Windows 8 Release Preview language packs screenshots leaked

The Windows 8 Release Preview version is still set to be launched by Microsoft sometime in the first week of June. This weekend, new screenshots from a leaked build of the OS found their way to the Internet. The shots, from the Winunleaked.tk forums, show an example of how Windows 8 will install language packs.

The screenshots show an Enterprise English language version of the Windows 8 Release Preview installing an Russian language pack. In a previous post on the official Windows 8 blog, Microsoft said that it would add 14 new display languages (one new stand alone language and 13 Language Interface Packs) to Windows 8, in addition to including the 95 display languages that were a part of Windows 7. UK English will now be a stand alone display language in Windows 8, separate from US English.

Microsoft has yet to announce a specific day and time for the Windows 8 Release Preview launch, although some Internet reports claim via unnamed sources that the launch could happen as soon as this Friday, June 1st. Other products such as Windows Server 8, Visual Studio 11 and other Microsoft software products could also have their release candidate builds released to the public at the same time.

Source: Winunleaked.tk  | Image via Winunleaked.tk

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patseguin said,
I wonder if the final Windows 8 media center will stack up against the likes of XBMC

WMC is the same from Windows 7, no big changes...

Id not say that media centre is a lesser used part of windows (personally speaking here). Although the advent of streaming media is lessening the usage of my windows media centre i'd stil be lost without it.

Did microsoft follow up with anything exclusive for windows ultimate? I seem to remember bit locker and a couple of other small things but was there anything that really stood out for ultimate users?

I'd hope the cost comes down for windows 8 if its going to be missing some features like Media Center. I don't mind paying something for MC if its reasonable.

shifts said,
Id not say that media centre is a lesser used part of windows (personally speaking here). Although the advent of streaming media is lessening the usage of my windows media centre i'd stil be lost without it.

Did microsoft follow up with anything exclusive for windows ultimate? I seem to remember bit locker and a couple of other small things but was there anything that really stood out for ultimate users?

I'd hope the cost comes down for windows 8 if its going to be missing some features like Media Center. I don't mind paying something for MC if its reasonable.

According to the Building 8 blog, only about 6 million users actively use it. Compare that to the 600 million Windows 7 users, its not a core necessity in the OS.

Windows 7 Ultimate is basically Windows 7 Enterprise for consumers. These are the features that make it exclusive:

- Direct Access
- AppLocker
- BranchCache
- VPN Reconnect
- MUI's

The first three requires that the organization has Windows Server 2008 R2 deployed.

For a home user, these are not necessary.

I like the sanity of how certain functionality is being delivered in Windows 8. When you think about making language packs an exclusive to Ultimate edition, was really ridiculous. Microsoft has made some blunders over the years with how they deliver features, too bad it takes a few releases to get it right. I remember when they made Complete PC Backup (System Image in Windows 7) exclusive to Vista Business and Ultimate. Like a persons data in Home Basic or Starter wasn't more important than someone running Ultimate.

The removal of rarely used features such Media Center and lessening the SKU's is defnitely a smart move.

M_Lyons10 said,
What's with the task bar?

Looks like they personalized the window color (and task bar). I always make mine as transparent as possible - don't really like the colors.

rfirth said,

Looks like they personalized the window color (and task bar). I always make mine as transparent as possible - don't really like the colors.

Yeah, but it isn't very "Windows 7" as it has been in prior screens (and builds)...

TCLN Ryster said,

Because this is a screenshot from a build finalised a week or two ago perhaps?

Oh, I thought it would be removed by this next release (June, build 8400)

astroXP said,

Oh, I thought it would be removed by this next release (June, build 8400)

Except that Build 8400 wasn't taken in June, it was taken a week or two ago (don't ask me the exact date, I don't know). It takes time for a build to be chosen and then extensively tested before they release it for public download.

The removal of Aero as the default theme (or altogether?) will occur (or perhaps already has occured) in a build later than 8400.

TCLN Ryster said,

Except that Build 8400 wasn't taken in June, it was taken a week or two ago (don't ask me the exact date, I don't know). It takes time for a build to be chosen and then extensively tested before they release it for public download.

Which makes even less sense why they would decide to remove the aero in the RTM and not the June release. I would think they would like that stuff tested in the June release instead of waiting and breaking something in the RTM.

astroXP said,
Why is Aero still here?

I think whoever took that screenshot has done some customizing already. Notice how the taskbar buttons have the text enabled.

warwagon said,

Which makes even less sense why they would decide to remove the aero in the RTM and not the June release. I would think they would like that stuff tested in the June release instead of waiting and breaking something in the RTM.

You honestly think that these public previews are any kind of serious step in the testing process? They're not. As the name indicates, they're a preview for customers, not a beta testing release. As evidenced by there not being any proper bug reporting mechanism, and instead there just being a user forum that Microsoft may or may not look at.

TCLN Ryster said,

You honestly think that these public previews are any kind of serious step in the testing process? They're not. As the name indicates, they're a preview for customers, not a beta testing release. As evidenced by there not being any proper bug reporting mechanism, and instead there just being a user forum that Microsoft may or may not look at.

Microsoft uses telemetrics to monitor and measure a lot of elements from those public previews...

FrozenEclipse said,

Because Aero isn't going anywhere. Transparency is just one aspect of Aero.


Wrong. Transparency is an aspect of DWM (Desktop Window Manager). Aero is the name of the theme running inside DWM. DWM isn't going away, but Aero is.

floopydoodle said,

Wrong. Transparency is an aspect of DWM (Desktop Window Manager). Aero is the name of the theme running inside DWM. DWM isn't going away, but Aero is.

Wrong. Aero includes live thumbnails, live icons, animations, Aero PEEK, Aero SHAKE, Aero SNAP and other elements as well. Transparency is just one element of it, witch actually we know as Aero GLASS...

Aero is the GUI from vista/7 as Luna was of XP....

Edited by oliver182, May 28 2012, 9:25pm :

Jub Fequois said,
British English display language! Took them long enough.

I hope so, I get so annoyed seeing American English, which is bastardised British English btw, all over Windows.

BumbleBritches57 said,

Because adding unnecessary "U"s to words isn't another language lawl.

Now look who's starting a mini flame war

As a Brit, I want to stand up and make it clear that English is the language invented and spoken by the English in England. It is your "version" of English that is another language. In English, colour is spelt with a u included. Also we have no need to replace s's with z's in many of our words just to distinguish ourselves from our ancestors born on the other side of the "pond"

<flame shield up>

TCLN Ryster said,

Now look who's starting a mini flame war

As a Brit, I want to stand up and make it clear that English is the language invented and spoken by the English in England. It is your "version" of English that is another language. In English, colour is spelt with a u included. Also we have no need to replace s's with z's in many of our words just to distinguish ourselves from our ancestors born on the other side of the "pond"

<flame shield up>

+1 Well said

It should be American English that's a language pack, not British English.

neo158 said,

I hope so, I get so annoyed seeing American English, which is bastardised British English btw, all over Windows.

I'm from the US, but I like the sound of British English on my GPS because it makes me feel more important.

neo158 said,

+1 Well said

It should be American English that's a language pack, not British English.

And why? Microsoft is an American company, anything outside of their main country is technically an "add-on" language

TCLN Ryster said,

Now look who's starting a mini flame war

As a Brit, I want to stand up and make it clear that English is the language invented and spoken by the English in England. It is your "version" of English that is another language. In English, colour is spelt with a u included. Also we have no need to replace s's with z's in many of our words just to distinguish ourselves from our ancestors born on the other side of the "pond"

<flame shield up>


As an American, I find it disheartening to see a Brit that thinks English was ever "invented" anywhere, by anyone. Languages are very rarely invented, designed, or planned. To say the English "invented" English really hurts your credibility in any discussion about language and its origins, and I strongly discourage you from standing up and declaring something that makes you look so poorly informed on a subject.

/aside: Frankly, today's British people speak a language that an Englishman 200 years ago would call a bastardization of the tongue. However, British people have too often convinced themselves that they can do whatever they want to their language and it's still always the One True English, simply by virtue of being born in England. As today's America got its start being an English colony, and many of our ancestors were English (the same goes for Australians), we have just as valid a 'birthright' claim to this 'free pass' with the language, regardless of political changes over the centuries. The British obsession with owning the language is nothing more than butthurt and sounds like a sad, pathetic defense mechanism they hide behind to deal with the fact that everything they were ever historically superior in has been lost to time.

Enron said,

I'm from the US, but I like the sound of British English on my GPS because it makes me feel more important.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I woke my mum and sister up when laughing at this

neo158 said,

I hope so, I get so annoyed seeing American English, which is bastardised British English btw, all over Windows.

Actually, historically American English is more pure that British English, which is a mess of French and Nordic.

Mateus said,

Actually, historically American English is more pure that British English, which is a mess of French and Nordic.

What exactly do you mean? I'm slightly confused. How is a degenerate offspring more pure than the original?

Jub Fequois said,

What exactly do you mean? I'm slightly confused. How is a degenerate offspring more pure than the original?

Because after the 'degenerate offstring' left our green and pleasant lands the English language got truly messed up by European influences. e.g. The French made use get rid of 'z' but the Americans have kept it.

Mateus said,

Because after the 'degenerate offstring' left our green and pleasant lands the English language got truly messed up by European influences. e.g. The French made use get rid of 'z' but the Americans have kept it.


Not to mention, there was no standardization of English spelling, even in England, until around the 18th century, and that took a while to take hold. Before then, many different methods existed (this is important to remember: the English language is a historical clusterfark--pretending there's ever been anything 'pure' about it is a delusion held by people who want to believe they have some sort of ethnic superiority).

English people in America (yes, they were Englishmen, every bit as much as the people still in England) pursued spelling reform a bit later, dealing with the exact same clusterfark of a language England left them with.

There's nothing mystical, magical, pure, or superior about the English language. It's a product of a bunch of different languages mashing together and, after repeated attempts to flush the clog away, was the one turd left floating in the bowl. England's turd just couldn't shake the French runniness of it all, while America's turd has to deal with all these bits of corn.

Larry the Lobster said,
Soon to be released: Photos of the planned shrink wrap plastic for Windows 8.

Lol. I do agree some of these "leaks" are getting a bit pointless now... it's like "ooooh!, Windows 8 will have multiple languages! ahhhh! droool!"

Larry the Lobster said,
Soon to be released: Photos of the planned shrink wrap plastic for Windows 8.

Just don't post crap like that. If you don't care don't post.

ccoltmanm said,

Just don't post crap like that. If you don't care don't post.

Which is worse, somebody posting a comment about how redundant and pointless some of these screenshots are? Or somebody posting [twice] ONLY to moan about somebody commenting?

He's just as much right to express an opinion as you do.

TCLN Ryster said,

Which is worse, somebody posting a comment about how redundant and pointless some of these screenshots are? Or somebody posting [twice] ONLY to moan about somebody commenting?

He's just as much right to express an opinion as you do.

Yeah, he does, but it serves absolutely no point and degrades the entire thread into a mini flame war.

TCLN Ryster said,

Lol. I do agree some of these "leaks" are getting a bit pointless now... it's like "ooooh!, Windows 8 will have multiple languages! ahhhh! droool!"


HAHA. Indeed.

BumbleBritches57 said,

Yeah, he does, but it serves absolutely no point and degrades the entire thread into a mini flame war.

No it doesn't, it's a valid point. All that screenshot shows is that Windows 8 will have language packs and that one of them will be Russian. Something we all already knew anyway because it's been the same for the past x versions of Windows. It's hardly late breaking information worth of a front page news article.

BumbleBritches57 said,

Yeah, he does, but it serves absolutely no point and degrades the entire thread into a mini flame war.


Oh come now... It was hardly doing that... His comment was valid too. I think some people need to relax a bit...

It was a funny comment and fit perfectly in context with these "leaks". If you take it as trolling, that's your perspective, ignore the post and move on. At least Larry the Lobster had an opinion of the article rather than a complaint about an opinion.