Four more Windows 8 RTM ISOs leak; two to web

Kind of an ironic wallpaper, click on it for a larger image.

Yesterday the notorious Russian leaker WZOR confirmed that he also has both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8 Enterprise RTM and that they would be leaked to the web, with the "Pro" versions "to be released soon" as well, both x86 and x64 of that edition would also be offered.

These leaks are different in that they aren't "N" editions that have Media Player stripped out, and are supposedly "untouched" (bootable) images from Microsoft. The previous Enterprise "N" leak wasn't bootable and had a key embedded into the installer by the leaker.

Canouna of WinUnleaked also went as far as to confirming the news just over an hour ago on Twitter.

This follows yesterdays news of the Windows Server 2012 leak, and Thursdays news of Windows 8 Enterprise "N" being made available just some 24 hours after Microsoft handed over the bits to OEMs.

Microsoft has had an impressive, unprecedented record with Windows 8 testing, almost no internal builds leaked online during the test phase, maybe due to variations of the above wallpaper, who knows?

We like to think that the three Preview offerings to the public went some way to making sure internal builds were less important to leak, or maybe because the test group was that much smaller than that of previous Windows versions.

For those willing to wait until August 15th (if you have an MSDN account), you can still download the Release Preview and upgrade to the RTM (apparently) when it becomes available for download; or you can whet your appetite with this video walk-through of the leaked RTM.

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finally got around to trying Windows 8 in a virtual machine and i definitely don't like the way they took windows as everything is too changed and just seems less efficient vs Windows 7 overall from initial impression and initial impression is critical.

it's like you have to use that Windows Key to navigate crap and it seems even to shutdown the PC takes more effort than Windows 7. even when you go to the 'desktop' it seems pretty half-assed.

bottom line... i won't be dumping Windows 7 anytime soon and i hope Windows 8 fails as i don't want that interface to become the new standard at all as it just seems they made stuff harder to do for the sake of some 'semi-cool looking interface'

wonder if Windows Update works in these leaks? I installed the Release Preview again on HP laptop over the weekend, it came up with an error code - can't remember what it was.

never saw it before, and the same error does not occur on my desktop running Release Preview.

Live from Microsoft Build conference 2014!

VP Windows Steven Sinofsky: What we discovered based on our telemetry data for users running Windows 8, 99.9% were using the Desktop App most of the time. This was really surprising! Get this, most of these are Tablet users!

User Experience President Julie Green: That's why, we are now making the Windows Desktop experience the default when you turn on your Windows 9 device. The Start Screen is now a hidden charm you call up with a swipe from the left or point your mouse to the left hand corner. So its out of your way only when you need it.

User Experience President Julie Green: We also made it possible for you to disable the little f**ker permanently if you want to. Oh my, did I just say little 'little f**ker'? Forgive me, I'm a bit nervous, btw, that's just a code name.

VP Windows Steven Sinofsky: We also removed Start Screen apps being the default for your media. You will now use the default apps for your Music, Pictures and Videos. Also, you can now access all Start Screen apps as windows in the desktop environment, you can now pin them to your Taskbar.

Humongous cheers and applause and standing ovation from crowd.

Julie burst into tears after being a nervous wreck through the entire demo.

11 months later, Windows 9 becomes the best selling operating system of all time, 100 million licenses in one month.

... and one day later 100 million angry people ask if it possible to "upgrade" their shiny new computer they just bought to Windows XP, which is now 20 years old.

gosh...why do they even bother with x86 versions? why not get rid of x86 and only release x64 versions? i mean 32-bit apps will run under x64 version so why even bother having a x86 version only nowadays?

i thought the pro version lacks 'ultimate' features that's only available in the enterprise version? i.e. the equivalent version of win7 x64 ultimate in win8 is win8 enterprise? if that's the case, then why would anyone want win8 pro?

victorecho said,
gosh...why do they even bother with x86 versions? why not get rid of x86 and only release x64 versions? i mean 32-bit apps will run under x64 version so why even bother having a x86 version only nowadays?

There's still x86 processors out there in active use, it doesn't benefit anyone by dropping support for it, nor does it harm anyone for it being available except Microsoft who would just cut out some potential sales if it disappeared.

MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.PROFESSIONAL.RTM.X86.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT
BUILD: 6.2.9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247
FILE: Windows_8_Pro_EN-US_x86.ISO
SIZE: 2,632,460,288 byte
SHA-1: B30B7D770F047CF427E836ABC048501EFF8A1FAC
MD5: 99C94934E53B4E28E955D4FCB06CAAA8
CRC: A13474A9
NOTE: this is original M$ image.
This distributive can be installed with Retail or Volume non WMC (Windows Media Center) license keys.
by W.Z.T
8|3|12


MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.PROFESSIONAL.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT
BUILD: 6.2.9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247
FILE: Windows_8_Pro_EN-US_x64.ISO
SIZE: 3,581,853,696 byte
SHA-1: E63C1D3733532ABC7AB28F3D61526E361E80271A
MD5: 7A10316A79A543F2BF4953A4332B4323
CRC: 5D7BB5F4
NOTE: this is original M$ image.
This distributive can be installed with Retail or Volume non WMC (Windows Media Center) license keys.
by W.Z.T
8|3|12

(Info from the My Digital Life Forums. I won't post the keys that are listed there.)

Mr. Dee said,
Isn't it ironic, the Windows 8 Earth RTM theme includes a ice berg wallpaper like Windows ME.

it will sink just like titanic

This is the first version of Windows since 2000 that I just don't care about. Heck I was even excited for Vista, 8 does nothing for me.

Have to admit, the wallpapers and lock screen backgrounds are not that great, step down, even Vista had nice backgrounds. And that ugly Space Needle Lock Screen - crap.

lol im laughing so hard at all the windows 8 bashers, yet they are the first to always be on the torrent sites. we all know you guys are either mac or android fanboys,and you secretly love it, but are still hoping for it to fail because it would be embarassing that you backed a loser and wasted all your money on obsolete platforms,and used up half your time on the internet bashing windows phone. youre not fooling anymore. and again,you will look like a fool when the majority of people flock to windows 8.

vcfan said,
lol im laughing so hard at all the windows 8 bashers, yet they are the first to always be on the torrent sites. we all know you guys are either mac or android fanboys,and you secretly love it, but are still hoping for it to fail because it would be embarassing that you backed a loser and wasted all your money on obsolete platforms,and used up half your time on the internet bashing windows phone. youre not fooling anymore. and again,you will look like a fool when the majority of people flock to windows 8.

I think a lot of people like myself who were not happy with the RC downloaded the RTM to see if it was better and to restore are faith in the OS I guess you could say.. It didn't for me, but I'm sure lots of other people will like the OS..

hrmm i want to instll it now using the grace period just to get used to it as long as it will hold out till i can buy an upgrade key


aslong as i can use an upgrade key on this im happy

parengputik said,
Fire up your torrent clients, it has leaked already. Even the trial keys are included ..

Do you know what kind of grace period the trial keys will give you? I want to install this on my main rig but want to make sure that by the time I can get a legally purchased key I won't be already locked out and/or in reduced functionality mode...

Culpepper said,

Do you know what kind of grace period the trial keys will give you? I want to install this on my main rig but want to make sure that by the time I can get a legally purchased key I won't be already locked out and/or in reduced functionality mode...


There's no grace period. But you can't activate, hence leaving you with almost zero customization options on the PC Settings (Metro Control Panel).

You can go into system properties>activation and buy a key, but it's $69.99

Don't recall anyone ever saying the cost of the Pro activation being that amount.

xendrome said,
You can go into system properties>activation and buy a key, but it's $69.99

Don't recall anyone ever saying the cost of the Pro activation being that amount.

So right now you can buy a key and activate immediately.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Has anyone confirmed that this works?

I will later tonight, as this interests me. If a clean install gives you the option to buy a key for $69.99 then I'll go for that. Purchase likely won't work till October though? Doubt the servers are in-place yet to process the purchases but who knows....

JessJess said,
Purchase likely won't work till October though? Doubt the servers are in-place yet to process the purchases but who knows....

Yeah, that's my concern. Though if the Windows Store is live then it's possible that the licence purchases are as well.

I'd be happy paying slightly more to get it nearly three months early, especially as I've already migrated most of my drives over to Storage Spaces.

Had a look online since (not been able to test myself) but someone attempted to purchase a key with a Credit Card, and it all went through but the key it gave them was invalid. So it seems to be non-working at the moment (not sure if it still charged them for it though! Their receipt said €59.99).

I tried Windows 8, the day after, I reinstalled Windows 7. It's a OS only for the new Microsoft tablet, not for a desktop PC with a mouse. I have a 24" widescreen monitor but all apps run in fullscreen, even Messenger and minesweeper. Very strange choice. I have a six cores CPU and want to do multitasking, if I want a tablet interface, I'll use my Android tablet. -BIG FAIL.

EvilDust said,
I tried Windows 8, the day after, I reinstalled Windows 7. It's a OS only for the new Microsoft tablet, not for a desktop PC with a mouse. I have a 24" widescreen monitor but all apps run in fullscreen, even Messenger and minesweeper. Very strange choice. I have a six cores CPU and want to do multitasking, if I want a tablet interface, I'll use my Android tablet. -BIG FAIL.

I have a 27 inch monitor (and thinking about getting a 55inch tv and using it as a monitor also), however, do what I do, if the apps are running in full screen then drag it to the side. it looks better that way to me plus you get the added bonus of running the desktop alongside

I don't understand the need to run all small apps like messenger in fullscreen and must change the screen everytime. On my screen, I run Messenger, Firefox, Media Player Classic HC and 4 gadgets. I can run all this softwares in Windows 8 in desktop mode but I have no benefits and all run with a ugly look. I'll stay with Windows 7.

EvilDust said,
I don't understand the need to run all small apps like messenger in fullscreen and must change the screen everytime. On my screen, I run Messenger, Firefox, Media Player Classic HC and 4 gadgets. I can run all this softwares in Windows 8 in desktop mode but I have no benefits and all run with a ugly look. I'll stay with Windows 7.

MS basically is forcing retarted phone/tablet UI on a desktop. it doesn't matter if you can drag it to the side. messenger or dozen of other tiny apps that used to be normal desktop apps, worked better before, you could have placed them anywhere you want, not just designated areas like in metro.

I'd like to see a poll in a year and see how many people reverted back to W7 etc.

Putting all your eggs in one basket is dumb. If i was Microsoft i would probably
do what they did because it feeds a group of people that need crap like windows 8.
a dumbied down flashy tile interface with Metro cr'apps etc.
The rest of us though end up being alienated because MS decided we arn't of any value.
But how many of us are the one advising and installing the OS for morons ?
I have made the deciding factor about 99% of the time to all the machines
I have repaired upgraded over the last decade. Basicly it was up to me to pick what goes on what machine.

MS is stupid..
I am the one and people like me are the ones you need to convince
If you can't do that than you fail.

I am Not PCyr said,
But how many of us are the one advising and installing the OS for morons ?
I have made the deciding factor about 99% of the time to all the machines
I have repaired upgraded over the last decade. Basicly it was up to me to pick what goes on what machine.

MS is stupid..
I am the one and people like me are the ones you need to convince
If you can't do that than you fail.

That's just arrogant and pretty ill-educated. How many PC's have you installed Windows on in a decade, 100? 1000? Hell, lets be generous and even say 10,000 (i.e., TEN THOUSAND; 3 a day every day of your life for 10 years)--as of January 2012 there are 515 million Windows 7 licenses sold.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out the math on that. The reality is that you are simply a drop in the ocean compared to OEM's like Dell, HP, Lenovo and so on who sell that volume every day, shipped with the latest and greatest. The problem with back yard "IT experts" like yourself is that they have no understanding of the enterprise or scale and think that their opinion should be valued more than the developing company, you need to wake up.

You give a bad reputation to the rest of our profession.

I am Not PCyr said,
I'd like to see a poll in a year and see how many people reverted back to W7 etc.

Putting all your eggs in one basket is dumb.

In case you haven't been reading up on it, Windows 8 does in fact come with a "normal" desktop. It is hardly all their eggs in one basket. You do not have to use the Metro (soon to be renamed) style interface, except for the Start Screen. And the Start Screen is worlds better than the old start menu.

I think the naysayers will be surprised with Windows 8's success.

I am Not PCyr said,
I'd like to see a poll in a year and see how many people reverted back to W7 etc.

Putting all your eggs in one basket is dumb. If i was Microsoft i would probably
do what they did because it feeds a group of people that need crap like windows 8.
a dumbied down flashy tile interface with Metro cr'apps etc.
The rest of us though end up being alienated because MS decided we arn't of any value.
But how many of us are the one advising and installing the OS for morons ?
I have made the deciding factor about 99% of the time to all the machines
I have repaired upgraded over the last decade. Basicly it was up to me to pick what goes on what machine.

MS is stupid..
I am the one and people like me are the ones you need to convince
If you can't do that than you fail.

http://bit.ly/3jdYw

predictable replies..
and you guys fail hard ..sorry

you guys are here at Neowin so you are not run of the mill pc noobs like Grandma etc.
And all the techie's, pc repairmen and enthusists are the life blood and driving force to the pc industry.
And you guys know this but are gonna spin things fast and hard to suit your needs.

The negative perception of Vista driven by us proves my point.
What is the adoption rate of vista ?

and how many noobs went and bought the last new $1,000
nvidia gfx card or $2,000 cpu ?

I stand by what i said %101
and ascendant123 my record is flawless.. even though you missed what i said
when i stated that ALL of my customers STILL come back. Picking and choosing what we read ? Or just making things up as you go along ?

And Synthetic, i don't visit links when people hide the url sorry.
Have something to say ? Grow some balls son

Edited by I am Not PCyr, Aug 5 2012, 2:46pm :

[quote=I am the one and people like me are the ones you need to convince
If you can't do that than you fail.[/quote]

Actually you are the ones we need to switch to another OS and lose from the forum, so those of us that can see into the future can have intelligent debate on how to proceed, feature wise, absent mindless criticism.

Your blind to the fact that MS created Win8 in order to lose guys like you. See? It's working!

I am Not PCyr said,
predictable replies..
and you guys fail hard ..sorry

you guys are here at Neowin so you are not run of the mill pc noobs like Grandma etc.
And all the techie's, pc repairmen and enthusists are the life blood and driving force to the pc industry.
And you guys know this but are gonna spin things fast and hard to suit your needs.

The negative perception of Vista driven by us proves my point.
What is the adoption rate of vista ?

and how many noobs went and bought the last new $1,000
nvidia gfx card or $2,000 cpu ?

I stand by what i said %101
and ascendant123 my record is flawless.. even though you missed what i said
when i stated that ALL of my customers STILL come back. Picking and choosing what we read ? Or just making things up as you go along ?

And Synthetic, i don't visit links when people hide the url sorry.
Have something to say ? Grow some balls son

I might have agreed with you if it wasnt' for your arrogant dumbassish way of saying what you said.

however, show me one enterprise level company other than Microsoft who decided to try something new? this is a bold step for the company and it's pretty much version 1. I'm sure they'll learn a lot from v.1

at present the new interface isn't as robust as it should be, but I'm sure it'll get there.
ever since the iPad came out everyone has been on Microsoft's ass asking how come they can't make a tablet interface/OS to compete. well with this Metro they have. windows 8 works well on my Acer W500, the UI just works, and it works well. After getting used to Metro the iPad feels dated...having you asking your self = "isn't there anything more to this thing?"

in anycase windows 8 is a good starting point UI wise for the tablet market. and I'm looking forward to upgrade my tablet soon when new hardware starts coming out.

I am Not PCyr said,
predictable replies..
and you guys fail hard ..sorry

you guys are here at Neowin so you are not run of the mill pc noobs like Grandma etc.
And all the techie's, pc repairmen and enthusists are the life blood and driving force to the pc industry.
And you guys know this but are gonna spin things fast and hard to suit your needs.

The negative perception of Vista driven by us proves my point.
What is the adoption rate of vista ?

and how many noobs went and bought the last new $1,000
nvidia gfx card or $2,000 cpu ?

I stand by what i said %101
and ascendant123 my record is flawless.. even though you missed what i said
when i stated that ALL of my customers STILL come back. Picking and choosing what we read ? Or just making things up as you go along ?

And Synthetic, i don't visit links when people hide the url sorry.
Have something to say ? Grow some balls son

lol,who the **** do you think you are? you're a pc repairman that has an insignificant customer base,and chances are,when you start putting crap on their pcs,and they see all their friends using windows 8, they are going to dump your ass. looks like you need to invest in some chapstick soon, cuz youre going to be kissing some ass when your customers start demanding they get the great new windows.

Sekyal said,

In case you haven't been reading up on it, Windows 8 does in fact come with a "normal" desktop. It is hardly all their eggs in one basket. You do not have to use the Metro (soon to be renamed) style interface, except for the Start Screen. And the Start Screen is worlds better than the old start menu.

I think the naysayers will be surprised with Windows 8's success.

keep smoking what ever your smoking it you think start screen is better.

I am Not PCyr said,
predictable replies..
and you guys fail hard ..sorry

you guys are here at Neowin so you are not run of the mill pc noobs like Grandma etc.
And all the techie's, pc repairmen and enthusists are the life blood and driving force to the pc industry.
And you guys know this but are gonna spin things fast and hard to suit your needs.

The negative perception of Vista driven by us proves my point.
What is the adoption rate of vista ?

and how many noobs went and bought the last new $1,000
nvidia gfx card or $2,000 cpu ?

I stand by what i said %101
and ascendant123 my record is flawless.. even though you missed what i said
when i stated that ALL of my customers STILL come back. Picking and choosing what we read ? Or just making things up as you go along ?

And Synthetic, i don't visit links when people hide the url sorry.
Have something to say ? Grow some balls son

This whole comment just screams unwarranted self importance!

I am Not PCyr said,
And Synthetic, i don't visit links when people hide the url sorry.
Have something to say ? Grow some balls son
Pfft

togermano said,
if you install how long will it go without needing to be activated?

Doesn't say Activation is mandatory (ie. no 3 to 27 day count down), but the Software Licensing status indicates 1000 REARMs. This Enterprise requires a KMS host to activate. Of course, if its not activated, you can't do things like change the lock screen or Start Screen Color and Background.

Either the Windows 8 Enterprise VL image has been modified or we are in for a surprise. I am installing it as we speak and the setup experience uses the old familiar Windows 7 setup environment when you launch setup from within a running version of Windows. When I launched setup in Windows 8 Release Preview, the setup went to full screen mode with the option of doing a custom install or keeping personal files, settings and apps.

This the RTM x64 image provided by WZOR by the way, untouched. Its possible Microsoft differentiates the consumer setup experience compared to the volume Enterprise setup experience since IT setups will want more granular experience.

Mr. Dee said,
Either the Windows 8 Enterprise VL image has been modified or we are in for a surprise. I am installing it as we speak and the setup experience uses the old familiar Windows 7 setup environment when you launch setup from within a running version of Windows. When I launched setup in Windows 8 Release Preview, the setup went to full screen mode with the option of doing a custom install or keeping personal files, settings and apps.

This the RTM x64 image provided by WZOR by the way, untouched. Its possible Microsoft differentiates the consumer setup experience compared to the volume Enterprise setup experience since IT setups will want more granular experience.

The setup is the same asit has always been. It shops use WDS or Sccm with unattended xml files to automate the setup procedure, they can use the exact same install.wim image or more likely, add updates and apllications to the image and deploy it.

sjaak327 said,

The setup is the same asit has always been. It shops use WDS or Sccm with unattended xml files to automate the setup procedure, they can use the exact same install.wim image or more likely, add updates and apllications to the image and deploy it.

No, it has not always been this way. The Release Preview does not use a full screen window for the initial phases of setup such as Preparing setup, Accepting EULA, Choosing installation options (What you want to keep) etc.

I've got one of those N versions, Installed it on a VM last night. Fun little thing. it does come with some easy instructions on how to use it for noobs
Now I'm setting it up on my ma in rig cant wait.
Setup takes about as long as a Win7 install it seems. But no DVD or network boot needed is just great addition. I've wanted this for a long time MS, thank you
mount the ISO in Win7 and you can install

superconductive said,
hmm, i wonder if microsoft implemented mechanisms to trace back the source of the leaks

How's that gonna help this situation, where the leak is already spread on the Internet like a wildfire? Even if they'll know whop leaked it, the massive damage has been done already.

superconductive said,
hmm, i wonder if microsoft implemented mechanisms to trace back the source of the leaks

Chances are the guy hacked into an OEM and nicked it from them and the OEM is completely unaware that they've got someone doing it.

n_K said,

Chances are the guy hacked into an OEM and nicked it from them and the OEM is completely unaware that they've got someone doing it.

OEM's don't get enterprise edition
Looks like got from vlsc

Anarkii said,

It doesn't matter if it gets traced or not, it's not like M$ are actually going to sell any copies of Windows 8 on any desktops.

Unfortunately for your prejudgements they will sell hundreds of millions.

Pupik said,
Even if they'll know whop leaked it, the massive damage has been done already.

What massive damage? It's the finalized product and we all pretty much know what it's like.

.Neo said,

What massive damage? It's the finalized product and we all pretty much know what it's like.

Yeah there is no "damage" since you can't activate it/crack it, and if you can, you have legit keys so you are likely a VLSC or paying customer of some channel.

Cøi said,

Unfortunately for your prejudgements they will sell hundreds of millions.

because it will be pre-loaded on OEM pcs, and over half of those will ask those OEM to revert back to windows 7 just like vista customers wanted xp back

nekrosoft13 said,

because it will be pre-loaded on OEM pcs, and over half of those will ask those OEM to revert back to windows 7 just like vista customers wanted xp back


I was unaware you could predict the future. Tell me exactly how many copies of Windows 9 and Mac OS 11 will be sold.