Windows 8 build 7997

Build of Windows 8
OS familyWindows NT
Version number6.2
Build number7997
Build revision0
Build labfbl_dnt3_wireless
Compiled on2011-05-04
Expiration date
Timebomb2012-03-15 (+316 days)
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Windows 8 build 7997 is a build of Windows 8 that was uploaded to BetaArchive on 29 May 2020 in the x64 architecture.

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Key
Home Premium RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Professional HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487

Changes[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • When booting via UEFI, an OEM-provided graphic from ACPI tables will be displayed instead of the Betta fish.
  • Help and Support Center received new in-app icons.
  • This is the first build to feature the Prerelease SKU, intended to replace all other SKUs (except for Starter) in preparation for the official Developer Preview build.
  • This build identifies as "Windows Beta" when the Prerelease SKU is used, likely an early name for the Windows Developer Preview; and technically incorrect, as the actual beta build of Windows 8 was 8250.

Redpill[edit | edit source]

  • Metro in this build is fairly similar to build 7989.
  • The two ColorSets present within build 7989 have been expanded to a full set of 24, which could be changed either via the OOBE or from the registry.
  • Lock screen wallpapers make their first appearance in this build.
  • It is now possible to use a picture password.
  • Start screen tiles now have a gradient style, rather than a flat style.
  • New transition effects appear when switching from the Start screen to desktop and vice-versa.
  • The Immersive Reader now functions properly.
  • The "VanUI" placeholder was replaced with a functional network charm.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

  • To install or run this build in VMware Workstation, the hardware compatibility version must be set to version 8.x or 9.x; otherwise, a bugcheck will occur.
  • The boot screen has rendering issues when starting setup, showing both the loading files and boot screen at once.
  • This build can't be installed or run on newer versions of VirtualBox. In order to run it, the user must go to Settings > System > Processor, and then set the Paravirtualization Interface from "Default" to "Legacy", as by default it uses Hyper-V paravirtualization. This could technically mean that this build doesn't work on Hyper-V as it will refuse to boot with a black screen with an error code of either 0x0000001E or 0x0000000A. This bug persists until build 8014.

Start screen[edit | edit source]

  • Similar to builds 7985 and 7989, an option to "uninstall" the desktop from the Start screen is present but doesn't function.
  • Desktop is referred to as Desktop.lnk on the Start screen.

App tiles[edit | edit source]

Some app names (such as Control Panel, Chess Titans, Defragment and Optimize Drives, etc) may be truncated by normal sized tiles.

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.

Charms bar[edit | edit source]

"Connect" in the charms bar doesn't function since it crashes Windows Explorer after clicking it.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

The Applications folder is not available in this build. Also, the Narrator application is missing, although there is a shortcut to it.

MSHelp[edit | edit source]

Opening MSHelp in this build crashes Explorer.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Redpill-specific[edit | edit source]