Windows 8 'Genuine Center' and other images surface

It has been a few weeks since the last Windows 8 image has leaked but that streak has come to an end thanks to @sp3ciali5t on Twitter. The latest image shows that Microsoft will be working hard to fight piracy in Windows 8 much like it has in previous versions of its popular OS.

The screen shows the action status of your OS, the current edition, activation date, and if the software on your PC is genuine or not. While the page may appear simple, if Microsoft is willing to educate consumers on this part of the OS, they may be able to help prevent PCs sold with counterfeit software. 

Not much else is shown on this image but does show that there are copies of Windows 8 floating outside the walls of Microsoft. Windows 8 is expected to enter beta, possibly as soon as this fall, with OEM availability in late 2012 and possible retail availability in January 2013.

Update: Winfuture.de has also posted up more pictures, while not all new, they do provide more shots of the Genuine Center.

 

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"Windows 7 has sold more than 350 million licenses"

And they are worried about the few thousand versions that have been torrented...? Just my 2c

Yeah, it's unbelievable really. At this point I'm just lost when I have to find some setting in Windows 7. Imagine someone who isn't tech savvy.

True, it's a little convoluted if you look at the whole thing at once versus categorized. But on the plus side, you don't really need to, just type what you want in the start menu. "Printers", "Network", "Mouse", whatever, not only shows the relevant control panel applet but the more common tasks that go with it, no guesswork required. That and you typically wouldn't even see this unless its called up by the Action Center anyway, which is supposed to help consolidate some of that stuff.

Finally. The wireless feature is included into the same display! I'm loving this. Can't wait for this to reach Beta

I don't see anything really different from Win7 here... another reason why MS just needs to take their time and not release Win8 till at least 2014 as there isn't a need for a new OS this soon. Hell if anything they should get a few working on SP4 for XP considering it still has a large market share with over 100updates as of today since SP3 was released!

As mentioned a few posts up, it's way early to be judging what's going to happen with Win8. As far as "XP SP4" goes though, never going to happen. Always possible Vista might see another service pack, but XP is dead as far as Microsoft is concerned minus security updates. They're not going to spend a dime more than they have to on it.

sava700 said,
I don't see anything really different from Win7 here... another reason why MS just needs to take their time and not release Win8 till at least 2014 as there isn't a need for a new OS this soon. Hell if anything they should get a few working on SP4 for XP considering it still has a large market share with over 100updates as of today since SP3 was released!

I don't get it. Windows XP is the Windows 95 of the 2001 era. It's old. And dead. There are PC's today on the market that are too fast for XP to run on them. Get over it.

Bogdan Calapod said,

I don't get it. Windows XP is the Windows 95 of the 2001 era. It's old. And dead. There are PC's today on the market that are too fast for XP to run on them. Get over it.

Wait...did you just say there are PC's today that are too fast to run XP? WHAT does that mean exactly? Anyway, Right now the Xp market is hovering at about 30%. It may be old but it isn't dead.

Hopefully this will fix an annoying error I get with my current Windows 7 installation. It says "This copy of Windows is not genuine" from time to time. Fixes itself when I open up the System Properties and force it to recheck.

It's pretty amazing how they managed to keep all builds in-house so far. We haven't seen any leaks of the OS itself, just screenshots!

Jeez, all they seem to be doing with W8 is moving some of the W7 interface sections around. Great, that'll be worth buying.

dancedar said,
Jeez, all they seem to be doing with W8 is moving some of the W7 interface sections around. Great, that'll be worth buying.

That's how it all starts. Most of it is coding we can't see. You realize how early it is, only M2/M3. We have another year or two for the bigger changes to happen.

I'm just wondering why Microsoft doesn't have a command set up where your PC calls home to verify the legitimacy of the OS every time you boot up?

Or is that what Windows 8 will be doing?

texasghost said,
I'm just wondering why Microsoft doesn't have a command set up where your PC calls home to verify the legitimacy of the OS every time you boot up?

Or is that what Windows 8 will be doing?

It does today. Every time you boot a WGA verification against Microsoft's servers is running.

Seriously, what's with MS and crappy product or feature names? If they're not some mile long Professional Ultimate Essentials then it's this and that Center or something equally cumbersome.

I seriously hope Win8 also gets a user interface overhaul. There's still so much that is just unnecessarily clunky.

LaXu said,
Seriously, what's with MS and crappy product or feature names? If they're not some mile long Professional Ultimate Essentials then it's this and that Center or something equally cumbersome.

I seriously hope Win8 also gets a user interface overhaul. There's still so much that is just unnecessarily clunky.

Agreed

I can't wait for Essential Centre Ultimate.

It's all been very uninspiring so far, ZOMG a new activation centre, new device driver installation prompt.. awesome beans....yawn.

When will linux gain more and more market share and Ubuntu or other distros, will be slowly more popular than Windows 8, there will be times when Microsoft will remove entire product activation incl. product key and will be even forced to lower their price, just to keep users from switching. I give them max 5 years...

6205 said,
When will linux gain more and more market share and Ubuntu or other distros, will be slowly more popular than Windows 8, there will be times when Microsoft will remove entire product activation incl. product key and will be even forced to lower their price, just to keep users from switching. I give them max 5 years...

Keep dreaming.

So, 2016 is the Year of Linux? Noting that in my calendar.

Kidding aside though, I run not only Win 7 but quite a few BSD and Linux boxes as well. All the rhetoric aside, it's not going to happen. For me anyway, I use Win7 as my primary OS because I actually like it, not because Evil Steve Ballmer is holding a gun to my head.

6205 said,
When will linux gain more and more market share and Ubuntu or other distros, will be slowly more popular than Windows 8, there will be times when Microsoft will remove entire product activation incl. product key and will be even forced to lower their price, just to keep users from switching. I give them max 5 years...

Used Ubuntu from 2003 'till the Windows 7 launch in 2009. Since then, using Windows 7 and never looked back. Ubuntu is simply great, kudos to that, but the big problem is apps - I always had to have a VBox machine with WinXP to run Flash/Photoshop/WhatNot. Also, the ribbon interface in Office quite got the hang on me, I can't go back to Office2003-style interfaces.

I still use Ubuntu for server stuff, and occasionaly play with it. But let's face it - no apps make this great OS no service. And no, GIMP doesn't make it.

amon91 said,
Useless. Why have an additional page, wasn't it fine the way it was before?

As a guess, they're just wanting to make it more uniform with the rest of the "trouble issues" reported by the Action Center versus having various dialogs from all over the place. Makes sense from a simplicity standpoint.

nyolc8 said,
Current Edition: Windows 7 Ultimate

Well i guess that explains why Windows 7 Ultimate were in yesterdays "Appstore" pic
Maybe Windows updates will come trough the "Appstore"

But surely those who sell or distribute illegal copies will just find a way to spoof it into saying "Windows is running on your PC is genuine"?

Fourjays said,
But surely those who sell or distribute illegal copies will just find a way to spoof it into saying "Windows is running on your PC is genuine"?
Sure, but methods of faking activation tend to only work for the short term because Windows checks for such things when you install a Service Pack or the occasional activation check update on Windows Update. Sooner or later one of these will catch it and the victim will be alerted.

Fourjays said,
But surely those who sell or distribute illegal copies will just find a way to spoof it into saying "Windows is running on your PC is genuine"?

I hope so - you can always spot these scams by looking for the grammatical errors.

Arkose said,
Sure, but methods of faking activation tend to only work for the short term because Windows checks for such things when you install a Service Pack or the occasional activation check update on Windows Update. Sooner or later one of these will catch it and the victim will be alerted.

Sure. That's why 90% of Chineese users use pirated Windows :-)
Evey version of Windows has been pirated with nothing Microsoft can do.

Arkose said,
Sure, but methods of faking activation tend to only work for the short term because Windows checks for such things when you install a Service Pack or the occasional activation check update on Windows Update. Sooner or later one of these will catch it and the victim will be alerted.

The methods used these days tend to work extremely well. The problem is that they "fake" the OEM components often found inside a BIOS, meaning there's not a lot MS can do to stop it. Unless that changes with Windows 8, it'll be just as easy to pirate it.

The screen shows the action status of your OS, the current edition, activation date, and if the software on your PC is genuine or not. While the page may appear simple, if Microsoft is willing to educate consumers on this part of the OS, they may be able to help prevent PCs sold with counterfeit software.
Um apart from the activation date, all that information already exists under system properties.

/- Razorfold said,
Um apart from the activation date, all that information already exists under system properties.

Yes. But now, instead of being in the system properties, it has it's own little window.

I kid, I kid. It's obvious that this is a work in progress. That window could possibly be filled with things regarding piracy and genuine windows. Y'know, marketing, informing the customer, etc.

.Neo said,
I bet this is the single one feature people look forward to the most. Great addition!'

When you don't have a monopoly on hardware distribution, you have to protect your software from pirates. Whether people like it or not is irrelevant, it will be there to stay and that's that.

Subject Delta said,

When you don't have a monopoly on hardware distribution, you have to protect your software from pirates. Whether people like it or not is irrelevant, it will be there to stay and that's that.

Too bad all copy protection scams are totally irrelevant and a waste of money and resources since they are ALWAYS cracked even before the software is released.

Foub said,

Too bad all copy protection scams are totally irrelevant and a waste of money and resources since they are ALWAYS cracked even before the software is released.

+1. Maybe they should make their products financially affordable for the everyday person if they want to sell more copies of it legally. I mean come ON, $100 for the "Home" edition that has features stripped away? It's ridiculous. Mac OSX costs like $30 as long as you have an Apple computer to install it on, and most Linux distributions are free. Microsoft must make most of their money from contract holders, like the federal government.

CoMMo said,

Maybe they should make their products financially affordable for the everyday person if they want to sell more copies of it legally.

While I do agree with you, I paid £50 for Windows 7 (Home Premium) on pre-order. But then you should also look at Adobe, I mean, £600 for Photoshop? pfft!

CoMMo said,

+1. Maybe they should make their products financially affordable for the everyday person if they want to sell more copies of it legally. I mean come ON, $100 for the "Home" edition that has features stripped away? It's ridiculous. Mac OSX costs like $30 as long as you have an Apple computer to install it on, and most Linux distributions are free. Microsoft must make most of their money from contract holders, like the federal government.

MacOS costs $130 last time I checked. Upgrade costs $30.

Jebadiah said,
MacOS costs $130 last time I checked. Upgrade costs $30.

But you get MacOS with your hardware, so you'd only ever need an upgrade? I'm pretty sure the upgrade CD's have the full installs as well, because lots of hackintosh guides recommend you buying the $30 snow leopard upgrade disc and using that

Jebadiah said,
MacOS costs $130 last time I checked. Upgrade costs $30.
Snow Leopard cost $29, but prior to this the general standard price was $129. For upgrades and the full version. Snow Leopard was sort of an anomaly, since it didn't include many user-level features, but offered a lot for developers and laid a better framework for the future of the OS (speed improvements, etc.) We just don't know how Apple will price the next OS X.

Subject Delta said,

When you don't have a monopoly on hardware distribution, you have to protect your software from pirates. Whether people like it or not is irrelevant, it will be there to stay and that's that.

It's always a shame when people don't pick up on jokes...