Windows 8 build 8064 screenshots and changelog leak

Screenshots and a changelog have leaked from what appears to be the latest Milestone 3 (M3) developer release of Windows 8. This leak comes from PCBeta (and BetaArchive) and shows the Windows Developer Preview Setup, rumoured to come straight from Windows 8 build 6.2.8064.0.FBL_EEAP.110806-1000; which as the string suggests was built on August 6th. This would also nicely coincide with previous rumours that Windows 8 hit build 8063 on August 4.

The reported changelog is as follows:

  • A new wallpaper (5th generation)
  • A new BSOD (2nd generation) (back to blue with a smiley : ( )
  • A new bootscreen (2nd generation) (betta fish is gone)
  • A new installprep and WinPE look. (5th generation)
  • Internet Explorer 10 Developer Preview (pre release version) (with Internet Explorer 10 splashscreen)
  • A new colored "Windows" splashscreen during installprep loading file.
  • Immersive Remote Desktop (old)
  • Immersive Control Panel (old)
  • WinStore (old)
  • Windows 7 wallpaper deleted
  • New WiFi/Ethernet icons (old)
  • New Touch Keyboard icon
  • New genuine center (old)
  • Windows DVD Maker gone
  • Windows Media Center gone
  • New User avatar
  • New Advanced Security Setting tab (old)

OLD = Present in 80xx build

Curiously both Windows Media Center and DVD Maker appear to be gone from this build – both were (especially Media Center) loved features from Windows 7, so this quite likely is only part of the alleged developer preview build. It is also reported that the build is 100% locked and hidden features cannot be revealed through means used for previous leaked builds.

Microsoft is set to release more information about Windows 8 in an official manner at their BUILD conference between September 13 and 16, which Neowin will be attending.

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are these "leaks" even worth posting about? I mean seriously, there isn't anything to look at. Can't people at least wait until there are some quality graphics to post? Oh goody, another screenshot of the startup screen Yay! Oh look, a leaked screenshot of the starting windows screen yay!

Why so many screenshot leaks in Chinese, Japanese, Thai.... don't know the language. Why not English, German, Portuguese? It's boring. I don't these symbols... lol

wow, if these screenshots were meant to impress me, they failed. lol.... how about the UI and some of the internals, changes..? aw well, there I go.. angering the neowin gods... (( runs and hides))

ChrisJ1968 said,
wow, if these screenshots were meant to impress me, they failed. lol.... how about the UI and some of the internals, changes..? aw well, there I go.. angering the neowin gods... (( runs and hides))

right now, i cant see any need for me to even think about upgrading, if the UI is the exactly the same as W7 with a few bug fixes and icon changes whats the point !!

badsey said,

right now, i cant see any need for me to even think about upgrading, if the UI is the exactly the same as W7 with a few bug fixes and icon changes whats the point !!

Windows Store, ARM, APPX, HTML, IE10, Start Screen, "The biggest update to Windows since Windows 95"

Man you people need to chill out as far as Media Center, this is a leaked non public build not even Beta, Media Center was just removed from THIS build. It was probably removed for developer reasons. Who noes it could be getting a revamp or even merged into the Start screen. No need to jump ship,

wv@gt said,
Man you people need to chill out as far as Media Center, this is a leaked non public build not even Beta, Media Center was just removed from THIS build. It was probably removed for developer reasons. Who noes it could be getting a revamp or even merged into the Start screen. No need to jump ship,

We all understand this, the problem is that there where rumors that microsoft would stop developing WMC.. and now this.

wv@gt said,
Media Center was just removed from THIS build.

Do you know this to be a fact or you are just guessing?
I hope Media Center or something which is an evolution of it will be in the RTM build; in the meantime people are making comments..... nothing wrong IMO.

wv@gt said,
Media Center was just removed from THIS build.

Do you know this to be a fact or you are just guessing?
I hope Media Center or something which is an evolution of it will be in the RTM build; in the meantime people are making comments..... nothing wrong IMO.

wv@gt said,
Media Center was just removed from THIS build.

Do you know this to be a fact or you are just guessing?
I hope Media Center or something which is an evolution of it will be in the RTM build; in the meantime people are making comments..... nothing wrong IMO.

Fritzly said,

Do you know this to be a fact or you are just guessing?
I hope Media Center or something which is an evolution of it will be in the RTM build; in the meantime people are making comments..... nothing wrong IMO.

Yes I am guessing, and I know what has been said in the past about Media Center. Do you really think though Microsoft would just abandon Media Center. Part of the evolution of Windows 7 and Windows 8 is a much more media enriched OS. While Media Center Boxes for the living room have not been the big talk these days I still believe that the software serves a purpose. This is why I think Media Center will be transformed into the Start screen.

wv@gt said,

Yes I am guessing, and I know what has been said in the past about Media Center. Do you really think though Microsoft would just abandon Media Center. Part of the evolution of Windows 7 and Windows 8 is a much more media enriched OS. While Media Center Boxes for the living room have not been the big talk these days I still believe that the software serves a purpose. This is why I think Media Center will be transformed into the Start screen.

What I really hope is MS will fix the issue wit Media Center locking the PC while is running; I have a three monitors setup and it is really annoying.

wv@gt said,

Yes I am guessing, and I know what has been said in the past about Media Center. Do you really think though Microsoft would just abandon Media Center. Part of the evolution of Windows 7 and Windows 8 is a much more media enriched OS. While Media Center Boxes for the living room have not been the big talk these days I still believe that the software serves a purpose. This is why I think Media Center will be transformed into the Start screen.

What I really hope is MS will fix the issue wit Media Center locking the PC while is running; I have a three monitors setup and it is really annoying.

wv@gt said,

Yes I am guessing, and I know what has been said in the past about Media Center. Do you really think though Microsoft would just abandon Media Center. Part of the evolution of Windows 7 and Windows 8 is a much more media enriched OS. While Media Center Boxes for the living room have not been the big talk these days I still believe that the software serves a purpose. This is why I think Media Center will be transformed into the Start screen.

What I really hope is MS will fix the issue wit Media Center locking the PC while is running; I have a three monitors setup and it is really annoying.

No Windows Media Center? I can't belive this... WMC is the best Media Center. They need to add it back till beta or RC...

Media Center can't be gone. Hopefully only this build doesn't have it. But Mary Jo Foley and Engadget have been saying for a while that Media Center is dead.

xpclient said,
Media Center can't be gone. Hopefully only this build doesn't have it. But Mary Jo Foley and Engadget have been saying for a while that Media Center is dead.

go ahead and add it to your list!

It's a shame Windows Media Center is gone and probably will be at RTM. I haven't seen a better product out there. Apple TV(less) is a joke and the other 3rd party programs are just really bad .

O5M3L said,
It's a shame Windows Media Center is gone and probably will be at RTM. I haven't seen a better product out there. Apple TV(less) is a joke and the other 3rd party programs are just really bad .

Why would you think it would be gone in the RTM build? It just didn't make it for this preview build (if it's even genuine), nothing more.

O5M3L said,
It's a shame Windows Media Center is gone and probably will be at RTM. I haven't seen a better product out there. Apple TV(less) is a joke and the other 3rd party programs are just really bad .

Agreed...

O5M3L said,
It's a shame Windows Media Center is gone and probably will be at RTM. I haven't seen a better product out there. Apple TV(less) is a joke and the other 3rd party programs are just really bad .

You do realize that builds have separate branches for different OS design teams to work on, and that they don't merge their code with the official "winmain" branch until it's ready, right?

O5M3L said,
It's a shame Windows Media Center is gone and probably will be at RTM. I haven't seen a better product out there. Apple TV(less) is a joke and the other 3rd party programs are just really bad .

Its a joke, there are few better progs there. But whom never ever like to use that, its a big step forward (I hate it, and also a built in media player and internet browser too)

Tpiom said,
"A new BSOD (2nd generation) (back to blue with a smiley : ( )"

I would be happier if it said "BSOD gone"

So you would be happier if the OS wouldn't report any hardware related failures? Well...

Tpiom said,
"A new BSOD (2nd generation) (back to blue with a smiley : ( )"

I would be happier if it said "BSOD gone"


BSOD != Windows' failures only

I liked the black SOD

Tpiom said,
"A new BSOD (2nd generation) (back to blue with a smiley : ( )"

I would be happier if it said "BSOD gone"

They are adding a smiley to th BSOD? That's peculiar. I haven't even seen a BSOD since the earliest days of Vista.

Morden said,

So you would be happier if the OS wouldn't report any hardware related failures? Well...

No, but it doesn't need to crash to do that. A popup/error message would do well!

BSOD is also software (Windows included) crashes and it sure doesn't need to "die" to report those.

Tpiom said,

No, but it doesn't need to crash to do that. A popup/error message would do well!

BSOD is also software (Windows included) crashes and it sure doesn't need to "die" to report those.


Don't you understand? BSOD = no way to continue running. Period.

RealFduch said,

Don't you understand? BSOD = no way to continue running. Period.

I think what Tpiom was saying was that he wished that Microsoft had found a way to work around those errors. They are, most often, driver related, not actually a physical hardware problem.

Morden said,

Without any doubt there will be an equivalent.

After they removed driver extender from home server, I do believe that this can be, in fact, gone for good to. And THEY will not care.

aristofeles said,
After they removed driver extender from home server, I do believe that this can be, in fact, gone for good to. And THEY will not care.
To be fair, while drive extender was a good idea, a proper RAID5/6 is a much better and safer solution (unless you don't even know what RAID is).

aristofeles said,

After they removed driver extender from home server, I do believe that this can be, in fact, gone for good to. And THEY will not care.

Drive Extender had problems, so in all fairness, they removed it vs. hearing people complain when their data was lost. Besides, there are several companies working on replacements now.

And epple, RAID 5/6 is good if all of your disks are the same size. DE didn't care when they pooled them all together.

I can't wait to try this out on my tablet pc when they release a public preview build. My only concern is the removal of media center, but I wouldn't mind if its features were integrated into the tile interface.

Windows Media Center might well be being subsumed into the new start screen UI - the two actually make sense as one now, whereas before Media Center stuck out as having a different UI, in the midst of the Windows Explorer-based interface.

Jan said,
Why can't they replace Windows Media Player with Zune Hopefully in a later build

Because as a media player the former is superior to the later, in regards to system resource requirements.

MrGriggs said,

Because as a media player the former is superior to the later, in regards to system resource requirements.

I disagree, WMP uses significantly more resources than Zune to get the same thing done. As an example, the library is so slow to populate in WMP, they should just add the codecs WMP has to Zune and say goodbye to that slow POS called Media Player.

Jan said,
Why can't they replace Windows Media Player with Zune Hopefully in a later build

This makes more sense then replacing Media Center. Could never understand why they have two very different user experiences.

"Windows Media Center gone"
Looks like that little pc i have sitting in the tv cabinet wont be upgraded if this is the case.

Kratzie said,
"Windows Media Center gone"
Looks like that little pc i have sitting in the tv cabinet wont be upgraded if this is the case.

Its just gone from the build, not final version for developer reasons. No need to jump ship and make final assumptions yet. If anything I would imagine they are updating Media Center to resemble the Start screen or even merging it with it

Kratzie said,
"Windows Media Center gone"
Looks like that little pc i have sitting in the tv cabinet wont be upgraded if this is the case.

Does anyone for once consider the possibility that since Windows 8 is going the way of WP7, they'll replace WMP with Zune as the default media player? Imo it would be much better since you can integrate Zune with the marketplace and listen to multiple files.

PlogCF said,

Does anyone for once consider the possibility that since Windows 8 is going the way of WP7, they'll replace WMP with Zune as the default media player? Imo it would be much better since you can integrate Zune with the marketplace and listen to multiple files.

No marketplace in Canada. Zune also doesn't have extender capabilities, which is the primary use in my house.

Kemchuk said,

No marketplace in Canada. Zune also doesn't have extender capabilities, which is the primary use in my house.

they could just add extender capabilities to zune...

PlogCF said,

Does anyone for once consider the possibility that since Windows 8 is going the way of WP7, they'll replace WMP with Zune as the default media player? Imo it would be much better since you can integrate Zune with the marketplace and listen to multiple files.

Looks like someone doesn't know the difference between Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center.

roadwarrior said,

Looks like someone doesn't know the difference between Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center.

Dully noted. -_-# Windows Media Center can still be replaced with Zune. Heck, Zune is essentially like WMP+WMC+a better marketplace.

KavazovAngel said,
'Windows Media Center gone'

What do they mean by 'gone'?

Presumed to be completely removed from the build

Scorpus said,

Presumed to be completely removed from the build


Maybe there will be different versions of Windows. Why would one need Windows Media Center or DVD Maker in a tablet or a ultra light notebook with no DVD drive?

Tager said,

Maybe there will be different versions of Windows. Why would one need Windows Media Center or DVD Maker in a tablet or a ultra light notebook with no DVD drive?

Windows Media Center is still VERY useful without a DVD drive.

KavazovAngel said,
'Windows Media Center gone'

What do they mean by 'gone'?

With the new Start Menu, there's little to no reason to have a separate app (or at least what we know of as WMC). My guess is that because the Start Menu UI would work great in a 10ft experience, Windows Media Center should just be another integrated tile.

KavazovAngel said,
'Windows Media Center gone'

What do they mean by 'gone'?

It's a logical step. The whole Windows MoSH is a Media Center now. :-)

Tager said,

Maybe there will be different versions of Windows. Why would one need Windows Media Center or DVD Maker in a tablet or a ultra light notebook with no DVD drive?

I have Media Center in my Tablet PC and I use it quite often. I hope MS will not replicate the initial mistake to make Media Center OEM only.

Tager said,

Why would one need Windows Media Center or DVD Maker in a tablet or a ultra light notebook with no DVD drive?

Xbox 360.

When MS releases a purchasable codec pack that supports MKV I'll be able to accept that...

Fritzly said,

I have Media Center in my Tablet PC and I use it quite often. I hope MS will not replicate the initial mistake to make Media Center OEM only.


*cough* *cough* Zune *cough *cough*

Fritzly said,

I have Media Center in my Tablet PC and I use it quite often. I hope MS will not replicate the initial mistake to make Media Center OEM only.


*cough* *cough* Zune *cough *cough*

Jose_49 said,

Xbox 360.

When MS releases a purchasable codec pack that supports MKV I'll be able to accept that...

Why pay for a codec pack when you can get it for free? Look up K-lite or just switch to a better media player like VLC for all your video needs.

Aside from use with other MS products like xbox and zune, WMC is useless when all of its functions are better performed with third party programs or just visiting the website that has the media. Hardly anyone is going miss it by getting rid of dead code if they were to do it. I really hope they gave WMP a much need overhaul and feature upgrade to bring it on par with iTunes.

BetaAddict said,

Why pay for a codec pack when you can get it for free? Look up K-lite or just switch to a better media player like VLC for all your video needs.


I think that the general consensus is that CCCP is better. K-lite even tried to emulate CCCP at some point (via install presets), but failed to do so.

CCCP is a minimalistic codec pack that still has everything you need for 99% of videos. It comes with MPC as an optional media player.

RealFduch said,

I think that the general consensus is that CCCP is better. K-lite even tried to emulate CCCP at some point (via install presets), but failed to do so.

CCCP is a minimalistic codec pack that still has everything you need for 99% of videos. It comes with MPC as an optional media player.


Thanks for the info. Been years since I have ever needed a codec pack. VLC ftw.

BetaAddict said,

Why pay for a codec pack when you can get it for free? Look up K-lite or just switch to a better media player like VLC for all your video needs.

Aside from use with other MS products like xbox and zune, WMC is useless when all of its functions are better performed with third party programs or just visiting the website that has the media. Hardly anyone is going miss it by getting rid of dead code if they were to do it. I really hope they gave WMP a much need overhaul and feature upgrade to bring it on par with iTunes.


I meant that for playing mkv files in the xbox 360 you need (For best quality possible Windows Media Center) PS3 Media Server can do the job, but it reencodes the video and I have a very crappy netbook to do the job (ATM). Don't know if Popcorn Hour can do the job though...

I kind of wish these leaks didn't happen. I used to be all for them but it would be nice to be surprised with the final version and not see every little thing.

norseman said,
I kind of wish these leaks didn't happen. I used to be all for them but it would be nice to be surprised with the final version and not see every little thing.

I stopped looking at most of them. I'm in the same boat as you. But it will be a lot harder once it is RTM'd to avoid.

norseman said,
I kind of wish these leaks didn't happen. I used to be all for them but it would be nice to be surprised with the final version and not see every little thing.

I have no desire for my OS to be a surprise. This isn't a film, it's an OS. I don't expect a twist that I didn't see coming...

njlouch said,

I have no desire for my OS to be a surprise. This isn't a film, it's an OS. I don't expect a twist that I didn't see coming...


LOL. I see what he is saying. But I kinda like exploring things on my own. Part of the fun is discovering the features yourself.

Life is about the journey, not the destination

njlouch said,

I have no desire for my OS to be a surprise. This isn't a film, it's an OS. I don't expect a twist that I didn't see coming...

good for you some people like to explore the new toy to see what makes it run and jump

UndergroundWire said,

I stopped looking at most of them. I'm in the same boat as you. But it will be a lot harder once it is RTM'd to avoid.

Or may be when they get more interesting to look at, such that they reveal something new or fascinating.....?!

Most of these have been really boring ones after the revelation of the metro UI by Microsoft itself.....

norseman said,
I kind of wish these leaks didn't happen. I used to be all for them but it would be nice to be surprised with the final version and not see every little thing.

Yes, but as long as you're not preparing for distributing in your enterprise environment.

Well aware, we sat on them for some time trying to dig around to see if they were legitimate. Really only about 36 hours old.

bdsams said,
Well aware, we sat on them for some time trying to dig around to see if they were legitimate. Really only about 36 hours old.

Appreciate it, they are new to me