Microsoft physically hands over Windows 8 to OEMs

Microsoft has posted a few images up on its Facebook page to highlight the company physically handing over Windows 8 RTM to its OEM partners. You can check out the images in our gallery below but note that what is inside the white boxes has yet to be unveiled.

You can clearly see the client branding on the box for each manufacture that will be receiving its code directly from Microsoft. While this is certainly a symbolic transfer, it is cool to see Microsoft literally hand over its code to its OEMs.

As a reminder, you can get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or with the purchase of a new PC. If  you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

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Back in 2001 they actually handed out Master CD-ROM discs with the RTM code, I am wondering if with the move away from optical media, maybe the master discs have evolved to SSD's or thumb drives that will be put on servers at the manufacturers factory.

You would think that if they were going to make a press event out of this, they would at least put the copies in some nicely Windows 8 branded colored boxes or something.

blachole said,
You would think that if they were going to make a press event out of this, they would at least put the copies in some nicely Windows 8 branded colored boxes or something.

That would cost money! LOL.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
It's for OEMs!!! Learn what it means!

I know what OEM means, maybe you should re-read what I said. The fact that they are making a press event out of it I thought they should make them look nicer.

For something symbolic, you'd think they'd use some nicer boxes.

Also, the lady in the first picture looks pretty disgusted with what's in the box.

LightEco said,
Also, the lady in the first picture looks pretty disgusted with what's in the box.

She's not the only one.

LightEco said,
For something symbolic, you'd think they'd use some nicer boxes.

Also, the lady in the first picture looks pretty disgusted with what's in the box.

and then everyone would complain they should of spent that time working on the OS instead of realizing that the graphics / marketing department doesn't do codeing...

LightEco said,
For something symbolic, you'd think they'd use some nicer boxes.

Also, the lady in the first picture looks pretty disgusted with what's in the box.

Turd in a box

LightEco said,
For something symbolic, you'd think they'd use some nicer boxes.

It's for OEMs, it's not meant to have a pretty box. Have you read the headline?

ir0nw0lf said,
How is MS going to know if you bought Win 7 a year or two ago vs. now and the current eligibility period?

I'm guessing by when you activated it?

ir0nw0lf said,
How is MS going to know if you bought Win 7 a year or two ago vs. now and the current eligibility period?

See when your key was first activated, or provide proof of purchase.

LightEco said,

See when your key was first activated, or provide proof of purchase.


For the New PC owners who want to upgrade their current (new buy) pc from Windows 7 to windows 8 for $14.99, They'll need to provide the reception code or send in their proof of purchase.

Since all OEM machines are pre-activated, the COA stickers with the actual legit product code won't yet have been activated at all. This rules out the first activated.
However, Microsoft do know where OEM copies of Windows, along with key tracking to them locations so while might be possible to just authorise said keys, it does depend on the stock levels of the OEM providers prior to the promotional offer. I'm guessing that'll be ruled out too, as well as I can also buy OEM copies as a system builder from my local pc hardware store.

SharpGreen said,

So Lenovo again? lol

Actually, it was four leaks simultaneously (two Chinese and two US); all are global outfits, however - ASUS, Lenovo, DELL, and HP. (The ASUS and DELL leaks were really embarrassing as they covered *all* their form-factors, which wasn't the case with either Lenovo or HP.)

TheDisneyMagic said,
That is quite interesting, I always assumed it was Digital Transfer.

The boxes are probably full of off the shelf DVD's that have burned copies of the Windows 8 RTM OS.

TheDisneyMagic said,
That is quite interesting, I always assumed it was Digital Transfer.

Several Microsoft employees have been tweeting that they are able to log into a VPN and download the RTM bits remotely. But I think these are the OEM kits that include OEM activation keys, and you'd rather not just let those leak out to the Internet. This way, there is accountability.

It's actually the source code printed out and each OEM has to re-type it all. You should have seen the boxes they used for Vista.

dagamer34 said,

Several Microsoft employees have been tweeting that they are able to log into a VPN and download the RTM bits remotely. But I think these are the OEM kits that include OEM activation keys, and you'd rather not just let those leak out to the Internet. This way, there is accountability.

A few members of the press have been allowed on campus to make their own OEM copies for devices. Reports were the network was pretty slow due to all the staff grabbing copies.