Windows 8 build 7927

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Build of Windows 8
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Timebomb2011-07-01 (+137 days)
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Windows 8 build 7927 is a Milestone 2 Windows 8 build. This build leaked on BetaArchive on 2011-08-29; beforehand only a .wim file of the Ultimate SKU existed.

The desktop has now been changed to a crossword puzzle with the leak warning. This crossword would eventually be solved to form "Start Me Up".


  • Aero effects now software rendered without the need of a supported graphics card
  • History Vault
  • New language options
  • Applications Folder
  • Auto-colorization
  • Immersive browser
  • New lock screen
  • New Task Manager
  • OOBE
  • MS Help (installable by running installappx C:\windows\mshelp).
  • A copy of Windows Performance Analyzer is included with this build
  • Various Sysinternals tools are included with this build

Findings, fixes, enhancements[edit]

A new version of Metro Unlocker is available that unlocks the entire Metro interface, including the Start Screen. The following tweaks are no longer required when using Metro Unlocker.

Applications Folder[edit]

Create a folder on the desktop named Applications.{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}. It is not required to enable Redpill for this to work.

Auto Colorization[edit]

Create a copy of a theme from C:\Windows\Resources\Themes, add AutoColorization=1 to the end of the [VisualStyles] section and apply. It is not required to enable Redpill for this to work.

System Reset[edit]

Run C:\Windows\System32\sysreset.exe. It is not required to enable Redpill for this to work.


Run C:\Windows\System32\oobe\msoobe.exe with Redpill enabled. It is not required to disable DWM for this to work.

Lockscreen Background[edit]

Enable Redpill, run netplwiz and enable the Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete option in the advanced tab.

Immersive Apps[edit]

Enable Redpill, disable DWM with Ctrl+Shift+F9 and run one of these executables:

  • Immersive Browser: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Immersive Browser\Microsoft.ImmersiveBrowser\miexplore.exe.
  • Immersive Reader: C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Windows.Immersive.MoReader\moreader.exe.
  • Metro Control Panel: C:\Windows\System32\SystemSettings.exe.
  • Webcam Application: C:\Windows\System32\webcam.exe.

Other Features Enabled by Redpill[edit]

  • Modern Task Manager
  • Ribbon UI in Explorer

Redpill features[edit]

This build has a rather different Modern UI than the subsequent builds, the start screen tiles cannot be moved without dragging from the top, which also allows more apps to be pinned to the start screen. This build already includes a new Metro style AutoPlay dialog and volume control flyout.The clock and volume/network icons are displayed on the start screen, rather than in a separate overlay, and the shutdown/hibernate/standby commands are in the Metro control panel rather than the Charms bar. New folder icons, along with a preview grid, are present in this build when Redpill is enabled, which have been removed by build 7973.



This build appears to have a slightly broken Windows Aero theme, with only the top portion of the window frame using the blur effect, leaving the side borders transparent.

System Reset[edit]

System Reset will say that no installation media has been found, even if you have the correct installation media inserted.