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
  • A copy of Windows Performance Analyzer is included with this build
  • Various Sysinternals tools are included with this build



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.

Immersive Apps[edit]

All Immersive apps require DWM to be disabled and run only in 800x600, completely ignoring the screen resolution of the OS. This can be worked around by using a third party resizing app. The built in Webcam Application is not affected by this bug.

System reset[edit]

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

Findings, fixes, enhancements[edit]

A Redpill utility is required to unlock certain features. There are various third party solutions available online.

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