Windows 8.1 build 9374 has leaked

Windows 8.1 build 9374 has leaked which is the third copy of Windows 8.1 to make its way to the web, well ahead of Microsoft's expected release in June and closely following behind the leak of build 9369.

Links are currently available that are of the build 9374 of Windows 8.1 that will be released later this year. As with any leak, we highly caution you from installing the build on your primary machine as these builds are likely not stable and could corrupt any disk you install the files on. 

The previous builds to leak were 9369 and 9364, seeing as this is only a small incremental increase from the last leak, we don't expect to see many changes in this build. With that said, Microsoft could introduce a new feature with each new build so there may be small changes hidden within this copy of Windows 8.1

Microsoft is expected to release a preview build of the platform in late June as part of its upcoming BUILD conference with the RTM release coming sometime in the late summer season.

As standard practice for Neowin, we will not link to the locations that contain the leaked builds. 

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And it is perfectly compatible with older Windows software, such as Office - in my 9374 VM, I have it tag-teamed with Office 2013.

we highly caution you from installing the build on your primary machine as these builds are likely not stable and could corrupt any disk you install the files on.

Oh please, this is not 1998 and Windows 2000 Professional beta 2 with your poor little IBM Aptiva, 10 GB hard disk. We are in 2013, 8 to 32 GBs of RAM, Core i5 or i7 with vPro, VirtualBox, multiple displays. Running this in a VM is harmless and isolated.

Mikeffer said,

Hence the warning says, do not run on your primary machine.

Hence, it would still be running on a production machine in an isolated virtual environment.

Mr. Dee said,

Hence, it would still be running on a production machine in an isolated virtual environment.

Which is the point the initial story is making. Do not use as your production machine. Makes no mention of running it in a VM. Stop trying so hard to be difficult.

Mikeffer said,

Which is the point the initial story is making. Do not use as your production machine. Makes no mention of running it in a VM. Stop trying so hard to be difficult.

You must be European or Middle East. Its still running on the host machine, but virtually isolated. So in a technical sense, its still running on the machine, but isolated. The fact that its utilizing the resources of the host hardware and memory, would mean, its still running on the production machine.

"As with any leak, we highly caution you from installing the build on your primary machine as these builds are likely not stable and could corrupt any disk you install the files on."
How about we rename you Mr. Pee...for Pedantic.

Mr. Dee said,

You must be European or Middle East. Its still running on the host machine, but virtually isolated. So in a technical sense, its still running on the machine, but isolated. The fact that its utilizing the resources of the host hardware and memory, would mean, its still running on the production machine.

What does being European have to do with it. You're being pedantic for the sake of it and knowing no one agrees with you, you're trying the insult card. Don;t even bother, i'm done replying to you now.

I made my post and you chose to reply to it, meaning, I was not necessarily asking for anyone to respond but you obviously did. The fact that you think I need persons to agree with me proves how self absorbed and attention obssessed you be in life.

I said European or Middle East because it seems English is not your first language. Its no different from Microsoft saying you are only entitled to 5 licenses per email address for Windows 8. When what it actually means is, you can only purchase 5 individual product keys per email address. The interpretation can be easily misunderstood and a lot of persons have.

Mr. Dee said,
I made my post and you chose to reply to it, meaning, I was not necessarily asking for anyone to respond but you obviously did. The fact that you think I need persons to agree with me proves how self absorbed and attention obssessed you be in life.

I said European or Middle East because it seems English is not your first language. Its no different from Microsoft saying you are only entitled to 5 licenses per email address for Windows 8. When what it actually means is, you can only purchase 5 individual product keys per email address. The interpretation can be easily misunderstood and a lot of persons have.

I'd suggest you go back to school, learn to read English then come back. Also, look up 'pedantic' in the dictionary, see that picture next to it? That's you that is.

Also, i am European and this is the bit where your "European or Middle East because it seems English is not your first language" argument really falls apart, i'm English! The people that invented the English language who are also European! Back to school for you now... toodle pip.

(on a side note, for Mr 'perfect English', it's not "You must be European or Middle East" it's "You must be European or Middle Eastern". Just saying

Hokgiarto Saliem said,
I wonder....
Every windows launch is ecosystem. It has new office, new windows server, new windows SDK, and so on.
Will this Windows 8.1 also has that?

Yes. Windows Blue is a wave of Windows products. including Windows 8.1

What is "in there" for those of us in office settings (read desktops and full-sized laptops) that Windows-7 does not already provide? Unless Microsoft makes a major change in their outlook, Windows-8 will end up just appealing to tablet users, i.e., toys. Maybe oversimplified, but basically true. Sorry, techno-wienies.

So untrue. New versions always do well. Regardless of what's "in there," new PCs come with the latest version of Windows, and there is no way it will not and is not just for "tablet users" (which are not toys). I use my tablet in a work environment constantly.

Except when new PCs aren't selling at all (like now) - desktop sales are, in fact, flat, laptop and notebook sales are also largely flat. Tablets, slates, and convertibles (along with AIOs) are either new categories or up. Upgrade sales of 8 are still exceeding those of 7; could it be that a lot of those upgrades are onto existing hardware?

Aero Minimize and Maximize has been improved. Now it does not have a fade effect (noting from 9369). That effect has a nice feeling

looks like there back to the way it was with windows 7, a "leak" every other day.... this is a good sign in my opinion...

I tried 9369 (in two VMs - one on VMware and one on Hyper-V; VirtualBox failed); I'll try this one on VB first. If it works, I'll do a three-way face-off. This leak (like all except 9369) is 32-bit.

So far it seems to have minor changes from 9369. I don't expect to see more things till we get closer to M2 which could be 9400.

why is it whenever we see a new or leaked Win 8.x beta the screenshot is always of the DESKTOP??

Certainly shows where you go to get info or do stuff (and its not metro )

btw - where is the start button?

shockz said,

CTRL + ESC

Doesn't work with additional keys e.g.: CTRL + ESC + D
Which renders that combination almost 100% useless...

briangw said,

also, bottom left corner of the screen or hot corner on the right.

That's not on the keyboard...

MFH said,

Doesn't work with additional keys e.g.: CTRL + ESC + D
Which renders that combination almost 100% useless...

What? You asked how to bring up the start screen on a retro keyboard that's probably older than most people posting on this site... not sure how that's exactly useless.