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[64-Bit] Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989 Full Version

[64-Bit] Windows 8 Milestone 3 Build 7989 Full Version

Windows 8 was the successor of Windows 7, released by Microsoft in October 2012. It introduced a new user interface based on tiles and touch gestures, as well as many other features and improvements. However, before the final release, Windows 8 went through several development stages and builds, some of which were leaked to the public. One of these builds was Windows 8 build 7989, a Milestone 3 build of Windows 8, which was compiled on April 21, 2011.

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In this article, we will take a look at some of the characteristics and quirks of this build, as well as how to download and install it on your computer.

What is Windows 8 build 7989?

Windows 8 build 7989 is a Milestone 3 build of Windows 8, which means it was part of the third phase of development before the beta stage. It was originally released on June 18, 2011 in the x64 architecture, then on February 8, 2020, an x86 checked/debug version of it was uploaded to BetaArchive. The unmodified version of the AMD64 architecture's ISO image was later found on June 18, 2022.

This build has some notable features and differences from the final version of Windows 8, such as:

  • A new boot screen with a small "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 with five icons: Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings.

  • A new immersive browser with a minimalistic interface and support for tabs.

  • A new file explorer with a ribbon interface and support for libraries.

  • A new task manager with a simplified view and more details.

  • A new control panel with a metro-style design and more options.

  • A new desktop wallpaper with a fish image and a watermark.

However, this build also has some bugs and quirks that make it unstable and incompatible with some hardware and software. For example:

  • 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 build. To fix this, either copy install.wim into an x64 installation disc of build 7600 or 7601, or deploy the image through DISM.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • When clicking the "Share" button from the charms bar, a cat image with 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.

  • This build automatically enables Aero Glass transparency even when installing the Starter or Home Basic SKUs, 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.