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Windows 7 beta leaks onto web

Beta version of next Windows OS available for download through bit torrent sites

A beta version of Microsoft’s Windows 7, the successor to the Windows Vista operating system, has been leaked onto a number of popular bit torrent sites.

The beta, which is not due for public release until sometime early next year, has been appearing with increasing frequency on file sharing sites like Pirate Bay.

Pirate Bay currently lists nearly 5,000 seeds, or computers hosting the download, for Windows 7 Build 7000, confirmed by Microsoft as an official beta for the 32-bit version of Windows 7.

A pre-beta version was released to developers in November, although it is not clear how this full version, came to be online.

The beta includes watermarks and a 30 day time limit, although many download sites also include tools to workaround or disable these features.

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