Windows 8 available from tomorrow, for some at least

Tomorrow will be an exciting day for some people, who will finally have access to Windows 8 via MSDN & TechNet subscriptions. We've added in the release timeline as a reminder, because the release isn't limited to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, there are other ways to get it before the retail launch on October 26th.

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Are you one of the lucky ones with access tomorrow, or can you get it (legally) by other means before October 26th? Let us know in the comments.

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I'm on dreamspark premium and we already have Wiindows 7 Professional and Windows 8 Release and Cosumer Previews. Can't wait for the final release!

hclarkjr said,
i wonder what time it will hit the servers?

Its OK, you will be fine, servers will handle it nicely, as there will be very few grabbing it if they are sensible enough But if you get a copy, burn one for me, as in petrol and match, ignite

thexfile said,
What's the advantage going from Win7 to Win8?

None. Unless you have a touch screen and/or smartphone, even then, it's debatable.

this new metro theme on windows 8 is 8 times more beautiful than aero.... I just love my custom settings on the baby... I cant wait to buy it.

benalvino said,
this new metro theme on windows 8 is 8 times more beautiful than aero.... I just love my custom settings on the baby... I cant wait to buy it.
I guess it is just aero is boring after seeing it for so long.

tanjiajun_34 said,
I guess it is just aero is boring after seeing it for so long.

My all glass version of Aero on three 30" monitors with animated backdrops, etc., makes Windows 8 look like it was designed by children in Kindergarten. 8)

I've been incredibly cynical on the run up to the release of Windows 8. Then I just spent a bit of time using it. And I have to say, I rather like it. I'm finding myself just as quick / productive through the menus and getting things done as I was before and the OS does feel real nice and quick.

I admit I have deleted almost all of the MS supplied apps though - weather, BING, news, etc.. not interested in any of that stuff yet - which is making the start screen look a little sparse!

I'll be getting this as soon as it's available tomorrow on MSDN.

Chicane-UK said,
I've been incredibly cynical on the run up to the release of Windows 8. Then I just spent a bit of time using it. And I have to say, I rather like it. I'm finding myself just as quick / productive through the menus and getting things done as I was before and the OS does feel real nice and quick.

I admit I have deleted almost all of the MS supplied apps though - weather, BING, news, etc.. not interested in any of that stuff yet - which is making the start screen look a little sparse!

I'll be getting this as soon as it's available tomorrow on MSDN.

Good for you, I think most of the reason people don't like it is because they haven't given it a chance. Specially when you're biased at the beginning. If you have an open mind about it then you'll see it's not as big of a deal as people make it seem to be...

Anyways, if you have any extra keys share the love! : D

I've been a TechNet subscriber for over eight years through the company that I own. That's close to 2,000USD paid to Microsoft over the whole period and it's been worth every penny! I love it! Thanks to it, my partner and I have been using all the latest and greatest products for a faction of the costs. Yeah, we test them and who are we to blame that when we finish the testing MS releases a new version that we jump on to test right away? haha.

p.s. and we'd like to think that we help them fund the R&D!

scaramonga said,
Are you one of the lucky ones?

Yes I am Thank god I never renewed my Technet subscription.

I know what you did there.

SHoTTa35 said,
I have TechNet so definitely will be playing with this at work for Servers as well as clients to test out

Hook a brother up! ^_^

People mistake the Start Screen for the Whole Windows 8 experience. The Start screen is just a glorified app launcher, that keeps you up to date on the status of the app. Bare in mind, this is a version 1.0 of that screen (well 1.1, if you count in WP 7.5). I think there are more iterations of this screen coming in the not too distant future, whereby the tiles give you even more info (e.g highlight current running apps, or the amount of CPU/RAM the app uses, etc, etc.). But not to get off-track here. Windows 8 really shines in it's undelying core. File copy e.g is greatly enhanced. No need for a third party utility anymore. The Windows Explorer (now called Explorer) has context sensitive menu bar that can be hidden. Virus/Malware protection is now even more integrated in the windows core. It has tons of enhancements for mobile users (laptops and tablets) to keep your resource usage optimal. And I could get on and on and on... I think for those features alone, Win8 is worth the $50 upgrade. I would have spend the money (and more) anyway on third-party utilities.

I'll have to check and see if we can get it through SA at work tomorrow. I have Technet anyway, but no major desire to get Windows 8 atm.

I am only part of the partner network so will have to wait till the 16th.

Be nice to dual boot it and see how it is. So long as Metro isn't too obtrusive then i'm sure i'll get along with it fine.

Lingwo said,
I am only part of the partner network so will have to wait till the 16th.

Be nice to dual boot it and see how it is. So long as Metro isn't too obtrusive then i'm sure i'll get along with it fine.


I'm in the Partner Network as well, so I'm also playing the Waiting Game.

Lingwo said,
Be nice to dual boot it and see how it is. So long as Metro isn't too obtrusive then i'm sure i'll get along with it fine.

Good news and bad news: It runs reasonably well in VirtualBox as a VM. Just may need to add some monitor resolutions manually in order to get it to run full screen properly. (And you do want to run it full screen as the UI relies heavily on hitting the extreme corners of the screen)

The bad news is that Metro is un-be-lie-vably obtrusive. You're slammed back and forth every step of the way.

It's actually so bad that it should be called 'Windows' anymore. There are no windows in metro, if you're in the middle of something and click a notification of some FB instant message then you get that slammed full screen in your face.

I'm old enough to remember the dark days of Dos, and this is every bit as bad. Maybe worse actually, as Dos apps at least had a lot of functions to do stuff. In Metro just about everything is FischerPriced out.

Initially I didn't want to get Windows 8, but after I heard that Windows 8 would be getting the 'Blue' update later next year, i'm so going to get it.

i have technet account and am curious to see how different it is from 7. trying to keep open mind and try it and see if i like it. if i dislike it i will go back to 7.

hclarkjr said,
i have technet account and am curious to see how different it is from 7. trying to keep open mind and try it and see if i like it. if i dislike it i will go back to 7.

Hey if you don't like it, hook up one of your fellow members with a key, please? : )

huh!!! windows 8 was designed for NOOBS
even xp is far better than 8,,, 7 is the best
tried windows 8 aftr every release, first DP, then RP nd now d final build,,, nothing new, and an administrator can't use metro apps. flash player crashes even in the final build, ts even worser than ME. ts just that graphics are quite improved

my view-->win 8 for pc/desktop/laptop is and will be a complete flop like ME/Vista(even vista was ok),,,,bt ts quite good for tablets/phones

sibu said,
huh!!! windows 8 was designed for NOOBS
even xp is far better than 8,,, 7 is the best
tried windows 8 aftr every release, first DP, then RP nd now d final build,,, nothing new, and an administrator can't use metro apps. flash player crashes even in the final build, ts even worser than ME. ts just that graphics are quite improved

my view-->win 8 for pc/desktop/laptop is and will be a complete flop like ME/Vista(even vista was ok),,,,bt ts quite good for tablets/phones


*slowly claps* Thats nice, I think you have got a little confused though. This is a news article that tells us that certain people will be able to get Windows 8 tomorrow, its not an article about the OS itself. So why not be a good little boy and run along to the forums and give us adults some peace, there are plenty of threads there you can cry on.

sibu said,
huh!!! windows 8 was designed for NOOBS
even xp is far better than 8,,, 7 is the best
tried windows 8 aftr every release, first DP, then RP nd now d final build,,, nothing new, and an administrator can't use metro apps. flash player crashes even in the final build, ts even worser than ME. ts just that graphics are quite improved

my view-->win 8 for pc/desktop/laptop is and will be a complete flop like ME/Vista(even vista was ok),,,,bt ts quite good for tablets/phones


You don't need to complain about it here; if the OS does not serve your purpose, then just don't use it. As developers say: "The right tool for the right job."

sibu said,
huh!!! windows 8 was designed for NOOBS
even xp is far better than 8,,, 7 is the best
tried windows 8 aftr every release, first DP, then RP nd now d final build,,, nothing new, and an administrator can't use metro apps. flash player crashes even in the final build, ts even worser than ME. ts just that graphics are quite improved

my view-->win 8 for pc/desktop/laptop is and will be a complete flop like ME/Vista(even vista was ok),,,,bt ts quite good for tablets/phones


mooooommmmyyyyy!!

sibu said,
huh!!! windows 8 was designed for NOOBS
even xp is far better than 8,,, 7 is the best
tried windows 8 aftr every release, first DP, then RP nd now d final build,,, nothing new, and an administrator can't use metro apps. flash player crashes even in the final build, ts even worser than ME. ts just that graphics are quite improved

my view-->win 8 for pc/desktop/laptop is and will be a complete flop like ME/Vista(even vista was ok),,,,bt ts quite good for tablets/phones

i just made the account to comment on you.... are you kiddin me???? if you dont wanna use it then y searching for that blog to comment on.... im in IT and just got rtm.. i find it interesting, although i need to click a lot more for the normal task to do unlike in 7 but still its good... and dont cry here that this is not good or this is not right....

Edited by ttterminator, Aug 14 2012, 12:54pm :

sibu said,
huh!!! windows 8 was designed for NOOBS
even xp is far better than 8,,, 7 is the best
tried windows 8 aftr every release, first DP, then RP nd now d final build,,, nothing new, and an administrator can't use metro apps. flash player crashes even in the final build, ts even worser than ME. ts just that graphics are quite improved

my view-->win 8 for pc/desktop/laptop is and will be a complete flop like ME/Vista(even vista was ok),,,,bt ts quite good for tablets/phones


Trolling aside, I still think that W8 is a tablet OS. I'm really not keen on installing this thing again on my machine.

8 is the way to go....i like to try new things and take challanges! windows 8 brings alot of fun and heavy multi tasking something that i really like in 8. windows 7 seems ancient next to 8!!
let the fun begin!!

I am in love with windows 8! BEST OS ever! windows 7 was a great OS but 8 is even better a whole new expereince no more boring start menus since windows existance! hello windows 8 bye bye windows 7 !!

Q9650 said,
I am in love with windows 8! BEST OS ever! windows 7 was a great OS but 8 is even better a whole new expereince;

The OS is indeed fine. The schizophrenic user interface though is a whole nother matter.

Windows Nashville said,
I want Win 7 start menu. Until then, Win 8 can go to hell.

Then use Windows 7. Meanwhile, we'll enjoy Windows 8. K?

Windows Nashville said,

I want Win 7 start menu. Until then, Win 8 can go to hell.


Some would say you should embrace change, but if not, there's always Classic Shell
if you want to bring back the Start Orb and traditional Start Menu on Windows 8.

http://classicshell.sf.net/

Windows Nashville said,
I want Win 7 start menu. Until then, Win 8 can go to hell.

As much as I disagree with the constant moaning about Windows 8 on every single Windows 8 news post, I can't help but feel the same way. It's not just the start menu that's gone, it's the whole productivity chain. For example, you can't get to windows update from the start screen. You have to go to the control panel to find it. It's little changes like that which throw people off and make it hard to adjust to.

Kushan said,

As much as I disagree with the constant moaning about Windows 8 on every single Windows 8 news post, I can't help but feel the same way. It's not just the start menu that's gone, it's the whole productivity chain. For example, you can't get to windows update from the start screen. You have to go to the control panel to find it. It's little changes like that which throw people off and make it hard to adjust to.

Yes, you can. Use Search.

Dot Matrix said,

Yes, you can. Use Search.

I think he means, the desktop version of windows update. Technically, you can't go directly since only the metro one shows up, but clicking "installed updates" and others brings you to the windows update anyway so I don't think that that will be a problem

another way is win+X -> system -> windows update

grayscale said,

I think he means, the desktop version of windows update. Technically, you can't go directly since only the metro one shows up, but clicking "installed updates" and others brings you to the windows update anyway so I don't think that that will be a problem

another way is win+X -> system -> windows update

Yup, that's what I mean. I don't mind the start screen itself, rather it's the things its missing from the start menu that's troublesome. And by "troublesome" I mean it's a whole new way to get used to working. To be fair, Vista had the same problem on a smaller scale and it's the same issue people have with the "Ribbon" - while everyone has their opinions as to which is better, it's the change in workflow that people have the real issue with.
I guess we'll all get used to it because we have to, but I'm really not sure Windows 8 is going to take off the way Windows 7 has.

Kushan said,

As much as I disagree with the constant moaning about Windows 8 on every single Windows 8 news post, I can't help but feel the same way. It's not just the start menu that's gone, it's the whole productivity chain. For example, you can't get to windows update from the start screen. You have to go to the control panel to find it. It's little changes like that which throw people off and make it hard to adjust to.

I was fully adjusted in less than a day. Want to go to windows update?
Metro Version: Win+W and type "win up" and press enter
Desktop Version: Win+W and type "in op up" and press enter

grayscale said,

Would you mind telling us how -.-

search for the update, right click, bottom left corner click on pin to start menu

I always just hit Win + Pause to bring up the System window, and then select the Windows Update link in the lower-right corner. Been doing that since Vista...

Dot Matrix said,

Search for it in the CP. Right click and click pin.


Tekkerson said,

search for the update, right click, bottom left corner click on pin to start menu

I'm talking about Windows Update specifically since it is the one he's talking in particular. He and I have already mentioned that we can go through it through the CP. Windows Update isn't "right-clickable" when searched in the the Start screen.

grayscale said,


I'm talking about Windows Update specifically since it is the one he's talking in particular. He and I have already mentioned that we can go through it through the CP. Windows Update isn't "right-clickable" when searched in the the Start screen.

Sorry, You have to open it up first, and then in the breadcrumb bar, right click it there.

Dot Matrix said,

Yes, you can. Use Search.

Because using the KEYBOARD to run anything in a supposedly modern Graphical User Interface is the way to go...in the 1980's.

Windows 8 on the desktop is two steps back and no steps forward. What a mess.

excalpius said,

Because using the KEYBOARD to run anything in a supposedly modern Graphical User Interface is the way to go...in the 1980's.

Windows 8 on the desktop is two steps back and no steps forward. What a mess.

and why is that?
keyboard is faster and easier compared to mouse-ing everything up.
no need to find, no need to aim. just type the hell out of what you want to do.

Tekkerson said,

search for the update, right click, bottom left corner click on pin to start menu

DOESN'T work! You cannot pin a Metro settings panel to the start screen; I just tried. See how nuts this is? You CAN pin the non-Metro Windows update interface to the start menu. See how this duality is killing the consistency of the interface? You're slammed back and forth between interfaces literally every step of the way.

Say you're in Outlook, and you get a .png image as an attachment, click it and BOOM you're in Metro's photo viewer. (default behaviour that would need tweaking to undo). Or you're working in Excel and someone sends you a Facebook message which the People Metro App picks up and displays it in a notification. If you click it then you get this big flat orange pie of a Metro spash screen thrown in your face, losing all focus on the Excel stuff you were doing. How is that better than a small pop up window a la Skype or MSN messenger?

Tekkerson said,

search for the update, right click, bottom left corner click on pin to start menu

DOESN'T work! You cannot pin a Metro settings panel to the start screen; I just tried. See how nuts this is? You CAN pin the non-Metro Windows update interface to the start menu. See how this duality is killing the consistency of the interface? You're slammed back and forth between interfaces literally every step of the way.

Say you're in Outlook, and you get a .png image as an attachment, click it and BOOM you're in Metro's photo viewer. (default behaviour that would need tweaking to undo). Or you're working in Excel and someone sends you a Facebook message which the People Metro App picks up and displays it in a notification. If you click it then you get this big flat orange pie of a Metro spash screen thrown in your face, losing all focus on the Excel stuff you were doing. How is that better than a small pop up window a la Skype or MSN messenger?

Tekkerson said,

search for the update, right click, bottom left corner click on pin to start menu

DOESN'T work! You cannot pin a Metro settings panel to the start screen; I just tried. See how nuts this is? You CAN pin the non-Metro Windows update interface to the start menu. See how this duality is killing the consistency of the interface? You're slammed back and forth between interfaces literally every step of the way.

Say you're in Outlook, and you get a .png image as an attachment, click it and BOOM you're in Metro's photo viewer. (default behaviour that would need tweaking to undo). Or you're working in Excel and someone sends you a Facebook message which the People Metro App picks up and displays it in a notification. If you click it then you get this big flat orange pie of a Metro spash screen thrown in your face, losing all focus on the Excel stuff you were doing. How is that better than a small pop up window a la Skype or MSN messenger?

hantms said,

DOESN'T work! You cannot pin a Metro settings panel to the start screen; I just tried. See how nuts this is? You CAN pin the non-Metro Windows update interface to the start menu. See how this duality is killing the consistency of the interface? You're slammed back and forth between interfaces literally every step of the way.

Say you're in Outlook, and you get a .png image as an attachment, click it and BOOM you're in Metro's photo viewer. (default behaviour that would need tweaking to undo). Or you're working in Excel and someone sends you a Facebook message which the People Metro App picks up and displays it in a notification. If you click it then you get this big flat orange pie of a Metro spash screen thrown in your face, losing all focus on the Excel stuff you were doing. How is that better than a small pop up window a la Skype or MSN messenger?

I'm with you on the Windows Update thing but for the others? Meh.

How hard is it to change file associations? It even ask the user which default application the user wants to use when he/she opens a file for the first time.

As for people app, then don't use a metro messenger. it's there for those who want to use it. those who don't can use other applications, just like in windows 7. You don't want IE? download chrome/firefox. You don't want to use WMP, then use VLC.

I wonder if the built-in activation will allow us to pay £49.99 for a key tomorrow for the leaked ISO's or whether we will have to wait until oct 26th.

I guess we will find out tomorrow if the SHA-1 hashes for the leaked iso's match those on msdn.

torrentthief said,
I wonder if the built-in activation will allow us to pay £49.99 for a key tomorrow for the leaked ISO's or whether we will have to wait until oct 26th.

I guess we will find out tomorrow if the SHA-1 hashes for the leaked iso's match those on msdn.

Technically they shouldn't because the current ISO's don't have missing EULA's during setup.

~Johnny said,
Nope, unfortunately. There's no date, but it might not be in the next week or two.

back with windows 7 it didnt take long at all, i dont think it was one or two weeks, but more like days

Edited by ~Johnny, Aug 14 2012, 8:50pm :

it_freakDude said,
When would Windows 8 be available on Dreamspark?

Since Dreamspark is a subset of MSDN, you should get it too. But I may be wrong here.

FarCry3r said,

Since Dreamspark is a subset of MSDN, you should get it too. But I may be wrong here.

When I used to have Dreamspark we didn't get Windows (7), we only got Windows Server, has this changed?

thealexweb said,

When I used to have Dreamspark we didn't get Windows (7), we only got Windows Server, has this changed?

We got it with some delay. I asked my representative at school about this but he doesn't know dates either.

thealexweb said,

When I used to have Dreamspark we didn't get Windows (7), we only got Windows Server, has this changed?


MSDN:AA is now Dreamspark Premium, hence the Dreamspark questions. I myself am wondering when we'll be able to download RTM from there.

thealexweb said,

When I used to have Dreamspark we didn't get Windows (7), we only got Windows Server, has this changed?


Kinda. You've got be in the 'extended dreamspark' to get windows and office which costs educational facilities more.

n_K said,

Kinda. You've got be in the 'extended dreamspark' to get windows and office which costs educational facilities more.

Ah okay, thanks

it_freakDude said,
When would Windows 8 be available on Dreamspark?

Dreamspark is run by an external company for Microsoft who aren't under any obligation to add things day-and-date they come out, so it could be up to a month or two before it appears on Dreamspark premium.

it_freakDude said,
When would Windows 8 be available on Dreamspark?
My school's Dreamspark have Windows and even Windows 8 Release Preview... i wonder how fast will it get

~Johnny said,
Dreamspark is run by an external company for Microsoft who aren't under any obligation to add things day-and-date they come out, so it could be up to a month or two before it appears on Dreamspark premium.
How did you get to the conclusion that Dreamspark is run by an external company? It's a program made by MS. Only the website is hosted by a 3rd party.

Roberticus said,

MSDN:AA is now Dreamspark Premium, hence the Dreamspark questions. I myself am wondering when we'll be able to download RTM from there.

I would be careful thinking you'll get it. I have an MSDN:AA (now dreamspark) account as well, and we had our 7 licenses removed because people were applying just to get windows 7. I doubt win 8 would be any different. Stupid though seeing as how we get SQL Server, Visual studio, and all the server OS's, along with Vista and XP. my MSDNAA account is through ACM.

Anthonyd said,
How did you get to the conclusion that Dreamspark is run by an external company? It's a program made by MS. Only the website is hosted by a 3rd party.

I actually work at Microsoft for the current time being. Microsoft pay the other company to run the entire program for them.

DariusIII said,
Can't wait till tomorrow. Using Windows 8 already (leaked ISO) but i am waiting for my legit keys on Technet.

So it's the exact same ISO? No need to re-download if I'll be using the same version, right?

grayscale said,

So it's the exact same ISO? No need to re-download if I'll be using the same version, right?

The current ISO's have no EULA's, so it's possible that tomorrow will see the real official ISO's even though the actual install of Windows will be exactly the same.

Tony. said,

The current ISO's have no EULA's, so it's possible that tomorrow will see the real official ISO's even though the actual install of Windows will be exactly the same.

The Enterprise ISO didn't have an EULA but the Pro one I'm running did. Waiting for my keys tomorrow too and will find out. Running Win8 off of VHD anyways so might need to place it on a normal hard drive/partition once I'm ready to use it as my main OS (even though I don't see any performance difference).

Obry said,

The Enterprise ISO didn't have an EULA but the Pro one I'm running did. Waiting for my keys tomorrow too and will find out. Running Win8 off of VHD anyways so might need to place it on a normal hard drive/partition once I'm ready to use it as my main OS (even though I don't see any performance difference).

Please comment here if it's the same. Thanks! (win8 Pro)

DariusIII said,
Can't wait till tomorrow. Using Windows 8 already (leaked ISO) but i am waiting for my legit keys on Technet.

You can update the key later, then activate. There's a grace period anyway so you can just go ahead and install. That's what I did; I'll worry about getting keys later, probably through my company's volume licensing.