Leaked Windows 8 Enterprise N video walkthrough

Windows 8 officially went RTM on Wednesday and Microsoft has also passed the media to their OEM partners. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before a leak appeared online, which happened late last night. Now a video, courtesy of our friends over at WinBeta, has gone live on Youtube showing off the operating system.

There is no commentary on the video, which seems to have been made on a tablet device. It shows the bundled applications loading and running, along with the new desktop style and general performance of the new interface.

If you are lucky enough to have access to Technet or MSDN, Windows 8 will be available to you from August 15th. The public will get their PC’s with Windows 8 from October 26th.

Source: WinBeta Video via Youtube

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NEOWIN frowns on any talk of WAREZ or illegal software, yet they post a "Video Walkthrough" of a warezed copy of Windows 8. Nice double standard here. Shame.

I'm having a lot of fun with Win8. I unpinned all the default tiles and replaced them with my program's own shortcuts. The start screen makes a really organized launch screen I'm glad that they kept the feature where you simply hit the winkey and immediately type what you want to find (it appears instantly) hit enter and launch.

looks pretty solid. can't wait to try out the surface in best buy (wait, or is it a microsft store exclusive?)

tiffanyusa said,
Looks like a nice tight os can't wait to get it..

nope loose butt hole.. big time !

Bitch better have my honey when Windows 9 comes out !

I am Not PCyr said,

nope loose butt hole.. big time !

Bitch better have my honey when Windows 9 comes out !


Umm honey I don't care for that too much much better things to enjoy....!!!

Brian Miller said,
Does anyone know if Win8 can be booted up from a USB drive?

Yeah, you could create a VHD file out there and do it that way.

I always laughed how this "leaks" are, just a day or two after they said RTM. Probably m$ itself does this because the try to make the OS popular. And I laugh HARDER when the ppl download this sh*t, install it and say "WTF is this sh*t?? What the hell they did?" and 5 minutes after, delete the VM and go back to 7 or better, to ubuntu, haha.

Nice graphics for all. The operating mechanisms will appeal to the smartphone/tablet market places where tap-n-scrape works for content consumption. For the laptop/desktop market places, where contend/data creation is important via keyboard and mouse, the operating mechanisms don't work well. (That on-screen keyboard is pathetic--certainly not usable by any self-respecting touch typist using all ten fingers.)

This is my personal opinion i believe this version of windows 8 will fail in desktop computer. believe and see what i mean,.

Gaara sama said,
This is my personal opinion i believe this version of windows 8 will fail in desktop computer. believe and see what i mean,.

it would help people if you stated why.

Gaara sama said,
This is my personal opinion i believe this version of windows 8 will fail in desktop computer. believe and see what i mean,.

I agree with you on that, it is just a matter of time for this fact to become evident!

I just want to know how Microsoft really believes the Start Screen will be acceptable in Enterprise settings? Enterprises usually base their decisions on coherence, legacy and standardization. If an employee will still have to end up using the Windows Desktop App to complete their work, why not just have an option to boot directly to the desktop in the first place? Geez, they could have at least made a Group Policy that allowed you to do it in the Enterprise edition.

Mr. Dee said,
I just want to know how Microsoft really believes the Start Screen will be acceptable in Enterprise settings? Enterprises usually base their decisions on coherence, legacy and standardization. If an employee will still have to end up using the Windows Desktop App to complete their work, why not just have an option to boot directly to the desktop in the first place? Geez, they could have at least made a Group Policy that allowed you to do it in the Enterprise edition.

100% agree with you, +1.

Mr. Dee said,
I just want to know how Microsoft really believes the Start Screen will be acceptable in Enterprise settings? Enterprises usually base their decisions on coherence, legacy and standardization. If an employee will still have to end up using the Windows Desktop App to complete their work, why not just have an option to boot directly to the desktop in the first place? Geez, they could have at least made a Group Policy that allowed you to do it in the Enterprise edition.

I'm sorry, but that argument (x3) is nonsense too. It takes what, half a second to either click on the Desktop tile, or to click on a tile of a pinned desktop app. Once there, all the user's apps would be pinned to the taskbar or have shortcuts on the desktop, just as with Windows 7. Very few people actually use the start menu to manually browse for apps to launch, most people only use it for the search box, and that functionality is identical in Windows 8 as it was in 7 just without the physical button on the taskbar. And even that can be returned using a freeware tool such as Start 8 if you absolutely must have something physical to click on. Of course, once there are sufficient apps of business quality available for Metro, this could change. With dual monitors, I think it would be quite nice to have something like a web browser or news app and my email client pinned on one screen, with Word and Excel and other desktop apps on another. That would work quite well I think.

I am however dismayed at how the shutdown/restart/sleep options are buried away inside a settings menu though. Not easily discoverable. I'll just have to make myself a nice shutdown tile instead for quick access, or better yet just get used to pressing the physical power button on my PC.

most people ?
what makes you the authority on "most people" ?

i'll provide 1 example that shows your full of it (you don't deserve any more than 1)

The search box.


"most people only use it for the search box"

I've never EVER launched an app or used that search box.
So sorry but that claim is bs.
Also i never used the search box anywhere on any version of windows
except to do local file searching, after i kill the indexing service and related search bloat crap of course

Windows 8 cheerleaders are tiring with their crap..
It's not much different than trying to debate something with someone
that makes up things mid discussion, people like that drive me nuts.
And we all know if that tactic fails (aka, they are proven wrong)
they go to the 'ole stand by change the subject routine lol

I am Not PCyr said,
most people ?
what makes you the authority on "most people" ?

i'll provide 1 example that shows your full of it (you don't deserve any more than 1)

The search box.

I've never EVER launched an app or used that search box.
So sorry but that claim is bs.
Also i never used the search box anywhere on any version of windows
except to do local file searching, after i kill the indexing service and related search bloat crap of course

Windows 8 cheerleaders are tiring with their crap..
It's not much different than trying to debate something with someone
that makes up things mid discussion, people like that drive me nuts.
And we all know if that tactic fails (aka, they are proven wrong)
they go to the 'ole stand by change the subject routine lol

Lol, uber noob!! Talk about afraid of change. You're still in xp mode or win98 mode or some other crap, still looking for stuff by memorizing where each individual setting/control/task located, you're definitely one of those "ugh..click start...click my computer/control panel...scroll down/or some other crap...click add/remove program. Lol this guy probably still use run command to go to msconfig. Win7 search is so powerful and efficient, click the orb/winkey type computer management, it's there, type power, power option show up, msconfig/regedit anyone? Just winkey and type. Stop using win7 like it is winxp before mouthing off about win8. The start menu search bar isn't just for searching files, only noob used it only for that.

I just want to know how Microsoft really believes the Start Screen will be acceptable in Enterprise settings? Enterprises usually base their decisions on coherence, legacy and standardization. If an employee will still have to end up using the Windows Desktop App to complete their work, why not just have an option to boot directly to the desktop in the first place? Geez, they could have at least made a Group Policy that allowed you to do it in the Enterprise edition.

I just want to know how Microsoft really believes the Start Screen will be acceptable in Enterprise settings? Enterprises usually base their decisions on coherence, legacy and standardization. If an employee will still have to end up using the Windows Desktop App to complete their work, why not just have an option to boot directly to the desktop in the first place? Geez, they could have at least made a Group Policy that allowed you to do it in the Enterprise edition.

I thought when they said they are going to remove aero, they will replace it with something better or cooler, but they did not remove aero it's just aero without transparency.

shadodemon said,
No start menu, no start up to desktop default no thanks.

Sleep the computer instead of turning it off. Wow, it comes up to the desktop, what do you know. No start menu, Win 7 for you then. Buh bye.

jimmyfal said,

Sleep the computer instead of turning it off. Wow, it comes up to the desktop, what do you know. No start menu, Win 7 for you then. Buh bye.


Yeah, what a way to solve a problem... The planet thanks you too.

shadodemon said,
No start menu, no start up to desktop default no thanks.

Darn. You're right. I don't understand. I was really expecting them to bring the Start Menu back and make the OS boot into the desktop. I just don't know what happened. Didn't they promise they were gonna do that?

Good on Microsoft for thinking outside of the box. In plain English, it looks like they want to kill two birds with one stone. Thinking ahead is a positive for any company, however, executing it correctly and in a way that will suit everyone's lifestyle and devices it a totally different story.

Considering the fact that Google and Apple are doing this at the moment (ChromeOS, Ubuntu Unity, OS X Mountain Lion), it is evident that Microsoft does everything to be in the lead position. OEM's will have a hell of a job, but hey, change is constant, get used to it.

In my personal view, I would stick with Win7, Linux Mint/SolusOS and OS X Mountain Lion, oh, and Android on my SGS II. As they say, you can't carry two watermelons under one arm, or can you. Let's just wait and see ...

GeekTech Solutions said,
Good on Microsoft for thinking outside of the box. In plain English, it looks like they want to kill two birds with one stone. Thinking ahead is a positive for any company, however, executing it correctly and in a way that will suit everyone's lifestyle and devices it a totally different story.

Considering the fact that Google and Apple are doing this at the moment (ChromeOS, Ubuntu Unity, OS X Mountain Lion), it is evident that Microsoft does everything to be in the lead position. OEM's will have a hell of a job, but hey, change is constant, get used to it.

In my personal view, I would stick with Win7, Linux Mint/SolusOS and OS X Mountain Lion, oh, and Android on my SGS II. As they say, you can't carry two watermelons under one arm, or can you. Let's just wait and see ...

That's all anyone can do. However, those that carry multiple devices with multiple operating systems aren't the real target of Windows 8 - it is those that have been seriously thinking about replacing the laptop/notebook/netbook (pick any two) with something like the Eee Transformer Prime (running either Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean) - for reasons of price/cost. The crappy economy (and the resultant rise in tablets and slates - especially those running Android) came as a rather rude surprise to Microsoft (and Intel as well), and it's one that can't be ignored (or ignored at their peril). Yes - that means that the response will be a kludge (which I have stated again and again that Windows 8 very much is); however, it is arguably the most elegant kludge in the history of operating systems - period.

nyolc8 said,
Dat Vista-Win7 icons! ._.

yes, ridiculous!! no more money to hire some design studend to create some single-colored-metro-style icons for the desktop?!??! ((((

yves707 said,

yes, ridiculous!! no more money to hire some design studend to create some single-colored-metro-style icons for the desktop?!??! ((((

They made them, they didn't like them according to Paul Thurrott. I'm sure they still exist in the system somewhere.

essuraj said,
So the only change in final release are new startscreens and wallpapers...shame

you can obviously see all the changes in the code.

Ishanx said,

you can obviously see all the changes in the code.

One major change (which wouldn't be apparent from either a screenshot or a video) is one that we all were warned about - Aero is, in fact, grounded permanently (hence the lack of shadows); that is, in fact why everything looks flat. The fact that there is *fake shadow* on the icons means exactly that - the *shadow* is, in fact, part of the icon itself - the lack of Aero makes the fakeness obvious. Another thing the lack of Aero does is put serious snap into desktop performance - and especially for lower-end GPUs. I'm dual-booting the leak with Windows 8 Release Preview (which still had Aero available) and the performance difference is markedly obvious. (Naturally, higher-end GPU owners don't care, and I would wager the majority of those angry fall into that category.)

Can this video help the pirates asking for support
on the "It Leaked" story earlier ?

Why do so many people have an extreme laziness to google'ing for answers ?

tropolite said,
Did I see right... Xbox 360 games will be available, and play on Win8 Tablets...? Frikkn wicked!

No! It is just a Martketplace for the Xbox 360! Xbox Live will however be fully integrated into Windows 8, but the games will be separate PC releases. I don't understand why many people don't get that as it has been a misconception since before the Developer Preview.

tropolite said,
Did I see right... Xbox 360 games will be available, and play on Win8 Tablets...? Frikkn wicked!

You saw it wrong, it said "play it on my xbox" or something like that. You can buy games for your xbox on your windows8 device, not play with them.

nyolc8 said,

You saw it wrong, it said "play it on my xbox" or something like that. You can buy games for your xbox on your windows8 device, not play with them.

This depends on the Xbox Live game though, there are games in the works now that have both a Xbox 360 and Windows 8 version and are both using Xbox Live. Once those hit the market you should see the option to "play it on my pc" as well I'd say.

First game that comes to mind right now is skulls of the shogun. It's going to be on the Xbox, WP and Win8 iirc.

nyolc8 said,

You saw it wrong, it said "play it on my xbox" or something like that. You can buy games for your xbox on your windows8 device, not play with them.

Actually, in some cases, the same games will be available on both/all platforms (ala Steam) - that is precisely how SteamPlay works (and likely why Valve is worried). You mentioned Skulls of the Shogun; I actually expect quite a few XBLA titles to follow it.

IMO It still has the same problem I had with it in the public preview, that is that it goes in and out of the new user interface and the old desktop just to do basic things. No doubt that will change over time, but for now anything you install your be going in and out of the new menu and the old look desktop. Time will tell I guess

Looks fantastic, however, still has one critical flaw (in my opinion). It's a tablet OS and using that UI on a traditional PC can (and will) become very tiresome, very quickly. When it comes time to upgrading/replace my Android tablet, I'd seriously consider getting a Win8 tablet instead of another Android. As a tablet OS Win8 is the bee's knees. However, as something to replace Win7 on my traditional desktop? no thanks.

Xerxes said,
Looks fantastic, however, still has one critical flaw (in my opinion). It's a tablet OS and using that UI on a traditional PC can (and will) become very tiresome, very quickly. When it comes time to upgrading/replace my Android tablet, I'd seriously consider getting a Win8 tablet instead of another Android. As a tablet OS Win8 is the bee's knees. However, as something to replace Win7 on my traditional desktop? no thanks.

And another nonsensical argument regurgitated ad infinitum. How many times do you people have to be told that if you have half a braincell you can completely bypass the "tablet" UI as you call it. It then becomes a suped up version of Windows 7.

Xerxes said,
Looks fantastic, however, still has one critical flaw (in my opinion). It's a tablet OS and using that UI on a traditional PC can (and will) become very tiresome, very quickly. When it comes time to upgrading/replace my Android tablet, I'd seriously consider getting a Win8 tablet instead of another Android. As a tablet OS Win8 is the bee's knees. However, as something to replace Win7 on my traditional desktop? no thanks.

I agree, minus the fantastic looking. The Desktop theme that replaces Aero looks absolutely hideous, with popups in style of Office XP.

dafin0 said,
Now just to wait for a non N version of Win 8 to leak.... i like my win media player leave me alone

Can't you just install it? I guess you can, not really sure

Thief000 said,
It looks great! Now all I hope is there will be a Pro ISO available with Media Center integrated.

Me too. Also wish someone finds a way to enable transparency on window borders.

sanke1 said,

Me too. Also wish someone finds a way to enable transparency on window borders.


im sure someone will make a theme like that some time soon so you might not have to wait to long

sanke1 said,

Me too. Also wish someone finds a way to enable transparency on window borders.

They added transparency to Windows 2000 back when no one thought about it so I don't see why they can't do it for Windows 8. I expect a Win8 tweak tool much the same like the GNOME tweak tool that will let us mess with the UI beyond what MS does. At least until MS opens it up more over time which I think they'll do again.

dafin0 said,

im sure someone will make a theme like that some time soon so you might not have to wait to long

I expect to see a large flood of themes the closer to October and GA we get. I understand why they decided to take it out but I think they should've still left in a option for users to turn it on or off. BTW, looking at the video is it just me or is the taskbar itself still a tad bit transparent?

GP007 said,

BTW, looking at the video is it just me or is the taskbar itself still a tad bit transparent?

that is correct

GP007 said,

BTW, looking at the video is it just me or is the taskbar itself still a tad bit transparent?

From the other screenshots I've seen, yes, but there's no blur effect.

sanke1 said,

Me too. Also wish someone finds a way to enable transparency on window borders.

I hope they haven't killed the white window border feature. Went with the whole minimalistic metro concept.

gzAsher said,
I hope they haven't killed the white window border feature. Went with the whole minimalistic metro concept.

Borders aren't going away, at the least they might at some point re-add the option to set how thick it is but for now that's something you'll have to tweak/hack on your own it looks like.

sanke1 said,

If not similar to your thoughts then trolling? Read my mini review and know why I disliked the RTM in first 15 min of usage.
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...anyone-using-windows-8-rtm/

I wanted Windows 8 to be as flawless as possible but I guess I had too much expectations.

Are you serious? First off, you can't call it the "first 15 minutes of use" if you've **only used it for a total of 15 minutes**!

Secondly, most of the issues you have there are because you downloaded an unactivated, enterprise version of Windows 8! You can't honestly expect those issues to carry over to every version.

And finally, the remainder of your complaints are really sad. "During installation, they still have the faux Aero borders to setup window." Really? That's a deal-breaker? "The new non aero theme is totally sucky."

I'm done.

Generalguy41 said,

Are you serious? First off, you can't call it the "first 15 minutes of use" if you've **only used it for a total of 15 minutes**!

Secondly, most of the issues you have there are because you downloaded an unactivated, enterprise version of Windows 8! You can't honestly expect those issues to carry over to every version.

And finally, the remainder of your complaints are really sad. "During installation, they still have the faux Aero borders to setup window." Really? That's a deal-breaker? "The new non aero theme is totally sucky."

I'm done.


You want to wait out 3 years till you decide if you like a product or not? 15 min are enough for first impression.
You know that I am not bothered by the N Enterprise features issues. Those were just my findings of what worked and what didn't.
The main complaint is inconsistent UI which is exactly same as was the case in Vista.

Over all I didn't like it. But that doesn't mean I can't use it. I still want to see if it decent apps turn up on app store.

sanke1 said,

You want to wait out 3 years till you decide if you like a product or not? 15 min are enough for first impression.
You know that I am not bothered by the N Enterprise features issues. Those were just my findings of what worked and what didn't.
The main complaint is inconsistent UI which is exactly same as was the case in Vista.

Over all I didn't like it. But that doesn't mean I can't use it. I still want to see if it decent apps turn up on app store.

I agree that elements of the UI look really unfinished and that makes it seem cheap. But to use that as a bases to say the OS is a complete disappointment is being ridiculous.

You can't review an OS when you only interest is the visual style.

Generalguy41 said,

Are you serious? First off, you can't call it the "first 15 minutes of use" if you've **only used it for a total of 15 minutes**!


Apparently (And don't bother arguing with this one because it'll be you VS all of science in the world) most people make up their decisions on people within the first 5 seconds or so of seeing them.
So 15 minutes is pretty long.

sanke1 said,

How much more time do you take? lmao

Dude, seriously? How about taking that 15 minutes and installing apps to compare results between Win 7 and Win 8. Performance alone has increased for me in a lot of apps/games.

sanke1 said,

I am referring to Windows 8.


Why You cannot be positive just for a moment. this looks really good and I am not a microsoft employee or something

I am Not PCyr said,

your laughing at him ?
maybe learn to spell before making fun of people LOL HAHAHAHAHAHA

you're*

bull.
stats.
methodology....

Did we compare OLD install of an OS vs a New fresh install ?
Test invalid .. no point in continuing.

Lets see some some real tests, Pro Benchmarking tools
and maybe some Performance Diagnostics profiling..
And sorry but start up times are irrelevant ..completely meaningless
Myself and others couldn't care less if start up times are slightly quicker.
especially if you reboot once a month.

And where the hell do people get their facts from when everyone keeps saying
that file transfer times are fast ? I'd like to see some details on the evidence that backs that up.
Because since machines have bottlenecks where exactly did they get
this dramatic new wondrous amazing new technology that enables so much faster transfer times ? How EXACTLY in DETAIL is it working faster ?? ?? ??
Opinions and perception are not benchmarks...

I am Not PCyr said,

your laughing at him ?
maybe learn to spell before making fun of people LOL HAHAHAHAHAHA

I love it when the grammar police fail so hard

I am Not PCyr said,
ya but whats funnier is i was being sarcastic smart ass's

and 2nd of all i like the response i get
when asking for proof..

s i l e n e c e

*Asses

*Silence

:$