First post-RTM build number for Windows 8 revealed?

Microsoft signed off on the RTM build of Windows 8 earlier this month. At the time, the build number for the RTM version was 9200.16384.win8_rtm.120725-1247. Now a known Windows news leak source has posted screenshots that show a build number that is even higher than the one that Microsoft officially approved.

The Russian website forum WZOR is the source of the screenshots, which allegedly show that the next build number for Windows 8 is 9200.20495.120814-1420. No other information about the build was revealed in the screenshots.

Of course, Microsoft is expected to continue to work on Windows 8, even after the completion of the RTM build. However, it's currently unknown if this new build number means that Microsoft might have some kind of "day one" patch for Windows 8 when the OS is made available to the general public on October 26th.

In the meantime, versions of the current RTM build Windows 8 will be released for Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) on Monday, August 20th. A limited number of college students and their faculty members will be able to get a free copy of Windows 8 starting on August 25th as part of Microsoft's DreamSpark program. On September 1st, Microsoft's Volume License customers without Software Assurance can purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Thanks, as usual, to loyal Neowin member FaiKee for the tip!

Source: WZOR

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However, it's currently unknown if this new build number means that Microsoft might have some kind of "day one" patch for Windows 8 when the OS is made available to the general public on October 26th.

They wont change the build number at all.

I don't need the start menu back, but the start BUTTON would be nice so I could tell my customers where to f*cking click when I want them to do something. It was bad enough when they took away the word "start". Click on that orb thing, or worse even in Photogallery and Mail when they took the word "file" out. At least that is back on Win8 Photo and Movie.

Aero is not dead at all. The Desktop Window Manager is still alive and kicking and the majority of Windows Aero's features still remain. However the Aero Glass theme is completely gone hence the misconception that Aero is "gone" when that isn't the case. Aero = still there, Aero Glass = gone.

Lord Venom said,
Aero is not dead at all. The Desktop Window Manager is still alive and kicking and the majority of Windows Aero's features still remain. However the Aero Glass theme is completely gone hence the misconception that Aero is "gone" when that isn't the case. Aero = still there, Aero Glass = gone.
True, by the way, the new styles in named Aero.

Hmmm. This only means that the whole MS team was forced to release Windows 8 by this time.

This is the third OS that has brought severe changes on the UI infrastructure: (1st: Win 95, 2nd. Win Vista). And, as far as I know, both of them convey (specially Windows Vista) in that they took lots of time to produce and "get it right" or tired to.

I've been thinking this for a while, because Win 8 DOES FEEL rushed. They made many under the hood changes, and gave them some touches, but there is "something", like the "final touches" that are missing.

I can bet all my money they have already started the final preparations because they can't be affording to create another Windows XP for a plethora of reasons.

I still don't know how well Win 8 is going to do.

First of all, the press is not helping. People, rarely know what thing is good for them or not, so they resort to reviews.

Most tech reviews out there are very defaming and degrading, because of the UI. On the contrary, for the normal user, it would boost their capacity because it makes their normal tasks simpler and user friendly, seeing all those big titles to touch/click.

Microsoft, is unfortunately, no Apple, nor some magical puppeteer which can, from a simple wand move (called marketing), introduce a product which is already being bashed by the tech ecosystem and make them sell.

I can be wrong. OEM Equipment will tell in time.

I got 6.2.9200.16384 This is the Enterprise eval copy. Aero is not completely dead. The taskbar is still transparent. Open windows are just not transparent anymore. You can change the taskbar transparency to your liking (Just like in Windows 7).

Edited by jesseinsf, Aug 18 2012, 6:10pm :

Windows Nashville said,
I want Win 7 start menu. Until then, Win Build 9200.20495 can go to hell.

There's absolutely no way I'm upgrading to Win8 if I can't bring back start menu and boot into desktop too. Metro can kiss my butt

Windows Nashville said,
I want Win 7 start menu. Until then, Win Build 9200.20495 can go to hell.

Your future computing experience can go to hell, too.

superconductive said,
There's absolutely no way I'm upgrading to Win8 if I can't bring back start menu and boot into desktop too. Metro can kiss my butt

Then enjoy sticking with Windows 7. Though, there is Classic Shell and Start8 that does accomplish some of what you want. Not sure about boot to desktop but that's only one extra click.

Windows Nashville said,
I want Win 7 start menu. Until then, Win Build 9200.20495 can go to hell.

It's pretty annoying how every single Windows 8 news article has this comment. I mean, feel free to express your opinion, but don't post the same "can go to hell" comment every time.

rfirth said,

It's pretty annoying how every single Windows 8 news article has this comment. I mean, feel free to express your opinion, but don't post the same "can go to hell" comment every time.


How this, my personal feelings:

I want Win 7 start menu. Until then, Win Build 9200.20495 can kiss my @$$(Behind)!

According to Canouna and others, it's a QFE build that'll likely hit Windows Update before RTM that'll fix some bugs and alter the build number.

Possession said,
According to Canouna and others, it's a QFE build that'll likely hit Windows Update before RTM that'll fix some bugs and alter the build number.

Did something change?

Historically, QFEs released through Windows Update will update the build number for specific files, but not the whole system.

Historically, only Service Packs updated the build number.

Avatar Roku said,
Have they realized yet that they left the name of file recovery in control panel "Windows 7 File Recovery?"

Its supposed to be named that. If you mouse-over it, you'll see in the description, that its meant to recover backed up files from Windows 7, hence "Windows 7 File Recovery".

prjkthack said,

Its supposed to be named that. If you mouse-over it, you'll see in the description, that its meant to recover backed up files from Windows 7, hence "Windows 7 File Recovery".

Still, it would have worked better as just "File Recovery", seeing as it's still the whole Windows Backup system. If you don't want to use file recovery, you can still use Windows backup.

prjkthack said,

Its supposed to be named that. If you mouse-over it, you'll see in the description, that its meant to recover backed up files from Windows 7, hence "Windows 7 File Recovery".

No it's not, this is where you go to create a backup of your files in Windows 8.

This is a very stupid blunder.

I'm starting to like Windows 8 now. Developers Preview was bad, Consumer Preview was better but aero look still visible put me off. Now with RTM I'm startinting to really like it. There are some things that still should be fixed but overall RTM is first Windows 8 version I'm starting to really like it and think that I may upgrade from Windows 7. Probably all those little things that will stay on debut will be fixed in Windows Blue that is planned on 2013.

One thing for sure to make on start, disable desktop wallpaper and make is solid color, it fits so much better to metro. you can see it especially when you put desktop and metro app n split screen mode.

SubZenit said,

Btw, when I drop something or empty something from Recycle Bin, no sound is played, how does it act on your PC?

There are no sounds for either of those actions in Personalize > Sounds

JWharmsby said,

There are no sounds for either of those actions in Personalize > Sounds


The sounds are still there, you just have to turn them on manually for those specific tasks. It's the theme that turns it off or on. So the default theme turned off some sounds. In the sounds menu, click "Empty Recycle Bin" and then click the "Sounds" dropdown menu and then find "Windows recycle.wav". Those sounds will go off again every time you install or choose another theme.

Edited by jesseinsf, Aug 18 2012, 5:49pm :

SubZenit said,

Btw, when I drop something or empty something from Recycle Bin, no sound is played, how does it act on your PC?

There's a sound, albeit a very faint one.

This is not necessarily Microsoft "continu[ing] to work on Windows 8." In particular, the fact that there's no "win8_rtm" in the branch name suggests that the build comes not from a branch, but from trunk. This would thus eventually become Windows 9, or Windows 8.1, or whatever.

When a product hits RTM at Microsoft, it's forked and handed off to the team that does updates. They will then work only on this branch, making bug fixes and backporting security patches. Each time a new Service Pack is released, it's forked again to provide a stable base for bugfixing and patching.

Meanwhile, the main development team goes back to work on trunk. Often, what happens after RTM is that the developers are finally allowed to pay off some of the engineering debt that accumulated while the code was locked down for RTM. For example, some heavy refactoring might've been too dangerous just prior to RTM, due to the risk of regressions. But right after RTM is the best time to do it, because you've got until the next release to discover any regressions.

TomJones said,
This is not necessarily bla bla

Didn't know the answer to "Yay" is all this TL;DR mambo-jumbo... Dude!... You must be extraordinarily smart person!