Windows 8.1 build 9385 images have leaked

Screenshots of Windows 8.1 build 9385 surfaced on the internet today, hinting at the possibility of the build leaking itself in the coming days. As well as the desktop image, a screenshot of what appears to be a user downloading the ISO has also emerged.

Builds of Windows 8.1 (codenamed "Blue") have become common in recent weeks. In the previous few weeks, builds of Windows 8.1 have leaked in intervals of five: 9364, 9369, 9374. Build 9385 breaks that trend, although if it is similar to the previous leaks will likely include numerous bug fixes and further control panel options.

Given that news the Start button would be returning in Windows 8.1 surfaced over a week ago, we may see evidence of this in code in build 9385, though the button doesn't appear in the leaked screenshots, indicating it's not yet enabled by default (and possibly not in the build at all).

PCBeta reports that the build was being distributed to Partners on the Microsoft Partner Network just a week ago. The build was compiled on April 15, although thus far it is unclear what exactly the build includes.

Source: PCBetaImages via Winbeta.org

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Windows 8 sucks.

They've increased the speed of the killing of Aero. They could leave Aero for people who have powerful computers and a SSD instead of a simplified example to make aero matte style for those with slower machines, and a hdd and everyone would be happy.
Already, many wrote that they could make separate windows for their tablets and PC, but they just do not care for classic PC and spat in his face.
Not only that, there is no start menu, so there are no Aero, no way to disable the Metro for those to whom it is not necessary. There is no way to disable hot corners.
They let apps running in full screen mode only and no more windowed like before.
So even if they return the Start menu (which is unlikely) they will not refund Aero and will not give an option to disable the hot corners. Yet another disadvantage of this sludge - is the lack of classic games by default, I have to go into the store and download theirs ****ing card. Which are also not run in desktop mode.
Windows 8 = Not improved, it's Windows 7 that is brutally chopped and damaged Windows OS for housewives and tablets. Therefore, the less people will install this ****, the more it comes to Microsoft that they screwed up 8.1. The fact that the weather will not make it for sure, but maybe something will change in 9.

As soon as I have an environment that does not want to centre itself around the modern app tablet interface then Im back and downloading the updates for my 3 copies of Windows 8 - until that time they get to sit in idle - much tried but unfortunately most irritating.

Boot to desktop - an actual powerful interface!

Until a truly NON touch-centric, i.e., Metro UI, becomes available as an option on installation, we'll be staying with Windows-7. As said many times before by others--Windows-7 for laptops and desktops, Windows-8 for tablets. Simple.

Actually our company is doing quite well in this tough economy. We have learned to not be on the "bleeding edge" or even the leading edge of technology; but instead, to rely on proven technology and methods. We have found a very nice "sweet spot" in achieving very low employee turn-over rates with unsophisticated users. Desktop computers with full-size keyboards is the logical form factor for our applications that require a lot of intensive data entry. Windows-8 on tablets is not a good fit. As for the Metro UI and the loss of the desktop, none of the applications we use are designed for that situation. So yes, we may be "behind the curve," but, being consistently profitable and providing good jobs in these bad times says a lot for our philosophy.

Off the top of my head: Smaller/larger tiles like windows phone 8, more options in the metro control panel, more colors for the start screen, revamped search, bug fixes and general improvements, the list goes on.

puma1 said,
How is this different than 8, I don't get it.

Metro Applications

New Alarms application.
New Calculator application
New Movie Moments application.
New Sound Recorder application.
New Search application.
New File Manager replaced Skydrive application.
References to Windows Defender application.
Updated Settings application.
Automatic updates.

User Interface

Bigger/Smaller tiles for start screen.
Slide up from start to view all apps screen.
Slide to Shutdown feature.
Color slider for theme.
Slideshow for lock screen.
Start screen sync.
New search animation.
Altered search panel.
Multiple snapped applications on wide screen.
Now apps can be snapped too on screen resolutions below 1366 x 768.
Half-Half option for metro applications.
Metro applications on multiple monitors.
Thinner borders for some desktop applications.
No transparent window on minimizing/closing.
Support for touchpad gestures without any additional driver.
Start screen group naming can be done without zooming out.
Switching apps now lets you decide to put on left or right snap.
Button shaped as an arrow on the bottom of start page to enter app list.
Search bar on the app list page.
New animation for opening apps.
Save on SkyDrive by default option.
New device depending start screen icons.
Access camera from lock screen by sliding down.
New Kiosk mode to lock an account to a specific application.

Internet Explorer

Synced tabs feature.
Download list feature on metro version.
Useragentstring added "like Gecko" which Firefox uses.
History wipe on desktop like the one in metro version.
References to WebGL support.
References to Spdy-protocol support.
Metro styled F12 Developer Tools

Kernel

Less ram usage.
References to 3G/4G tethering.
References to barcode scanning.
References to Spdy-protocol support.
Support for wireless displays (In Settings app)
Support for touchpad gestures (In Settings app)
ReFS enabled for client. Not only server anymore.
DirectPlay. New Windows Feature.
Storage Tiering in Storage Spaces
Support for UFS (Universal Flash Storage)
Support for NVMe (NVM Express)
Support for Miracast Display
Enterprise Sync Client: SkyDrive for Enterprise.
Hyper-V generations virtualization. (Click)

(Resilient File System) Key features of the new file system (ReFS)

Metadata integrity with checksums.
Integrity streams providing optional user data integrity.
Allocate on write transactional model for robust disk updates (also known as copy on write).
Large volume, file and directory sizes.
Storage pooling and virtualization makes file system creation and management easy.
Data striping for performance (bandwidth can be managed) and redundancy for fault tolerance.
Disk scrubbing for protection against latent disk errors
Resiliency to corruptions with "salvage" for maximum volume availability in all cases.
Shared storage pools across machines for additional failure tolerance and load balancing.

I actually like the new setup better with right clicking on the corner and having quicker access to those items. The start screen works well for me, too.

The only thing I liked better in the old start menu was the way search functioned. The new search is inefficient for me.

I'm tired of all these version number screenshots.... no one cares about that. If you're gonna post screenshots from a leak, show some useful screenshots, otherwise it's not newsworthy with every single tiny incremental version bump.

j2006 said,
I'm tired of all these version number screenshots.... no one cares about that. If you're gonna post screenshots from a leak, show some useful screenshots, otherwise it's not newsworthy with every single tiny incremental version bump.

that can require a lot of testing to find something new, it is better for someone to leak these screens then leak screens of changes if they find any later.

Looks like someone forgot to upgrade from ie8 although I have to admit I've always liked that particular download dialog for some reason.

lctb51 said,
I can't wait until the 8.1 update comes out with the start button! It will be buttonlutionary! I wonder how Microsoft is going to distribute this to Win 8 users?

That's the one I'm waiting for too. Won't be using Win 8 till the start button is back, and I'm not in to running a program just to bring it back.
Made absolutely no sense for it to be removed, and looks absolutely stupid not having the button there. Seems weird even that people would think it looks good with all that empty space where the button normally was. MS could have at least made your taskbar running programs use the whole space. If people think the empty space looks good, they need their eyes and brain checked, obviously idiots. You have to move your cursor down to that corner, wait for box to pop up, then click it. Would have made more sense to just have the button there to click, derrrrrrrrrrrrr.

LUTZIFER said,

...Won't be using Win 8 till the start button is back...
If you are seriously holding back on upgrading to an awesome OS, simply because a button is missing, when the FUNCTIONALITY is still there a few pixels over AND via the window key AND via the window charm, then that's really sad... lol

j2006 said,
If you are seriously holding back on upgrading to an awesome OS, simply because a button is missing, when the FUNCTIONALITY is still there a few pixels over AND via the window key AND via the window charm, then that's really sad... lol

And frankly, I use the start button in Win8 the same as i did in Win7 - throw the mouse to the bottom left corner. Click.

LUTZIFER said,

That's the one I'm waiting for too. Won't be using Win 8 till the start button is back, and I'm not in to running a program just to bring it back.
Made absolutely no sense for it to be removed, and looks absolutely stupid not having the button there. Seems weird even that people would think it looks good with all that empty space where the button normally was. MS could have at least made your taskbar running programs use the whole space. If people think the empty space looks good, they need their eyes and brain checked, obviously idiots. You have to move your cursor down to that corner, wait for box to pop up, then click it. Would have made more sense to just have the button there to click, derrrrrrrrrrrrr.

You do realize that it's just the little image that's coming back if anything comes back? The start screen is here to stay. You can still click in the bottom left corner and the start screen comes up. If you dislike the empty space on the left, how are you fine with the empty space on the right of the taskbar? And how sad is it that a few pixels of empty space bothers you so much. I prefer having no windows logo there, more room for the items on the taskbar. Allows there to be one more system tray icon without shrinking the space for the programs, or lets the programs be a little larger.

j2006 said,
If you are seriously holding back on upgrading to an awesome OS, simply because a button is missing, when the FUNCTIONALITY is still there a few pixels over AND via the window key AND via the window charm, then that's really sad... lol

people didnt bitch witht he to desktop icon was removed and put in a buttonless space to the right

nowimnothing said,

And frankly, I use the start button in Win8 the same as i did in Win7 - throw the mouse to the bottom left corner. Click.

I agree, adding a visual indication of the start menu is pointless... Just move your mouse to the bottom left of the screen and click... easy...

What I'd personally like to see built in, is a windowed start screen or menu... I really really hate all the full screen (metro) content. It's so counterproductive.

nowimnothing said,

And frankly, I use the start button in Win8 the same as i did in Win7 - throw the mouse to the bottom left corner. Click.

with mouse is indeed no difficult but try to hit the magic, hidden, spot with a pen.....

Fritzly said,

with mouse is indeed no difficult but try to hit the magic, hidden, spot with a pen.....

If you're only using a pen and not a mouse, then I'm guessing you have a tablet... which would mean that you've got a windows button on the shell that does the same thing. That's probably even easier than throwing the mouse.

What I'd personally like to see built in, is a windowed start screen or menu... I really really hate all the full screen (metro) content. It's so counterproductive.

I do agree on this.
on this point windows 7 is really much better.

nowimnothing said,

If you're only using a pen and not a mouse, then I'm guessing you have a tablet... which would mean that you've got a windows button on the shell that does the same thing. That's probably even easier than throwing the mouse.

I use a convertible PC Tablet, yes I do have a Windows button but the subject of the conversation was the easiness of hitting the spot with a mouse not a button. Besides I usually hold the device with one hand and write with the other therefore in order to use the button I should put the pen down. Personally I would welcome the return of the Start icon, as an option of course, and have MS pleasing everybody. The wider the options offered... the better; this is what made Windows popular.

yardmanflex said,
When Sinofsky was running the windows division this leaky faucet was not happening....

when sinofsky was running the windows division he allowed windows 8 to go rtm when it was unfinished and had little user bug testing.

torrentthief said,

when sinofsky was running the windows division he allowed windows 8 to go rtm when it was unfinished and had little user bug testing.

I tested the RTM and i found a lot of troubles. Then later, i am using the final version and is quite stable. RTM used to be equal to the final version but not for windows 8.

torrentthief said,

when sinofsky was running the windows division he allowed windows 8 to go rtm when it was unfinished and had little user bug testing.

LOL it had user testing for a whole YEAR before release. It had 3 different releases - developer, and two public releases after that. Millions of people downloaded these previews, more than ever before with any previous Windows beta's.

MS also developed more testing techniques and ran more tests than with any other version of Windows. Win 8 is a very solid reliable OS thats also snappier than Win 7, and uses less RAM too. MS even released a pretty significant Windows Update on the DAY of release, that was almost as large as a Service Pack.

They did all they possible could in the time they had.

Brony said,

I tested the RTM and i found a lot of troubles. Then later, i am using the final version and is quite stable. RTM used to be equal to the final version but not for windows 8.

Bullish...

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,

LOL it had user testing for a whole YEAR before release. It had 3 different releases - developer, and two public releases after that. Millions of people downloaded these previews, more than ever before with any previous Windows beta's.

MS also developed more testing techniques and ran more tests than with any other version of Windows. Win 8 is a very solid reliable OS thats also snappier than Win 7, and uses less RAM too. MS even released a pretty significant Windows Update on the DAY of release, that was almost as large as a Service Pack.

They did all they possible could in the time they had.

The Beta tester program was by invitation, obviously a public release would have been available to more people. Do not compare apples with oranges.

yardmanflex said,
When Sinofsky was running the windows division this leaky faucet was not happening....

The marketing strategy was indeed different.....

Fritzly said,

The Beta tester program was by invitation, obviously a public release would have been available to more people. Do not compare apples with oranges.

It was a public release. Anyone could grab any of the three previews starting a year before release! I have been running Windows 8 full time on my dev machine for 1.5 years now.

BannanaNinja said,

It was a public release. Anyone could grab any of the three previews starting a year before release! I have been running Windows 8 full time on my dev machine for 1.5 years now.

Same here. Beta program releases had bugs, that's what betas are (for)...

All the public releases, including RTM, were solid. Even the developer preview released in Sep 2011 was surprisingly so.

I suspect the real reason there was a service pack class update on the day of release was that Microsoft still felt a need to complete aspects of the product for it to be as ready as it could be, but they wanted to hit the ship date. Given that Windows machines are in a position to immediately update (very few Windows 8 machines won't be online) as never before they had the luxury to do that.