Call the plumbers! Windows 8.1 9477 has leaked

A couple of new screenshots posted by faithful Neowin reader and community member FaiKee, shows that Windows 8.1 build 9477 which was released to OEM's almost three weeks ago, has now leaked online and can be found in the 'usual places' if you have access of course.

Nothing new can be seen, and the fact that it's Chinese (specifically 9477 X64, zh-CN version) might put some people off 'testing' this newer build before RTM hits.

Different sized tiles? Check.

Loads of threats about leaking this (in Chinese)? Check.

This leak comes shortly before the final date for internal testing of Windows 8.1, which will be on August 23rd according to our sources.

There were rumors that the 9477 build was meant to be the final version but we've already seen evidence of post 948x build screenshots, indicating that Microsoft may now be trying to stamp out bugs between now and the official RTM launch date, and beyond.

As we reported earlier, Microsoft has announced that Windows 8.1 will be released to the general public on October 18th as a free downloadable update for current Windows 8 users. Many OEMs will also launch new PCs with Windows 8.1 already installed on that date as well.

Via: Neowin Forums | Cheers again FaiKee!

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Windows is running inside VMware and the screenshot was taken on the host machine, whoever uploaded it forgot to crop out the VMware borders

MrAnalysis said,
Windows is running inside VMware and the screenshot was taken on the host machine, whoever uploaded it forgot to crop out the VMware borders could be virtual box actually pfft dono it's one of the two.

MrAnalysis said,
Windows is running inside VMware and the screenshot was taken on the host machine, whoever uploaded it forgot to crop out the VMware borders

I don't see how it's relevant? it's not as if someone is going to format their system to install a leaked build so they can grab a couple of screenshots

was suppose to quote from what another user put: "What's that on top edge of desktop screen? Running metro apps are now showed like that? If that's the case i like it. Only thing i don't like on Windows 8 is multitasking between desktop and metro apps. Seems this will solve that partially." but yeah not sure what happened lol.

What's that on top edge of desktop screen? Running metro apps are now showed like that? If that's the case i like it. Only thing i don't like on Windows 8 is multitasking between desktop and metro apps. Seems this will solve that partially.

I hope someone will leak RTM build! So far they are leaking eraly builds and people geting fired! I hope someone will stay in work and leak 8.1 before he get fired

The default wallpaper/background for the start screen should be a black variant for sure. I can not understand why they constantly using a blue theme. every study shows that black looks more classy/elegant than blue and doesn't polarize as much.

Blue's lovely, what are you saying? Blue's a very versatile and relaxing colour, much more than black is.

Context is everything though, and "every study"? Yeah, sure...

I still can't get over how ugly that default wallpaper is. Why can't they have another windows 7 creative wallpaper as the default?

I am making two decisions today.

When the RTM for Windows 8 came out in August, I initially installed it on a 30 GB partition dual booting with Windows XP. That partition has since ran out of space (0 bytes). When Windows 8.1 became available, I installed that on a spare computer on another computer for testing.

My intention was Microsoft would RTM 8.1 this month and make it available on MSDN. Well, its not happening until October.

So, I plan to do the following:

- Reinstall Windows 8 RTM over 8.1 and migrate files from the machine dual booting with Windows XP.

- Option 2, migrate the files from the RTM machine to 8.1 and make that my default machine until October when 8.1 RTM becomes available upgrade over that installation.

Chore is, I will have to reinstall my apps of course.

Option 3, get rid of XP, format the whole HDD and install Windows 8 on it, then upgrade to 8.1 when it's available.

Benefits:
* If you really need XP, dual boot with it as a Virtual machine (Boot off VHD) and you won't really have these space issues, plus a whole host of other benefits, whilst still retaining the ability to utilise all hardware.
* Prep work for 8.1 is mostly done; it'll be a simple upgrade when it's available, not a massive chore.
* Windows 8 can grow as big as it wants, because it is no longer constrained to a tiny partition.
* You can install and/or move VHD files that contain test builds on your computer or other computers without affecting your primary installation, plus either run them under Hyper-V under Windows 8 while you use it, or boot directly to them. This is significantly better than your current arrangement.

Shadowzz said,
Recommended space on a disk for Windows is well over 50GB.
How's that? I've got a 500GB hard drive and it has run Windows 7 and 8 and now Windows 8.1. I've never hit the 450 GB left milestone, even with programs like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc. installed!

Recommended ofc it depends on what you do, but vista/7/8 easily go beyond 50gb of needed space the older the install gets.
My own C:\Windows is 53.8GB (not counting 'useless' space of WinSXS, actual used space.). And it's usual to see other's C:\Windows go into the several dozens of GB.
Official requirements say 10-20GB should be plenty But that's for those that barely use their system.

I can see that the Mail app's tile is now the same shade of blue used in the outlook logo rather than teal like it was before. Also, the Help & Tips app has change it's icon from being a book to now something that is similar to the help and support center icon.

The store icon has rounder handles in the shopping bag. New start background? Internet Explorer words are stacked instead of spread out.

ians18 said,
The store icon has rounder handles in the shopping bag. New start background? Internet Explorer words are stacked instead of spread out.
It's indeed a new background. I think "Internet Explorer" is stacked because it's Chinees.

link6155 said,
I can see that the Mail app's tile is now the same shade of blue used in the outlook logo rather than teal like it was before. Also, the Help & Tips app has change it's icon from being a book to now something that is similar to the help and support center icon.
I like the new color of the mail app, looks much better than the green/blue-ish color.

ians18 said,
The store icon has rounder handles in the shopping bag. New start background? Internet Explorer words are stacked instead of spread out.

That's because the of the Chinese language font size. The font is slightly larger than normal making the words stack like that .