Windows 8 build 7700

6.1.7700.winmain.100122-1900
Build of Windows 8
6.1.7700.winmain.100122-1900
OS family
Architecturex64
Compiled2010-01-22
Timebomb2010-03-01 (+38 days)
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Windows 8 build 7700 is the earliest available build of Windows 8, which was jointly shared by BetaWiki Discord members lucasm and Wheatley on 25 December 2019. Prior to its public availability, screenshots of this build were released by Russian Windows news website WZor on 29 January 2010. This build has been determined to be a Windows 8 build, due to its relatively high build number and presence of an extremely early version of Internet Explorer 9.

Assert strings have been changed to hide the full path, like in Windows 8. In addition, some executables are signed by "Windows Main Build Lab Account" like later Windows 8 builds, unlike the standard "Microsoft Corporation" signer during the development and release of Windows 7. This build also calls itself "Windows 8" in the "Local Group Policy" utility, in "Filter options". This build reuses the "betta fish" default wallpaper seen in Windows 7 builds 6910-7231, which makes possible, that Windows 8 was forked from a Release Candidate build of Windows 7. SSE is now required in order to run this build, dropping support for CPUs such as the Pentium II; although this is moot as there are no AMD64 CPUs that do not support SSE.

Being very early in development, many areas still say Windows 7 and the kernel is still 6.1 (much like builds 7746, 7814, and 7850).

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Name Key
Home Basic YGFVB-QTFXQ-3H233-PTWTJ-YRYRV
Home Premium RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Professional HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
Enterprise H7X92-3VPBB-Q799D-Y6JJ3-86WC6
Ultimate D4F6K-QK3RD-TMVMJ-BBMRX-3MBMV

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

The power service has been given a large overhaul, with the User-mode Power Services Extension DLL (umpoext.dll) one of several DLLs added in this build, persisting to this day in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Additional APIs were also added for Audio and Bluetooth services. The On-Screen Keyboard was internally updated, with some functions being separated out into osksupport.dll. Additional error messages were added to System Restore.

This is also the first build of Windows to require SSE instruction support to boot, and is therefore the first build to be unbootable in 86Box.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

It is not possible to upgrade to this build due to setup being unable to copy files required for installation, because of a signature validation error. (0x80070241 == HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(ERROR_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH))

Internet Explorer[edit | edit source]

The early version of Internet Explorer 9 (still branded as Internet Explorer 8) found in this build is known to be highly unstable and will often instantaneously crash when switching to IE9 mode or loading a page containing HTML5 content.

Gallery[edit | edit source]