First Legit Windows 7 Screenshots?

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 24, 2008
Updated • Jun 5, 2014
Windows, Windows 7

We all read the news that Windows 7 is expected in late 2009 and that first milestone releases are send out to partners for testing purposes.

Microsoft is very secretive about features and layout of the Windows Vista successor and does not publish any information regarding the new operating system at the time of writing.

Since the milestone 1 release has been out two forum posts with information have emerged. One was deleted after a short period of time but the cached version remains. The tester was not really happy with Windows 7 and expressed those feelings explicitly.

The second appearance was on a Chinese forum were screenshots were posted. Until now no one was able to verify this images but they could be legit after all. They do look terribly like Windows Vista which is understandable for such an early build. Let us all hope and prey that Microsoft will not concentrate on more eye candy in Windows 7.

Just click on an image to see it in its original size.

Update: It is still not clear if those screenshots have been taken from original Windows 7 builds or if they have been fake. What we do know though is that Windows 7 turned out to be different from what the screenshots show.  While there is still some resemblance to earlier versions of Windows, XP and Vista especially, Microsoft has improved the look and feel of Windows 7 considerable.

Emphasize has been laid on the taskbar of the operating system which supports the pinning of programs for fast access, like a second start menu that is always visible on your screen. The new operating system supports custom themes that users can download from Microsoft, other Internet sites or even create by themselves. Add to that speed and performance improvements and a set of other features and you end up with an operating system that is been positively reviewed by the majority of users.


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  1. CPCookieMan said on October 6, 2008 at 4:57 am

    PowerShell = DOS Cmd Line

  2. GHynson said on August 5, 2008 at 1:01 am

    It’s Just Windows Shitsta with SP7.

  3. RikkABUS said on July 9, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Still looks a lot Vista…

  4. Verdican said on January 25, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Don’t forget that Windows 7 is still in development. By the time the manufactures ship out Vienna, it will actually be in build 7.0, not 6.1

    From the way things are looking, Microsoft is in for a long year. This doesn’t look anywhere near something I’d like to buy. It reminds me too much of Vista, and I haven’t exactly had the best time with Vista… However, since they do have another year to get things right, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and hope things are going to go well. This does seem like Microsoft’s last chance to fix things, so “Good luck Microsoft. Don’t make me move to Leopard.”

  5. Rico said on January 25, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Not saying these are real, but Vista looked a lot like XP when it in alpha too. Regardless, i’m sure they haven’t nailed down the visual direction of this version this early into the game.

  6. Tim said on January 25, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Fake. It’s exactly like windows vista.

  7. Em said on January 24, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    It’s Windows 7, but the about dialog still says 6.1. Right.

  8. Thinker said on January 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Hehe, Vista sucks, so they claim its good, but they make 7 silently very fast ;]

  9. Houdini said on January 24, 2008 at 10:17 pm


  10. Enigma said on January 24, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    So it’s windows vista with a few bolt ons then

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