Windows 8 beta candidate version number revealed?

Windows 8 is getting closer and closer to being made available to everyone via the promised public beta test. It's supposed to be released sometime in late February. Until then, Microsoft is busy in Redmond testing release candidate builds for the beta. Now Winunleaked.tk reports that the version number for the beta candidate build for Windows 8 has been revealed.

According to the site's Windows 8 builds list, the build number for the release candidate is officially called 8222.0.winmain_win8beta.120131-1912. Previously it was reported that Windows 8 had entered what is known as its Beta Escrow period, where internal testers will keep testing builds of the operating system until it is ready to be released.

We wouldn't be surprised if someone decided to leak the final beta out before Microsoft officially puts it out for public consumption. 

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hrmm might dualboot this on another drive as long as it is easy enough to remove later on
shame u cant just sideload it

Sorry if I'm missing something (or if my memory is extremely corrupted ) but aren't we supposed to be getting an updated dev preview in a day or two? I'd love to hear more about that....

Matthew_Thepc said,
Sorry if I'm missing something (or if my memory is extremely corrupted ) but aren't we supposed to be getting an updated dev preview in a day or two? I'd love to hear more about that....
That would be quite useful.

Matthew_Thepc said,
Sorry if I'm missing something (or if my memory is extremely corrupted ) but aren't we supposed to be getting an updated dev preview in a day or two? I'd love to hear more about that....
Any chance you're thinking of the Consumer Preview (aka: beta)?

zeke009 said,
Any chance you're thinking of the Consumer Preview (aka: beta)?

hmm....I distinctly remember reading about getting an updated dev preview the 3rd or 4th of February on Neowin or some other news site and then the consumer preview in late February (I've been hearing that the Beta aka consumer preview is coming out on the 13th, but that's like from friends of friends who possibly work at Microsoft research )

eh...i might just be loosing it

Matthew_Thepc said,

hmm....I distinctly remember reading about getting an updated dev preview the 3rd or 4th of February on Neowin or some other news site and then the consumer preview in late February (I've been hearing that the Beta aka consumer preview is coming out on the 13th, but that's like from friends of friends who possibly work at Microsoft research )

eh...i might just be loosing it


I will hope for the 13th. Come on Microsoft, Windows 8 beta would be a nice touch for my birthday!

Matthew_Thepc said,

hmm....I distinctly remember reading about getting an updated dev preview the 3rd or 4th of February on Neowin or some other news site and then the consumer preview in late February (I've been hearing that the Beta aka consumer preview is coming out on the 13th, but that's like from friends of friends who possibly work at Microsoft research )
eh...i might just be loosing it

You're thinking of the build handed out to the contest finalists. It was not a public build.

floopydoodle said,

You're thinking of the build handed out to the contest finalists. It was not a public build.

Oh, thanks for clarifying. my brain kind of mixes things together

Buttus said,
I'm just hoping that the dev preview will update to the beta without a re-install? pretty please?

It'd be pretty useless to test a new beta when pieces of an old beta might still be lingering due to the upgrade process.

Buttus said,
I'm just hoping that the dev preview will update to the beta without a re-install? pretty please?

People like you annoy me, this happened with Vista and Windows 7 (and most likely releases before them).

The problem is, you install a alpha/beta operating system then complain if your able to upgrade or not. Your not meant to 'upgrade' from a alpha/beta to the next alpha/beta, otherwise you could create a unique set of bugs which then get sent to Microsoft and then cause issues with bug reports and hurt it's development.

If you want to help Microsoft in the slightest (well, you must do since you installed a testing OS), then do a fresh install so you can help report problems that are not created by you upgrading from one build to another.

People were doing this with the string of leaks of Windows 7 and started complaining about issues that no one else had.

Tony. said,

People like you annoy me, this happened with Vista and Windows 7 (and most likely releases before them).

Kinda harsh, but I completely agree with you. Don't expect upgrade/migration support for an Alpha/Beta release.

Then we will install it, boot it for the first time, click start and say DOH!.

Then look around for a way to turn Metro Off and then say DOH! Again.

warwagon said,
Then we will install it, boot it for the first time, click start and say DOH!.

Then look around for a way to turn Metro Off and then say DOH! Again.

And then you'll keep playing with it and you might surprise yourself in the end... I had the exact same reaction with the Dev Preview but it really isn't so bad (especially for an unpolished build like the Dev Preview)... it actually started to grow on me. I can't wait to snatch a shiny new Windows 8 tablet - this could very well make most other tablets irrelevant, including the iPad...

warwagon said,
Then we will install it, boot it for the first time, click start and say DOH!.

Then look around for a way to turn Metro Off and then say DOH! Again.

Don't forget to actually give it a chance, especially when actual things worth using appear on the Windows Store

~Johnny said,

Don't forget to actually give it a chance, especially when actual things worth using appear on the Windows Store

I, on the other hand, will at least be giving Immersive (which I used in the WDP, and still use in it) another honest chance (despite running it on a desktop with Ye Olde Fashioned Keyboarde and Mousie). As it was, the *only* time I saw the StartScreen (other than at boot) was when running (by choice) an Immersive/Metro app. The most amazing thing - other than software with specific OS-isms inside, I didn't need compatibility mode - or anything else - to run traditional applications or games. (Number of previous Developer Previews or alphas with that degree of backward compatibility - exactly none.)

~Johnny said,

Don't forget to actually give it a chance

Old man rivers likes things the way they are and doesn't like change

ShareShiz said,
and just so everyone knows...

MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.RC1.ISO-LZ0

... is a fake.

Of course it is - for starters it's calling itself a Release Candidate, and we're nowhere near that stage yet

~Johnny said,

Of course it is - for starters it's calling itself a Release Candidate, and we're nowhere near that stage yet

You clearly are not part of the Illuminati...
I'm running RTM!


oh shi*...
*vanishes from this planet*

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

You clearly are not part of the Illuminati...
I'm running RTM!


oh shi*...
*vanishes from this planet*

GS:mac

sounds more like someone is part of the Illuminutty

ShareShiz said,
and just so everyone knows...

MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.RC1.ISO-LZ0

... is a fake.


fake you say? jeeze, close to 900 people have downloaded it on the torrent site i use.

Sweet, as soon as the 1st Beta come out i will install it on my main PC just to try it!
I been skipping the last build leaks.

mjedi7 said,
Sweet, as soon as the 1st Beta come out i will install it on my main PC just to try it!
I been skipping the last build leaks.

1st/Last beta.