Windows 7 build 6941

Build of Windows 7
OS familyWindows NT
Version number6.1
Build number6941
Build revision0
Build labfbl_srv
Compiled on2008-11-02
Expiration date
Timebomb2009-07-01 (+241 days)
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Windows 7 build 6941 is a pre-beta build of Windows 7, which was uploaded to BetaArchive by grabberslasher on 31 January 2020. Prior to it being shared, the build was initially reviewed by Paul Thurrott, who provided screenshots of it;[1] the images were lost during the transition to ITPro Today. Thomas Hounsell also uploaded screenshots of the build to OSBetaArchive,[2] all of which have been preserved below.

This is the last build to use the preliminary Windows Explorer icon before being replaced in build 6956.

Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Introduced a new boot screen found in the RTM build, which depicts several colored orbs coming together to form the Windows logo.
  • The third stage of setup has been updated to feature its RTM design, which shows a continuous orb in place of a placeholder progress bar.
  • The copyright date of winver.exe has been updated from 2007 to 2008. This persists up to Windows 7 build 7022.
  • This is the first build to use the final Windows 7 wordmark.
  • The Superbar is now enabled by default and has received minor design updates.[a]
  • The welcome page to Windows Media Center received new screenshots. Additionally, the copyright date has been changed from 1985–2006 to 2008.
  • Windows Update received a new icon, which would later be backported to Windows Vista.
  • A selection of regional wallpapers/themes were introduced. These themes can be enabled by setting the current location to any of these countries in the Region and Language Control Panel (Personalization Control Panel must be closed for changes to take effect).
    • The United Kingdom and the United States themes consist of wallpapers representing shots of various regions in the two countries.
    • The Australia, Canada, and South Africa themes consist of six unrelated placeholder wallpapers, one of which is a duplicate.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

This is the first build in which an additional Windows Media Player icon is placed in the Superbar when upgrading from an earlier build.

Pseudolocalized language pack remnants[edit | edit source]

When the WIM for this build was staged, the pseudolocalized language pack (which still identified as the Turkmen (Turkmenistan) language, or tk-TM,[3] at this point in time) was installed, and then improperly removed. 500MB of deleted files can be recovered from the install.wim, which appear to consist of files from the pseudolocalized language pack, and previous versions of registry hives. One 200MB file is the Hash-ID Spy database in Microsoft Access format. The Hash-ID Spy application itself was not deleted and remains at \Users\Administrator_ploc\Desktop of all WIM indexes.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

OSBetaArchive images[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. These updates mainly consist of outline work around the superbar orb.

References[edit | edit source]