Windows 8 RTM lands on TechNet/MSDN : Download Now

Even though we all knew this coming, it sure didn't make the time pass any faster. After being announced earlier this month, Microsoft has made good on its promise to and posted Windows 8 RTM to TechNet and MSDN. If you have access, you can head over to the respective portal and start your download to get your hands on Microsoft's latest platform.

Also as a reminder, Microsoft changed their EULA in July this year which quite drastically reduced the number of product keys that can be requested:

Beginning in mid-March 2012, subscribers to TechNet Subscriptions (excluding TechNet Standard which are entitled to 2 keys per product) may access a maximum allocation of three (3) product keys for Microsoft Office and Windows Client products in connection with their subscription. The allotted keys may only be used for software evaluation purposes. Once the maximum keys have been activated, no more keys will be made available. Additional product keys may be acquired through the purchase of an additional subscription. Thanks Warwagon

Once again, here is the release timeline for Windows 8:

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Once you are up and running, if you find yourself with a few questions, head on over to our forums to ask around, they won't bite.

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only quirk I found so far- sound on HDMI locks up after first sound plays (no problems with RP), and video drivers seem to be acting up? Not sure what's going on (have AMD chipset motherboard, and ATI 4600 series PCIe). It all worked great in RP, just HDMI audio and a problem with Netflix in final. Plus, cannot get the key for Media Center yet (I love it for watching TV through my tuner card)

Got it installed now, looks a bit different, just gonna take a bit to set it back up. Odd thing- I told it "save nothing", thinking it would erase the drive, but it didn't erase it. Oh well, is still a "new install".

Any differences between the technet iso and the leaked iso?. Anyway im sure somebody will upload the technet iso somewhere anyway.

d4rk5ky said,
Any differences between the technet iso and the leaked iso?. Anyway im sure somebody will upload the technet iso somewhere anyway.

if i can get hashs for the new versions and i know which to compare etc
i can compare them to the leaked iso's..

ALthough the main leaker W.Z.T. has stated a while back that the iso's they leaked
are NOT going to match MSDN. This is what i had heard anyway, i don't know where the comment came from but i think i read that at MDL forums.

spymare said,
can someone who got it from technet or msdn upload it to rapidshare or make a torrent ?

What use is it without a legit key? Just go a get the already existing leaked RTM version.

TCLN Ryster said,

What use is it without a legit key? Just go a get the already existing leaked RTM version.


Are you saying that the RTM will be without a 30 day trial? and HAS to be licensed then and there?

spymare said,
can someone who got it from technet or msdn upload it to rapidshare or make a torrent ?

Why?
just compare your .iso from your untrusted source with the hashes posted above.

WaqasTariq said,

Are you saying that the RTM will be without a 30 day trial? and HAS to be licensed then and there?

You have to enter a key to install the thing so it knows what edition to install. Nobody is going to give you their Technet key, which means you're stuck with a pirate key to install. But then you might as well just go and download the leaked version too.

spymare said,
can someone who got it from technet or msdn upload it to rapidshare or make a torrent ?

are you asking for pirated content on the neowin comments ? lol
seriously ?

anyway we ALL know that any and every conceivable version will be leaked
and posted everywhere so there is no point in asking

fl0shizzle said,
Ha ha ha - nice of them to tell us NOW. THANKS. 2 weeks, what a joke...

Did they ever announce Dreamspark was getting it today? No they did not, people just assumed. Where's the joke?

And now, ironically, I've just noticed it says for institutional administrators. It definitely didn't say that earlier. Must have been edited after release.

fl0shizzle said,
And now, ironically, I've just noticed it says for institutional administrators. It definitely didn't say that earlier. Must have been edited after release.

Yup, definitely edited now. Oh well.

sjaak327 said,

Which is exactly what happened.. They announced institution admins to have access today, and they do according to above statement..

Would've been nice if they had "institutional administrators" in there to begin with. 'spose all of us poor students in this comment thread had false hopes for a release today

sjaak327 said,

Which is exactly what happened.. They announced institution admins to have access today, and they do according to above statement..

Their post was edited at least several hours after Windows 8 was released on Technet/MSDN. We all still had our hopes up, then they covered themselves by editing that post at the last minute. Keep up.

OKAY! EVERYONE WAITING for WINDOWS 8 APPEARANCE ON DREAMSPARK.. I just got an official statement:

"Lee Stott 15 Aug 2012 1:34 PM
Hi thanks for the comments

Institution Admins can now get access to Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 from the DreamSpark Admin/MSDN subscriber portal.

This will allow them to start planning and preparing to install Windows 8 and Visual Studio on institutional labs over the summer vacation period in preparation for the next academic year.

In terms of general availability to students via dreamspark.com and ELMS DreamSpark Premium. This will be made available around 25th of August and no later than end of month.

Students who are NOT presently at a institution or simply on summer vacation can download and install a 90 day evaluation version from http://dev.windows.com";

Yami_Tim said,

....
In terms of general availability to students via dreamspark.com and ELMS DreamSpark Premium. This will be made available around 25th of August and no later than end of month.

Thanks for the information. I hope they cough up when the new date rolls around.

Anyone know if you can download the ISO and use the activation method to purchase a legit commercial license or are the activation servers refusing to allow you to buy online?

I can't figure out what is up with MSDN, it says I am not at the correct level to get windows 8 RTM, yet it will give me Windows 8 RTM Debug / check build and key?! wtf?!

Trying to access through my Uni's Dreamspark Premium account on a site called OnTheHub.com - no sign of anything except Consumer Previews/Release Previews. Bad times. They aren't replying to their twitter either

Yeah! Response from Germany. Same Problem here. I have Dreamspark Premium on this OnTheHub.com Website too. And their is still nothing. I waited weeks for this day to come and everywhere was told that Dreamspark will get it today. I was so happy it was going to be a midweek release, because I am not home on the next weekend... and now.... nothing -.-
Please HURRY THE F*** UP GUYS!!!

xendrome said,

Nvidia Beta drivers work fine for Windows 8

That's not really the point though is it. Time and time again nVidia are late to the game with final drivers. AMD seem capable of handling it.

Activated my two installs and enjoying the benefits of PC syncying. Really loving Windows 8 Pro so far. And the performance is definitely better than RP.

To activate via the Enterprise license key, without an active KMS, use the following command to input the MAK Enterprise key from the TechNet website:

<Administrator Command Prompt>
slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

After doing that, you should be able to activate the Enterprise version.

I've been looking at what is available on MSDN and TechNet and want to make sure I am clear.

Windows 8 (x86) English DVD ISO (File Name: en_windows_8_x86_dvd_915417.iso) and Windows 8 (x64) English DVD ISO (File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso) both contain Windows 8 (basic) and Pro and are determined by the Product Key entered during install. We are talking about Retail versions, correct?

Has something changed with Windows 8 or will there also be OEM x86 and OEM x64 ISOs eventually? I am asking because I am wondering about buying a Windows 8 laptop and will be wanting to find OEM ISOs in case I need to reinstall and use my OEM Product Key.

JayZJay said,
I've been looking at what is available on MSDN and TechNet and want to make sure I am clear.

Windows 8 (x86) English DVD ISO (File Name: en_windows_8_x86_dvd_915417.iso) and Windows 8 (x64) English DVD ISO (File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso) both contain Windows 8 (basic) and Pro and are determined by the Product Key entered during install. We are talking about Retail versions, correct?

Has something changed with Windows 8 or will there also be OEM x86 and OEM x64 ISOs eventually? I am asking because I am wondering about buying a Windows 8 laptop and will be wanting to find OEM ISOs in case I need to reinstall and use my OEM Product Key.

OEM will be called system builder version I believe.

No Windows 8 Pro for users of Technet Standard.

Technet Standard is supposed to provide all versions except enterprise and Windows 8 Pro is not not not Windows 8 Enterprise.

Microsoft, I'm ****ed.

cwm said,
No Windows 8 Pro for users of Technet Standard.

Technet Standard is supposed to provide all versions except enterprise and Windows 8 Pro is not not not Windows 8 Enterprise.

Microsoft, I'm ****ed.

Try reading the comments before making yourself look silly.

The download marked as just "Windows 8" is an "all in one" ISO and installs the version corresponding to your product key. If you check the product keys section, you'll see you have Windows 8 Pro keys available.

Just in case you don't realize this, it is my understanding that the following "standard" Windows 8 ISOs contain the Pro version, which is why the "details" sections say...

"This file contains multiple products. Please refer to your product keys to determine which products are included with your subscription."

So, for example, the following English ISOs can install the basic version or Pro version depending on the Product Key used...

Windows 8 (x86) - DVD (English)
Release Date: 8/15/2012
File Name: en_windows_8_x86_dvd_915417.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 22D680EC53336BEE8A5B276A972CEBA104787F62

Windows 8 (x64) - DVD (English)
Release Date: 8/15/2012
File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

TCLN Ryster said,

Try reading the comments before making yourself look silly.

The download marked as just "Windows 8" is an "all in one" ISO and installs the version corresponding to your product key. If you check the product keys section, you'll see you have Windows 8 Pro keys available.

Thanks for your help and that is nice to know. It makes me feel a whole lot better.

I'm still curious why they would make it that difficult to understand? I guess it is easier to have the all in one package for them and for most of us too, if you just understand how it works.

Thanks again for helping and explaining.

Someone clearly tripped over the plug for us poor dreamspark premium users, think Ill wait to see if its there tomorrow

wtf, MSDN is telling me "This product is not available at your subscription level" its telling me the same thing for Visual Studio 2012... Last time I checked MSDN Pro gave you latest OS's and VS releases

Having the RTM available to me is useless without the RSAT tools. I thought they might release them today also. Can't do an upgrade without it.

Greg Zygadlo said,
Having the RTM available to me is useless without the RSAT tools. I thought they might release them today also. Can't do an upgrade without it.

Can't you just remote desktop to your servers as a short term measure until the RSAT is available?

Greg Zygadlo said,
Having the RTM available to me is useless without the RSAT tools. I thought they might release them today also. Can't do an upgrade without it.

I read on an MSDN blog somewhere that they don't expect RSAT until September.

TCLN Ryster said,
Well looks like you can activate the leaked version with the keys from technet. I just did

You need to use command line though, at least I did. Run a command line as administrator, then use commands....

slmgr.vbs -ipk YOUR-KEY-FROM-TECHNET
followed by
slmgr.vbs -ato

Proof: http://www.tcln.com/images/misc/win8activated.png

Thank you. I was looking for that. It activated my Enterprise version as well.

Just activated leaked Pro edition. The Pro key is under "Windows 8 (x64) - DVD (English)", you will find both basic and Pro there.

thank you so much. i was wondering why the only Pro version listed was the VL. i guess the regular iso has both vanilla and pro in it.

Edited by thebasa, Aug 15 2012, 6:33pm :

thebasa said,
thank you so much. i was wondering why the only Pro version listed was the VL. i guess the regular iso has both vanilla and pro in it.

No problem mate, I gave up looking for Pro and went to basic, and there it was

Here's what I know so far:

Technet Pro subscribers have access to both Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 / Pro. The "Windows 8" DVD download contains both 8 and 8 Pro, but the 3 keys you get only activate Pro. The Enterprise key is a single MAK. Not sure how many activations you get with it.

Server 2012 is not yet available for download. The Technet rep I spoke to had no idea when it would be available.

digitalfreak said,
Here's what I know so far:

Technet Pro subscribers have access to both Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8 / Pro. The "Windows 8" DVD download contains both 8 and 8 Pro, but the 3 keys you get only activate Pro. The Enterprise key is a single MAK. Not sure how many activations you get with it.

Server 2012 is not yet available for download. The Technet rep I spoke to had no idea when it would be available.

Thanks for clearing this up. I am downloading W8 x64 and the Key does indeed say Pro for me.

digitalfreak said,
Here's what I know so far:

The Enterprise key is a single MAK. Not sure how many activations you get with it.

At the moment none. I have the Enterprise key and the software, but I don't need to enter it at installation and it won't activate. I think that server isn't up yet.

Just started downloading x64 Enterprise even though my subscription says I can't. I still say they mixed up Enterprise and Pro. Pro should not have VL in it's name while Enterprise should. I'm hoping Enterprise is really Pro. D/L'ing around 3000KB/sec on average. Should be done in about 10 minutes I estimate.

streetw0lf said,
Just started downloading x64 Enterprise even though my subscription says I can't. I still say they mixed up Enterprise and Pro. Pro should not have VL in it's name while Enterprise should. I'm hoping Enterprise is really Pro. D/L'ing around 3000KB/sec on average. Should be done in about 10 minutes I estimate.

No. Enterprise is Enterprise. If you're after Pro, you need the one just called "Windows 8".

streetw0lf said,
Just started downloading x64 Enterprise even though my subscription says I can't. I still say they mixed up Enterprise and Pro. Pro should not have VL in it's name while Enterprise should. I'm hoping Enterprise is really Pro. D/L'ing around 3000KB/sec on average. Should be done in about 10 minutes I estimate.

pro vl is there because some of us who are admins have technet pro VL subscriptions. We have access to volume license software on technet with retail . Thats why thats there. I can install VL version an activate it when my keys are available tomorrow.

Youngy said,
Logged in fine now, downloading the x86/x64 ISO's both c2.5MB/sec eta 25mins

Yeah, saw that on mine a few times earlier. You just have to keep trying. Strangely enough, I had more luck using Palemoon browser to get the downloads than with IE10!

Just so you know, if you do not have a technet subscription and you still wish to try the RTM build. Microsoft are offering a 90 day evaluation copy.

Took around 15-20 minutes, but only thing I got to work on download is Win8 64bit "N". No key though, still errors out. I don't use media player anyway, so no worries about that. In the USA, West Virginia.

Yay! Just got my Keys for Win8! Keys for x64 and x64 N are the same. Finally got x64 and x64 N both downloading, and x86 downloading.

MSDN and Technet slowing to a crawl shows that the WIN8 haters are just the minorities, and the majority of people like WIN8

spy beef said,
MSDN and Technet slowing to a crawl shows that the WIN8 haters are just the minorities, and the majority of people like WIN8

no, that just means dev's want to get ahold of it to try and test against it... pretty much any product release on MSDN / technet has this same issue when its a big product..

I've had MSDN slow to a crawl when embedded products are put up.. doesn't mean anything, because how many people use embedded in a normal day? people just download to get it or to try it / test against it... there are a LOT of software devs out there that need to ensure compatability

spy beef said,
MSDN and Technet slowing to a crawl shows that the WIN8 haters are just the minorities, and the majority of people like WIN8

Just because people are downloading it, doesn't mean they like it. I for one do not like it, yet I am downloading it as requirements need to be met.

spy beef said,
MSDN and Technet slowing to a crawl shows that the WIN8 haters are just the minorities, and the majority of people like WIN8

Or that MSDN is having capacity issues.

This is really not a sign of how popular it is to the general public, because those won't even have Technet subscriptions.. It is a sign of how eager early adopters are to check it out though. We'll see later this year how popular it really is.

neufuse said,
MSDN is erroring like crazy for me with "unknown error" and a code that keeps changing...

Yeah that's what I kept getting when I tried to download it about 20 minutes after it was released. Tried for about 20 minutes and just gave up!

was fine when they added Windows 7 to Technet, obviously had extra bandwidth then and not expecting many people to want to download Windows 8 hence why they haven't allocated enough resources

unisoft said,
was fine when they added Windows 7 to Technet, obviously had extra bandwidth then and not expecting many people to want to download Windows 8 hence why they haven't allocated enough resources

With Windows 7 launch there also was a problem getting keys.

sjaak327 said,

With Windows 7 launch there also was a problem getting keys.

May have been, mine was said in jest. I did get my Windows 7 straight away with no probs though but may have had probs after that.

unisoft said,

May have been, mine was said in jest. I did get my Windows 7 straight away with no probs though but may have had probs after that.

Yeah, at least I was able to claim a Windows 8 Pro key, starting all the downloads I needed, execpt for the server bits, they are not yet up, as the only server 2012 I could find is the release preview.

Downloading both x32 and x64 Pro VLK at about 3MB/sec. each. Can't get the keys to show though, which kind of puts a damper on installation though....

Donwloading is no problem, x64 Win 8 is flying at around 2 mb/s, but the site is taking a serious hammering, it took me several tries to get this one download going, trying to get win 8 x86, VS2012 is not possible at the moment, server bits don't seem to be there yet.

I got a feeling that they goofed up on Technet. Seems to me that Enterprise is really Pro and Pro VL is really Enterprise. I say this because my retail subscription let's me download Enterprise but not Pro VL. It should really be the opposite. I should be able to d/l Pro but not Enterprise.

streetw0lf said,
I got a feeling that they goofed up on Technet. Seems to me that Enterprise is really Pro and Pro VL is really Enterprise. I say this because my retail subscription let's me download Enterprise but not Pro VL. It should really be the opposite. I should be able to d/l Pro but not Enterprise.

It's your comment that is "goofed" lol. The one just called "Windows 8" is an "all in one" ISO that installs the version appropriate to your product key. You can't get the VL versions with a Standard Technet subscription.

nhjay said,
My download is finally working after 20+ tries, a whopping 400ish KB/s

My download is fine, it's just the keys I'm having trouble getting.

1,880 KB/s - 2.1 GB of 3.3GB, 10 mins left.

TCLN Ryster said,

My download is fine, it's just the keys I'm having trouble getting.

1,880 KB/s - 2.1 GB of 3.3GB, 10 mins left.

Update: Key server appears to be ok now. Just got my 3 keys and stored them safe

Technet downloads are down. Errors out with "An unknown service exception occurred. ".
'Unknown', those are my favourite.

Squuiid said,
Technet downloads are down. Errors out with "An unknown service exception occurred. ".
'Unknown', those are my favourite.

When not even the software knows what's going on, you know it's bad.

Windows 8 (x64) - DVD (English)
ISO|English|Release Date: 8/15/2012|Details
File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

Windows 8 Enterprise (x64) - DVD (English)
ISO|English|Release Date: 8/15/2012|Details
File Name: en_windows_8_enterprise_x64_dvd_917522.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 4EADFE83E736621234C63E8465986F0AF6AA3C82

Windows 8 Pro VL (x64) - DVD (English)
ISO|English|Release Date: 8/15/2012|Details
File Name: en_windows_8_pro_vl_x64_dvd_917699.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 6DDEDEBE40AB59CB11823F62F475C43C4053FE60

Is Windows 8 Pro VL (x64) for Volume License Users? I don't see any other Pro and my subscription doesn't allow me to download the VL versions. Using TechNet.

streetw0lf said,
Is Windows 8 Pro VL (x64) for Volume License Users? I don't see any other Pro and my subscription doesn't allow me to download the VL versions. Using TechNet.

The Windows 8 iso contains both regular and pro, the edition depends on the key you enter.

streetw0lf said,
Is Windows 8 Pro VL (x64) for Volume License Users? I don't see any other Pro and my subscription doesn't allow me to download the VL versions. Using TechNet.

Try reading the comments posted before you. There is no specific Pro version. Just an "all in one" version called "Windows 8" that will install the edition appropriate to your product key.

TCLN Ryster said,

Try reading the comments posted before you. There is no specific Pro version. Just an "all in one" version called "Windows 8" that will install the edition appropriate to your product key.

Based on looking on MSDN and TechNet, it doesn't appear that there is a Windows 8 basic VL, just Windows 8 Pro VL. Is Microsoft not making a Windows 8 VL?

TheArgonaut said,
Awesome MS on the keys. ISOs downloading great but you can't install without a key. Bravo.

Interesting how they stopped offering a grace period as they did with Vista and 7. Most likely the rearm tricks or the sketchy computers/tablets people buy with a "30-day trial" of 7 led to them forcing a key on install as was the case in XP and older.

ASZ20 said,
If I reinstall will I lose all my stuff? I'm not talking about it moving to the windows.old folder.

I'm running the leaked RTM btw.

ASZ20 said,

I'm running the leaked RTM btw.

Don't know yet, doing it on my laptop now, had the keep personal files option, so I will be able to tell you in a few minutes. It's at 90% now.

VBCtv said,

Don't know yet, doing it on my laptop now, had the keep personal files option, so I will be able to tell you in a few minutes. It's at 90% now.

Thank you, I was thinking about doing the refresh thing.

someone needs to try downloading these msdn iso's then use the built-in activation to try and purchase a legit serial for £49.99. This didn't work on the leaked iso's, maybe they will on these msdn iso's.

And then to think Windows 8 wasn't popular... The site is unsuable at the moment, cannot download and cannot even claim or see any keys.

sjaak327 said,
And then to think Windows 8 wasn't popular... The site is unsuable at the moment, cannot download and cannot even claim or see any keys.

Just because we don't like Windows 8 doesn't mean we're not going to download and install our copy of it.

Chugworth said,

Just because we don't like Windows 8 doesn't mean we're not going to download and install our copy of it.

Strange, if I don't like an operating system, the last thing I would do is download and install it.

sjaak327 said,

Strange, if I don't like an operating system, the last thing I would do is download and install it.


Well it's either that or run outdated software.

Chugworth said,

Well it's either that or run outdated software.

lol wow! you have got to love the logic here! that is just like saying, "I hate that car, but I am going to pay $30,000 and drive it anyway!"

Chugworth said,

Well it's either that or run outdated software.

Windows 7 is supported until 2020, hardly outdated, hell even XP is still supported.

winlonghorn said,

lol wow! you have got to love the logic here! that is just like saying, "I hate that car, but I am going to pay $30,000 and drive it anyway!"


and your logic is better? comparing a $40-70 OS to a $30,000 car? nice.

winlonghorn said,

lol wow! you have got to love the logic here! that is just like saying, "I hate that car, but I am going to pay $30,000 and drive it anyway!"


But I'm not buying the "car" because I subscribe to a service that gives me an unlimited evaluation of the latest "cars". I might hate how the car looks, but hey, it does have some nice new features so I might as well drive it.

Chugworth said,

But I'm not buying the "car" because I subscribe to a service that gives me an unlimited evaluation of the latest "cars". I might hate how the car looks, but hey, it does have some nice new features so I might as well drive it.

Ok, fair enough. Point taken!

VBCtv said,
Keys dont work with leaked ISOs... It keeps saying product key invalid...

Can someone confirm if they work on the actual one you download from technet?

VBCtv said,
Keys dont work with leaked ISOs... It keeps saying product key invalid...

Just activated my two installations of Windows 8 Pro I downloaded from piratebay with my MSDN keys.

Mr. Dee said,

Just activated my two installations of Windows 8 Pro I downloaded from piratebay with my MSDN keys.

kinda funny you could still be taken to court for piracy lol

sava700 said,
technet is a waste of money now - they restrict too much in the way of key usage IMO

Wow, how cheap are you?!?!

Technet gives you pretty much ALL of Microsoft's software to evaluate for free for a whole year for $149 ($199 for the first year).

Pygmy_Hippo said,
Just finished downloading - key server is getting hammered, so hopefully it will give 30 days grace like Windows 7 did

You need to have a key to install

I managed to get the download on MSDN after wading through the website errors and clicking the download button a dozen times. Now I'm getting errors on the license claim. But it's progress

Taoism said,
is the key server down or is it just me?

I think so, i'm running the leaked version and trying to use the keys but it's not working.

Elmer.Fernandes said,
Can anyone see it on DreamSpark Premium yet ??

I can't, and the sites been slow all morning, so it will probably be a while

jshimmy3 said,

I can't, and the sites been slow all morning, so it will probably be a while

Same here, I hope its added later today at least or I'll be proper ****ed

Enjoy your new half assed OS ... !

Actually, I'm kidding ... I don't even own a PC anymore but I'd be very interested on people's thoughts on Windows 8 RTM. I did enjoy some aspects of the Preview.

Chicane-UK said,
MSDN is unusable. Every time I click a link I'm just getting some error code.. clearly not coping well with the demand!

It doesn't make sense to build servers that handle the highest amount of traffic possible, which for OS releases would only be once every 3 years.

dagamer34 said,

It doesn't make sense to build servers that handle the highest amount of traffic possible, which for OS releases would only be once every 3 years.

I never said that it would

But I did think MS used people like Akamai for things like this? They used to for highly anticipated preview releases which always get hammered for a few days..

Can now see the download but errors out on viewing key or downloading.

Would love to see the hammering the servers are getting at the moment.

ir0nw0lf said,
Getting massive errors on site trying to do literally anything. So much for stability lol.

Windows 8 or the site? My Windows 8 RTM has been running perfectly since the RTM leak. I'm trying to log in to get my key to activate but Dreamspark Premium is so slow.

ir0nw0lf said,
Getting massive errors on site trying to do literally anything. So much for stability lol.

Well, thousands of people are trying to download the ISO image right now.

dagamer34 said,

Well, thousands of people are trying to download the ISO image right now.


As they do with every new OS release, yet Microsoft always seems to be caught off guard.

Elmer.Fernandes said,

Same here mate, some how it did load but can't see Windows 8 Pro, its just CP and RP


just logged in.. have to face the rest of the slowness now did you try to search?

Edit: No Windows 8 either

Johrie said,

just logged in.. have to face the rest of the slowness now did you try to search?

Tried the search, cannot find any products, aaarrrh!!!!!! have been waiting for it since last night

Elmer.Fernandes said,

Yep, had seen that blog post hence was waiting for the 15th.

I've got this DreamSpark premium a/c from University, so maybe college/university admins need to add it or something.

Same here.. Sure don't hope the Admins need to do that because they are on vacation..

rbanksy said,

You choose which edition on install, the ISO contains all versions.

I take it back, it asks for a retail key

Not seeing on TechNet yet. Dreamspark must have it though, because I'm having problems even get the login page to load.

bdsams said,
Search "Windows 8" and it will come up, not on the landing page...yet

Excellent tip. Thanks. It's sitting right there.

If only I had TechNet/MSDN access or Microsoft hadn't changed Dreamspark for the worse, I would have been downloading Win 8 right now

(My Computer Science faculty doesn't have Dreamspark but two other parts of the University do have premium Dreamspark, everything was better when I could just request a free, 1-year Dreamspark serial number, but alas...)

w00t, ready to roll!

File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

File Name: en_windows_8_enterprise_x64_dvd_917522.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 4EADFE83E736621234C63E8465986F0AF6AA3C82

SHoTTa35 said,
w00t, ready to roll!

File Name: en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso
Languages: English
SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

which edition is this for? Is this the leaked iso's or did you just download it off msdn/technet?

torrentthief said,

which edition is this for? Is this the leaked iso's or did you just download it off msdn/technet?

That is what is posted on TechNet. Didn't download yet as i'm still at work but will do when I get home. Just thought I'd post them for people needing to compare to the "leaked" ones.

Just got my key for Windows 8 Pro in case there is an issue later on

Russell Green said,
Also on Dreamspark Premium today.

Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately for me, the DreamSpark website barely works right now, so I might have to hold off with the download until tomorrow.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Its on the website already?

Not for me. I'm not sure whether it has to be added by your administrator first.

Russell Green said,
Also on Dreamspark Premium today.

Aaah! My Dreamspark Premium is not loading! I think the servers might be getting hammered.

Russell Green said,
Also on Dreamspark Premium today.

Not up on my school/department's Dreamspark Premium site yet. Still on the previews and tons of debug builds.

Russell Green said,
Also on Dreamspark Premium today.

I was finally able to login and search for windows 8 on dreamspark premium, and all I get are the same release preview versions.

Russell Green said,
Also on Dreamspark Premium today.

I asked around today and nobody inside Microsoft UK was expecting it up on Dreamspark Premium for a few days at the least.

Russell Green said,
Also on Dreamspark Premium today.

Nope

Lee Stott, Microsoft UK

Hi thanks for the comments

Institution Admins can now get access to Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 from the DreamSpark Admin/MSDN subscriber portal.

This will allow them to start planning and preparing to install Windows 8 and Visual Studio on institutional labs over the summer vacation period in preparation for the next academic year.

In terms of general availability to students via dreamspark.com and ELMS DreamSpark Premium. This will be made available around 25th of August and no later than end of month.

Students who are NOT presently at a institution or simply on summer vacation can download and install a 90 day evaluation version from http://dev.windows.com

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_fac...server-2012-milestones.aspx

92GTA said,
What about Server 2012 in all flavors? I don't have access, just curious...

From what I can see on the Download list, it's only the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012 that's available. The final version of both Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 are available to me now but not Windows Server.