Screenshot shows Windows 8.1 at build 9600; no leak yet

One thing's for certain, Windows 8.1 is done and it finalized at build 9600. A new screenshot that was first posted on the MyDigitalLife forums by a member going by the handle 'Cleric', and then on ours shows this fact.

Not much to see here, except that it's done.

There had also been whispers that the RTM would leak over the weekend, but that was also quickly put to bed by AngelWZR on Twitter:

Please excuse the colourful language, but it gets the point across.

The source of the image also pointed out on the MDL forums, that those who currently have access to the RTM version are "being watched closely"; so for now we'll all have to wait until general availability on Oct. 17th.

Thanks again for the tip FaiKee!

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They keep a strong eye for leaks.

They don't want again before GA it has failed again like 8 did.

But that does not change anything at all, Windows 8.1 is a fail no 2

Faikee has not posted it, Cleric posted. Author should have edited it but ignorant one obviously. Faikee has nothing to do with this screenshot. It was posted by Cleric. Anyone can see the thread on MDL forums stated in previous posts here and in MDL. Faikee also should have corrected it here that it was posted by Cleric.

Misleading, and very unfair.
Hey Steven, why you are not editing and correcting your this mess. Btw, both Faikee and Cleric seem good guys and I do not know both. but Steven and Faikee know each other. Peahhh what a good mate jest!!!!

Finally, but now "and then on ours" etc. very interesting, anyway.

They banned "Traction" on MDL . They enjoy their virtual fake with ass lickers around them.

Btw, Your Fakee friend should request, as he did on MDL, you can ban "Traction" here, too. I do not care really! If you are really different character!
I do really not care who is Cleric, who you are who is Fake or real.

Still not edited top part of the story as " Now our friend Cleric has posted a screenshot...." and then later something like "he posted it on one of FaiKee's MDL threads... I thank both of them etc etc..

They are both (the Author and FaiKee) silent. Fake or real, presenting someone else's poster as if belongs to one another is just not fair.
They are (the Author and Faikee) perhaps same person, who knows in the realm of virtual world! Cleric silent, too. Very interesting... readers read and knows what belongs to whom.

Having just gotten my Lenovo X1 touch I am so itching to upgrade to 8.1. Didn't want to bother with the preview just for a couple weeks but I think I'll just wait and upgrade when it hits MSDN and/or the Windows Store. I'm not going to drop dead by having to wait a few weeks I don't think lol

Now suppose someone installs the leak... will anything differ from that and the October public release? Like, will they repackage this release with updates and changes?

No...if the OS has been signed off already...which is what is being rumored...the build will not change.

From here on...it will be tested for any future bugs and patches will be initiated via Windows Update.

Interesting how Windows 7 was leaked so many times whereas Windows 8 saw the public with only a few leaks. Suddenly "leaks" appear again , with the build number close to RTM.

People were excited to find out what Windows 8 will bring too , so no.
Especially that Microsoft kept the info for themselves regarding Windows 8 , at its begining , considering that Windows 8 was supposed to be something totally new.

Maybe the leakage spree of Win7 made them change their ways with Win8?
Microsoft is a massive company with thousands of employees and thousands of partners.... And you think they can stop any leaks whenever they want to? Funny guy.

Cleric posted this above screenshot, not Faikee. Though might not be intentionally, but in this case it is going to be misleading to say: "Faike has posted a screenshot..." as he has not posted, Cleric posted it. see page 37 post # 362 on MDL above thread started by FaiKee.

Cleric is not source, he is original and only owner of this screenshot. Faikee even did not reposted it.

I can't wait for Ballmer to be gone so the abomination that is Metro can go away.

Windows 8 at it's core is a great OS, but it is like shipping Windows 95 with MS BOB, and you can't shut it off. How many people would have been happy about THAT?

runningnak3d said,
I can't wait for Ballmer to be gone so the abomination that is Metro can go away.

Windows 8 at it's core is a great OS, but it is like shipping Windows 95 with MS BOB, and you can't shut it off. How many people would have been happy about THAT?

Ballmer retiring isn't going to get rid of Metro. That's a silly notion st best. Microsoft has already committed to this new change in direction, and aren't turning back from it.

Dot Matrix said,

Ballmer retiring isn't going to get rid of Metro. That's a silly notion st best. Microsoft has already committed to this new change in direction, and aren't turning back from it.

Really? MS has never done a 180? Oh wait, just recently with the XBone they did several 180s. Metro was Ballmer's vision, and once he is gone, I have hope that Metro will be gone.

runningnak3d said,

Really? MS has never done a 180? Oh wait, just recently with the XBone they did several 180s. Metro was Ballmer's vision, and once he is gone, I have hope that Metro will be gone.

Right. So Microsoft is just going to write off Surface? Windows Phone? Close up the Windows Store AND screw all of the developers that wrote apps for Windows 8 and RT?

HA!

Dot Matrix said,

Right. So Microsoft is just going to write off Surface? Windows Phone? Close up the Windows Store AND screw all of the developers that wrote apps for Windows 8 and RT?

HA!


Well, to be honest MS scrapped WM, IMO still the best phone OS ever.

Fritzly said,

Well, to be honest MS scrapped WM, IMO still the best phone OS ever.

It wasn't going anywhere though, especially after Apple unveiled the iPhone.

Fritzly said,

Well, to be honest MS scrapped WM, IMO still the best phone OS ever.

But it wasn't a phone OS, it was a mobile OS which happens to include phone software.

Dot Matrix said,

It wasn't going anywhere though, especially after Apple unveiled the iPhone.


And that is what Photon was, the answer to the iPhone. Unfortunately MS decided to throw the baby with the dirty water.

Shadowzz said,

But it wasn't a phone OS, it was a mobile OS which happens to include phone software.

But this exactly what a Smartphone is supposed to be....

Dot Matrix said,

Right. So Microsoft is just going to write off Surface? Windows Phone? Close up the Windows Store AND screw all of the developers that wrote apps for Windows 8 and RT?

HA!

They scrapped .NET and said "screw the developers". You really are just a MS shill.

runningnak3d said,

They scrapped .NET and said "screw the developers". You really are just a MS shill.

Name calling. Good comeback... Not

Dot Matrix said,

Ballmer retiring isn't going to get rid of Metro. That's a silly notion st best. Microsoft has already committed to this new change in direction, and aren't turning back from it.

i would partially disagree with this. I see Microsoft implementing more changes to fix the bad stigma on Windows 8. Microsoft will bring back a lot of the "old" look that I know you personally hate. Truth is, the majority rules, and we rule with our pocketbooks and word of mouth. Word of mouth right now is to stay the hell away from Windows 8 and 8.1. Microsoft is heading in the right direction with 8.1

runningnak3d said,
I can't wait for Ballmer to be gone so the abomination that is Metro can go away.

You keep telling yourself that. Metro is here to stay, Ballmer or no Ballmer.

JHBrown said,
i would partially disagree with this. I see Microsoft implementing more changes to fix the bad stigma on Windows 8. Microsoft will bring back a lot of the "old" look that I know you personally hate. Truth is, the majority rules, and we rule with our pocketbooks and word of mouth. Word of mouth right now is to stay the hell away from Windows 8 and 8.1. Microsoft is heading in the right direction with 8.1

There's no reason to bring back old things. If by now you can't adapt, then there's nothing more Microsoft can do to help you. All those things were stripped from the codebase, and Metro baked in.

Metro is the nee Ribbon, love it or hate it, it's not going anywhere. There's no reason to destroy the unity Microsoft created between their devices and services.

MikeChipshop said,

You keep telling yourself that. Metro is here to stay, Ballmer or no Ballmer.

And you keep telling yourself that. New Coke was here to stay -- what is a freaking riot is that Coca Cola learned their lesson a lot sooner.

Cheers to Windows Classic(c)!

runningnak3d said,

And you keep telling yourself that. New Coke was here to stay -- what is a freaking riot is that Coca Cola learned their lesson a lot sooner.

Cheers to Windows Classic(c)!

Sales of coke bombed when the recipe changed. Windows 8 is selling as well as Windows 7 was at this point. Your reasoning is flawed. Also, i was discussing your weird idea that Ballmer's exit will mean Metro's exit, which it wont.

runningnak3d said,

And you keep telling yourself that. New Coke was here to stay -- what is a freaking riot is that Coca Cola learned their lesson a lot sooner.

Cheers to Windows Classic(c)!

Run back to Windows Classic, and watch as your competitors run right over you and past you.

Hey maybe they'll bring back Windows Mobile. Because we all know how well that stood up to iOS...

Dot Matrix said,

Run back to Windows Classic, and watch as your competitors run right over you and past you.

Hey maybe they'll bring back Windows Mobile. Because we all know how well that stood up to iOS...

Metro isn't even good for data CONSUMPTION, let alone for data DEVELOPMENT. You aren't a developer are you? I am. Metro is nothing but a huge hindrance. If MS made a separate OS, with a few tweaks to Metro, they would be on to something. But they are just as brain dead as everyone else that thinks Metro is worth the code it was written in.

runningnak3d said,

Metro isn't even good for data CONSUMPTION, let alone for data DEVELOPMENT. You aren't a developer are you? I am. Metro is nothing but a huge hindrance. If MS made a separate OS, with a few tweaks to Metro, they would be on to something. But they are just as brain dead as everyone else that thinks Metro is worth the code it was written in.

Well that's just your opinion.

MikeChipshop said,

Sales of coke bombed when the recipe changed. Windows 8 is selling as well as Windows 7 was at this point. Your reasoning is flawed. Also, i was discussing your weird idea that Ballmer's exit will mean Metro's exit, which it wont.

Mike, I have to disagree with the sales numbers. They are kind of skewed. To measure the true success, I would like to sales numbers on individual licenses. How many has Newegg or Amazon or Best Buy or any retailer sold to consumers compared to Windows 7. You would be amazed at the difference. People flocked to Windows 7, it is the opposite experience for Windows 8. Yes Windows 8 will sell regardless since it is installed on all new PC's or laptops by default. You cannot measure these two operating systems success based on sales numbers alone.

Dot Matrix said,

Well that's just your opinion.


You are absolutely right, it is just my opinion, but it is an opinion that is echoed by MANY, MANY others. You are in the minority. GNU/Linux is a great OS, IMHO superior to Windows in a lot of ways, but it is in the minority, so no one will support it. MS has succeeded in competing with Linux -- YAY!

runningnak3d said,

You are absolutely right, it is just my opinion, but it is an opinion that is echoed by MANY, MANY others. You are in the minority. GNU/Linux is a great OS, IMHO superior to Windows in a lot of ways, but it is in the minority, so no one will support it. MS has succeeded in competing with Linux -- YAY!

You may think "MANY", but don't let the vocal minority fool you.

runningnak3d said,
I can't wait for Ballmer to be gone so the abomination that is Metro can go away.

Windows 8 at it's core is a great OS, but it is like shipping Windows 95 with MS BOB, and you can't shut it off. How many people would have been happy about THAT?

You don't have any idea about bussiness, do you? Do you realy think that one man, even if it is the CEO, can decide everything on his own in a company like Microsoft? If you do, please, go away from here.

JHBrown said,
Mike, I have to disagree with the sales numbers. They are kind of skewed. To measure the true success, I would like to sales numbers on individual licenses. How many has Newegg or Amazon or Best Buy or any retailer sold to consumers compared to Windows 7. You would be amazed at the difference. People flocked to Windows 7, it is the opposite experience for Windows 8. Yes Windows 8 will sell regardless since it is installed on all new PC's or laptops by default. You cannot measure these two operating systems success based on sales numbers alone.

True. I'd like to see a more accurate break down of figures.

Fritzly said,

But this exactly what a Smartphone is supposed to be....

No it's not. As said above, look how well WM did against iOS and Android before being replaced by WP...
WM worked a lot better with stylus input and I always felt it was meant more for PDA's than phones.
But stick with your ancient CE kernel and tiny little precious start menu *sigh*, no one forces you to go WP.
Vocal minority is looking for as much reasons as they can to burn down WP (or anything MS for that matter)
and it's getting tiring.

Shadowzz said,

No it's not. As said above, look how well WM did against iOS and Android before being replaced by WP...
WM worked a lot better with stylus input and I always felt it was meant more for PDA's than phones.
But stick with your ancient CE kernel and tiny little precious start menu *sigh*, no one forces you to go WP.
Vocal minority is looking for as much reasons as they can to burn down WP (or anything MS for that matter)
and it's getting tiring.

WP 7 was CE based....

Studio384 said,
You don't have any idea about bussiness, do you? Do you realy think that one man, even if it is the CEO, can decide everything on his own in a company like Microsoft? If you do, please, go away from here.

I'm supposed to listen to the man that can't even SPELL business? How about YOU get the **** out of here, and take your Metro **** with you. By the way, yes, the CEO has a HUGE say in the direction a business will take. Might want to look that up sometime.

Shadowzz said,

No it's not. As said above, look how well WM did against iOS and Android before being replaced by WP...
WM worked a lot better with stylus input and I always felt it was meant more for PDA's than phones.
But stick with your ancient CE kernel and tiny little precious start menu *sigh*, no one forces you to go WP.
Vocal minority is looking for as much reasons as they can to burn down WP (or anything MS for that matter)
and it's getting tiring.

Oh man ... I was wrong. I see the error of my ways now. People are just LINING UP to buy themselves a copy of Windows 8. People are just LINING UP to buy a phone with WP8 on it. Oh wait -- no they aren't.

runningnak3d said,

I'm supposed to listen to the man that can't even SPELL business? How about YOU get the **** out of here, and take your Metro **** with you. By the way, yes, the CEO has a HUGE say in the direction a business will take. Might want to look that up sometime.

Calm down man. Cut the attitude, it's just a web forum you know?

runningnak3d said,

Oh man ... I was wrong. I see the error of my ways now. People are just LINING UP to buy themselves a copy of Windows 8. People are just LINING UP to buy a phone with WP8 on it. Oh wait -- no they aren't.

So much sarcasm.
Windows 8 is selling pretty good according to the numbers. WP8 is growing steadily.
And the hatred to Windows 8 is IMO just silly. If you want a start menu, get a replacement, don't want modern/metro, then the solution is stupidly simple.... don't use it.
In every other aspect, it's better than Windows 7, especially security wise. And unless you want a new XP era to arise, it isn't helping to push people to stick with Windows 7.

runningnak3d said,

I'm supposed to listen to the man that can't even SPELL business? How about YOU get the **** out of here, and take your Metro **** with you. By the way, yes, the CEO has a HUGE say in the direction a business will take. Might want to look that up sometime.

Dude. Chill.

NerdyTech said,
Why does MS care so much if its leaked? It's a free update.

Because it's a carefully controlled product. Leaks can contain any kind of crap that would cause negative publicity for MS

Well it will give me something to do for a few hours. Clean installs + custom ISO for each PC to be made with it leaks. Bring it on. Better than sitting here fapping over cat porn.

Its not like having the RTM now is gonna make your computing life dramatically change. Might as well wait until its released through the official channels. The fact that I am still running Windows 7 says much about how excited I am for Windows 8.1.

Mr. Dee said,
Its not like having the RTM now is gonna make your computing life dramatically change. Might as well wait until its released through the official channels. The fact that I am still running Windows 7 says much about how excited I am for Windows 8.1.

To each his own.... Personally I found that the improvements brought by 8.1 makes the OS much more enjoyable and I would not mind to move from the Preview to the RTM one ASAP. BTW it will be a clean install for me.....

scumdogmillionaire said,
A service pack is cumulative updates rolled into one pack for easier installs.

Well... back in the day if I recall correctly the 2nd service pack for Windows XP was much more than just cumulative updates packed up together.

To me this Windows 8.1 business sure feels like a rebranded service pack.

scumdogmillionaire said,
A service pack is cumulative updates rolled into one pack for easier installs.

Actually, that would be called a "rollup update".

KaoDome said,

Well... back in the day if I recall correctly the 2nd service pack for Windows XP was much more than just cumulative updates packed up together.

To me this Windows 8.1 business sure feels like a rebranded service pack.

XP SP2 was the first of it's kind as far as I remember, every other service pack has been cumulative updates rolled into one pack, even some updates not pushed out via WU for some reason or another.

SPs have never brought with them big new feature sets, XP SP2 is the exception. People are hung up on calling it a glorified SP because, what? It's free? SP's never bumped up the OS version number like this one has. While it's free to current 8.0 users MS is still going to get paid for it from OEMs and anyone who wants to upgrade to it from 7 or older.

KaoDome said,

Well... back in the day if I recall correctly the 2nd service pack for Windows XP was much more than just cumulative updates packed up together.

To me this Windows 8.1 business sure feels like a re-branded service pack.

Don;t get confused by the terminology used with XP SP2. Sources within the company at the time said it wasn't a service pack but for ease of consumer communication it was branded as such.

Those that have been hating on Windows 8 and 8.1 are simply looking for new excuses to do so - mostly because the old excuses are bog-roll flimsy.

MikeChipshop said,
Don;t get confused by the terminology used with XP SP2. Sources within the company at the time said it wasn't a service pack but for ease of consumer communication it was branded as such.

Ahh I see, thanks for clarifying .

I believe that instead of a "service pack", look at 8.1 be more like how Win 98 was made then MS had Win 98 SE (Second Edition). The difference is that Win 98 SE was sold to people instead of MS letting you move up to that level without charging more for it, even if you already had Win 98. (Look at 8.1 being more like Win 8 Second Edition)

Witt3439 said,
I believe that instead of a "service pack", look at 8.1 be more like how Win 98 was made then MS had Win 98 SE (Second Edition). The difference is that Win 98 SE was sold to people instead of MS letting you move up to that level without charging more for it, even if you already had Win 98. (Look at 8.1 being more like Win 8 Second Edition)

Even before the release of XP SP2 there were some dintrnal debates at MS about launching it as XP SE or something similar and charge for it. Allchin, and others, opposition to the idea allowed us to get it for free.

KaoDome said,

Well... back in the day if I recall correctly the 2nd service pack for Windows XP was much more than just cumulative updates packed up together.

To me this Windows 8.1 business sure feels like a rebranded service pack.

Did the XP SP2 (or any other SP) bring new UI enhancements, new apps, new OS features (besides enhanced security subsystems this one time and one time only)? This is point release of an OS, something MS has never done before. It's more than a service pack, less than a brand new OS. Why can't you people just accept the facts and live with it?

Surely looks like a glorified service pack. But still doesn't do it for me, I'd rather have my Windows 7 DESKTOP PC than a tablet OS wannabe. Thanks for the effort anyway.

JasonMiles said,
Surely looks like a glorified service pack. But still doesn't do it for me, I'd rather have my Windows 7 DESKTOP PC than a tablet OS wannabe. Thanks for the effort anyway.

So just going to ignore all the improvements in the Win8 desktop environment then? I guess so, because it doesn't support your flawed statement.

MikeChipshop said,

So just going to ignore all the improvements in the Win8 desktop environment then? I guess so, because it doesn't support your flawed statement.

It's useless to me. My computer doesn't have a touchscreen. Plus I don't really enjoy all the colored interface ala Windows 3.1 . I'll stick to what works and helps me being productive thanks.

KaoDome said,

Well... back in the day if I recall correctly the 2nd service pack for Windows XP was much more than just cumulative updates packed up together.

To me this Windows 8.1 business sure feels like a rebranded service pack.

Windows XP SP2 was an exception, called by an emergency within the Windows security layers. Service packs are usually collections of fixes. XP SP1, SP3 was, the Vista SP's, and 7 SP1.

There's a point with this distinction too, so that people will know what Microsoft is talking about. When an SP is released, users can assume it's a "fix pack".

Windows 8.1 is different because it's not just a collection of former fixes, and neither is it an emergency release with more radical changes like XP SP2.

Shadowzz said,
Cause the team whom once worked on Service Packs now works on Blue.
What? And what is the rest of the Windows team doing then? Nothing? During the Windows 8.1 development, there was no other Windows project running in Microsoft, so they where not working on Windows 9 or something.

wolftail said,
Can't wait for the leak! I hope someone finds a way to install it over the preview without losing installed apps.
Why? It's a bugfix from Windows 8? Adds 3 or 4 new options, like boot to desktop. Not really useful to you if you love how Windows 8 operates.
The rest will just probably stick with a proper Desktop OS.

The source of the image by a member going by the name of Cleric, also pointed out on the MDL forums, that those who currently have access to the RTM version are "being watched closely"; so for now we'll all have to wait.
This is beyond retarded. Anyone who knows a lick knows that a true final MS RTM is not 'keyed' and could have come from anywhere. Leaking it now will not draw suspicion to any particular party as there is no breadcrumbs baked in that would lead back to them.
For me I just want the files that upgrades 8 to 8.1 I don't have to get the full ISO that skips 8.0