Windows 8 build 7963

Build of Windows 8
OS familyWindows NT
Version number6.2
Build number7963
Architecturex86, x64
Build labwinmain
Compiled on2011-03-10
Expiration date
Timebomb2011-07-01 (+113 days)
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Windows 8 build 7963 is a build of Windows 8, which was uploaded to BetaArchive on 2 July 2015 in the English and Japanese languages in both the x64 and x86 architectures, along with its server counterpart. This build is also the earliest known Windows 8 build available in Japanese.

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Key
Starter 7Q28W-FT9PC-CMMYT-WHMY2-89M6G
Home Premium RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Professional HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487

Redpill[edit | edit source]

The Redlock tool can be used to unlock all of the Redpill levels on this build, including the Start screen.

Compared to build 7955, a couple of changes have took place. The Immersive Browser was updated and the power options, network settings, and the volume slider have been removed from the Immersive Control Panel.

Unlike build 7962, this build still uses placeholder icons in the Explorer ribbon, as the change did not made it into the winmain branch until the final Developer Preview build, with the placeholder icons being altered in build 8008 and the final icons reappearing in build 8032.

Bugs and quirks[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.

Aero Glass in Starter and Home Basic[edit | edit source]

This build automatically enables Aero Glass transparency after installing the Starter and Home Basic SKUs, despite product not supporting it by default. This bug persisted until build 8032.

General[edit | edit source]

If using VMware Workstation versions 15.x or above changes in build 7878, attempting to restart or shutdown in this build will cause a softlock. To fix this, use the Power menu from the VM section. This bug persists until build 8008.

Upgrading[edit | edit source]

  • When upgrading to this build on some machines, Windows will appear to hang on Preparing to configure Windows. After some time, Windows will restart and continue the upgrading process. This bug persists until build 8032.
  • When logging in for the first time after a successful upgrade, the buildtag will not be displayed on the desktop. Restarting the machine will make the buildtag visible again.

glcnd.exe[edit | edit source]

glcnd.exe in this build does not work, trying to open it does nothing.

Internet Explorer[edit | edit source]

The text has black boxes around them on some graphics card drivers. This was fixed in the next build.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

English language[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Redpill-specific[edit | edit source]

Japanese language[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Redpill-specific[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]