Windows 7 on MSDN

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August 19, 2009 at 9:39 am #85411
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I have just got a MSDN subscription and would like to try Windows 7, bit confused by which build I want though. I have access to versions updated on the 7th August which are 65921 Enterprise and 65922 Ultimate (x64) but how do these compare in terms of how new they are vs the RC and RTM that I have seen floating around on torrent sites with build numbers like 7600?

Someone point me in the right direction?

Thanks.

September 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm #88449
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"blawford":i4aura7i wrote:
I have just got a MSDN subscription and would like to try Windows 7, bit confused by which build I want though. I have access to versions updated on the 7th August which are 65921 Enterprise and 65922 Ultimate (x64) but how do these compare in terms of how new they are vs the RC and RTM that I have seen floating around on torrent sites with build numbers like 7600?

Someone point me in the right direction?

Thanks.
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I can understand your confusion, I’ll see if I can explain it a little.

The numbers 65921 and 65922 are download identifiers used by Microsoft, I’ll see if I can post a full list here.
[code:i4aura7i]
Starter: 68956 (x86)
Home Basic: 65654 (x86)
Home Premium: 65732 (x86), 65733 (x64)
Professional: 65804 (x86),  65805 (x64)
Enterprise: 70745 (x86), 70749 (x64)
Ultimate: 65921 (x86), 65922 (x64)[/code:i4aura7i]

All of these builds are build number 6.1.7600.16385, the only difference is that each download, by default, attempts to install only the version listed. If you erase the file ei.cfg (On the disc, under the sources folder), it will allow you to install any version during the install process, it will simply ask you for your key or to select a version to use.

The bottom line is, as long as you download the correct arch type (x86 or x64), you will have no problems with any of the downloads - But since you have technet/msdn license I expect you'll be installing Windows 7 Ultimate. If you wish to install a different version, remember that you may have to modify the iso (by deleting the ei.cfg file) to "unlock" the other versions.

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