Ray Ozzie, I know that windows is the ugliest OS, but would you make Windows 7 faster and stronger, please. We doesn't need more unnecessary toys.

Whitewoof wrote  Nov 27 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Could you please tell me how I can Beta test Windows Se7en I would appreciate it.

mradivojevic wrote  Nov 28 2008 at 12:47 AM  
I'd be sooo excited to test your beta OS. I use variety of graphic and video programs and think my feed would be useful. I also enjoy testing new stuff..
Currently running Vista/Se7en build 6801/MAC OSX 10.5.4 on standard Intel dual core PC. (triple boot). So far your pre-beta release is insanely stable for an alpha release.
Looking forward to proper beta! Cheers!

enfotoad wrote  Nov 28 2008 at 3:25 AM  
I would love to beta test Windows 7. Please sign me up.

ChadGareau wrote  Nov 28 2008 at 11:37 PM  
I will also put my name on the list to beta test win7 ... REALLY looking forward to this one. Vista wasn't the best of versions to say the least ... hope W7 doesn't suffer the same.


greencalmwater wrote  Nov 29 2008 at 3:02 AM  
I would really love to test out the new windows 7 beta. Can you please sign me up. thanks

Darkness_Child wrote  Nov 29 2008 at 8:42 AM  
Windows 7 has yet to be declared as being in the beta stage it has been called "pre-beta," but by definition, it is still an alpha build.
If you really want it, here is a link:

spauka wrote  Dec 1 2008 at 11:28 PM  
Hah, a torrent link on the microsoft site. Well, i'd be interested to try too, so looking forward to the news that its finally a public beta, or MSDN beta or whatever it will be before Dev's can try it.

blad3runn69 wrote  Dec 2 2008 at 8:27 AM  
very exciting, very cool. Thank you and Happy holidays Microsoft Team :)

HitmanShalva1995 wrote  Dec 5 2008 at 5:59 AM  
sign me up. plz.
looking forward.

FirstlightImaging wrote  Dec 6 2008 at 4:35 AM  
I would live to bea test Win 7

keywester1 wrote  Dec 6 2008 at 1:28 PM  
This looks great,Iwould love to try it-I read the guide, it has alot to offer. I would like to sign up for a beta test if you are accepting apps._thanks-Sean

Foxtrot_MS wrote  Dec 7 2008 at 7:45 PM  
The guide looks like this is going to be an exciting Beta. I tested Windows Vista and also Windows XP with Service packs and sent much feedback. This looks like a great oppurtunity to preview the beta and send feedback. I hope I will get the same chance with Windows 7.


Vegan wrote  Dec 8 2008 at 4:01 AM  
I am using the CTP and its already nagging. Virtual PC is definitely useful for evaluations and QA testing. Would be helpful if the next version of Virtual PC will support 64-bit operating systems. This would be a help for developers. So far, aside from the audio driver for Virtual PC, the new OS looks a lot better than Vista which was conceded to be incomplete.

sarpkans wrote  Dec 8 2008 at 6:52 PM  
Hi, i also would like to beta test Windows 7, if it is possible.

tec_teror wrote  Dec 9 2008 at 2:46 AM  
I can't wait for Windows7.

I am very eager to test windows 7.

Sing me up please!

dovella wrote  Dec 9 2008 at 10:46 PM  
Go developers go!!

oscarvalois wrote  Dec 10 2008 at 7:01 PM  
I can't wait to test windows 7.

Sing me up please!

jmed4691 wrote  Dec 11 2008 at 5:44 AM  
I would like to test Windows 7!!!!!!! SIGN ME UP!

kam07712 wrote  Dec 11 2008 at 6:03 AM  
Does anyone have an exact date yet. It looks like they got it right this time. I love the multi-touch interface with picture. Hope to test it soon

gosea wrote  Dec 12 2008 at 6:15 AM  

skullfire wrote  Dec 12 2008 at 11:12 PM  
Great doccument. I hope I can get to test Windows 7 on a closed beta or something. If possible, please sign me up!

davidanders wrote  Dec 13 2008 at 12:49 PM  
I can't wait to test windows 7. It looks very awesome. Were can i download the beta version.

LUISRPA123 wrote  Dec 14 2008 at 11:57 PM  
It's exciting test Windows 7, if I am able. I'm sure it'll be the best Windows ever! And Windows XP is legendary. I would like to test Windows 7.

rjkemz wrote  Dec 16 2008 at 1:39 AM  
Build 6956 is a slick piece of work. Faster and more stable than the previous versions of Windows. Runs great on a antiquated AMD K7 Classic 1gig processor w/ 1.5 gig of ram. Tyan s2380 MB w/Adaptec aha2940u2 oem scsi controller. Are you sure there isn't any of the os2 code in this release?

diondai1 wrote  Dec 17 2008 at 5:13 AM  
I can't wait for Windows7.

I am very eager to test windows 7.

sign me up, it looks awsome

DonMartin wrote  Dec 18 2008 at 2:37 PM  
I am very eager to test and report my experience with windows 7.

Sign me up please.

Flash23kv wrote  Dec 18 2008 at 10:52 PM  
Sign me up as well, I would like test windows 7, I have tested most of Windows beta's in the past. But this one is a must!

DarKFayE wrote  Dec 19 2008 at 7:41 AM  
I have tested Windows 7 and all i can say is each time Microsoft makes a new OS, it looks more and more like Mac OS. Im 100% sure this version of the "reinvented wheel" will go down just like all the others (except 98SE & XP). What i mean by this is Microsoft will make yet another OS 2 years after this one comes out and try and make Windows 7 "usless". Before flaming me for this post, lets look back at all the other OS they have made adn the time it took them (MS) to push out a totally differant OS. I wish they would be more like Apple and find an OS people like (Windows XP) and improve on it and make it better. I thought maybe i was missing something or didnt install all the features, so I asked a MS rep and the reply i got was "its Vista with a face lift, is the same thing with a few added pointless features". Wow, and that about sums up what Win7 is all about. Touchscreen cool stuff? Anyone rushing out to spend $500+ on a touch screen to replace thier 21" LCD? Didnt think so.

Heltondad wrote  Dec 19 2008 at 7:45 AM  
I would like to test Windows 7. I was a tester for Windows Vista and enjoyed helping.
Please let me know where I can download the most current version.

shadf wrote  Dec 20 2008 at 4:11 AM  
I'm very impressed with all that I've seen and experienced so far. Hope to be able to contribute in anyway Microsoft needs help. Beta would be fantastic.

SysOp_01 wrote  Dec 21 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Yet again......ever so hopeful i get a chance to beta test. *sigh*

tariqdalal wrote  Dec 23 2008 at 2:51 AM  
Sign me up when you can.

RobertMM wrote  Dec 23 2008 at 10:27 AM  
Sign Me Up Please I Wold love To report My Experience of Windows 7

adamsdell wrote  Dec 23 2008 at 5:07 PM  
I would love to see how W7 will hold up to older legacy business applications. I think that from a business front, the testing would be vital to a small business that uses a lot of older programs that are still in use and can not be replaced by updating to newer versions for various program reasons. Please let me know when the beta is available.

arunnathtr wrote  Dec 24 2008 at 12:21 PM  
I would like to test Windows 7!!!!!!!
Especially I would like to test device experience part.


arunnathtr wrote  Dec 24 2008 at 12:30 PM  
Hey guys, Do you have link for downloading Window 7 6936 ?

Thanks in Advance,

KpacaB4er wrote  Dec 25 2008 at 10:10 PM  
I have link for ALL Windows 7 downloads, even for cracks and patches. But, I can't post unlawful content here. So, send me a message if u interested ;)

Anakonda wrote  Dec 27 2008 at 5:09 PM  
I would like test windows 7 (i have it alreadu but I haven´t product key)
this is good OS better than I have ever used (I have used Ubuntu too)
I prefer XP´s start menu

fuchueh wrote  Dec 28 2008 at 7:13 AM  
Internet Explorer Button VS. Windows Explorer Button:
1) Windows Explorer Button layiut very crowded.
2) Internet Explorer Button layout very appropriate.
3) Windows Explorer Inverted triangle Button very unsightly with crowded.
look screenshot:

Start Menu Bug:
Drag a item (Computer / Control Panel / etc.) to recently opened programs, you will can't remove it.
look screenshot:

download screenshot:

Jman wrote  Dec 30 2008 at 1:57 AM  
I think what you are doing in windows 7 to be great. I, like many people before, had access to build 6801 and I was very impressed. It ran faster and more efficiently. I did find a few bugs dealing with the new taskbar and network card support. I was not able to send you this information directly due to obvious reasons. I look forward to helping you beta test your latest build. I enjoy testing programs and I really want to help in the development of Windows 7. I have beta tested many windows programs before (all legitly) and had the opportunity to test Windows 7 Beta 2 but couldn't due to my old computer fell short of the system requirements. I am sure Windows 7 will be a great release but I will gladly help in making it better.

dj_hallucn8 wrote  Dec 30 2008 at 8:19 AM  
Sign me up as well, I would like test windows 7, I tested Vista & loved the experience. I would love to help make 7 better by giving my input.

thokkalohdi wrote  Dec 30 2008 at 10:06 PM  
hmm... if you are testing Win7 sign me up too. i would love to test it.

thokkalohdi wrote  Dec 30 2008 at 10:07 PM  
oops!! forgot i am a PC!!! :D

WinMalta wrote  Dec 31 2008 at 2:07 AM  
hey microsoft i am the main testing and supporter for linux yes your major rival but hey i recently launched a site called win malta for the end user to find easy and fully explained examples on how to --- and where to host local maltese programs (programs made in malta) since i am doing this for FREE may i get the latest beta/stable edition or vista or 7? thanks i was a beta tester or live mail,messinger, well basically all the live programs and for vista. or is there like a appentice program or something like that? like to have old or new copies of windows to "test programing" on?

sinman wrote  Dec 31 2008 at 9:38 AM  
Hello, I am a developer and would like be a beta tester this could someone please tell me how? I would like to sign up.

AssimilatorX wrote  Jan 2 2009 at 1:29 AM  
Im a new user here only interesting about windows 7 and how to sign up for testing. I allready managed to download one from tracker sites and i really happy how it's looks and working as soon is on the market i'w'll pay for it :D. I got an Dell XPS M1730 with the following components Intel T7800 CPU, 8800M GTX in SLI , PhysX 100, 2x 2GB g.skill 800Mhz DDR2 modules, 2x Fujitsu 500GB HDD in raid
, 2GB Intel turbo ram, which is not working at the moment wth w7 :( I managed to run a test on battery mode and is still longer than with vista :) an tested some dx10 games example UT3 and Crysys they runing faster in w7 core.... so basically i interested about the gamer and multimedia side. top of that wmp 12 instabile so inpossible to use it is always "stoped working" but the features looks interesting...
so please sign me up ...

Scrap wrote  Jan 2 2009 at 3:15 AM  
I run a dual screen configuration and find that only 1 start menu is not enough and think it would be a good idea to let users have 2 or more start menus or extend 1 start menu across the 2 or more screens without 3rd party software or hardware. Is there any chance this feature could or will be added to windows 7.

Dineshverma wrote  Jan 3 2009 at 8:32 AM  
Hi to All of you.
I am Dinesh verma- .NET Developer in microsoft.Net Technologies.
First of All- Wish to All of you a Very Very Happy New Year 2009.

For Windows 7 - I like to know that - Is there any Trial version of windows 7?
Can u tell me that link or any other source for that .

With Best Regards
Dinesh Verma

hendrik25 wrote  Jan 3 2009 at 6:46 PM  

I am very interested at testing the Windows 7 Beta.
Can anyone tell me the Release Date of the downloadable Beta version?

Thanks and a happy new year!

GNM wrote  Jan 5 2009 at 12:43 PM  
I can't wait... its very interesting... want to test Windows Se7en Beta...

Please sign me up...

joChoroyoj wrote  Jan 5 2009 at 9:47 PM  
Thank you for this guide. Windows 7 looks nice.
I would like to test it.
please sign me up.
I allways want to try out new things
look forward to here from you
Hans Joergen Nielsen

XFactor wrote  Jan 6 2009 at 3:55 AM  
I am a Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit user and have loaded Windows 7 Build 7000. I would love to do some testing for ya'll as I am also a VB.Net coder for a major corporation. Sign me up to test for you all.

KCServices wrote  Jan 6 2009 at 5:10 PM  
I would like to test Windows 7.
Please sign me up.

Benamine wrote  Jan 6 2009 at 7:41 PM  

As everybody, i'm excited to test the Windows 7 beta.
Please sign me up.

AlphaFrog wrote  Jan 6 2009 at 9:03 PM  

I have been using 95, 98, Me, 2K, XP, Vista + some none windows os like linux. Amongs the Windows OS my
personal favorite is 2k, since it's a lots faster then XP and Vista. I have got a OEM version of Vista
Ultimate 64-bit, but when I used it my cpu load was almost never below 60% (got AMD 6000+, 2GB DDR2
(800 Mhz 4-4-4-15), BFG GeForce 8800 GTS,.. Seagate 1TB HDD S-ATA (storage), Seagate 400GB HDD S-ATA
(OS partion + installed apps & games partion), Seagate 80GB HDD IDE (backup drive almost never in use)).

I'm usualy playing games like Fallout 3, Devil May Cry 4, Unreal Tournament 3,
Need For Speed Undercover, Guild Wars, Call of Duty 4. I'm also watching a lots of anime, listening
to music, running different server software, programming (C++, VisualBasic & Java),
webdesign, databases, Virtual Machines, and a lots of other stuff as whell.

I kinda hate lag, so I didn't realy liked Vista and XP cuz it was slowing down my computer to mutch.
So I tested Windows 7 Pre-beta build 6956 32-bit for 30 days, and I must say what it was a intresting
experience.. Before I installed Windows 7, I checked CPU load when not running anything more then
Apache and a few windows... the cpu load was 99% all the time, and I didn't have mutch unused RAM-memory.

After I installed Windows 7 and started up some few apps (including the new MSN beta), I made one more check....
This time the cpu load was 3-9% and the memory usage about somewhere around 350MB.
So I must say what Windows 7 catched my intrest.

But now when Windows 7 Beta 1 build 7000 is out, I whant to test it even more, so therefore I now ask you, could you
please let me into the beta? I would realy like to test Windows 7 more then the 30 days, and I whant to do it in a legal
way (instead of the way everyone else does it).
So I therefore would like to join the beta and get a legal beta-test license, and when Win7 is avaible on the market I wil buy it at once.

btw I'm having problem trying to run Fallout 3 in Win7 build 6956... maybe it's cuz of there aren't
any real Win7 NVIDIA graphic drivers for 8800GTS yeat (I'm currently using Nvidia's Vista graphic drivers,
but the other drivers like the asus vista drivers for my soundcard won't work
(cuz version number doesn't match it says... not what there is mutch differense between 6.0 and 6.1
but it will still not accept it).
Also Windows 7 build 6956 could not identify my 3G modem on plugin (usualy comes up as a
new cd drive with drivers in XP and Vista on plugin), the modem is a Option iCON 225 Turbo 3G-modem
with Telenor as operator.
I managed to install the drivers, but I had to use my cellphone as a modem in order to
download and install them by hand.

plz sign me up for the beta test of Win7... I'm also gonna try to make a call to the
Microsoft Support for Windows license and se if I can enter that way if I can't this way...

TheBNY wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 1:58 AM  
I'm also interested in testing Win7 beta. It would be nice if you could sign me up for the test of the beta. But I need the German version. (Now I'm testing Build 7000 in English)

emirkaleli wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 2:29 AM  
It would be realy nice if you sign me up for the test of beta there is no one in turkey to chat abouth it. I wonder if there is a turkish version? if there is it would be great but i want to test eng. and turkish versions booth

DericXu wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 9:57 AM  
When we run our program EasyEject on Win7 Beta, there is always a pop up message which title is "Program Compatibility Assistant" to show that "This program has known compatibility issues", the detail information is "Thankpad EasyEject Utility is incompatible with this version of Windows.".

We have tried to resovle this issue with Troubleshoot Compatibility function, but it seems useless.

We would like to know why our program is everything ok on Vista, but it is not compatibility with Win7 beta 7000 En32?

Could you help us with giving more detail guidance and explanation?

Many thanks in advance.

WindowsNT wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Great, waiting for the SDK. How can one participate and get an invitation to test the beta ?

goodcat wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 12:44 PM  
I'm also interested in testing Win7 beta. It would be nice if you could sign me up for the test of the beta.

crzygrmn wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 7:07 PM  
Ive been running windows 7 6801 as VMachine, and i must say its stable and fast compare to vista running on the main pc! And vista doesnt run bad either! well, cant wait for the beta!!

Aricardo wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 11:12 PM  
I'm a Windows Server 2003 network administrator with more than 1500 machines running windows vista 32 bits. I would love to do some testing for because I am a VB.Net, C# coder for a government institution. Sign me up to participate and get an invitation to test the beta ?

michal_23 wrote  Jan 7 2009 at 11:53 PM  
Hi, I would like to test your new windows 7 beta. I am working a lot of in Oracle DB and with PL/SQL. Sometimes with graphic apps too. Please sign me up for beta testing. Thank you in advice. Regards

carlolsen wrote  Jan 8 2009 at 12:30 AM  
Any hope of hardware accelerated GDI, like was present in XP and older? To me, this is the biggest slow-down I have seen on Vista that affects what I do.

Ico wrote  Jan 9 2009 at 3:22 PM  
Thanks for the guide. I am using and testing build 7000. There are many improvements, but there's a lot work. It shouldn't have any trail of it's predecessor Vista. It should be new originally operating system as successful as Windows XP. In my optinion, it should be optimized to run also on old computers with 128 MB of RAM, and many users will get new Windows 7 and replace their old Windows XPs. Then it should have new visual effects that would help in work like on Ubuntu Woobly Windows and rotating Cube, that adds more workstation. It would be easier to orientate in Windows environment and easier to work. Mini player on taskbar should be back instead of new one, hidden inside windows media player icon. Like on SuSe's KDE4 it would be pleasure to see small option icons next to big icons like Computer, Documents and etc, and when we click on them, they will take us to the system or file properties or they will remove the file, cut or copy it. Internet Explorer 8 should be a little faster. Also Windows Live services, like Windows Live Messenger should be included with operating system. That's what I think that needs to be changed. I hope that this will become in the end one great product, and I'm very satisfied with currently beta. It is very faster and more reliable than Vista. Keep up good work.

yahoo002 wrote  Jan 9 2009 at 7:14 PM  
would like to test windows 7 have tested alot of other beta programs from microsoft enjoy learning and navigating new programs

esj wrote  Jan 10 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Hey Eliot will you do me a favor pls, will you sign me up for the test of the beta version, cause I'm a vista user and I wanted to know the difference between them, about which is much faster, stable and user friendly.

AlphaFrog wrote  Jan 12 2009 at 2:52 PM  
I have called the Microsoft Support about Windows 7 Beta.... their answer was: "You will nead an MSDN Subscription to enter the Windows 7 Beta, in other words only large companies can get their hands on Windows 7 beta 1 yeat. Private persons will be able to test Windows 7 when the first Release Candidate is out"

Even if I'm not a part of a large company, I'm still a programmer and webdesigner on my freetime creating my own webservers, and other servers from scratch after nead.... So I still want to enter the beta.

LiveMG wrote  Jan 12 2009 at 7:56 PM  

Downloaded and installed Windows 7 but have seen little public info on the SDK. When downloading an early post of the SDK (1.7 GB), the download seemed capped at 524MB. Let us know if there are any availability issues with the SDK.

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kingali16 wrote  Feb 4 2009 at 2:43 AM  
Hi Guys,

Where do I find sample on how to create a template for the calculator in Windows 7?


fuchueh wrote  Feb 14 2009 at 10:43 PM  

If you once disabled the "Store and display recently opened programs the Start menu and the taskbar" option.
Then enabled this option again, IE's jumplist still will can't show 'Newest URL History' (newest list of websites).
Only show your newest opend files history, no newest URL history...
Notwithstanding you're already enabled the "Store and display recently opened programs the Start menu and the taskbar" option.


fuchueh wrote  Feb 14 2009 at 10:43 PM  

In Windows Explorer's toolbar, 'Text Button' very very crowded.
If you use the Netbook, it only has 9-inch display...very low Screen Resolution.
The 'Text Button' very very crowded...

Please attach great importance to Netbook (low Screen Resolution)...Netbooks Hit the Mainstream in 2010!

look screenshot:

1) 'Text Button' is very stupid design. please use 'Icon Button' to replace it.
2) Please making a toggle function, to select Text Button or Icon Button by user.
3) And add customize commonly-used buttons function for toolbar. like WinXP or OSX, customize buttons by user.
4) Or, real-time show text when press 'Icon Button'...

look screenshot:

download screenshot:


Cercagratis wrote  Feb 15 2009 at 2:10 PM  
Thanks the guide it's very helpfull

danieldsmith wrote  Feb 25 2009 at 9:00 PM  
What sort of support can managed .NET developers expect to get this time round? We need interop libraries on, or preferably before, the release of Windows 7. Look at the Vista Bridge project - it came out 2 year (YES TWO YEARS!) after Vista was released. Let's hope it's a much different story for Windows 7.

fuchueh wrote  Feb 27 2009 at 9:00 PM  

We need custom icons in HTPC (Media Center on TV).
Please attach great importance to HTPC.
Add new function to customize single icon size by user (for HTPC).
size range: 8x8 ~ 256x256

Of course, this will not influence original function.
It is very practical. You can customize your desktop commonly-used icon size.
It can let the desktop be easier to work.

look screenshot:



fuchueh wrote  Mar 2 2009 at 9:33 PM  

Windows Explorer all View Mode can adjust icon size.

Mac v10.6 will support all View Mode can adjust icon size.
Linux's desktop system already supported.
Why not support for Windows ?

View Mode: Icon, List, Details, Tiles, Content
icon size: Extra Large, Large, Medium, Small



fuchueh wrote  Mar 4 2009 at 1:29 PM  

Integration WordPad with Notepad...
Two editors built-in Windows, too many, too stupid...
(After Integration rename application? use a all-new name?)

(1) Integration WordPad with Notepad
(2) complete support Multi-Language (ANSI Code). support read SJIS, Big5, GB, KOR, etc... (MacOSX can, Windows can't)

fuchueh wrote  Mar 4 2009 at 1:33 PM  

Add Virtual Desktop


Unix/Liunx has Virtual Desktop
MacOSX 10.4 Added Virtual Desktop
Windows: None

fuchueh wrote  Mar 4 2009 at 1:36 PM  

Add Toggle option: show thumbnails in 'Details', 'List', 'Small Icons' view mode

in other system desktop environment,
'Details', 'List', 'Small Icons' view mode also show thumbnails.
Includes all picture files, video files, text files, etc...
but Windows can't.

add custom option by user to toggle
show thumbnails in 'Details', 'List', 'Small Icons' view mode

look screenshot:

fuchueh wrote  Mar 5 2009 at 8:44 PM  

Improve Start Menu and Appliaction Menu color style (suggestion consistency)

There is no consistency between the Start Menu and the Appliaction Menu.
Suggestion to keep Start Menu and Appliaction Menu color style consistency, like Windows XP.
Suggestion all use white color for background, light blue color for selected item.

to improve Appliaction Menu color. (discriminated Appliaction Menu color very blurred)


fuchueh wrote  Mar 14 2009 at 10:05 AM  
[Intense Suggestion]

keep theme style consistency for Windows 7.
keep theme style consistency for Menu bar, Tool bar. like Windows XP theme style's consistency.


fuchueh wrote  Mar 16 2009 at 7:00 AM  
Intense Suggestion

keep Details Columns style consistency...

Details Columns has two styles in Windows 7.
Please keep style consistency for Details Columns.


fuchueh wrote  Apr 26 2009 at 11:55 AM  
improve color layout for currently using task icon

Taskbar color layout too bad.
If you using light color desktop background, you will don't know what is the using task icon.
Its brightness too high, so looks too blurred when light color desktop background.
Currently using task icon is recognize hard when light color desktop background.

improve color layout for currently using task icon


fuchueh wrote  Apr 26 2009 at 12:03 PM  
Stand-alone Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar

Currently, Recycle Bin was Pinned of the Windows Explorer Jumplist.
It is very unhandy. Because the Recycle Bin is a frequently used module.
But put on desktop often covered with other window...

Stand-alone Pin Recycle Bin to Taskbar (default).
With not show Recycle Bin icon on desktop (default).
Of course, you can Unpin this Recycle Bin from taskbar.



Windows Fax and Scan's toolbar update to win7style

Windows Fax and Scan's toolbar update to win7style.
like Windows Photo Viewer or Windows DVD Maker.

Windows Fax and Scan's toolbar update to win7style



complete remove Windows Mail from Windows 7

Now Windows Mail already can't start. It's already unsupported in win7.
But it's still remain on the win7 (\Program Files\Windows Mail\).

If you go to the \Program Files\Windows Mail\ folder, you'll still find the Windows Mail folder and those files in them. And you can't run WinMail.exe.

complete remove Windows Mail from Windows 7

Please delete WinMail.exe
Move other files to system32 folder.
Don't put them in \Program Files\Windows Mail\ (folder name wrong)

fuchueh wrote  May 2 2009 at 4:45 PM  
update all previous-version ICONs to win7style

Many ICONs is previous-version (vista style).
The style of these previous-version icons does not match that of the new version.

update all previous-version ICONs to win7style


CoolSnow wrote  Sep 11 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Windows 7 looks awesome...Thanks.

HSchoefer wrote  Dec 1 2009 at 11:36 AM  
hey, thanks... great guide. very informative!

laditi23 wrote  Mar 2 2010 at 12:51 AM  
thanks for everything.It good to have Windows 7

Vapur9 wrote  Mar 10 2010 at 1:32 AM  
One addition I would like to see is when you right-click on the desktop, it would be better if there were a "Pause Desktop Background" option next to the "Next Desktop Background" option. This makes finding a mood to set for the day much easier when the current theme begins transitioning through the 10-second background setting and you want it to stop for a minute or two.

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WindowsWhistler wrote  Oct 5 2010 at 3:39 AM  
Can you PLEASE sign me up??
It sounds interesting.

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nram wrote  Jan 24 2012 at 1:07 AM  
Looking for books / development manuals for advanced programming using media Player, including development of skin for media player. I have not been able to find any. Does anybody know where to find online documentation or books or development manual?
Thanks in advance

om wrote  Apr 19 2012 at 7:27 PM  
Thank you for the Win7 developer Guide - useful for working knowledge

gggustafson wrote  Oct 18 2012 at 7:02 PM  
I'm sorry. I visited this document for technical information but just found a lot of marketing noise. "Developers Guide"? I don't think so.

demmith wrote  Nov 13 2013 at 6:03 PM  
Why are you naming this the Windows 7 Developer Guide? It is not a "guide," not even close! Just as gggustafson wrote, "just found a lot of marketing noise." Exactly! The links in it take you to a search page - nice! This document is useless.

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