Is the final Windows 8 RTM build number 8888?

Just a few hours ago, it appeared that Microsoft's current build number for the Windows 8 Release to Manufacturing (RTM) candidate was 8523. Now the same web site that broke the news claims that the final version number of the RTM version will take a big jump.

Winunleaked.info (free registration required) claims that the sign-off build number for Windows 8 RTM will be 8888.16384.win8_rtm.120724-1555. Also, a Twitter post from the site's administrator "Canouna" says that a final sign off of the RTM candidate could happen later today at Microsoft or possibly early tomorrow.

Microsoft has already announced that it expects to complete the RTM build of Windows 8 sometime in the first week of August. We are only a week away from August 1st, so the timing seems to be pretty close

Once the final RTM version is achieved, it will be replicated on discs and sent to PC makers to install on new PCs, along with discs that will be packaged in retail stores; The official launch of Windows 8 is scheduled for October 26th.

The company has already announced that Windows XP, Vista and 7 owners can upgrade their PC to Windows 8 for just $39.99 from the time of its release to January 31, 2013. People who buy a new PC between now and January 31 will be able to get a Windows 8 update for just $14.99.

Source: Winunleaked.info

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8-8-8-8, or as pronounce in chinese cantonese, "forck-forck-forck-forck", ominously reflecting future users sentiment.

To be honest, I really don't see the importance of this build number crap, is it worth an article over it? who cares about what build it will be 8888 or 88889999 88999 89999.99999..just numbers.. it has no significance in this case, they're just refining to the finish line now. I think author should spend some time in providing more useful news than this.

xbamaris said,
Lol at all the rage comments. Grow up kiddies. The world doesn't revolve around what you want or think.

Yet you come here to this forum and felt the need to reply.

Gutierrez said,
lol
The ppl still gives a ****s about this?

I guess they do. I was thinking who cares, i am not going to use it anyways

Can we stop posting these stupid rumors, please? It will for sure not pass 8600. How can it jump 300 builds in a few days. So stupid to belive this, and even post about it.

It's not that 300 builds were built since then--Microsoft usually uses a special, higher number for RTM. 7 jumped from 72xx to 7600. Vista jumped from 58xx to 6000. Windows 98SE was 2222. So it's believable.

x-byte said,
Can we stop posting these stupid rumors, please? It will for sure not pass 8600. How can it jump 300 builds in a few days. So stupid to believe this, and even post about it.

This is not a rumor. Windows 8 RTM will be 8888.******* something, you clearly don't know what's going on do you?

Again, yes it will be 8888.something

x-byte said,
Can we stop posting these stupid rumors, please? It will for sure not pass 8600. How can it jump 300 builds in a few days. So stupid to belive this, and even post about it.

The same way Windows 7 was really NT kernel 6.1 and it wasn't necessarily the 7th major release of Windows either....
Version numbers don't seem to mean much to MS anymore, other than marketing.

rubbish speculation, same as with 7777 the other time. most likely they'll take whatever best build they have and rename to 8600

Josh the Nerd said,
More than speculation, this is supposedly leaked information.

keyword: supposedly. also now guarantee it's true or that they'll stop at this build. or that they'll leave the 8888 and don't rename to something else.
and it's not like this information is relevant anyway.

Honest question: Why do so many Windows guys care about the build number? Does it add to your experience?

.Neo said,
Honest question: Why do so many Windows guys care about the build number? Does it add to your experience?

It's a nerd thing, really

Sraf said,
It's a nerd thing, really

I've never really seen a Mac or Linux guy around here get all worked up over it.

The only things that actually matter are the major and minor version numbers - in this case that Windows 8 is internally Windows NT 6.2.

This is significant because it means that Windows 8 is still part of the 6.x series that began with Windows Vista. Windows 7 was NT 6.1 and Vista was NT 6.0. It used to be that the first number was always incremented for major releases whilst the second covered only minor upgrades (e.g. Windows 2000 was NT 5.0, whilst XP was 5.1 and the next major release Vista was 6.0). Windows 7 was only a minor revision of Vista and hence only got the second number incremented - despite this leading to the odd version number/name mismatch - the reason that Microsoft chose to live with this is that lots of software relies on checking the version string in order to decide if it's compatible - hence if they had bumped it to NT 7.0 lots of things would have broken.

I can only assume the same logic applies to Windows 8 being NT 6.2 rather than jumping to 7.0 or 8.0 even though it is clearly a major release more akin to 2000 or Vista.

.Neo said,
No idea why you're explaining this to me.

You asked why build numbers were so important to Windows people. If you don't want your question to be answered, think twice before posting your comment. Rude.

Going to be laughing so hard at the people wanting to download it and crack it on release (or even for a very very long time after) the activation method this OS is using is insane you have to do so much work to get it activated and even then its unstable and requires at least 1 other PC. The only simple way is with a franekbuild using RP's tokens or enable the 1000x rearm bug from an earlier beta release.

fun times. Would hate to be a windows forum when RTM hits the kids QQ about how to crack it will be intense.

Adam Vester said,
Going to be laughing so hard at the people wanting to download it and crack it on release (or even for a very very long time after) the activation method this OS is using is insane you have to do so much work to get it activated and even then its unstable and requires at least 1 other PC. The only simple way is with a franekbuild using RP's tokens or enable the 1000x rearm bug from an earlier beta release.

fun times. Would hate to be a windows forum when RTM hits the kids QQ about how to crack it will be intense.


I guess this is why they prepared discount upgrade for first few months after launch.
but it will be frustrating to wait another few months after rtm. official release is in October after all, doubt they'll let upgrade before then.

Adam Vester said,
Going to be laughing so hard at the people wanting to download it and crack it on release (or even for a very very long time after) the activation method this OS is using is insane you have to do so much work to get it activated and even then its unstable and requires at least 1 other PC. The only simple way is with a franekbuild using RP's tokens or enable the 1000x rearm bug from an earlier beta release.

fun times. Would hate to be a windows forum when RTM hits the kids QQ about how to crack it will be intense.

Your wrong its going to use the same easy bios slic thing.

Panda X said,
I don't see why the would jump that high. The number has no meaning anyway.

why not? they always jump the final build number up to some special number for them

neufuse said,

why not? they always jump the final build number up to some special number for them

What's so special about 7600?

Panda X said,

What's so special about 7600?

7600
7+6 = 13 : 00
13 : 00 = 1 now take 1+1 and it equals 2. Stick the 3 next to it and you get... 32!

32 is a very lovely number, don't you think

Quote:
" . . . along with discs that will be packaged in retail stores . . . "
Unquote.

I thought there wasn't going to be an actual physical retail media version of Windows 8.

DJGM said,
Quote:
" . . . along with discs that will be packaged in retail stores . . . "
Unquote.

I thought there wasn't going to be an actual physical retail media version of Windows 8.

There won't be retail versions of Windows 8 meaning no full copies. There will be retail upgrade copies

DJGM said,
Quote:
" . . . along with discs that will be packaged in retail stores . . . "
Unquote.
Thats what you get for "thoughting." Same here, but I was wrong once, just once though.
I thought there wasn't going to be an actual physical retail media version of Windows 8.

imachip said,

Yeah it's a very lucky set of numbers for Chinese folk

Given the anti piracy measures built in I think it is bad luck for them lol, we'll see