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Windows 7 beta: Screenshots

We give you a sneak peek at the upcoming beta of Windows 7 before Microsoft unveils the software to the public later this month.
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By Renai LeMay, Contributor on
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The edition of Windows 7 beta that we tested is the "Build 7000" edition that has been making the rounds; Microsoft has told us that the official version, which we believe will be released later this month, is not quite available yet.

To get these screenshots, we installed Windows 7 in a VMware virtualised environment, booted it up and played around to get a feel for some of the new features. We are also planning to publish some more detailed thoughts after installing the software on a dedicated machine.

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The Windows 7 boot-up logo (seen in a transition frame here) is fairly familiar.

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The install process is quite similar to that of Windows Vista.

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The installation process gives you various options.

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The beta has its own licence.

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We installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 beta.

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Similar to Vista, the Windows 7 installation process gives you a short progress report.

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We had to restart the machine only once during installation.

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That Windows logo again.

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Choosing a user name and computer name.

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Microsoft is attempting to make it easier to set up home networks with the new "homegroups" feature.

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A familiar desktop with some subtle changes.

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The "what's new" screen.

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The display settings screen has been vastly simplified, although we couldn't get it to display the 1,680x1,050 resolution we normally use on our 22-inch monitor LCD.

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Logging in.

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The Windows menu has been simplified.

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Windows 7 displays attached devices in a much more humane way.

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Explorer looks relatively similar to Vista, but with some subtle changes that reflect simplification.

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The Windows 7 control panel.

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The taskbar has a much wider range of functionality than previous versions of Windows.

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