Windows 7 build 6608

6.1.6608.1.winmain_win7m2.080511-1400
Build of Windows 7
6.1.6608.1.winmain_win7m2.080511-1400
OS family
Architecturex86
Compiled2008-05-11
Timebomb2008-10-03 (+145 days)
Works in
About
Windows7-6.1.6608-About.png
SKUs
Starter
Home Basic
Home Basic N
Home Premium
Business
Business N
Ultimate
TCB.png TCBGallery.png

Windows 7 build 6608 is the Milestone 2 build of Windows 7, which was uploaded to BetaArchive on 16 June 2010.[1]

New features[edit | edit source]

  • Some Control Panel items have been changed since build 6519.
  • Nearly all mentions of Windows Vista have been changed to Windows 7.
  • The aurora boot screen from build 6519 has been added back.
  • As of today, this is the earliest available build which uses the "Deployment Imaging and Servicing Tool" (DISM) to install Windows.
  • The gadgets dropdown menu is now placed between the Display and Personalize items.
  • Added Activity Everywhere voice assistant.[2]
  • This is the first known build of Windows 7 to include additional information when upgrading Windows.
  • Aero theme had some changes. The glass texture have been replaced to a new smoother one, the same as seen in final releases.

Console[edit | edit source]

This is the first known build to outsource console window handling from the Windows subsystem server process (csrss.exe) to the new Console Window Host (conhost.exe) component. Upon launching a console applications, the Windows subsystem now automatically spawns a console host process in the user's security context, which then creates and owns the console window. Before the change, console windows were created and owned directly by subsystem process itself, which runs in a highly privileged security context. Any changes to the console subsystem therefore had to be carefully curated as to not impact the security of the system.

This change enabled several minor improvements to the console subsystem. Files can now be dragged and dropped onto console windows. This functionality was previously disabled in Windows Vista, as it presented a security risk with the previous architecture. Additionally, console windows are now properly themed as opposed to deliberately falling back to the classic theme due to csrss.exe being exempt from theming for security and reliability purposes.

Bluepill enhancements[edit | edit source]

With Bluepill enabled, this build includes multiple new additions that would make it to the RTM. Among one of these is an updated Superbar, which includes the new jump list menu options, although it is obtained in this build by pressing the arrow next to the application icon. The Superbar also no longer shows the application's name and only displays just the icon. WordPad has been updated to include the ribbon from Office 2007.

Superbar[edit | edit source]

The superbar can be enabled by merging the following content into the registry, then restarting Windows:

Enable Superbar

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\9d80fd12-3d92-40fe-af28-4f0e41372d2c]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\9d80fd12-3d92-40fe-af28-4f0e41372d2c\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F1-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F1-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F3-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F3-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F4-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F4-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F5-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{2559A1F5-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{35786D3C-B075-49B9-88DD-029876E11C01}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{35786D3C-B075-49B9-88DD-029876E11C01}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{59031A47-3F72-44A7-89C5-5595FE6B30EE}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{640167B4-59B0-47A6-B335-A6B3C0695AEA}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{640167B4-59B0-47A6-B335-A6B3C0695AEA}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{865E5E76-AD83-4DCA-A109-50DC2113CE9A}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{865E5E76-AD83-4DCA-A109-50DC2113CE9A}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{9113A02D-00A3-46B9-BC5F-9C04DADDD5D7}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{9113A02D-00A3-46B9-BC5F-9C04DADDD5D7}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{B155BDF8-02F0-451E-9A26-AE317CFD7779}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{B155BDF8-02F0-451E-9A26-AE317CFD7779}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83B1-96B02CFE0D52}]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{ED228FDF-9EA8-4870-83B1-96B02CFE0D52}\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

Aero Peek[edit | edit source]

Aero Peek can be enabled by merging the content below into the registry, then restarting Windows.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\6214949A-5BE4-4568-A383-E2126CFDCF9C]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\6214949A-5BE4-4568-A383-E2126CFDCF9C\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\BE2CDE86-D165-4107-A26A-A102AFC1A638]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\BE2CDE86-D165-4107-A26A-A102AFC1A638\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\D3F37E19-619D-4F38-8D4B-72AE35626C9E]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\D3F37E19-619D-4F38-8D4B-72AE35626C9E\ShellFolder]
"Attributes"=dword:a0100004

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Control Panel[edit | edit source]

  • Many applets are missing.
  • Control Panel will break after superbar is enabled.

LogonUI[edit | edit source]

The buttons on the login screen appear to have jagged edges.

DWM[edit | edit source]

Desktop Window Manager requires either compatible hardware or VMware Workstation 9.x or older to work (just 9.x or older compatibility won't work).

Start orb

Start orb appears after the startup sound plays.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Upgrade[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]