Windows 8 build 9200 screenshot shows RTM theme

Microsoft is on the cusp of giving Windows 8 the green light for RTM and while we have heard that 9200 is the official build, Microsoft has yet to come forward to formally announce that this build is the RTM.

The image you see above is from build 9200 and shows off the new theme that will ship with Windows 8. It is expected that after Microsoft signs off on the RTM, it will hit technet and several other Microsoft developer channels in the near future.

Windows 8 will be released on October 26 and along with that will come Microsoft's first party tablet, the Surface RT; the Surface Pro will ship at a later date. 

Also, the torrent that is floating around that claims to be the 9200 build of Windows 8 is fake. 

Source: PCbeta

Thanks for the tip windows4live and Niekess!

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drazgoosh said,
Counting down the seconds till release.

like being a beta tester ?
whether i like the os or not i would think twice before diving on one

I am Not PCyr said,

like being a beta tester ?
whether i like the os or not i would think twice before diving on one

I've used all three previews so far and am really enjoying the new direction Microsoft have gone for. I don't see why I shouldn't get an OS which will be better than the previews on release.

CJEric said,
So it looks like there are no shadows at all anymore, not even for the frontmost window?!

We'll have to go back to using Y'z Shadow

I hope that the option for a different taskbar and window border color will be there. I want my taskbar black but the unreadable title bar when using a black border is what's keeping me from using it.

Nothing new in this screenshot. Show us the finalized explorer ribbon already and the so called metroized icons. But considering the computer icon and the shield icons, not getting my hopes up just yet.

gzAsher said,
Nothing new in this screenshot. Show us the finalized explorer ribbon already and the so called metroized icons. But considering the computer icon and the shield icons, not getting my hopes up just yet.

explorer looks like it did in the last leaked screenshot from winsupersite from paul. desktop icons for computer / folder are same as w7 as far as i know. the icons on bottom right of taskbar have changed a bit and some of the system icons have changed.

w8 is an abomination compared to w7. im going to sit back with my popcorn and LOL when it fails and microsoft start loosing $$.

smooth3006 said,
w8 is an abomination compared to w7. im going to sit back with my popcorn and LOL when it fails and microsoft start loosing $$.

pass that popcorn.. don't be a hog buddy

Dot Matrix said,
Not bad. At least it's clean and not as messy as the beta builds are.
It's too clean. It's Made in Windows Paint clean.

Dot Matrix said,
Not bad. At least it's clean and not as messy as the beta builds are.

At least you still have a sense of humor.

Crap screenshot is crap.
Whether fake or not (probably not) this flipping Chinese site always uses the worst resolutions and bits to take screenshots of.

Niekess said,

I had found the full picture but a mod on Winunleaked uploaded it back to imageshack.

Checked both the person who made the screenshot and the forum as in the the address bar and both don't contain the leak itself.

I think the forum its in is hidden unless registered with the correct privilege Look at address bar its HTTPs.

Adam Vester said,

I think the forum its in is hidden unless registered with the correct privilege Look at address bar its HTTPs.

Well, the forum is partly public. I guess you have to login and register for the part that is inside the screenshot. Sadly the register is blocked but I have translated the topic titles and it are just Discussions topics and no download.

patseguin said,
No transparency and flat UI elements. I just don't understand the step backwards.

It's simple, clean, better on battery life, better for tablets, UI can be used on xbox, windows phone, tablet etc etc etc. It's not a step backwards but its a step forward in making things more consistent.

Us humans tent to not like change, changing from one UI to another on a device can be tricky and have issues.. Ever moved from say an android phone to an iphone or used windows then tried linux or OSx? I bet you didnt like the change right.. wished stuff was in the same place as the prior kit you used..

Well windows 8 will be a step forward. There is still transparency btw look at screenshot i posted the taskbar is transparent i am sure with a regedit or some small tweaks you can get the windows transparent again and changing the visual style is fairly easy to do its only a small mod.

You could easily make w8 look like a clone of w7 if you wanted.

Adam Vester said,

It's simple, clean, better on battery life, better for tablets, UI can be used on xbox, windows phone, tablet etc etc etc. It's not a step backwards but its a step forward in making things more consistent.

Us humans tent to not like change, changing from one UI to another on a device can be tricky and have issues.. Ever moved from say an android phone to an iphone or used windows then tried linux or OSx? I bet you didnt like the change right.. wished stuff was in the same place as the prior kit you used..

Well windows 8 will be a step forward. There is still transparency btw look at screenshot i posted the taskbar is transparent i am sure with a regedit or some small tweaks you can get the windows transparent again and changing the visual style is fairly easy to do its only a small mod.

You could easily make w8 look like a clone of w7 if you wanted.

Don't get me wrong, I think Windows 8 is a step forward and I will be installing it. I just think that UI design is a step in the wrong direction. With Windows 7 you have bevelled buttons and glowing buttons. Very aesthetically pleasing to work with. This new UI looks like it could be pre-Windows 95.

I am Not PCyr said,
were you honestly trying to answer his question ?

Battery Life is a valid excuse to make Win 8 ugly ?
ya uhh whatever..

Not on the desktop it isn't...which is where all the legitimate complaints about Windows 8 originate.

A certain segment of the population - you know who you are - will always be more concerned with appearance over substance.

rdmiller said,
A certain segment of the population - you know who you are - will always be more concerned with appearance over substance.

What's wrong with a desire for something aesthetically pleasing? I don't spend 8+ hours a day looking at anything else...

Mugwump00 said,

What's wrong with a desire for something aesthetically pleasing? I don't spend 8+ hours a day looking at anything else...


You should spend that time being productive. Not staring at your desktop. Meaning it wouldn't matter because you wouldn't see it.

bs
stop making bad excuses for microsoft..
you wanna be a fan boy fine but don't insult "us"

i would rather own a chevette that runs like a dream
than a porsche that needs weekly repairs.
your agrument is false .

I am Not PCyr said,
bs
stop making bad excuses for microsoft..
you wanna be a fan boy fine but don't insult "us"

i would rather own a chevette that runs like a dream
than a porsche that needs weekly repairs.
your agrument is false .

My machine is an All-Glass 3x30" Lamborghini that runs like a dream 24/7 and I have found no reason whatsoever to trade down to Microsoft's new Prius OS. 8P

Windows 8 is profoundly ugly, stunningly unintuitive, and the Start Screen with its invisible illogical controls gets in the way of actual desktop productivity in every possible way.

SharpGreen said,

You should spend that time being productive. Not staring at your desktop. Meaning it wouldn't matter because you wouldn't see it.

Are you blind or just stupid?

SharpGreen said,

You should spend that time being productive. Not staring at your desktop. Meaning it wouldn't matter because you wouldn't see it.

Oh right. It don't matter. Is that how Jonathan Ives has practically destroyed Apple?

The Metro theme is worthy, but for browsers of PCs-in-a-shop-possibly-near-Macs it's going to be an OMG/WTF/MS-have-gone-back-to-C20! reaction, I'm already certain. High-risk.

Most heinous though, also just about visible are the remnants of an icon theme from Vista. How many people do Microsoft employ? Can they not motivate themselves enough to execute a thorough UI overhaul? Laughable.

Here is the info for the REAL iso. Along with Hash (unconfirmed if this is legit) but at the moment it seams to be.

MD5 (EN US x64 Build): 0E8F2199FAE18FE510C23426E68F675A
ISO names:
9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X86FRE_CLIENT_HR-HR-HRM_CCSA_X86FRE_HR-HR_DV5.ISO
9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X64FRE_CLIENT_HR-HR-HRM_CCSA_X64FRE_HR-HR_DV5.ISO

You will NOT! find this on a torrent site yet!

Remember even if you do somehow find it you wont be able to install it without a key or without extracting the .wim to HDD and then messing about to get it to boot. (apparently you can use the W7 setup and .ini file to get this to install though)

have fun.

Oh your screenshot is crap BTW here is the full one showing the taskbar! http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/9739/clipboard2ug.png

and yes that is transparency on the taskbar!

Oh yeah it has 1000x rearms also!

[quote=Adam Vester said,]Here is the info for the REAL iso. Along with Hash (unconfirmed if this is legit) but at the moment it seams to be.

MD5 (EN US x64 Build): 0E8F2199FAE18FE510C23426E68F675A
ISO names:
9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X86FRE_CLIENT_HR-HR-HRM_CCSA_X86FRE_HR-HR_DV5.ISO
9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X64FRE_CLIENT_HR-HR-HRM_CCSA_X64FRE_HR-HR_DV5.ISO

You will NOT! find this on a torrent site yet!

Remember even if you do somehow find it you wont be able to install it without a key or without extracting the .wim to HDD and then messing about to get it to boot. (apparently you can use the W7 setup and .ini file to get this to install though)

quote]

If you launch the classic setup from within the sources folder, it will launch a setup experience similar to Windows 7 which skips the need for a product key.

Thanks for the screenshot. Although even that one is crap: If it is a PNG why would it have bad compression artefacts?

so they did the nice looking scrollbar for office 2013 but left this ugly piece of crap for windows along with the icons? i don't belive it... got to be a fake

morden said,
so they did the nice looking scrollbar for office 2013 but left this ugly piece of crap for windows along with the icons? i don't belive it... got to be a fake

Office has always gone their own path regardless of what the Windows team is doing to their UI. Granted seems to be slowly changing but I can imagine them having different scrollbars compared to rest of Win 8.

cant believe they still got the same old icons!!!
whats so difficult about designing new ones?!?! they changed almost everything else in win 8....

yves707 said,
cant believe they still got the same old icons!!!
whats so difficult about designing new ones?!?! they changed almost everything else in win 8....

imagine trying to metro'ize all the icons so they look
like 2d flat white simple pieces of crap..
they prob ran into problems with icons being to unrecognizable

I am Not PCyr said,

imagine trying to metro'ize all the icons so they look
like 2d flat white simple pieces of crap..
they prob ran into problems with icons being to unrecognizable

Sooo... Avoiding the problem was the best solution?

yves707 said,
cant believe they still got the same old icons!!!

Dito. Supports my impression that the idea/decision to strip down the desktop (act of desperation to kick off Metro) was made rushed and late. If they were serious about the design decision, there was no way to stick to the shiny icons which represent what they just want to get rid of.

I've really tried giving it a chance but I honestly don't like it. Not sure there will be enough of an improvement with the RTM build to change my mind. The design looks very basic, which I guess is what they are trying to do but I would prefer something with a bit of WOW. Regarding general usage, while I like some of the tweaks the metro UI seems to get in the way. Kind of like two operating systems in one. It's windows 7 on steroids with a non technical interface slapped on top. Why they didn't just have a slimmed down metro only OS for tablets and a slicker more refined version of 7 for the desktop is beyond me.

MeltedMacaroni said,
Ugly is not enough to describe this.

Its an OS not a new dress. As long as it continues to do what i need it to do i dont care if its pretty or not.

Colin McGregor said,

Its an OS not a new dress. As long as it continues to do what i need it to do i dont care if its pretty or not.


Most people won't agree with you.

MeltedMacaroni said,
Ugly is not enough to describe this.
You can customize it if you don't like it.
(also, you can try it before saying that it's "ugly", it's hard to comment on such a screenshot).

Anthonyd said,
You can customize it if you don't like it.
(also, you can try it before saying that it's "ugly", it's hard to comment on such a screenshot).

Exactly, people are making a big deal out of a default theme that you can change anyways. I went right in and changed the Windows 7 default theme after I installed that as well. Plus I expect a good flood of new custom themes and icon packs to go up online in time now that this has RTMd.

Anthonyd said,
You can customize it if you don't like it.
(also, you can try it before saying that it's "ugly", it's hard to comment on such a screenshot).

no its not.. thats why pictures were invented

I am Not PCyr said,

no its not.. thats why pictures were invented

He meant more along the lines of try it and customize the UI to something you like instead of going off of the screen shot. If you couldn't change the UI and colors then going off of a picture alone would be fine, that's not the case though.

Colin McGregor said,
Its an OS not a new dress. As long as it continues to do what i need it to do i dont care if its pretty or not.

Hey, Microsoft's the one changing it constantly as if it were. We're just saying we like the more revealing one better, that's all.

Mohitster said,
Ewwwwww.....it better not be a RTM screenshot!

A quick peek at the title of the article might help there.

But agreed, not a fan of the windows borders myself (like the rest though).. probably be one of the first things I change after I get a copy.

Max Norris said,

A quick peek at the title of the article might help there.

But agreed, not a fan of the windows borders myself (like the rest though).. probably be one of the first things I change after I get a copy.

Dunno about the legitimacy of this screenshot, but I think the RP looks better. It's probably just a feeling induced by this crappy screenshot ...

If this pic isn't fake then we have the old Windows Vista/7 icons.Look at the "System" icon by the adress bar aswell as over the UAC shield icons.Damnation!

Brilliant news . Although there has been a lot of negative comments about Windows 8, I for one am looking forward to it. Still disappointed with the lack of interest shown in updating Windows Media Center, or even supporting tuners from Microsoft though.

Divardo said,
Brilliant news . Although there has been a lot of negative comments about Windows 8, I for one am looking forward to it. Still disappointed with the lack of interest shown in updating Windows Media Center, or even supporting tuners from Microsoft though.

Same. This laptop ran like a brand new machine even though its 6 years old. Win 8 is going to breath new life into my old hardware.

Dashel said,
Do to GPU and CPU requirements, most six year old hardware won't work.

Running it on a 6+ year old Dell Latitude D630 and it does outperform Windows 7 on the same hardware, boots faster as well (5400 rpm hard drive). In fact, most everything is snappier and more responsive with 8 on this machine than 7, but I still prefer 7 overall so I don't think I'll be getting 8 anytime soon - I'm using the Release Preview with 4GB of DDR2 in this thing, soon to be 8.

br0adband said,

Running it on a 6+ year old Dell Latitude D630 and it does outperform Windows 7 on the same hardware, boots faster as well (5400 rpm hard drive). In fact, most everything is snappier and more responsive with 8 on this machine than 7, but I still prefer 7 overall so I don't think I'll be getting 8 anytime soon - I'm using the Release Preview with 4GB of DDR2 in this thing, soon to be 8.

Cus it's Windows 3.12

*ducks*

br0adband said,

Running it on a 6+ year old Dell Latitude D630 and it does outperform Windows 7 on the same hardware, boots faster as well (5400 rpm hard drive). In fact, most everything is snappier and more responsive with 8 on this machine than 7, but I still prefer 7 overall so I don't think I'll be getting 8 anytime soon - I'm using the Release Preview with 4GB of DDR2 in this thing, soon to be 8.

im sure you made a fair comparison too right ?
or did we just compare an old windows 7 install to a freshly installd Win 8 ?
the only thing i wouldn't argue is it boots faster.. i think they improved that.

Dashel said,
Do to GPU and CPU requirements, most six year old hardware won't work.

#1 It is Due not Do

#2 What you say is absolutely incorrect.

The requirements are actually LOWER than Windows 7, especially in terms of performance on marginal systems.

1ghz Pentium 4 or Equivalent AMD
(The only reason a P4 is required is the execution bit for increased security)
1gb RAM
(Only required by consumer installer, can run with 256mb just fine.)
16gb HD space for Install
(Only FREE during install, after install Win8 takes up about 8gb of HD space)
DX9 Video
(This is not a 'requirement' as Windows 8 can run without any video card, and also falls back to VGA cards from the early 90s if needed.)


http://www.technobaboy.com/201...tem-requirements-windows-7/

Not only is Windows 8 just as viable on low end and older hardware than Windows 7, it runs better on marginal and older hardware. This includes older P4s in the sub 2ghz range and all the Atom based netbooks with 1gb of RAM.

Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7 on ALL hardware, on older/low end hardware the speed difference is greater, as Windows 8 has less active overhead and a few new technologies, like minimal RAM mode, so that the OS can provide more RAM to applications than Windows 7 can, etc.


Put this in perspective... Android, just a tiny Phone OS, needs a dual core 1ghz processor and 1gb of RAM to marginally well. In the same ARM terms, Windows 8 WOA has the same requirements, and can run with less RAM resources and has less OS RAM overhead than Android. And it is not a tiny Phone OS, Windows WOA (RT) is the full version of Windows 8, just compiled to run on ARM.

Your post of misinformation is either pure ignorance, or you know better and are purposely lying to deceive people.

You believe posted minimum system requirements, lol. I'm just saying that most six year old PCs aren't Win7 complaint, which is the bar. (Thats six months before Vista hit and integrated graphics were particularly terrible.

Trust me, I know several with old PCs that were hoping they could put a little more life in them with the new 'low powered' OS (their words). Sadly, even with Win8's new generic accelerated driver, it was unusable.

Edited by Dashel, Aug 2 2012, 12:11am :

Dashel said,
Do to GPU and CPU requirements, most six year old hardware won't work.

This has a quaddro mobile card in it, and a quad core cpu. Its snappier.

Dashel said,
I agree, the RP is a nice blend. I'll miss it.

Yeah me 2. The one thing that annoys me the most though is the chopped off back buttons. That is such a hideous design flaw.
What also looks stupid is that the taskbar still has transparency, yet the windows don't anymore (at least I think it does in that screenshot).

Thief000 said,

The one thing that annoys me the most though is the chopped off back buttons. That is such a hideous design flaw..

It's a design choice, not a flaw.

Thief000 said,

Yeah me 2. The one thing that annoys me the most though is the chopped off back buttons. That is such a hideous design flaw.
What also looks stupid is that the taskbar still has transparency, yet the windows don't anymore (at least I think it does in that screenshot).


no, I don't think the taskbar has transparency...it's more matte in the screenshot than the background

Matthew_Thepc said,

no, I don't think the taskbar has transparency...it's more matte in the screenshot than the background

Yes, it does. Adam Vester has a blown up screenshot of it and confirms it. You can clearly see the dulled out background stripes in it. The UI makes no sense whatsoever now.

Thief000 said,

Yes, it does. Adam Vester has a blown up screenshot of it and confirms it. You can clearly see the dulled out background stripes in it. The UI makes no sense whatsoever now.


well then, I stand corrected. But can't you just turn off transparency in the Personalize menu?

jakem1 said,

It's a design choice, not a flaw.

And it's a terribly FLAWED choice, made by a zealot with no idea how people "think" when approaching the use of their PCs.

excalpius said,

And it's a terribly FLAWED choice, made by a zealot with no idea how people "think" when approaching the use of their PCs.

I like it and so do other people. Don't presume to think your opinion is actually a fact...

Thief000 said,
Yes, it does. Adam Vester has a blown up screenshot of it and confirms it. You can clearly see the dulled out background stripes in it. The UI makes no sense whatsoever now.

Clearly? Even from the full size screenshot I cannot tell if there is transparency. In addition to the eyes fooling you there's also heavy JPEG compression involved.