Windows 7 build 6730

Build of Windows 7
OS familyWindows NT
Version number6.1
Build number6730
Build revision1
Architecturex86, x64
Build labwinmain
Compiled on2008-06-12
Expiration date
Timebomb2008-10-03 (+113 days)
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Windows 7 build 6730 is a Milestone 3 build of Windows 7. It was originally uploaded to BetaArchive on 26 April 2011 as a WIM file.[1] The original x64 installation media for this build, its server counterpart and debug symbols were shared on 29 January 2024 on the BetaWiki Discord Server.

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Name Key
Home Basic N 6J8RT-947JQ-XDGV4-4FCTV-QRRXV
Home Premium VTXFX-VBF79-PMCM6-Y8FX9-7W2WB
Home Premium N (edition upgrade only) GHWCX-HP3HV-X7JQY-YPKHM-VMM22
4D2XH-PRBMM-8Q22B-K8BM3-MRW4W (alt)
Business N 7K8QY-WRC42-QCRDJ-QK968-XFJCJ
Ultimate[a] GQ9X8-VX3B6-QM7JD-6FTVX-G8QMK
Ultimate N (edition upgrade only) 9FQ3C-XTWJP-8RCKK-WWJXF-FCPVY
Enterprise N (edition upgrade only) 2QR4T-QHTWG-382X8-CTHDC-RBJ4Y

Installation[edit | edit source]

The x86 compile of this build is only available in a WIM image. This WIM file is a different format than WIM files in which Windows installations are usually imaged into. One can either convert the WIM to VHD and mount it into a virtual machine, or apply the WIM to a partition of a virtual drive:

  1. Partition and format a blank virtual hard drive.
  2. Mount the drive and use imagex /apply or dism /apply-image parameters to apply the WIM to the hard drive.
  3. Unmount the drive and install normally.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

Boot screen[edit | edit source]

A new boot screen is shown in this build. It is similar to the one found in build 6519 and 6608.

OOBE[edit | edit source]

The Out-of-box experience received slight changes. Most notably, at the end, the OOBE now automatically exits and redirects the user to the login screen.

OEM login screen wallpapers[edit | edit source]

This is the first available build of Windows 7 that has the ability to change the login screen wallpaper, which was especially made for OEMs.[2] If making a custom login wallpaper yourself, the method is the exact same as that of the RTM release.

User interface[edit | edit source]

  • The start menu has been modified.
  • The start orb has now thicker borders and it is smaller.
  • The superbar style has been updated to resemble that of the RTM.
  • There is now an option in the taskbar properties dialog to configure the superbar (when enabled) to use smaller, "classic" sized buttons and icons. It is called "Use narrow taskbar" instead of "Use small taskbar buttons" as the RTM.
  • The Aero theme has been changed to a kind of hybrid between Vista and 7 style with Vista's glass texture instead of the 7 one seen in build 6608 and the white right and bottom borders like in builds 6568 and 6608.
  • Desktop Window Manager applies colorization differently, using a "color dodge" effect. This effect was removed from active windows in build 6780.
  • Show desktop plays DWM animations on windows being minimized and doesn't hide gadgets.
  • User Account Control dialogs now resemble the ones that are found in the RTM.
  • On the login screen, the keyboard layout button has been moved from the bottom left to the top left corner.

Windows Explorer[edit | edit source]

A small bar will appear in Explorer when performing a "typing scroll." This may be accessed when a user types keys after highlighting an item in the main section of an Explorer window.

Applications[edit | edit source]

Internet Explorer 8[edit | edit source]

This build includes an early version of Internet Explorer 8, using the version number of 8.1.

  • An "emulate IE7" feature has been added.
  • The favorites bar has been added, which replaces the "Links" toolbar.
  • This is the earliest version of Internet Explorer to include developer tools.

Windows Media Player 12[edit | edit source]

  • Windows Media Player 12 setup has been updated with a new color scheme.
  • The use of Aero transparency has been reduced.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Desktop Window Manager[edit | edit source]

  • The Aero Peek function of this build is buggy. It may not show a window thumbnail and may frequently crash Explorer as well. To prevent crashing, avoid moving the mouse to the taskbar window thumbnail.
  • DWM is unstable on certain hypervisors and may crash upon certain events.

Breadcrumbs bar[edit | edit source]

The breadcrumbs bar is frequently sized incorrectly.

Theme metrics[edit | edit source]

  • The Windows Basic and Aero themes use the Tahoma font in most places rather than Segoe UI by default, due to [Metrics] section in theme file. Removing that section through Notepad may fix that quirk.
  • Also, the saved custom theme may use Windows Classic metrics and colors.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Bluepill-specific[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Upgrade only for the x86 compile.

References[edit | edit source]