Windows 8 Developer Preview expiration date extended

If you have already installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview build on your PC, you may or may not be aware that the build was supposed to expire on March 11, 2012. Similarly, the Windows 8 Server Developer Preview version was scheduled to expire on April 8, 2012. Now Microsoft has quietly released an update for both of those builds that gives folks a lot more time to use them

While the actual download is handled via the Microsoft Update feature in Windows 8, Microsoft has posted up a web page explaining the upgrade. When the update is installed, both the Developer Preview versions of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Server will have their expiration dates extended until January 15, 2013.

Once the Developer Preview version does reach its expiration date, Windows 8 will send messages to the user saying it will restart Windows every hour until a new product activation key is entered.

It's currently unknown why Microsoft would go ahead and extend the Developer Preview version of Windows 8, especially since the company has already announced it plans to launch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version on February 29.

Thanks to venkat for the heads-up and it is posted over at techdows.com too

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This is cool news I guess. I will be installing this on my laptop which I dont use as often, so I imagine I'll just keep it installed on there for as long as I can
By the end I should have the retail install anyway

ShiZZa said,
I bet the DP can upgrade to the CP version.

That's what they said, but people prefer to do a clean install to prevent errors.

texasghost said,
So...does this possibly mean...new PCs and laptops with Windows 8 will not be available by Christmas?
Windows pre-release expiry dates tend to go beyond the actual release date, e.g. the Windows 7 Release Candidate didn't expire until June 2010 despite the finished RTM version going on sale in October 2009.

Arkose said,
Windows pre-release expiry dates tend to go beyond the actual release date, e.g. the Windows 7 Release Candidate didn't expire until June 2010 despite the finished RTM version going on sale in October 2009.

There is about 6 months from RTM until RC expires, so they can make sure that the RC does not expire until they have actually got the product out in the stores and given people time to buy it. Which could indicate RTM scheduled for summertime this year?

This is lucky for me, I will be away from the Win8 DP computer when CP is released and wouldn't have been back until after March 11. I could have been locked out.

Simon- said,
This is lucky for me, I will be away from the Win8 DP computer when CP is released and wouldn't have been back until after March 11. I could have been locked out.

Not so much. You can always modify the clock at the bios settings to a previous date.
If you do it, then there's no Windows Update for you.

Simon- said,
This is lucky for me, I will be away from the Win8 DP computer when CP is released and wouldn't have been back until after March 11. I could have been locked out.

Why would you have been locked out? Just power the box one, logon and run Windows Updates.... Install and reboot.

This probably means there won't be Developer tools in Consumer Preview so you need WDP in order to make Metro apps.

Jygoro said,
This probably means there won't be Developer tools in Consumer Preview so you need WDP in order to make Metro apps.

I really hope that is not the case. I'm supposed to start writing a thesis titled "Developing content oriented applications with Metro design language and MVVM architectural pattern". Have been waiting for the WCP to start doing it.

Jygoro said,
This probably means there won't be Developer tools in Consumer Preview so you need WDP in order to make Metro apps.

I have been wondering if Microsoft was going to be releasing a larger version ISO of the Consumer Preview (like they did with the Developer Preview that has lots of extra developer tools) in addition to the regular consumer ISO.

kavazovangel said,

I really hope that is not the case. I'm supposed to start writing a thesis titled "Developing content oriented applications with Metro design language and MVVM architectural pattern". Have been waiting for the WCP to start doing it.


Well, I personally think you're gonaa be outta luck, cuz, well, it's probably called the Developer Preview since it's the only one with developer tools... (Not to be rude.)

JayZJay said,

I have been wondering if Microsoft was going to be releasing a larger version ISO of the Consumer Preview (like they did with the Developer Preview that has lots of extra developer tools) in addition to the regular consumer ISO.

It shouldn't be necessary. The preview version of VS can already do everything that the the express version that came with the integrated DP does so they'll likely just update that.

This could make sense; by then, RTM will be available. March is very soon after CP releases and depending on how people use it - might be too soon to force them off DP build.

I am surprised that CP is not leaked yet. I remember Windows 7/Vista leaking few weeks before its official release. I always though MS is the one who actually leaks it

With Windows 8 is different. They are really having something to surprises us with which is completely different than what we saw in DP, or they know it is a total flop so they don't want any type of criticism before its due.

We shall see!

PS. I still want to believe that Windows 8 CP is complete different thing than Windows DP and that we are all going to be blown away by it...call it optimism.

techguy77 said,
I am surprised that CP is not leaked yet. I remember Windows 7/Vista leaking few weeks before its official release. I always though MS is the one who actually leaks it

With Windows 8 is different. They are really having something to surprises us with which is completely different than what we saw in DP, or they know it is a total flop so they don't want any type of criticism before its due.

We shall see!

PS. I still want to believe that Windows 8 CP is complete different thing than Windows DP and that we are all going to be blown away by it...call it optimism.


people who test the CP said its WAY better than DP

subcld said,

people who test the CP said its WAY better than DP

Of course it will be better. The DP was not released for you and I. It was released solely for developers to start developing code on (hence the name). It is not a representation of how the interface will function, merely a sneak preview of the unfinished concept.

M_Lyons10 said,

No... Has Windows 8 been delayed?

This was my first impression as well............. although I hope I am wrong.................