Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989: A Leaked Preview of the Next-Generation OS
Windows 8 is the upcoming operating system from Microsoft that promises to bring a new user interface, improved performance, and enhanced security. While the official release date is still unknown, some early builds of Windows 8 have been leaked online, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the next-generation OS.
[64-Bit] Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989 Full Version
One of the leaked builds is Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989, which was originally released on 18 June 2011 in the x64 architecture[^1^]. This build is from the winmain branch, which is typically used for beta, RC, or RTM releases[^3^]. It has a timebomb of 15 March 2012, meaning that it will expire after that date[^1^].
Windows 8 Build 7989 introduces some new features and changes, such as:
A new boot screen with a large \"Welcome\" text and a spinning circle.
A new login screen with a circular profile picture and a password hint.
A new start screen with live tiles and a hidden \"All Apps\" view.
A new charms bar that can be accessed by swiping from the right edge of the screen or by pressing Win+C.
A new app switcher that can be accessed by swiping from the left edge of the screen or by pressing Win+Tab.
A new settings panel that can be accessed by swiping from the right edge of the screen and clicking on Settings or by pressing Win+I.
A new desktop mode that can be accessed by clicking on the Desktop tile on the start screen or by pressing Win+D.
A new ribbon interface for Windows Explorer that can be collapsed or expanded.
A new task manager that shows more details and options for processes, services, performance, and users.
A new wallpaper with a fish image and a text saying \"shhh... let's not leak our hard work\".
However, Windows 8 Build 7989 also has some bugs and quirks, such as:
To install or run this build in VMware Workstation, you must set the hardware compatibility to version 8.x or below; otherwise, a bugcheck will occur[^1^].
The x64 version of this build does not support EFI hardware as it was bundled with a boot.wim image from the x86 version of Windows 7 RTM. To resolve this, either copy install.wim into an x64 installation disc of Windows 7 RTM or SP1, or deploy the image through DISM[^1^].
When enabling Redpill, a hidden mode that activates some experimental features, the start screen may appear to be empty. Also, an option to \"uninstall\" the desktop from the start screen is present but does not function[^1^].
When clicking on the \"Share\" button from the charms bar, a cat image with a text saying \"U can haz no pix. GIMME FISH\" is created in the %temp% folder. This is most likely a reference to the strict Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that existed during Windows 8's development[^1^].
This build automatically enables Aero Glass transparency even when installing the Starter or Home Basic editions, which is not supported by default. However, changing the color scheme to another one and then back to the default one will disable Aero Glass[^1^].
If you had an application and Metro search bar (or anything other than it) before disabling DWM, you may see the application as a black background and the search bar may appear again[^1^].
Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989 is an interesting preview of what Microsoft was working on in 2011 for its next-generation OS. However, it is not recommended to use it as your main OS as it is unstable, incomplete, and unsupported. If you want to try it out, you can download it from 0efd9a6b88