Microsoft accidentally announces Windows 8 Release Preview availability to be May 31

It looks like we're going to get what everyone's been waiting to get their hands on earlier than expected. A badly timed blog post (now deleted) today on the Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog pinned the release date of the next preview of Windows for May 31st.

The post was written by Chuck Chan, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Development team on a new blog called the "Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog" this morning. He says that the "Release Preview" has been "made available today" and then signs the date and his name at the end of the post as "Chuck Chan, May 31st."

If you're looking for conclusive evidence that Windows 8 will be in everyone's hands tomorrow, this is it. The blog post was removed just two minutes after it was published and the blog remains empty for now. Whilst the links provided in the post currently point to the Consumer Preview, they will update tomorrow when Microsoft makes the actual announcement. You can read the full text of the post before it was yanked below. 

 

Windows 8 Release Preview: Download here (not active until May 31st)

Windows 8 Driver Kit: Download here (not active until May 31st)

Visual Studio 2012 Professional: Download here (not active until May 31st)

Update: Our internal sources have confirmed that the blog post is accurate, and that the links will become live tomorrow for the public to download the updated files. There is no announcement planned other than posts on the various Microsoft blogs. The full text of the blog post is available on the next page, and some leaked screenshots are available here.

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Why is it that Technet is always the last to ever get anything? People pay good money for that too. Just shows what Microsoft thinks of them.

axios said,
I don't but do you have the akamai link please

As far as I can tell, it's only available to MSDN subscribers.

Anyone have a non-Akamai-downloader link to the VS 2012 RC ISO? Something causes the Akamai downloader to get interrupted as soon as the download begins.

Skwerl said,
Anyone have a non-Akamai-downloader link to the VS 2012 RC ISO? Something causes the Akamai downloader to get interrupted as soon as the download begins.

It's probably some BS with my company's proxy or 600 megs (in RAM) of corporate spyware.

SirEvan said,
can you do an in-place upgrade to RTM when it's available?

No, clean install will be required, that's just how it goes and always has gone for many many versions of Windows in the past.

GreyWolf said,

Those require an MSDN subscription, though.


Yeah, but 3.5 hours ago should equal file sharing sites 2.5hours ago.

GreyWolf said,

Those require an MSDN subscription, though.

And there's nothing at all on MSDN, yet. Just TechNet so far.

Tuanese said,
I think it's just 10 minutes away!!

We just have to wait for a Technet/MSDN user to upload, the links are already up.

NerdyTech said,
What version are you guys going to download and use? Core/Pro or Enterprise?

Pro, of course.
I can't wait for the damn link to come out.

hehe was just about to post but you beat me to it

Any chance of a torrent? These links will get nailed hard and fast.

I will install this as main OS but i dont want to go programme by programme, can anyone tell me one of these websites where you go and get one installer that gets you all programmes you want installed??

Thanks!!!

Ads88 said,
I will install this as main OS but i dont want to go programme by programme, can anyone tell me one of these websites where you go and get one installer that gets you all programmes you want installed??

Thanks!!!

Try Ninite.

As Paul Clapman, I m sure some people here remember him, was use to say:
" It will be available when it is ready"...........................
Hopefully it will happen soon................

GreenSmudge said,
I'm downloading now from Technet!

Damn you, I'm all refreshing TechNet wondering why it's still showing the CP only.

NerdyTech said,
My opinion, not that it matters is about 2pm eastern.

We need to start a pool and get money riding on this. More fun than watching FB stock sink!

NerdyTech said,
I think 7pm ?

London is GMT+1 so... 2PM Eastern in the US is 7PM UK time.

whattimeisit.com is a great site when you need to know that stuff.

Maybe my Windows 8 Consumer Preview is corrupt.... two clocks 1 shows Eastern time 1:13pm, and 1 shows London time 6:13 pm. Maybe my math is off hence why I added that hour for 7pm

JWharmsby said,

Also, it's Release Preview, not Candidate.

But It was just there in the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page telling "Release Candidate" o_0

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,

But It was just there in the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page telling "Release Candidate" o_0

that is the server... the desktop client is called preview

another 30 min and I will call it quits.
that will take it to the usual time they release windows updates and so on at 3 am here in aus.

Rafyelzz said,
Ah...i'm off. I give up until next morning in Europe. Good luck over there guys!

ya te rindes?? venga hombre si es más emocionante así!

Rafyelzz said,

Es que estoy en el trabajo Va en una hora vengo xD

¿Podría hablar Inglés para nosotros, que no hablan español? Gracias

maybe 10 redmond...¬¬ maybe 13pm redmond who knows...
I am already prepared to wipe my work pc (using consumer preview btw)

iguanas said,
maybe 10 redmond...¬¬ maybe 13pm redmond who knows...
I am already prepared to wipe my work pc (using consumer preview btw)

i will make a clean installation and use it as main OS

iguanas said,
maybe 10 redmond...¬¬ maybe 13pm redmond who knows...
I am already prepared to wipe my work pc (using consumer preview btw)

13 pm huh....

rseiler said,
You actually saw the client there? I only saw symbols and server, and they're still there, but not downloadable.

Yeah I saw those too earlier. They're probably seeding it to their servers and will be available soon? I'm personally hoping it'll be out by this weekend but not going to stress over it so much like some other people on here lol

Tuishimi said,
Countdown is done... no links yet.

i told you. That what happens when you expect something over false facts... I will make a countdown that says it will be out in 43 minutes, let's see how many people believe me... If there is a countdown, it means it's true...!!

Ads88 said,

i told you. That what happens when you expect something over false facts... I will make a countdown that says it will be out in 43 minutes, let's see how many people believe me... If there is a countdown, it means it's true...!!


I'm gonna be mad at you in 43 minutes if it's not true.. you don't want that now, do you?

SirEvan said,

I'm gonna be mad at you in 43 minutes if it's not true.. you don't want that now, do you?

no mate! but if it happens, i will tell you you owe me one! hahaha

Why don't you actually click the links. The catagory is up, but there are no downloads. damn. why are people so quick to jump the gun.


Specified search term or selected product family did not match any products.

Try using a different search term or click here to reset filter settings.

Trollicious

SirEvan said,

Why don't you actually click the links. The catagory is up, but there are no downloads. damn. why are people so quick to jump the gun.

I just watched a new video for the Release preview, and I noticed that the store is close..
Hummm if it's working fine why would they close it, that makes me think that they're applying to it the new changes that we've heard about earlier , or something else, like few/many new apps, and I really hope so

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
Practically Still 7 hours and 45 minutes..
45 minutes for the release.. With 7 hours to finish downloading

Wow are u on 56k? It takes me 10-20 min to download it.

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
Practically Still 7 hours and 45 minutes..
45 minutes for the release.. With 7 hours to finish downloading

What are you complaining about, if I start it in 45 min i'll have it in by tomorrow afternoon if i'm lucky

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,

1MB Connection : Download Speed : 120KB/S

50MB here, i guess i'll have it in 15 min if it goes at the top of it

Stoffel said,

What are you complaining about, if I start it in 45 min i'll have it in by tomorrow afternoon if i'm lucky

Well.. Good luck with that mate..

Stoffel said,

What are you complaining about, if I start it in 45 min i'll have it in by tomorrow afternoon if i'm lucky

Ouch. I feel for you bro, and here I was lamenting it would take me an hour..

Ads88 said,

quote an official announcement that says it will be released in 45 min.

The people have spoken! Theres count down timers everywhere its coming soon!

Daniel_Pooh said,

The people have spoken! Theres count down timers everywhere its coming soon!

but how much do people know? Nothing. Just because 100 people say at certain moment it wont become the right one. Dude, i want it as much as you but nobody would bet $100 that it will be release in 30 min. Just wait!

Ads88 said,

but how much do people know? Nothing. Just because 100 people say at certain moment it wont become the right one. Dude, i want it as much as you but nobody would bet $100 that it will be release in 30 min. Just wait!

Don't you read neowin there was a blog post that it would be today and the time is in the morning when their offices open its cominggg!

Just wish they released this version capable of using Virtual PC or release a newer version of Virtual PC to handle Windows 8 RP.

I'll try again but will be unsucessful, just annoying as I'd like to get to grips with it, but don't fancy dual booting nor do I have a spare machine

Dan~ said,
Just wish they released this version capable of using Virtual PC or release a newer version of Virtual PC to handle Windows 8 RP.

I'll try again but will be unsucessful, just annoying as I'd like to get to grips with it, but don't fancy dual booting nor do I have a spare machine

Install virtual box, its free and works with W8 - virtual PC isn't ever getting an upgrade, its all hyper-V from here on in.

Dan~ said,
Just wish they released this version capable of using Virtual PC or release a newer version of Virtual PC to handle Windows 8 RP.

I'll try again but will be unsucessful, just annoying as I'd like to get to grips with it, but don't fancy dual booting nor do I have a spare machine

esxi is free and it supports win8

But why you all make things up? "1 hour to go" to go for what? To be 31st in La Vegas time? So what? Why Las Vegas? Why not on a remote village in the middle of nowhere? You are just making up facts confusing people. After this hour you will look for another hour as those people claiming the end of the world at a certain moment but that never happens.

NOBODY knows when EXACTLY we will have it, so just wait, dont post countdowns or anything. IT WONT HAPPEN. Just lie down, rest and wait for it.

Ice_Blue said,
Does anyone know when the RP expires?
I'm not going to get a new PC until December, so I hope it lasts until then.

The CP build was stated to be live till January 2013 according to the licence agreement. Download the RP, you'd be fine.

Udayakanth said,

The CP build was stated to be live till January 2013 according to the licence agreement. Download the RP, you'd be fine.

Thank You.

its about 7:10am in remond, wa .. so if youre on the east coast like me (philly) , we still have about 2 hours to wait before the links go live .. thats my story and im sticking to it

SpiKedPSU said,
its about 7:10am in remond, wa .. so if youre on the east coast like me (philly) , we still have about 2 hours to wait before the links go live .. thats my story and im sticking to it
yay philly!!! we shall celebrate

To all the people posting links: STOP. Think and READ before you post -_-''
(Note: For all those posting links to RELEASE PREVIEW, you're at least paying attention)

xbamaris said,
To all the people posting links: STOP. Think and READ before you post -_-''
(Note: For all those posting links to RELEASE PREVIEW, you're at least paying attention)

Unfortunately if they are too excited and won't read anything else, they won't read this either.

bogas04 said,
Maybe , we got May the 31st fooled.

Dude, will you please wake the **** up and understand the facts that have been repeatedly posted? Microsoft releases things like this during their NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, in their HOME TIME ZONE, which is Pacific Time. Just because most of their call centers are in India doesn't mean that their US offices work on India's time zone!

roadwarrior said,

Dude, will you please wake the **** up and understand the facts that have been repeatedly posted? Microsoft releases things like this during their NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, in their HOME TIME ZONE, which is Pacific Time. Just because most of their call centers are in India doesn't mean that their US offices work on India's time zone!

It's 10+ AM now

How long can I use this before it expires? Is it easy to upgrade from Win7? It it easy to upgrade this version to the final once it comes out?

slysy said,
How long can I use this before it expires? Is it easy to upgrade from Win7? It it easy to upgrade this version to the final once it comes out?

It expires in January 2013

In a blog post, Microsoft said that Windows 8 CP will not be upgradeable (to RP or final). That's generally the case with all Windows pre-releases. There is no supported upgrade path to the final release.

Downloading now @ 1.2MBps, nice!
Nevermind, the idiot on another site linked to the consumer preview, ffs

LOL at all of the posters here who honestly thought that Microsoft was going to begin posting it at midnight Pacific Time. Where have you been for, oh, the last decade or so? They NEVER do that with Windows. They always do it during normal business hours (generally 9AM or so), in their own time zone.

It's almost 1pm in WEST/BST. The links are still down.


Even in PST it's already May 31st. Bah... always the same crap.

rpsgc said,
It's almost 1pm in WEST/BST. The links are still down.


Even in PST it's already May 31st. Bah... always the same crap.


Yeah, 6AM PST when you posted that... let them sleep.

rfirth said,

Yeah, 6AM PST when you posted that... let them sleep.

Yeah, you're right. And here I thought Microsoft had offices and employees around the world. Oh wait...

Given that this was an accidental announcement, isn't it possible that May 31st is inaccurate and it will still be tomorrow or a few days' time?

singularity87 said,
Given that this was an accidental announcement, isn't it possible that May 31st is inaccurate and it will still be tomorrow or a few days' time?

man don't say that
that would be such a bad tease!

singularity87 said,
Given that this was an accidental announcement, isn't it possible that May 31st is inaccurate and it will still be tomorrow or a few days' time?

Update: Our internal sources have confirmed that the blog post is accurate, and that the links will become live tomorrow for the public to download the updated files. There is no announcement planned other than posts on the various Microsoft blogs. The full text of the blog post is available on the next page, and some leaked screenshots are available here.

bogas04 said,

Update: Our internal sources have confirmed that the blog post is accurate, and that the links will become live tomorrow for the public to download the updated files. There is no announcement planned other than posts on the various Microsoft blogs. The full text of the blog post is available on the next page, and some leaked screenshots are available here.

the leaked shots are of the Chinese ISO which leaked a few days back... So that's not really related to this.

glyfz said,

Apparently their ripping out all code related to the start button so all hacks are being killed off.

Good, we can finally move on then yes?

duddit2 said,

Good, we can finally move on then yes?

Damn right - it always surprises me how people are generally not adaptable to new things/ideas/concepts/environments.

change = good, embrace it!.

glyfz said,

Apparently their ripping out all code related to the start button so all hacks are being killed off.

LOL. You should learn the difference between there, their, and they're

3:16 Thursday (PDT) - Time in Redmond, WA, USA

grrrrrrr

we are going to wait for a long time

it is 1:15 PM here now
would be available tomorrow morning i guess

11hour differance

hehe good for me that I slept last night after waiting for long time because it's like 10:50 AM here right now so i guess i can now wait peacefully in the mean time i'll be preparing my pc

Dont worry.

You will all download it soon and then you can start whining about how much "metro sucks" and how much you "miss the start button" and "what a failure Win8 will be".

Patience

Well, it doesn't look like it's really coming out today, unless it's going to be like 9 am PST or something. In which case, we've got another 7 hours to wait. Not even up on TechNet for that matter.

As I'm not home from work till 6pm I can wait... not sure if I really want to install it anyways. Finding it hard to be interested in Windows 8 sadly.

InsaneNutter said,
As I'm not home from work till 6pm I can wait... not sure if I really want to install it anyways. Finding it hard to be interested in Windows 8 sadly.

Same here. In the past I have always installed pre-release versions on a separate machine. In the case of Windows 8 however, I will just take a look at it in a VM.

Thanks, but no thanks. No matter how much wishful thinking I put in, I know that the changes I want are not going to be present, so I'll pass.

Too bad. I already downloaded it last night.

Update: Seems that the links pointed to the Consumer Preview.. damn!

Edited by Dot Catrix, May 31 2012, 7:50am :

g0dlike said,
Too bad. I already downloaded it last night.

Update: Seems that the links pointed to the Consumer Preview.. damn!

Duh, did you really think everyone here was waiting for something they could have downloaded yesterday

Peter van Dam said,
Still nothing here. But normally things show up at 9PCT or an hour later.

Who can make the first metro F5-er?

It redirects, so you can't do F5.

KomaWeiß said,

It redirects, so you can't do F5.

I know, but an iFrame will do the trick.

(and yes, I know it's possible to make something with ajax that does it for you, but let's keep the tradition)

PmRd said,
MICROSOFT Y U NO DO MIDNIGHT LAUNCH!

I know right that what they do for all the good games like Diablo 3 so why not Windows 8 its not like anyone is gonna be able to sleep anyway with all the excitement just makes you wait so long for no good reason.

I know it's not going to be there but the little part of me that thinks it will is begging me to stay awake

warwagon said,
meh

Aw, c'mon slim, you gotta be a little excited! I don't really care for Windows 8, but I'm still gonna install the RP just to see if its something better than the CP.

Just one more hour until it's May 31 on the west coast.

devHead said,

Aw, c'mon slim, you gotta be a little excited! I don't really care for Windows 8, but I'm still gonna install the RP just to see if its something better than the CP.

Just one more hour until it's May 31 on the west coast.

Oh I'll still install it. I have a tablet I got for the CP. I'm just not excited about it. The only reason i'm even testing it is because i'm in the computer repair / computer setup business. I'm just learning it for my customers.

warwagon said,

Oh I'll still install it. I have a tablet I got for the CP. I'm just not excited about it. The only reason i'm even testing it is because i'm in the computer repair / computer setup business. I'm just learning it for my customers.

yeah, I know where you're coming from. Definitely not the same feeling as I had for Windows 7.

They must be getting ready to do something; the links now just point to a blank search page. Meaning they've removed the place where you could download the Consumer Preview.

devHead said,
They must be getting ready to do something; the links now just point to a blank search page. Meaning they've removed the place where you could download the Consumer Preview.

Yeah, now we just have to wait for the 31st to hit over in MS HQ and that blank page should go live.

Here i am sitting on Windows 7 realising that all the positive comments above prove 2 things. Firstly, MS fanbois are just as bad as Apple fanbois at gobbling up crap. Secondly, wow people have no sense of taste. That is the ugliest thing i have ever seen. A bunch of squares with white icons all smashed up together. WOW!!! Honestly wtf!

Iridium said,
Here i am sitting on Windows 7 realising that all the positive comments above prove 2 things. Firstly, MS fanbois are just as bad as Apple fanbois at gobbling up crap. Secondly, wow people have no sense of taste. That is the ugliest thing i have ever seen. A bunch of squares with white icons all smashed up together. WOW!!! Honestly wtf!

:Okay:

Iridium said,
Here i am sitting on Windows 7 realising that all the positive comments above prove 2 things. Firstly, MS fanbois are just as bad as Apple fanbois at gobbling up crap. Secondly, wow people have no sense of taste. That is the ugliest thing i have ever seen. A bunch of squares with white icons all smashed up together. WOW!!! Honestly wtf!

You have no sense of design. I'm happy you are not working at MS or any other big company

Iridium said,
Here i am sitting on Windows 7 realising that all the positive comments above prove 2 things. Firstly, MS fanbois are just as bad as Apple fanbois at gobbling up crap. Secondly, wow people have no sense of taste. That is the ugliest thing i have ever seen. A bunch of squares with white icons all smashed up together. WOW!!! Honestly wtf!

I'm not exactly a fan of it either, but there is such a thing as having differing opinions/needs, and Win8 may well meet those for some people.

Deriding people as fanboys just because they dislike Windows 8 is as stupid as the frequent accusations that people always hate change/are stuck in the past if they dislike Windows 8.

Iridium said,
Here i am sitting on Windows 7 realising that all the positive comments above prove 2 things. Firstly, MS fanbois are just as bad as Apple fanbois at gobbling up crap. Secondly, wow people have no sense of taste. That is the ugliest thing i have ever seen. A bunch of squares with white icons all smashed up together. WOW!!! Honestly wtf!

Please read some books about design. Or better yet. Just put such simple designs in practice around you and then report back if it made life easier or hard.

Zain Adeel said,

Please read some books about design. Or better yet. Just put such simple designs in practice around you and then report back if it made life easier or hard.


There is a point though, where oversimplification actually makes things harder to accomplish.

bogas04 said,
It is 31st since last 10 hours in India

If Microsoft was based in India instead of the west coast of the US, that might mean something.

roadwarrior said,

If Microsoft was based in India instead of the west coast of the US, that might mean something.

It's 31st since last 7 hours in West Coast

bogas04 said,

It's 31st since last 7 hours in West Coast


Yes, and Microsoft's regular business hours don't start till probably around 9AM. When are you people ever going to realize that Microsoft releases stuff during their regular business hours, in their local time zone?

Palpatine said,
And I just installed the Chinese version...

That's why I use vbox for testing now, it's not that big of a hassle to re-install new OSs.

GP007 said,

That's why I use vbox for testing now, it's not that big of a hassle to re-install new OSs.

To be honest I dont mind reinstalling the OS. Its just I have an old notebook connected to external monitor. And those two displays are 1280px wide, so I wanted to try, if I can run two metro style apps each on different monitor, because I cant use snap. (I cant.)

Jack Musick said,
I guess the new start screen really is that much more efficient

Much sarcasm, obviously.

Yes it is. Why would a small cramped-up popup be better?

PmRd said,

Yes it is. Why would a small cramped-up popup be better?


Well, for one thing, you can still see things on your desktop while using the Start Menu. Can't do that with the Start Screen. There are situations where this is helpful, and sometimes critical (training videos or tutorials).

Synthetic said,
And only 9:06 PM May 30th on the Pacific coast...

Now it's 4 PM UTC, so it should be 9 AM there. Strange that it's still not released.

wetworker said,
That would be awesome, Right on my birthday.

Mine's today actually, May 30th, either way we both could be getting a gift from Microsoft I suppose. Happy early-Birthday to you (if it's still the 30th in your time zone).

Thanks man and happy birthday to you too.

br0adband said,

Mine's today actually, May 30th, either way we both could be getting a gift from Microsoft I suppose. Happy early-Birthday to you (if it's still the 30th in your time zone).

Earlier the link to the Release Preview would put you on the Consumer Preview page, now it doesn't do that at all, just a blank Search page. Guess Microsoft took note of the pooched blog post and also the super high number of hits to that link so... now we wait even longer to see what transpires.

korupt_one said,
yes people seem to think the OS has changed into something completely different and doesn't work on a pc.

I know, I cant fathom the ignorance and hate - the desktop is still there and if you want to stay in desktop mode the only change is the start menu is replaced with the start screen.......well that and tones of new features!

Then we have the option of using WINRT apps, how is this not a win.

xpclient said,
The craze of getting latest even if it's a downgrade.

If that's what you call a downgrade then I'll downgrade all my ****! May I remind you that everything possible in Windows 7 is still possible in Windows 8 only better.

PmRd said,
May I remind you that everything possible in Windows 7 is still possible in Windows 8 only better.

I sense a link to a certain thread coming on.

xpclient said,
The craze of getting latest even if it's a downgrade.

Downgrade ya right? Windows 7 had lots of bugs on some newer hardware I could never get my nvidia display kernel to stop crashing and other bsods all the damn time, I install Windows 8 never had another problem again!

Windows 8 is a freakin winner!

xpclient said,
The craze of getting latest even if it's a downgrade.

This doesn't mean much coming from the guy who thinks Windows XP was a flawlessly designed product.

Zanfall said,

This doesn't mean much coming from the guy who thinks Windows XP was a flawlessly designed product.

You sir, are bang on.

Daniel_Pooh said,

Downgrade ya right? Windows 7 had lots of bugs on some newer hardware I could never get my nvidia display kernel to stop crashing and other bsods all the damn time, I install Windows 8 never had another problem again!

Windows 8 is a freakin winner!

what does that have to do

you should updated your Graphic driver
or maybe your installation is hosed

Ci7 said,

what does that have to do

you should updated your Graphic driver
or maybe your installation is hosed

Umm no I am a professional this is always with newest driver and fresh installs and other people have same issues with simular hardware like core i7-2600k and GTX 560 Ti.

Daniel_Pooh said,

Umm no I am a professional this is always with newest driver and fresh installs and other people have same issues with simular hardware like core i7-2600k and GTX 560 Ti.

did you re-install to verify then ,before passing judgment?

admitly had stablity issue long time ago with Core 2 + 6800GTS with XP => system crash randomly
with Vista except for crappy driver that toke Nv 6 ****ing months

The VS 11 Pro links are live, though - you can start downloading *that* right now. (I'm grabbing the ISO - for VM testing.)

PGHammer said,
The VS 11 Pro links are live, though - you can start downloading *that* right now. (I'm grabbing the ISO - for VM testing.)

Hmm no they are not.. Unless you are posting from the future. And it's going to be named Visual Studio 2012

PGHammer said,
The VS 11 Pro links are live, though - you can start downloading *that* right now. (I'm grabbing the ISO - for VM testing.)

Date published: 2/16/2012

yes the CP I started downloading before I left for work at 6am MST. so really it could be anytime after 12:00am on the 31st May.

Moonian said,
The links are now live and the files are downloadable now

It redirects to an empty search page.
Get us direct links if you're accessing them?

The Consumer Preview links weren't "official" till mid-day when they were supposed to be live but they were live for download early in the morning for me (Pacific time zone), I had both the 32-bit and 64-bit ISOs downloaded by 7AM that morning and I started at 6:30AM my time so... guess those Release Preview links will get their share of hammering tonight.

For the people who are too excited to read titles, if you see Consumer Preview in the download page, stop, if you see Release Preview, Go ahead and download, Because sometimes the brain can't even understand a word

So glad I keep my system on an SSD and my stuff on externals. This should be nice and smooth. Only thing that would not run on Win 8 for me was Avid Studio. I hope Avid did their dang homework on this one.

AlexMagik said,
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images

this is the page i see.


64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash

To be fair it does say the links won't be live tomorrow (May 31st). They just redirect to their respective Consumer Preview links.

AlexMagik said,
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images

this is the page i see.


64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash


Because it's not live yet. Read the post...

AlexMagik said,
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images

this is the page i see.


64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash

Reading comprehension fail. We're looking for the RELEASE PREVIEW, not Consumer Preview.

Yeah. Things would be a lot easier if we had a universal date and time system. Why should everybody go to work at 9am and finish at 5pm, when we could all use the same time zone and simply start work at 11pm and finish at 7am (the physical time being the same)? And abolish daylight savings and simply have "summer hours" where the time stays the same but people's working hours change.

Finally - as I'm trying to solve all the world's issues in one go - everybody should learn a second language, ideally a constructed language like Ido. That way instead of having to learn dozens of different languages everybody could move towards a single common one. Many countries will never adopt English so the only way is for EVERYONE to have to learn a new language and transition over time.

calimike said,

9:00pm PT & 12:00am ET or 12:00am PT & 3:00am ET

MS typically releases things during business hours, sometimes east coast business hours and not theirs, but business hours. Midnight? Unlikely.

rseiler said,

MS typically releases things during business hours, sometimes east coast business hours and not theirs, but business hours. Midnight? Unlikely.


9AM Redmond time is my bet.

Ely said,
It seems to be quite fast telling by that video, looking good.

Wow, yes. Everything in that video is much much faster than how the Consumer Preview runs on my machine. My hardware is kinda old, though. But I can't wait to get my hands on the Release Preview!

theyarecomingforyou said,
Yeah. Things would be a lot easier if we had a universal date and time system. Why should everybody go to work at 9am and finish at 5pm, when we could all use the same time zone and simply start work at 11pm and finish at 7am (the physical time being the same)? And abolish daylight savings and simply have "summer hours" where the time stays the same but people's working hours change.

Finally - as I'm trying to solve all the world's issues in one go - everybody should learn a second language, ideally a constructed language like Ido. That way instead of having to learn dozens of different languages everybody could move towards a single common one. Many countries will never adopt English so the only way is for EVERYONE to have to learn a new language and transition over time.

How is your Esperanto?........................ :-)

theyarecomingforyou said,
Yeah. Things would be a lot easier if we had a universal date and time system. Why should everybody go to work at 9am and finish at 5pm, when we could all use the same time zone and simply start work at 11pm and finish at 7am (the physical time being the same)? And abolish daylight savings and simply have "summer hours" where the time stays the same but people's working hours change.

Finally - as I'm trying to solve all the world's issues in one go - everybody should learn a second language, ideally a constructed language like Ido. That way instead of having to learn dozens of different languages everybody could move towards a single common one. Many countries will never adopt English so the only way is for EVERYONE to have to learn a new language and transition over time.


Universal time, language ... The only problem is people.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Yeah. Things would be a lot easier if we had a universal date and time system. Why should everybody go to work at 9am and finish at 5pm, when we could all use the same time zone and simply start work at 11pm and finish at 7am (the physical time being the same)? And abolish daylight savings and simply have "summer hours" where the time stays the same but people's working hours change.

Finally - as I'm trying to solve all the world's issues in one go - everybody should learn a second language, ideally a constructed language like Ido. That way instead of having to learn dozens of different languages everybody could move towards a single common one. Many countries will never adopt English so the only way is for EVERYONE to have to learn a new language and transition over time.

I would have to agree. If you wish to have a universal time, then just set your clocks to GMT. That is the point where the clock started ticking, so there's a good base for you to work off of.
As for daylight savings, you will need to remember what dates the hours shift about, and then set your alarm to go off at eight o'clock rather than nine o'clock.

*end of sarcasm*

...what everyone's been waiting to get their hands on... ?? I hardly think so. Maybe for smartphone/tablet users and others who want to tap-n-scrape to interact with their PC. The rest of the MS user community will continue with XP and Windows-7.

TsarNikky said,
...what everyone's been waiting to get their hands on... ?? I hardly think so. Maybe for smartphone/tablet users and others who want to tap-n-scrape to interact with their PC. The rest of the MS user community will continue with XP and Windows-7.

yeah, THOSE PEOPLE, those smartphone/tablet users need to get off our lawns.

TsarNikky said,
...what everyone's been waiting to get their hands on... ?? I hardly think so. Maybe for smartphone/tablet users and others who want to tap-n-scrape to interact with their PC. The rest of the MS user community will continue with XP and Windows-7.

Wondered how long until this post would be made.
Move along.

TsarNikky said,
...what everyone's been waiting to get their hands on... ?? I hardly think so. Maybe for smartphone/tablet users and others who want to tap-n-scrape to interact with their PC. The rest of the MS user community will continue with XP and Windows-7.

U mad?

TsarNikky said,
The rest of the MS user community will continue with XP and Windows-7.

Speak for yourself, not the rest of the community.

TsarNikky said,
...what everyone's been waiting to get their hands on... ?? I hardly think so. Maybe for smartphone/tablet users and others who want to tap-n-scrape to interact with their PC. The rest of the MS user community will continue with XP and Windows-7.

Speak for yourself. There's a lot people looking forward to the release, myself included.

nohone said,

Speak for yourself, not the rest of the community.

I really don't understand what there is to hate so much about Windows 8. Its not like you have to have a tablet to use it, Its not like you have to have a touch screen to use it, and its not like it has the same freakin desktop as Windows 7 only it performs way way way better than Windows 7. I think either these people are complete morons that don't actually have Windows 8 and are just posting crap or they are morons in the true sense.

korupt_one said,
I really don't understand what there is to hate so much about Windows 8. Its not like you have to have a tablet to use it, Its not like you have to have a touch screen to use it, and its not like it has the same freakin desktop as Windows 7 only it performs way way way better than Windows 7. I think either these people are complete morons that don't actually have Windows 8 and are just posting crap or they are morons in the true sense.
It's change.

Personally, I'm interested in seeing this on a PC where I'm still unsure of it. For a tablet, I'm hooked. I've been running the CP on an Acer W500 and it's great. I'm also interested in seeing how they tie the PC, tablet and phone together.

korupt_one said,

I really don't understand what there is to hate so much about Windows 8. Its not like you have to have a tablet to use it, Its not like you have to have a touch screen to use it, and its not like it has the same freakin desktop as Windows 7 only it performs way way way better than Windows 7. I think either these people are complete morons that don't actually have Windows 8 and are just posting crap or they are morons in the true sense.

Some people just don't like it, that is fine, not everyone has to like it. MS tries to make everyone happy, but that is not always possible.
Some people think they will not like it, and have not tried it or tried it for more than an hour.
Some people have not caught onto it yet while trying it, some may understand it, some may not.
Some people don't like Windows/MS/whatever and are just trying to stir the pot by pretending they are upset users.

Some people have legitimate reasons not to like it. Personally I hate using it in a non-full screen VM because it is hard to swipe the edges with a mouse because there is no screen edge to stop the mouse pointer. Some people are complaining because some tile or the background is not the color they like - or (from a post the other day) the icon for regedit is the old icon. Those are the ones I don't understand.

But overall, it is good.

nohone said,

Some people have legitimate reasons not to like it. Personally I hate using it in a non-full screen VM because it is hard to swipe the edges with a mouse because there is no screen edge to stop the mouse pointer.

This has all been fixed in the Release Preview.

korupt_one said,

I really don't understand what there is to hate so much about Windows 8. Its not like you have to have a tablet to use it, Its not like you have to have a touch screen to use it, and its not like it has the same freakin desktop as Windows 7 only it performs way way way better than Windows 7. I think either these people are complete morons that don't actually have Windows 8 and are just posting crap or they are morons in the true sense.

I do not understand why is so hard to accept that different people have different opinions.................
Some people like, some people do not...... what is the big deal?
Why people are so attracted by such a North Korea life style is beyond me but...................

Fritzly said,

You too please...................

Where did I make any generalizations such as in the post I replied to? I didn't say it works for everyone, I didn't say it doesn't work for all. In fact, I wrote that for some it works, for some it doesn't. For me it does work (with the exception of one scenario, according to Dot it has been fixed), but based upon you comment history apparently that upsets you that I didn't make some broad comment condemning W8.

nohone said,

but based upon you comment history apparently that upsets you that I didn't make some broad comment condemning W8.

Hardly......... If there is someone who is not afraid of changes or innovations that is me:
I switched from a Filofax agenda to a PDA, sort of at least, in 1982 and I ditched my laptop and moved full ahead to a Tablet, a real Tablet of course, a Toshiba Portege' 3500 Tablet PC, in 2002.
To be honest I am not sure about W8: touch is a nice, added, feature but not of paramount importance.
The handwriting capability is, for example, by far more important and useful, at least for me.
I will keep using W8 with an open mind until RTM; when the final product will be available I will decide if is worth to replace W7 with the new OS or not.............. not a big deal btw: we have MS software assurance.


Fritzly said,

Hardly......... If there is someone who is not afraid of changes or innovations that is me:
I switched from a Filofax agenda to a PDA, sort of at least, in 1982 and I ditched my laptop and moved full ahead to a Tablet, a real Tablet of course, a Toshiba Portege' 3500 Tablet PC, in 2002.
To be honest I am not sure about W8: touch is a nice, added, feature but not of paramount importance.
The handwriting capability is, for example, by far more important and useful, at least for me.
I will keep using W8 with an open mind until RTM; when the final product will be available I will decide if is worth to replace W7 with the new OS or not.............. not a big deal btw: we have MS software assurance.


In other words ignore the rebuttal I gave to your claims that I was making broad generalizations by writing PDAs and unrelated tech.

TsarNikky said,
The rest of the MS user community will continue with XP and Windows-7.

XP.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA! What you doin on Neowin bro?

nohone said,

In other words ignore the rebuttal I gave to your claims that I was making broad generalizations by writing PDAs and unrelated tech.

Absolutely not: you, me, the person you responded to and everybody else can only speak for ourselves.
A short and simple phrase........ easier now?

Edited by Fritzly, May 31 2012, 1:02pm :

TCLN Ryster said,

He was. Run along troll.

Since when " not the rest of the community" means a single person?
Ignorance is rampant nowadays.......................

I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised with this build. It is much better than the CP, and the CP was pretty good for a Beta.

korupt_one said,
I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised with this build. It is much better than the CP, and the CP was pretty good for a Beta.

My opinion of the CP has been rather obvious from the beginning - it demoted Windows 7 to VM-only duty. If the RP has improved on that, then the opinions of the detractors are going to look like the scribblings from the refugees from the mental-health systems of the nations of the world.

SHoTTa35 said,
False Alarm, it points to the CP build still

Of course it does, it was still the 30th of June at Microsoft HQ when you made the above post.

What's with Microsoft publishing blog posts before the due date? LOL It has happened before, the most recent one being Windows 8's multi-monitor support and I think there was another one before it.

But thanks for the heads up!

Nice. I have also heard that this is greatly improved from the CP with performance and the apps are starting to take shape quite nicely. Just remember this is the last build we will see that has the theming in it current form, the final build will look different to this build. I have also been informed that all former hacks to get some kind of start menu have been blocked by MS.

korupt_one said,
I have also been informed that all former hacks to get some kind of start menu have been blocked by MS.

This wouldn't surprise me in the least bit, they wouldn't want people to get rid of metro at boot and add something productive to the OS like a real start menu to make the OS tolerable for normal desktop users, at least not right away.

Order_66 said,

This wouldn't surprise me in the least bit, they wouldn't want people to get rid of metro at boot and add something productive to the OS like a real start menu to make the OS tolerable for normal desktop users, at least not right away.

Or...they cleaned up the code and removed the old-gen stuff from the code... I'm sure there will be shell replacements and actual programs made available to "fix" the start menu, but them clearing their code base of legacy stuff they dont need isn't a bad thing in my mind.

.air said,
31st of may here in Ireland...
come on united sates,

time...... time!

You should be sleeping, if not have a Guinness.

They lied! How typical of Microsoft. They promised it would be out in June. Now we have to wait until May 31?

E:ubuntu

Enron said,
They lied! How typical of Microsoft. They promised it would be out in June. Now we have to wait until May 31?

E:ubuntu

The horror, they are a day early

Enron said,
They lied! How typical of Microsoft. They promised it would be out in June. Now we have to wait until May 31?

E:ubuntu

It'll be June where I am.

Enron said,
They lied! How typical of Microsoft. They promised it would be out in June. Now we have to wait until May 31?

E:ubuntu


Meer. It's word playing. They said THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE not June. And this is the first week of June when this Friday is June 1st. Ah, just love the new Microsoft

Enron said,
They lied! How typical of Microsoft. They promised it would be out in June. Now we have to wait until May 31?

E:ubuntu

Maybe not...... 6PM in Redmond would be June in Australia, New Zeland, most of Europe etc.
For me the sooner the better..............................

virtorio said,
Don't worry, Microsoft will include training video on early releases.

He was ironic about the fact that they changed the release date.

Enron said,
They lied! How typical of Microsoft. They promised it would be out in June. Now we have to wait until May 31?

Quite so... Fortunately, they're not following the Mozilla or id software release announcement model

nn_hung said,

Meer. It's word playing. They said THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE not June. And this is the first week of June when this Friday is June 1st. Ah, just love the new Microsoft

I don't think even Microsoft's spin doctors could honestly claim this is the first week in June lol. The first week of June does not mean the first week with at least one day of June in it. There are more days in May this week than there are June.

That said, I'm glad it's out

virtorio said,
Don't worry, Microsoft will include training video on early releases.

They should hire some non-techie actor to do the training videos. I'd like to see Eureka's totally hilarious & famous non-techie... Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) get the job. Because unlike previous releases of Windows the training videos should entertaining as well as informative. Get some of the other cast to do cameo roles and it'd be a Big Hit!

btw.... I'm loving Win 8 and it's Media Center on my new high powered HTPC is blazing fast. Add Fox, HBO and some other networks and I'd dump Cable TV and just pay for Internet!