Leaked screenshots of Windows 8 build 8172 surface

Another week, another Windows 8 leak. This time it's the turn of PCBeta, who have revealed four new screenshots from a developer build. The version shown is build 8172.

The screenshots show off the new PC settings page, with links to customise notifications, searches and device access. The lock screen is also easily customisable from here, with apps able to run in the background and pop up notifications even when the device is locked. The settings screen carries on the Metro style that has been slowly making its way through Microsoft's product line.

Two more screenshots show off the Windows 8 desktop with Explorer running. Microsoft has made it clear that the desktop will be accessible from the Metro screen, and Microsoft look like they're still continuing with the ribbon theme that debuted in Office 2007. The ribbon can be expanded and hidden as the user wishes.

The final screenshot is a sparse-looking start page with only a few icons present. It's easy to see how the start screen will vary in appearance depending on the computer, with apps and tiles populating the screen as the user adds more.

Thanks again to FaiKee, he has pointed out that these shots have been dismissed by Canouna of MDL, who is on a different source channel but PCBeta have been right in the past.

Update: We cannot confirm these shots are real, if anything it's some eye candy for what's to come, these are reportedly from the OEM channel. So make of it what you will :)

Update 2: This may explain the odd build number:


Click for full image and forum post, thanks for researching this Faikee!

Update 3: Added some more screenshots to the gallery, as posted here by PCBeta.

See below for a gallery of the screenshots.

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I give up. Now the control panel is PC settings? And when you get there you have less options than the current control panel which means more clicks and sub-menus to get to things. So far everything I've seen out of these betas have been change for the sake of change and nothing improved from the previous version. Might as well rename the start button "action happen" because it's not called that now. I also noticed the icons on my desktop are currently oriented in a way that I can read. Win8 should turn them all upside down and invert the colors so it's not the same. The "shut down" command should also turn the computer on.

Win8!

Crand said,
I give up. Now the control panel is PC settings? And when you get there you have less options than the current control panel which means more clicks and sub-menus to get to things. So far everything I've seen out of these betas have been change for the sake of change and nothing improved from the previous version. Might as well rename the start button "action happen" because it's not called that now. I also noticed the icons on my desktop are currently oriented in a way that I can read. Win8 should turn them all upside down and invert the colors so it's not the same. The "shut down" command should also turn the computer on.

Win8!


"PC settings" isn't the "control panel", those are different things and they are meant to live one next to each other, like the classic desktop and metro.
You gave up too early, think a bit more before giving up man!

Anthonyd said,

" think a bit more before giving up man!

I did, it IS a replacement, I still give up. Please don't call me stupid just because you disagree. Also, you should make damn sure you're right before you insult somebody.

How do you know it's a replacement? In the developer preview we see both the traditional Control Panel and the same Metro app we've seen renamed to "PC settings" in newer builds.

Such a mish mash of concepts.

The front start screen is simple, touch screen based and clean. Then you go to the desktop and its now using the cluttered ribbon design which throws tons of options at the users.

Its utterly amazing and I have to think its done purely because they know they cant simplify the whole OS to the front screen like they'd want to.

Something for notebooks and desktops is LONG overdue! Of course, that tiled start screen has to go--how crude and tablet-centric. I hope the desktop can be the default window that appears when Windows 8 launches, comparable to how Windows 7 and all earlier versions did.

What works on a Phone and, potentially, a Tablet, doesn't mean the look works on a Desktop. And sorry MS but...it doesn't.

For us (or at least me) who do new computer setups and computer repair, I'm loathing the day windows 8 gets released. My customers are going to be so lost.

Well ... hoping for a theme that change that and the registry key trick to disable the new Start Menu still works

i tried the new Menu Metro style, days in Dev build, for me is way slower, you move you mouse alot more than the current start menu, it reminds me Windows 95 with alot of shortcuts and submenus in the Start

Mayhem said,
Well ... hoping for a theme that change that and the registry key trick to disable the new Start Menu still works

i tried the new Menu Metro style, days in Dev build, for me is way slower, you move you mouse alot more than the current start menu, it reminds me Windows 95 with alot of shortcuts and submenus in the Start


You are doing it wrong. It's much faster than the old menu, especially when searching for appz/file/settings since you have a lot more results per page.

Mayhem said,
Well ... hoping for a theme that change that and the registry key trick to disable the new Start Menu still works

i tried the new Menu Metro style, days in Dev build, for me is way slower, you move you mouse alot more than the current start menu, it reminds me Windows 95 with alot of shortcuts and submenus in the Start

The mouse & keyboard interaction wasn't finished. Also, moving a mouse *more* is no loss, compared to the relative lack of precision you now need to use to hit targets than before, which can actually speed things up.

Anthonyd said,
especially when searching for appz/file/settings since you have a lot more results per page.

Depends, only if you know what you are looking. For the general user it will always suffice, but there are cases that you want to match the file's name, but you don't know its classification (File, App, Setting).

In the way they have it ordered... it's far way less productive when that occasion arrives. They should provide an option to search for files in a blended way: Files, Apps, Settings. Then everyone is happy.

Jose_49 said,

Depends, only if you know what you are looking. For the general user it will always suffice, but there are cases that you want to match the file's name, but you don't know its classification (File, App, Setting).

In the way they have it ordered... it's far way less productive when that occasion arrives. They should provide an option to search for files in a blended way: Files, Apps, Settings. Then everyone is happy.


You must have troubles in your mind if you don't know what you are searching for

I really wish they would do with the Ribbon like they did with Office 2010, have it blend into the window frame rather than the harsh ribbon/aero look they've got going on. I think with the blending it'll make it far more polished.

Tony. said,
I really wish they would do with the Ribbon like they did with Office 2010, have it blend into the window frame rather than the harsh ribbon/aero look they've got going on. I think with the blending it'll make it far more polished.

It is blended in the window... it only appears 'over' the windows when you have it collapsed by default and click on a menu item.

These screenshots show only pre-beta stage... this is why i'd never made the DP available to the public: most of the people are just too dumb, incompetent or impatient to get the idea what "developer preview" means (they use not one, but TWO words to say: don't touch this you idiot, it's NOT A PUBLIC BETA!!!)...

Morden said,
These screenshots show only pre-beta stage... this is why i'd never made the DP available to the public: most of the people are just too dumb, incompetent or impatient to get the idea what "developer preview" means (they use not one, but TWO words to say: don't touch this you idiot, it's NOT A PUBLIC BETA!!!)...

There's always the few that claim it's beta so don't complain. When a game has problems/features missing people give the "It's beta or not even beta yet" comment.

They released the DP knowing people would give their feedback on the look of the new Windows design. No point bashing people with beta comments. It's good that people complain so early. Maybe that will create some office fuss over at Microsoft and things will get tweaked based on our feedbacks.

SPARTdAN said,

There's always the few that claim it's beta so don't complain. When a game has problems/features missing people give the "It's beta or not even beta yet" comment.

They released the DP knowing people would give their feedback on the look of the new Windows design. No point bashing people with beta comments. It's good that people complain so early. Maybe that will create some office fuss over at Microsoft and things will get tweaked based on our feedbacks.

Complainting about screenshots and thoroughly testing something while giving feedback is not the same thing. You can't become a relevent tester just because you've got a worthless opinion like "metro is ****"...

Agreed with both. It's true that you can't be saying Metro is garbage without making a fair judgement. Furthermore, it is true that MS did release it to let us give feedback, if not, why would they bother on putting an open post in Win8 Blog?

Morden said,
it's NOT A PUBLIC BETA!!!)...

So by this logic, if this build were an official beta but still had all the problems of Metro in it, all of a sudden these complaints would be valid? We shouldn't let the ship run aground before we ask why it's headed toward the shore.

Benjamin Rubenstein said,
The guy's name is FaiKee. Sounds kinda like FAKE. Just my take...
that was a gag since win7 times. LOL.

get rid of the ribbon in file manager and place the recycle bin on the taskbar permanently. Also I want my windows to snap together. Easy stuff to do MS, give us some of these niceties.

That first screenshot is awesome, true or not. The clear separation between the menus and the content using gray and white makes the settings much, much easier to understand.

Unless they give me the option of disabling Metro and to have the Windows 7 start menu, I know I will just keep running Windows 7 on my current and future desktops and notebooks.
The new UI looks very functional for tablets, but please don't ruin Windows for mouse and keyboard users.

This. The whole Metro UI crap is a huge step backwards. Why does opening the start menu or control panel have to take up the whole damn screen?

kaworu1986 said,
Unless they give me the option of disabling Metro and to have the Windows 7 start menu, I know I will just keep running Windows 7 on my current and future desktops and notebooks.
The new UI looks very functional for tablets, but please don't ruin Windows for mouse and keyboard users.

Or you can spend 5min to learn how to use metro start menu? Then you'll love it muhc better than 7 start menu, trust me.

Anthonyd said,

Or you can spend 5min to learn how to use metro start menu? Then you'll love it muhc better than 7 start menu, trust me.

I did try to use the new start menu: I had the developer preview installed for a while and it's just a huge step backwards in usability for mouse and keyboard users. It looks great but is very cumbersome to use.

Xilo said,
This. The whole Metro UI crap is a huge step backwards. Why does opening the start menu or control panel have to take up the whole damn screen?

Because each of the Tiles will update with the data which that app exposes.
This way you can just look at the screen for updates, not load each application as was the case in the traditional desktop paradigm.

kaworu1986 said,

I did try to use the new start menu: I had the developer preview installed for a while and it's just a huge step backwards in usability for mouse and keyboard users. It looks great but is very cumbersome to use.

How so? If you type a program name, it's automatically searched through the list of appz.
If you need to start an appz, it's ever pined on the menu, or you can use the search.

How is that a "huge step backwards"?

dotf said,

Because each of the Tiles will update with the data which that app exposes.
This way you can just look at the screen for updates, not load each application as was the case in the traditional desktop paradigm.

Well isn't that great that the mouse & keyboard interaction wasn't finished in the developer preview. Maybe you should come back later

WHAT is Aero still doing there?! It looks out of place to the new Metro design. If we will have to be viewing aero when running non Metro apps then please, Microsoft, make it all fit in and not feel so much like 2 completely different operating systems. Looks like running a VM or something. Awful so far.

WHAT is Metro still doing there?! It looks out of place with the nicer Aero Design.. If we will have to be veiwing metro when running not Aero Apps then please, Microsoft, make it all fit in and not feel like a tablet OS on a Desktop OS...

firey said,
WHAT is Metro still doing there?! It looks out of place with the nicer Aero Design.. If we will have to be veiwing metro when running not Aero Apps then please, Microsoft, make it all fit in and not feel like a tablet OS on a Desktop OS...

Possession said,
PC Settings looks much nicer than the WDP version.

Sure does. I like that a lot. I'm definitely looking forward to the Beta to see what's changed usability wise.

metro looks design wise ugly on the desktop, who wants a unch of 2 tone coloured tiles as a poweruser, talk about crippling multitasking.....

- Kaboose - said,
metro looks design wise ugly on the desktop, who wants a unch of 2 tone coloured tiles as a poweruser, talk about crippling multitasking.....

The solution is simple! Give us, the power users, a damn Professional version for a chance, which is professional for real, not just named Professional! No metro but still a cool aero UI, improved over the last one in Win7 and not just the same crap with sharp corners and slightly modded gradients! In the WinXp era, I've used my PC as a audio power station for producing and mixing music. Had to use the Windows Server version for a better performance and back then we didn't have aero.
When will Microsoft learn? When all the power users will switch to the dark side (over rated and over priced macs)?

- Kaboose - said,
metro looks design wise ugly on the desktop, who wants a unch of 2 tone coloured tiles as a poweruser, talk about crippling multitasking.....

Powerusers care about their colours now? Well that's new, I thought most of them hated all this nonsense flashy GUI stuff. But uh, they've not crippled multitasking at ALL for power users. You still notice that plainly clear screen of the desktop and taskbar? Running as per normal? Multitasking like a boss?

God why did you gave them the epiphany of ribbon? Are you torturing us god? what did we do to you?? ._.

sarcasm apart i think win8 will be the first windows version that i will be using an alternative Explorer

You do know it's optional!

The ribbon in Explorer I think it was about time for these reasons:

1. Desktop real estate has increased
2. As a recent survey suggested 96% of people do not know the standard shortcuts
3. It enables people like my parents to do things without them asking me
4. Due to my disability shortcut keys are nearly impossible so I have to rely on the mouse therefore the ribbon does come in handy. (but typing I use speech software)

Oh did I mention it is optional, I also believe you can start the command prompt and do everything from there you can in Explorer if you wish for less clutter. [/sarcasm]

AKLP said,
God why did you gave them the epiphany of ribbon? Are you torturing us god? what did we do to you?? ._.

sarcasm apart i think win8 will be the first windows version that i will be using an alternative Explorer


Give me one reason to not use Ribbon plz? I have tried the DP, and it's really usefull, all the command you need are available in one or two click max.

Anthonyd said,

Give me one reason to not use Ribbon plz? I have tried the DP, and it's really usefull, all the command you need are available in one or two click max.

Yeah, I don't get the Ribbon hate myself. It does make it easier... The only wish I had was that you could pin lower level commands to the ribbon so that you have access to things that others might not use so much...

Anthonyd said,

Give me one reason to not use Ribbon plz? I have tried the DP, and it's really usefull, all the command you need are available in one or two click max.

All of the common commands are in the ribbon, which will be useful for average users, but keyboard shortcuts are so much for efficient if you know them. This is why it will stay minimized for most advanced users, the ribbon will stay minimized. Also, keeping the ribbon closed lets you display an extra 4-5 rows of files in list view, which means less scrolling in large folders.

AKLP said,
God why did you gave them the epiphany of ribbon? Are you torturing us god? what did we do to you?? ._.

Hahaha. This really made me laugh XD (not in the insulting way, but in the good way).

Nice one

DrakeN2k said,
the control panel looks quite nice the rest not so much.

Yeah idk why they didn't use that as the main image, so much improvement. The start screen looks like the same old thing.

The more I see from Windows 8 I am impressed with some of the things they're doing, but being a mouse user and will continue to use a desktop at least the next few years I am not optimistic about this Metro side, it seems fragmented.

Roll on the beta hopefully it will surprise me.

stevember said,
it seems fragmented.

This expresses my feelings about Windows 8 perfectly. I'm not anti-Metro, but so far what I've read and seen, Windows 8 is going to end up a messy mix of Metro and Aero.

Fourjays said,
This expresses my feelings about Windows 8 perfectly. I'm not anti-Metro, but so far what I've read and seen, Windows 8 is going to end up a messy mix of Metro and Aero.

Yes.
Until Classic Desktop applications are reworked to take advantage of the new Windows Runtime and become full featured metro Apps, then yes.

However as more and more Apps come out, people will find less and less reason to fall into traditional desktop.

dotf said,

Yes.
Until Classic Desktop applications are reworked to take advantage of the new Windows Runtime and become full featured metro Apps, then yes.

However as more and more Apps come out, people will find less and less reason to fall into traditional desktop.

There's going to continue to be plenty of reasons to continue using traditional desktop apps - not only because of the sandboxing limitations WinRT places on apps, but for general multitasking (WinRT apps are suspended from using CPU when not on screen), the fact that productivity apps with many options just don't fit well into the style, etc.

What's with the start button? I've seen it in all windows 8 screenshots, is that how its going to be? Desktop is pretty much win 7 and I like the new look.

as far as I've read, it is not. Maximum chances are that it will ship with that same start button. The flattening has been done to make it touch friendly.

Navan said,
What's with the start button? I've seen it in all windows 8 screenshots, is that how its going to be? Desktop is pretty much win 7 and I like the new look.

Most likely. Having that style better relates to what it opens - the new Metro style start screen.

Fubar said,
I know it's a beta but, damn that's UGLY.

Technically I believe it isn't even a beta, it's a Dev build, so it's pre-beta.

Fubar said,
I know it's a beta but, damn that's UGLY.

Be careful, someone might get cut with all those edgy window corners.