Windows RT 8.1 RTM leaks to the web

Microsoft is no stranger to leaked builds of Windows 8.1, and this time it's Windows 8.1 RT which makes its unofficial appearance online.

Windows RT hasn't been available in an ISO image format before, but this time Russian technology group WZOR has managed to leak Windows 8.1 RT along with a large collection of Language Packs for Office 2013 RT and device drivers for Surface RT, complete with authenticity information. These are the untouched original ISO files from Microsoft, according to the group. The main image is 2.43GB and includes the updated Office 2013 RT with Outlook.

The build string for the RT version, 9600.16384.130821-1623,  is same as the regular x86/x64 versions.

Microsoft plans to officially release the update through the Windows Store on Oct. 17 and retail stores on Oct. 18.

Source: MDL Forums | Image via Microsoft

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Doesn't posting the link to the forum page where the leaks are listed with magnets ready for download violate Neowin policy?

LightEco said,
Doesn't posting the link to the forum page where the leaks are listed with magnets ready for download violate Neowin policy?

the link I posted leads to a single post within a topic at MDL. there is no direct link to pirated software. Otherwise the mere mention of MDL should be banned....

Installing now after extracting my product key, adding drivers into boot.wim (Index 1 and 2) and install.wim. Had to use a generic ARM key to get the installation going. I'll use my actual product key once it finishes installing then I'll activate.

p3rpl3x said,
Does the RT version of 8.1 support the Miracast standard? I read somewhere it needs WDDM v1.3

Still waiting on Nvidia to release an update to the graphics driver that is WDDM 1.3 compliant.

installed and looks great. Everything working fine. You can install from within RT using the setup on the USB drive. One important part is to get your key before you do this, otherwise you end up with 8.1 and you have no way to activate it (installation only works with default key). All explained at MDL
forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/47732-The-Windows-8-1-%28-amp-related%29-Repository/page43?p=804105&viewfull=1#post804105.

I dont have a Surface/Windows RT tablet, but the first question that pops up for me is how do you update? How do you format and install this?

Once you load the drivers into the windows images on the iso, and make a bootable USB drive, you turn off the Surface and press the volume key and the power button to turn the Surface on. It will then boot from the USB drive and the setup process seems identical to the x86 setup process.

WZOR has managed to leak Windows 8.1 RT along with a large collection of Language Packs for Office 2013 RT and device drivers for Surface RT

I'm impressed for all the wrong reasons...

Plain RT RTM ISO won't work on Surface without manually adding drivers to it!

I think I'll just wait a month for my Surface and do it officially. Much more hassle than installing on my x86 tablets and computers.

Enron said,
I don't think there's any malware out for RT yet, so no.

Okay, guess the RT isn't for me then. I need java for when I travel.

mastercoms said,

Maybe in the future. http://jdk8.java.net/download.html
You can see Linux ARM (the JDK, not JRE, so probably still no) in the downloads, so maybe Windows ARM in the future?

I hope so, my friend has the RT and I'm not going to lie, it would be alot more useful for work than my iPad Mini.

How is it promoting piracy? It's just a headline saying it's been leaked to the web. Now, if you go and look for it on your own, and pirate it, then the blame is on yourself...however, this isn't promoting piracy. The article simply is reporting that's it's out there....if it would've been piracy, there'd have been links to said leak, right? THINK before you hate.

RichardK said,
What is embarrassing is that this site considers this "News", and again, blatantly promoting piracy.

So what if they do. Not like piracy actually hurts anything, contrary to popular belief.

So RT can be updated through the desktop app like x86 Windows 8.1? Someone should provide screenshots of the install process. I have 8.1 RTM, but I am having serious issues with permissions and Public folder. I can seem to share it, even though I have set it to everyone and have Password Protected sharing turned on. Accessing from a Windows XP machine, simple file sharing has been disabled.

I kind of see why people are confused. Windows RT is just a letter away from RTM. Windows RT is using Windows 8's 8.1 release numbering, even though Windows RT isn't Windows 8.

After reading the the sentence, you are now aware that the the human brain often does not inform you that the the word 'the' has been repeated twice every time.

mastercoms said,

When I say publically available, I mean the ISO or installer.

That still doesn't make sense.

Windows 8.1 hasn't been released to the public. These are RTM ISOs for OEMs.

MidTxWRX said,

That still doesn't make sense.

Windows 8.1 hasn't been released to the public. These are RTM ISOs for OEMs.

I don't mean the general public, but non-OEMs. This has been leaked, so it is available for anyone interested. I am asking if this is the first leaked build of Windows RT.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Erm, I've been running this for over a week but well done on your up to the minute news there LULZ

Windows RT 8.1.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Erm, I've been running this for over a week but well done on your up to the minute news there LULZ

Weak reading comprehension pal

Two week old news but better late than never. (Edit: Aww man, that's embarrassing, long day watching too much football apparently (didn't see that it said RT).)

Edited by ozzy76, Sep 8 2013, 10:08pm :

The reason for WZOR to take so long to leak this edition is they wished to get the device drivers, otherwise if will simply brick you Surface, or whatever tablet winRT was on.

Still, there is a high chance of bricking(the tablet will not even start), so try at your own risks.