Chinese Windows 8.1 RTM screenshots allegedly show new default wallpaper

As we await the official word from Microsoft that the RTM build of Windows 8.1 has been completed, a Chinese website claims to have some new screenshots from that version of Microsoft's latest OS.

IThome.com has posted the images which the site claims show off the new default wallpaper that will be included with Windows 8.1. Another page on IThome.com allegedly shows some more wallpaper packs that will be a part of the OS along with a new Windows 8.1 theme package and lock screen wallpaper.

Again, Microsoft has yet to officially announce that the RTM build has been completed but we expect the company will send out an official press soon. The build has the version number 9600 and online reports claim it has already been sent to OEMs for installation on new PCs.

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be generally available on October 18th and US owners of Windows 8 PCs will be able to download the update for free via the Windows Store on the morning of October 17th. PC makers will also likely launch a number of new desktop, laptop and tablet products with Windows 8.1 installed on October 18th as well.

Thanks to Neowin reader FaiKee for the tip!

Source: IThome.com | Image via IThome.com

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I never really understood the complaining about icons. whatever happened to people customizing their windows to their liking? when windows 7 released, people were still into UI customization. it seems like now, people want MS to do it for them. when you say customization, it means as You like as YOU want. Don't expect MS to do everything for you. geez..

I wonder if they finally managed to include wallpapers for screens with a resolution higher than 1920 x 1200.

Studio384 said,
Microsoft said that the update will only be delivered trough the Windows Store.

Unlikely. They will also probably offer an ISO for those buying 8.1 directly or doing a clean install. The beta was originally supposed to be via the Store only but later Microsoft gave in and offered an iso option too for those that wanted to do a separate install in a VM or dual boot.

This is fake. There's no chance yellow will be the default colour. Shade of blue will be again and there are many reasons ain't gonna be yellow or black or gray or whatever else. Only blue and that's the right thing.

someone should get fired!!

wallpapers influence the appearance of on OS so much.

they should have thought about this just for a second! why not more classy, stylish with nice black/grey and less colors?! aren't the live tiles colorful enough?! now we look at a fisherprice toy...

Dot Matrix said,

What?

black/grey/white is more neutral for most people so it generates less disapproval. that's what surveys clearly show.

and thats why those colors should be used for good/appealing UI design. and someone decided differently. so in my opinion he or she should be fired.

the default wallpaper is the first thing people see and therefore is very important for the first impression.

yves707 said,
@dot matrix: what do you mean?

Why do people need fired for the default wallpapers? Personally, I like them.

No one is forcing you to use them, and they're easily deletable.

Max Norris said,

No, you've been able to change them since 95, at least.

That's true, but it would have been nice for them to change the default icons to something more in line with the Metro theme. I mean, come on, they still are keeping the glossy, reflective, transparent recycle bin icon? It looks horribly out of place. Heck, they could've used the design scheme from Office 2013. Especially for the ribbon UI in File Explorer, and the icons in Computer Management.

devHead said,
That's true, but it would have been nice for them to change the default icons to something more in line with the Metro theme.

That I won't argue with, Microsoft could take a few lessons from other theme designers. That and a dictionary bookmarked to the page with the definition of "consistency." That said, meh, one of the first things I do with any OS (not just Windows) is "make it my own" with how it looks, etc. I don't think I've been happy with the out-of-the-box look for anything in over a decade. Either that or I'm just a picky old ******.

Max Norris said,

No, you've been able to change them since 95, at least.

Ok, I'll bite; how? Please don't tell me digging thru imagers.dll is at all adequate?

Mugwump00 said,
Ok, I'll bite; how? Please don't tell me digging thru imagers.dll is at all adequate?

No, imageres.dll is just a collection of images, although you can change those too. It really depends on which icon you're wanting to change, it varies. Google is --> thataways. Or get a third party program to do it for you, click click done. Not exactly intuitive, no, but certainly not impossible.. most people wouldn't care either way and those that do tweak it well beyond just an icon. Besides, changing system icons in other desktops can be just as frustrating at times. Just for example, changing an application icon in Unity or Gnome 3 isn't as simple as right-click/change icon either.. people tend to go with a third party utility to do it for them versus fiddling around with .desktop files or the Gnome version of the registry.

devHead said,

That's true, but it would have been nice for them to change the default icons to something more in line with the Metro theme. I mean, come on, they still are keeping the glossy, reflective, transparent recycle bin icon? It looks horribly out of place. Heck, they could've used the design scheme from Office 2013. Especially for the ribbon UI in File Explorer, and the icons in Computer Management.

Precisely! It's like a motor manufacturer using the same steering-wheel for 3 generations of a model; "consistency" eventually becomes a weak excuse for penny-pinching and poor aesthetics.

Max Norris said,

No, imageres.dll is just a collection of images, although you can change those too. It really depends on which icon you're wanting to change, it varies. Google is --> thataways. Or get a third party program to do it for you, click click done. Not exactly intuitive, no, but certainly not impossible.. most people wouldn't care either way and those that do tweak it well beyond just an icon. Besides, changing system icons in other desktops can be just as frustrating at times. Just for example, changing an application icon in Unity or Gnome 3 isn't as simple as right-click/change icon either.. people tend to go with a third party utility to do it for them versus fiddling around with .desktop files or the Gnome version of the registry.

All true but not really my point, oh, and thanks for the "Google" tip - how have I missed that for so long?! They apparently do a real "Android" too - that'll be handy around my cave...

My issue is that these items/icons now look (*somewhat*) outdated and incongruous. Like it or not for Microsoft, they will remain centre-stage for most users, most everyday, and they don't convey the sense of clean "pure digital" experience, just the same-old same-old skeuomorphic meh of a forgotten OS.

They say Lazy and/or MS doesn't really get aesthetics. Still.

Mugwump00 said,
All true but not really my point, oh, and thanks for the "Google" tip - how have I missed that for so long?! They apparently do a real "Android" too - that'll be handy around my cave...

Not sure why you're being bitchy about it when you specifically asked "Ok, I'll bite; how?" I'm not going to explain how to change each and every icon on your system, some are just right-click and properties, some are more involved. Hence, Google it.

And yea, I got the point of outdated, I even mentioned that I agreed with another person who said the same thing.

To much yellow. Never really cared for the Windows wallpapers. Then again, I get bored of wallpapers and change mine all the time.

Standard desktop theme ... ****. Even daisies on a blue background were more pleasing to the eye. I noticed the gadget load monitoring system, but it would be nice if more and weather gadget could bring to the desktop.

The start screen one is ok. I know it's a half second to change it, but that bright orange.. thing, that's a bit out of line for the usual default wallpapers. They're usually a lot more.. tranquil than that neon orange. A darker blue variant of that maybe.