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 build of Windows 8. This build was leaked to BetaArchive on 2011-08-29; beforehand only a .wim file of the Ultimate SKU existed.

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

Features[edit | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

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

Applications Folder[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

OOBE[edit | edit source]

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

Lockscreen Background[edit | edit source]

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

Immersive Apps[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  • Modern Task Manager
  • Ribbon UI in Explorer

Redpill features[edit | edit source]

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.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Aero[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Windows Preinstallation Environment[edit | edit source]

  • Due to only the install.wim being leaked, the ISO is packed with the WinPE from Windows 7 RTM.
  • Along with this, the System Reserved partition is also shown in File Explorer.

Gallery[edit | edit source]