What's New in Windows 7 Build 7048

With the hype around Windows 7, PC enthusiasts are paying close attention to each new build of the operating system in-the-making.

The latest leaked build on floating around the is 7048, which incorporates many noticeable changes since the previous versions -- especially when compared to the public beta build 7000.

Build 7048 was said by some sources to be the Release Candidate build, but we now know that it’s still in beta stages. The RC is still anticipated sometime in April.

The SuperSite for Windows has documented some of the more apparent visual changes in build 7048. For one, this build drops the Betta fish and introduces a set of nature-themed desktop wallpapers. While all are beautiful photos, it won’t be long before users will use an image of their own.

In addition to new backgrounds, the new Windows 7 build also includes 13 different sound schemes if the old Windows Default beeps and blips are boring you.

Small visual updates include new icons, a slightly altered Start button orb, revised picture viewer and the removal of the “send feedback” link in the corner of windows.

Navigation shortcuts have also been tweaked. As mentioned previously, Aero Peek is now integrated into the Alt-Tab method of switching windows -- so now keyboarders can take advantage of the new “glass” effect as well.

Perhaps the most notable change of all is the ability to uninstall and exclude Windows staples such as Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows DVD Maker, Windows Search, Handwriting Recognition, Windows Gadget Platform, Fax and Scan, XPS Viewer, and yes, Internet Explorer 8. Without Internet Explorer 8 installed, users will have to install some other browser for any hopes of accessing the World Wide Web. It seems that Microsoft is letting users strip Windows 7 down more than ever. In fact, SuperSite reports that removing Windows Search kills Start Menu Search, describing it as “painful.”

Could this be the last beta leak before the Release Candidate? Things are looking closer with each new build, and we’re just as excited as you are. What do you think is the best new feature of Windows 7?

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  • tinnerdxp
    I have looked at build 69xx or whatever - the first public Beta that was available - what I have seen is a bloated, definitely new, completely redesigned operating system that does not do much on its own... Default issues that were with us from Windows 95 ages like a button to remember the choice when installing fonts to say "Yes to all" and saving us from clicking "yes" 2000 times - still there. "Requester" that is used to select files - still defaults to "My Documents", still does not allow to have customised shortcuts "embedded" into it and still does not remember the "last position or last settings"... so whatever microsoft - really... For me it's nothing new - just the same old NT kernel, Aero on top, lots of patches and "security fixes"... (actually somehow close to 6GB of them) and then what? Crappy applications that are still 10x worse than any free counterpart, massive resource requirements and what's all the hassle about? "The Start Menu appears 0.3 second faster in Windows 7" - Wow... No offence to anyone... but can we please go back to XP? Can MS simply fix the 64bit version of XP, scrap the 32bit versions and forget about all this Windows 7 thing? Seriously people - if I would ask you to point 10 major differences between W7 and XP that make you more productive or that are "fixes" to something that annoyed you in the past - what would these be? Coz I seriously cannot see any difference...
  • darzil
    Have they also done major stuff like fixed FTP so it can be used to upload? That, and browsers crashing after a few minutes browsing was why I uninstalled Windows 7.
  • Flakes
    FTP works in XP pro...

    10 things...

    1. improved search feature that searches shortcut names and .exe's i can see myself using this.
    2. the 64bit version will hopefully work allowing me to use more memory.
    3. I like the way downloads default to a download folder on win7, i know you can set this up manually but its still a plus and something less for me to do.


    1. Does win7 have a 'No to all' option, something which ive felt has been missing for a long time.