Windows 7 beta 64-bit version leaked just in time for Steve Ballmer's keynote

Engadget writes: "It looks like the usual suspects are at it again, showing their baldfaced contempt for copyright law by disseminating a 64-bit version of the Windows 7 beta. When we saw the 32-bit version a couple weeks ago things looked pretty good, outperforming Vista and XP in "real world" tasks, so we're hoping that its older brother performs on the same level. There's a strong possibility that the public beta will be announced at tonight's keynote."

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Graphics Whore3358d ago

64-bit always has bad implementation in the real world.

hfaze3358d ago

I've been running 64bit OpenSuSE for a while now with no issues... ;-)

Although under Windows, 64bit drivers can be hard to come by at times.

I'm tempted to check out the public beta and see how it is. I have a free 100GB partition on my laptop that I can play with.

cmrbe3358d ago

Is this another version of Vista or is it a new Windows version all together?.

andron6663358d ago

"It only cost 999$ with a free life time of annoyances."

Just kidding. It's supposed to be all new, but most off it's based on Vista. I don't know if you were sarcastic or honest. If you were genuinely confused, I don't blame you. I wish MS good luck getting people to pay for this...

TheIneffableBob3358d ago

It's based off of the Vista kernal, making it NT 6.1, but it is much, much better than Vista.

Kevin McCallister3358d ago (Edited 3358d ago )

Both really. It uses much of the same code that Vista used, but Vista was basically a half-assed release of this code (though still a good OS imo). Windows 7 is the completed OS that Vista would have been if they'd spent 2 extra years finishing it up. I'm enjoying the 32-bit version of 7 so I don't think I'll touch the 64-bit until hearing about its compatibility.

Bladestar3358d ago

Question for the geniuses that really believe they know what they are talking about...

Aren't all version of linux based on the linux kernel or at least partially?

Why are people so against Microsoft dropping ALL vista code and write everything again from scratch? Isn't windows suppose to be Windows?

I mean... what do I care if Windows 7 uses the same kernel as long as it perform better than any other windows prior to it and have lots of new features like, Gesture and multi-touch.. not to mention faster boot?

sloth4urluv3358d ago

I wonder if they finally have correct use of the system folders.
Guess its lazyness or something, but in xp/vista64 the system folders are as follows:

System - 16bit system files
System32 - 64bit system files
Wow64 - 32bit system files

why not just create a System64 folder?

TheIneffableBob3358d ago (Edited 3358d ago )

The various Linux distros use the same Linux kernel (obviously), but since Linux is open-source, the kernel is constantly evolving.

cmrbe3358d ago

It's official then. I am skipping Vista. I will stick to xp and Office 2007 for now until windows 7 is out.

Xi3358d ago

Windows 7 is based off of a different kernal than vista, considering it was in development before vista...

vdesai3358d ago

Don't be noobs, If you upgraded from 2000 to XP then you should update to this from vista. Because it is the same kernel jump. The Linux kernel also has a numbering system and try to use your brain, what you said is equivalent to me saying every OS based on the NT kernel is the same version. Yes, Win 7 is a major version jump and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

"System - 16bit system files
System32 - 64bit system files
Wow64 - 32bit system files"

System = 16bit Drivers
System32 = 32bit Drivers
Wow64 = 64bit install data

Win 2000 = NT 5.0
Win XP = NT 5.1

hfaze3358d ago

LOL... I guess you could say that Windows 7 is an evolution of Vista, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Honestly, Vista runs decent on the right hardware (brand-new hardware, I would not honestly recommend upgrading an XP box to Vista)... It's just an unbelievable resource hog. I have Vista Ultimate dual-booting on my iMac (2.4Ghz mobile Core2Duo, 4GB DDR2 800, 320GB 5400RPM HDD), and it is all nice and responsive, and not too bad to use. Granted, Vista runs best on 2 or more gigs of RAM, but with RAM as cheap as it is currently, it's not THAT big of a deal.

Although MacOS X 10.5 takes up WAY less RAM than Vista Ultimate does.

If Windows 7 is faster booting and runs better than Vista, then I'll give it a whirl.

Now if only the Linux kernel teams can work on a faster booting Linux kernel... :-P

sloth4urluv3358d ago


The WOW64 subsystem also handles other key aspects of running 32-bit applications. For example, it's involved in managing the interaction of 32-bit applications with the Windows registry, which is somewhat different in 64-bit versions of the OS, and in providing an interface to the storage subsystem.

The operating system uses the %SystemRoot%\system32 directory for its 64-bit library and executable files. This is done for backwards compatibility reasons as many legacy applications are hardcoded to use that path. When executing 32-bit applications, WOW64 redirects requests for DLLs from that directory to %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64, which contains legacy libraries and executables.

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RPG Guy3358d ago

Checks wallet....doesn't have $999999999999999999

Checks bloodpressure.....already sky-high due to Vista

Checks the Apple store...

likedamaster3358d ago

Checks the Apple store... way more expensive.

GiantEnemyLobster3358d ago

...and everything annoyingly begins with a lowercase 'i'.

likedamaster3358d ago

Honestly, the only problem I had with the x64 Vista version was iTunes - it wasn't compatible, but that has changed. Every software so far has installed and performed flawlessly not to mention the OS(64bit version) will recognize all of your system RAM.

Xi3358d ago (Edited 3358d ago )

but that's mostly a mixture of bad drivers since they're still new (2 4870's), and the multicore support for my core 2 extreme quad qx6850 isn't there yet. And with my sound card since it's old. And i think my memory/harddrive have a problem or 2, since both are higher end aswell.

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