OEMs to receive another Windows 8.1 build this week

Over the past few weeks, we have seen two builds of Windows 8.1 leak that have come from the hands of OEMs. While we are all waiting for Windows 8.1 to hit RTM, which should occur next week, Neowin has been informed that OEMs will receive another test build this week.

While nothing is certain when it comes to leaked builds, the previous build, 9477, appears to have come from an OEM, which may mean that the build coming this week, could leak too. Also, seeing that RTM will be distributed to OEMs before the October release, that build could leak too via the same channels as the other OEM leaks.

While we don’t have a specific build number, the current leak, 9477, is an older build that was released to OEMs roughly three weeks ago. While we would not expect any new features to be present in these leaked builds, since they are so close to RTM, we should still see bug fixes and possible small visual alterations to tile colors and wallpaper additions too.

RTM is expected to occur for Windows 8.1 next week as this is the final week of internal testing for the platform. Unlike previous Windows releases, Microsoft will not make the bits available to developers via MSDN/Technet ahead of the general release.

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"Unlike previous Windows releases, Microsoft will not make the bits available to developers via MSDN/Technet ahead of the general release."

This rumor is ignorant on its face. The whole idea that they would not release it to MSDN before general availability is asinine. MSDN is for developers, who need to test and prepare their applications before the general public gets it. I think people here are confusing MSDN as some sort of "pre-release golden ticket" available to the masses. It is not. MSDN by design is for developers (who pay lots of money for it), not the general public. Microsoft needs developers on board and prepared to support the release when it's publicly available to consumers. Why would they withhold the release from the developer community? That would make no sense.

Most drivers will work however due to some lazy programming they might not install using the .exe installers.

Example: "Windows 7 XXXX not supported" messages. Its very uncommon these days but i remember back in the XP days when a new service pack hit some of the driver installs used to pop up saying they were not made for this version of windows. (true they were not, but they worked fine still).

My advice would be use a Driver backup programme just incase there are plenty of free ones. At least that way if the drivers wont install you can just restore the backed up ones from Windows 8

DKAngel said,
i hate waiting, if its friggen ready then relase it darn it why wait till october

I think it's 2 reasons, let OEMs release new hardware first, and second to allow the hardware makers time to tweak their drivers on the final build.

GP007 said,

I think it's 2 reasons, let OEMs release new hardware first, and second to allow the hardware makers time to tweak their drivers on the final build.

Huh? All the drivers for 8 should be fine for 8.1. If anything it's just the first one.

mrp04 said,
All the drivers for 8 should be fine for 8.1.

Nobody said all drivers needed updating, but one wouldn't know unless they actually tested them accordingly (compatibility testing). Certainly some OEMs might want to update components to their own drivers which they'll pair with 8.1's release -- maybe cuz the 8.1 kernel might actually expose a feature or element to make the hardware perform that much better.

Unlike previous Windows releases, Microsoft will not make the bits available to developers via MSDN/Technet ahead of the general release.

I'm pretty sure that's still a rumor and not an absolute fact.