So as Microsoft nears the end of development for Windows 7 we are now at the magical RTM build of 7600. Last week build 7600.16384 leaked and many assumed it was the final RTM Build that was to be signed off as gold and final. After talking to a few contacts within the program and developers, they gladly pointed out that it is NOT the RTM build. As some remember Windows Vista did a very similar trick during its RTM phase where there were a number of complied builds as ‘6000′. Ultimately it was settled that 16386 would be the build MS would send to manufacturing.
There are a number of sites however claiming that July 13th was the sign off date which was not necessarily true. Instead it was noted that it would be THIS month not a specific date. So as this has come to pass, another build: 7600.16385 has leaked out from a Chinese source.
Hopefully in the next few days we’ll know more but as of right now there is not a definitive RTM build that is gold.