More Windows 8 box art revealed, "Pro Pack" spotted too

We had previously seen a dark and light variant of the box art that will accompany Windows 8 when it launches and now we have a few more images to paint the complete picture. The images you see are representative of what the box art will look like when it hits retail shelves and there are quite a few variations among them.

Something new contained in these leaked images is the "Pro Pack", whose box art was not previously leaked. We can also now see that the "Pro Pack" will include Media Center but it will only include a serial key, no disc. This package is likely an upgrade only for those who already have Windows 8 and sticks with the announcement by Microsoft that Media Center will be a bolt on application

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It won't be too much longer until Microsoft officially unveils the box art as Windows 8 is slated to ship on October 26th. In addition to the launch date, Microsoft has also announced an event on October 25th, likely a massive party to kick-off the sales of their next generation OS, Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Source: Centrumxp.pl

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Reading all the complaints about the box, I think a lot of you have too much time on your hands. You take the disc out of the box, install it and put the box away unless you need to reinstall Windows 8 (which will be rare since Reset and Refresh does the same thing). I will be getting the boxed version simply to add to my collection and as a conversation piece.

The box design is very un-Metro. The busy-looking crazy-color graphics inside the Windows 8 logo and the extra flair on the right edge of the box don't have any signicance to the product and are fugly in my opinion. Reminds me of modern art from the 80s or 90s.

Plus creating a big box for a no-disc version of Windows with just a product key is pretty stupid. It just adds to the overall costs of the product, is a waste of natural resources, and takes up shelf space at your home and retail stores and warehouses. A simple envelope design or a more compact thing to hold the code would be ideal in every situation.

If I could redo the box design (providing I had real Photoshop skills), I'd keep the overall look of the box, but have the giant Windows 8 logo on the front be a simple solid black/white depending on appropriate contast from the box's background color. I'd also either lose the flair, or also give it a simple solid black/white touch and better align it with the Windows 8 logo so they'd bring some cohesion.

I still don't get the reasoning behind not having a full version where you can slipstream updates and other things that you want to add in one installation.

It doesn't look like the designers who've created these have done so with much reference to the look of the product itself.

Though it is sort of reminiscent of the more outlandish Start screen backgrounds.

We are probably looking at the last release of Windows that will come in a box. One day you will tell children, Windows use to come in a box on a disc.

CJEric said,
The fact that any software at all used to "come in a box on a disc" will look ancient.

The day a Government will decide to shut down the Internet you will miss the days of " It come in a box on a disc"..... as well of many other things.
Not to mention, on a smaller scale, a company which will decide that you are no longer "entitled" to use a software you downloaded or data you stored somewhere...
Just check as Blackberry services got a "timely" outage the other day....

windows95isg8 said,
You can make the box as good as you like, and yes it is nice.. Doesn't fix the OS's being crap though

- Win 8 is crap.. Seriously?! Just because there's no Start button?

StepASide said,

- Win 8 is crap.. Seriously?! Just because there's no Start button?


Way to jump to conclusions. He didn't specify that it was because there's no Start button. There are many other (usually more important) reasons why people don't like Windows 8 than just the lack of the "Start button".

Fourjays said,

Way to jump to conclusions. He didn't specify that it was because there's no Start button. There are many other (usually more important) reasons why people don't like Windows 8 than just the lack of the "Start button".

I'd love to hear them, Windows 8 is a great OS.

Kalint said,
I'd love to hear them, Windows 8 is a great OS.

Or, as Paul Thurrott would say, "Windows 8 is a mess, but it's a glorious, wonderful mess."

I like only the 1st white and 1st black boxes, rest are hideous. Couldn't they make a Product Key Card for Pro Pack. A whole box that encloses what - a product key?

MsftGaurav said,
I like only the 1st white and 1st black boxes, rest are hideous. Couldn't they make a Product Key Card for Pro Pack. A whole box that encloses what - a product key?

The product key cards for Office 2010 that we get in at work come in plastic boxes about two-thirds the width of a DVD case, roughly the same height and thickness.

Ok why would there even be a "Box Art" for a Pro Pack that contains no disc, when you can just add-on the Media Center from right within the OS. Looks like someone made these in photoshop....

xendrome said,
Ok why would there even be a "Box Art" for a Pro Pack that contains no disc, when you can just add-on the Media Center from right within the OS. Looks like someone made these in photoshop....

Some people still don't like to use credit cards online.

I don't like the box art and covor, at least of the one shown here (the blue one). This time it does look like a school book.

The black box version reminds me of a Pink Floyd, limited edition double album packaging, but that's cool 'cause I love me some Floyd!

I like Media Center because of Internet TV, it was actually the only reason why I used Media Center -- but now that that feature's been removed, I don't see a need for a Pro Pack with Media Center.

A340600 said,
I don't like the box art and covor, at least of the one shown here (the blue one). This time it does look like a school book.

The black box version reminds me of a Pink Floyd, limited edition double album packaging, but that's cool 'cause I love me some Floyd!

I like Media Center because of Internet TV, it was actually the only reason why I used Media Center -- but now that that feature's been removed, I don't see a need for a Pro Pack with Media Center.

Was the album "The dark side of the moon"? Il love it....

Fritzly said,

Was the album "The dark side of the moon"? Il love it....

DSOTM is a great album, but I was thinking the design looked a bit more like a post-Waters design.

A340600 said,

DSOTM is a great album, but I was thinking the design looked a bit more like a post-Waters design.

He was a great contribution to society. love I am the Slime

.Neo said,

I honestly think they're too busy and don't reflect Metro too well.

I agree. The Pro box on the far left is by far the worst offender. Welcome back to the 90s.

.Neo said,

I honestly think they're too busy and don't reflect Metro too well.

okay i can say that. take off the side thingy and less busy. still i do not trip on acid