Windows 8.1 build 9374 labeled as 'Pro Preview'

A few days ago, we reported that build 9364 of Windows 8.1, also known as Windows Blue, was being passed around on private torrent trackers. Now it appears that an even more recent, but still early build of Windows 8.1, has found their way to the Internet.

While screenshots of the build, which has the version number 9374, started popping up on the Internet a few days ago, a new post on the WinForum.eu message boards claims that the build's system32 contents and the boot.wim have now been leaked, which would appear to confirm that the screenshots are in fact real.

Even though though build has not been fully released, unlike the leaked Windows Blue build 9364 that got released to the Internet a few weeks ago, the screenshot shows it has been labeled as "Windows 8.1 Pro Preview". This could show evidence that Microsoft is in fact planning to launch a free preview version of Windows 8.1 before the final commercial launch sometime later this year.

Microsoft is expected to reveal much more information on Windows 8.1 at the June's BUILD conference in San Fransisco. The public preview of Windows 8.1 will almost certainly be made available around that time.

Source: WinForum.eu | Image via WinForum.eu
Via: WinBeta.org

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I appreciate not everybody will agree with this comment, but I'll venture it for consideration anyway:

I question whether the designation "Pro" is still appropriate, given the increasing marginalisation of the desktop (no boot to desktop, all metro/"modern" apps are fullscreen-only, no you-know-what, etc.). There's no indication that the trend to oust the desktop is changing, rather the reverse.

While MS may be seeking to embrace the phone/phablet/tablet market which is growing fast as many are buying these devices to complement their desktop system, for many of us Win8 is simply less productive for real work when using a large monitor. "Pro" seems to me to suggest a business specialisation. Many may be happy to use 8 in that setting, but I'm not.

Screen is fake!
but build 9374 is real & assembled March 30.

6.3.9369.fbl_partner_out15.130325-0737
6.3.9374.fbl_partner_out15.130330-1746

Izlude said,
I take it no new visual/theme change etc. this time around. Till next time everybody, do the Mario!

Sorry to disappoint, but I really wouldn't expect a serious visual change in any build of Windows 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 or even 9. This, whether you like it or not, is the look and feel that Microsoft has settled on for now.

By the way, those waiting for more new features may be disappointed too. At this stage in development, Microsoft products don't often add anything much new. I think we can expect the leaked features to be refined and finished, but anything else should be thought of as a nice bonus...

Timble said,

Sorry to disappoint, but I really wouldn't expect a serious visual change in any build of Windows 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 or even 9. This, whether you like it or not, is the look and feel that Microsoft has settled on for now.

By the way, those waiting for more new features may be disappointed too. At this stage in development, Microsoft products don't often add anything much new. I think we can expect the leaked features to be refined and finished, but anything else should be thought of as a nice bonus...

What? Uhm, if I'm not wrong, they stop adding features if the beta arrives. We are still on milestone 1.

Beside, even that is for sure, the Desktop was updated after the RC.

Studio384 said,
What? Uhm, if I'm not wrong, they stop adding features if the beta arrives. We are still on milestone 1.

Beside, even that is for sure, the Desktop was updated after the RC.

The feature set is already set into stone. The question is if they've implemented it yet, as we saw with the leaked build, there were things hidden and not working (strangely, people griped and moaned about them), but expect to see those completed by the preview build. But pretty much what we seen so far is it.

Apparently so. They're turning their on premises software into a service. Basically that will allow for quicker updates, something their Office 356 customers are already taking advantage of.

Wow. You like Windows 8, and now you're a Win 8 apologist. So, if you hate Microsoft (or still call them Micro$oft), you're cool again?

My opinion is different, so I must suck. I like Win8. I wouldn't mind OS2/Warp, though!

Windows Nashville said,

Except for the Win 8 apologists who have (and will continue) to reply to his post.

Well typically I spend my computer time using Windows 8 and finding it an enjoyable experience. I sometimes wonder how those who dislike it get any work done (assuming they have jobs to begin with) considering they spend all their time complaining about it on the internet.

deadonthefloor said,

Stay classy.
I'm sure we can get you a copy of OS2/Warp

What a horrible comparison, I'll let you figure out why.

And still haven't fixed anything that consumers and business users are clamoring for before they choose to purchase or "upgrade"...

More leaks and yet not a single evidence of a real Notification Center...
My hopes for a Notification Center in Windows 8.1 are slowly dying... Hope dies last thought...

Everything else so far looks great, nice upgrade moving forward from Windows 8.

nMIK-3 said,
More leaks and yet not a single evidence of a real Notification Center...
My hopes for a Notification Center in Windows 8.1 are slowly dying... Hope dies last thought...

Everything else so far looks great, nice upgrade moving forward from Windows 8.

Like Windows Phone, why do you need a notification center? All apps should handle their own notifications.

mnl1121 said,

Like Windows Phone, why do you need a notification center? All apps should handle their own notifications.


True, but when in desktop mode on my pc, it happens, sometimes, that I miss some of the notifications. I am usually working via desktop on my pc and rarely would open the start menu hence I could easily miss one or more alerts. A notification centre would be great for us desktop dwellers, or at least, have the Action Centre popup a notification that we have notifications pending.

Lets just not start discussing how useful or not is the notification center.
Plus Notification Center is the most requested feature on Windows Phone.

@xendrome yeap this is why I used the word evidence . The final code or at least the beta, which is usually where the final shape is set is still far away.

georgevella said,

True, but when in desktop mode on my pc, it happens, sometimes, that I miss some of the notifications. I am usually working via desktop on my pc and rarely would open the start menu hence I could easily miss one or more alerts. A notification centre would be great for us desktop dwellers, or at least, have the Action Centre popup a notification that we have notifications pending.

Then set your toasts to display on screen longer. You can do that in the Metro CP. Mine display for 5 minutes.

Dot Matrix said,

Then set your toasts to display on screen longer. You can do that in the Metro CP. Mine display for 5 minutes.


Perfect! Wonder why MS put that option under "Ease of Access" instead of "Notifications". But whatever, it works, thanks!

It would be nice to try out the features through legitimate channels. There's nothing that particular excites me but there seems to be some worthwhile improvements.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It would be nice to try out the features through legitimate channels. There's nothing that particular excites me but there seems to be some worthwhile improvements.

Just use a VM.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It would be nice to try out the features through legitimate channels. There's nothing that particular excites me but there seems to be some worthwhile improvements.

Where is the fun in using legitimate channels! Private trackers are where its at

ingramator said,

Where is the fun in using legitimate channels! Private trackers are where its at

Legitimate channels mean you can actually log into your Microsoft account while you're using it without getting a well-deserved smack upside the head from Microsoft for pirating NDA'd code.

Also, not everyone is so totally ego-driven that they think illegal torrenting is perfectly acceptable behavior.

Joshie said,

Legitimate channels mean you can actually log into your Microsoft account while you're using it without getting a well-deserved smack upside the head from Microsoft for pirating NDA'd code.

Also, not everyone is so totally ego-driven that they think illegal torrenting is perfectly acceptable behavior.

No commercial losses, and free publicity. I don't really think leaked builds harm that much. Especially given that Apple and Google are unlikely to want to copy anything that makes it's way into Windows at the moment.

Javik said,

No commercial losses, and free publicity. I don't really think leaked builds harm that much. Especially given that Apple and Google are unlikely to want to copy anything that makes it's way into Windows at the moment.

Care to quantify any of that with actual evidence or are you just subscribing to factoids that support an opinion you already had.

Also, just FWIW, it's still a business's prerogative to manage their product.

Would be nice to be able to download it legitimatly. Install it. Login to your MS account. Turn on a tracking feature for MS to see where errors happen. And at the end you get a little discount for the next OS.

ShareShiz said,
Would be nice to be able to download it legitimatly. Install it. Login to your MS account. Turn on a tracking feature for MS to see where errors happen. And at the end you get a little discount for the next OS.

Yeah, I remember the 90s, too. When you could apply to be an external beta tester for the Windows 9x family, testers were rewarded with complimentary copies of the OS at RTM. The wing of Microsoft that managed that program was shut down over a decade ago.

Joshie said,

Yeah, I remember the 90s, too. When you could apply to be an external beta tester for the Windows 9x family, testers were rewarded with complimentary copies of the OS at RTM. The wing of Microsoft that managed that program was shut down over a decade ago.


Actually it was the "Dynamic duo", Ballmer and Sinofsky, that killed the Beta program after W7. Hearing constructive criticism from devoted testers spending innumerous hours testing builds did not fit with an overdeveloped ego. Better rely on telemetry and cherry picked"focus groups" /s

Chances are that each SKU will be '-Preview'.

i.e. Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows 8.1 Pro Preview, Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview etc.