Windows 7 build 6568

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Timebomb2008-05-07 (+56 days)
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Windows 7 build 6568 is a Milestone 2 build of Windows 7 that was uploaded to BetaArchive by Grabberslasher on 28 January 2020 as an x64 Enterprise SKU VHD. Prior to being uploaded to the aforementioned website, various screenshots of this build were shared by dj_cityboy.[1]

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

User interface[edit | edit source]

  • An option to show the desktop via a button has been added to the right-hand side of the taskbar. A similar Show Desktop button also appeared on the taskbar in Windows 98 build 1415 and Windows 2000 build 1796 and when installing Internet Explorer 4 Platform Preview 1 with its shell enhancements on Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.
  • A highlight effect has been added to system tray items.
  • The Start menu gets wider after initiating a search.
  • The Gadget Gallery has been added to the desktop context menu.
  • The "Feedback Button" desktop shortcut has been removed.

Windows Aero[edit | edit source]

  • The cyan line in the bottom and right borders of the window in the Aero theme were recolored to be white. The title bar buttons have also been enlarged by default.
  • An early version of the Aero Snap feature is implemented. The window is resized instantly to the snap rather than showing an outline before the user releases the window drag.

Windows Explorer[edit | edit source]

  • The search pane has been removed and was replaced with search box filters.
  • This build reintroduces Libraries. Unlike later builds, they are listed under the User folder.
  • The navigation pane has been simplified, now showing frequent places within the System (Favorites, User, Computer, and Network) by default.
    • A Vista-like view can be re-enabled by right clicking the navigation pane and selecting "Show Desktop folder" and "Show more". Its appearance has changed however, combining favorites and folders into a single view.
  • A few notable changes were made to the command bar with this build.
    • A toggle to enable/disable the preview pane has been added to the right-side of the command bar.
    • The dropdown/toggle for changing views has been moved over to the right-side.
    • The new gradient first seen in build 6469 has been reverted back to the one seen in Windows Vista.
  • The details pane now uses the small sizing option by default.

Applications[edit | edit source]

  • Math Input Panel has been added.
  • Several updates have been made to Windows Media Player.
  • The design of the On-Screen Keyboard has been updated.
  • Windows Photo Gallery has been removed and replaced with an early version of Windows Photo Viewer.
  • XPS Viewer EP has been renamed to drop the "EP" and TS Workspaces has been removed.
  • The Start menu folder for PowerShell now correctly displays it as being version 2.0.

Control Panel[edit | edit source]

  • A fade animation has been added to items on the left pane when switching between pages.
  • The personalization applet has an updated UI, making it easier for users to save and select themes.
  • This build introduced a new Feedback applet, which replaces the Feedback Button from build 6519.
  • Windows Health Center, an early version of the Action Center, has been added.
  • Windows Firewall has been redesigned, with settings now directly integrated into the applet.
  • The Troubleshooting applet has been added.
  • ClearType Text Tuning has been added.
  • Windows Keyring has been added.
  • A new Fonts applet has been added, which helps users adjust how fonts are installed.
  • The ability to adjust the screen resolution has been added to the new Display applet.
  • Power Options and Windows Update received minor UI updates.
  • Notification Area options have been removed from Taskbar and Start Menu properties.

Hidden features[edit | edit source]

Superbar[edit | edit source]

To enable the Superbar, open the Registry editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced, create a DWORD value called EnableCHS, and set its value to 1.

  • System tray icons are now displayed on a single row.
  • The "Show Desktop" button can now be used for Aero Peek.
  • Drag-and-drop support has been added for programs and files.
  • This build adds an expand button to running programs on the Superbar. When clicked, a thumbnail preview of the application will be shown, which can be hovered to get a better view of the application.

Bluepill[edit | edit source]

  • Calculator has been completely redesigned. (Features introduced in the previous build are now only available when the system is Bluepilled)
  • Paint includes multiple new brushes and shapes. (The ruler can now be enabled only when the system is Bluepilled)
  • WordPad includes a zoom slider, new toolbar options, and image support.
  • Sticky Notes has been redesigned.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Out-of-box experience[edit | edit source]

  • The OOBE does not utilize the Windows Basic theme, instead using a fallback one based on Windows Classic and Arial.
  • For some reason, the copyright year on the first page of the OOBE—where the user selects their country/region, time/currency and keyboard layout settings—is 2006 instead of 2007. This was most likely a typo or a leftover from older Windows Vista builds.

Start orb[edit | edit source]

The Start orb appears after the startup sound plays.

Desktop Window Manager[edit | edit source]

Desktop Window Manager requires either compatible hardware or using 9.x compatibility or older in VMware Workstation with 8.x drivers.

Windows Media Player[edit | edit source]

If enabled, the menu bar will look broken with Aero.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Calculator[edit | edit source]

Control Panel[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]