It's out in the wild on nearly every "Sensible" (if there is such a thing) Torrent site as well -- but I'll wait a week. TechNet will be a more reliable source too.
I notice this site (my alternative to the currently down *****OID site) shows some with as many as 1600 seeders too. It started appearing about 12 hours ago so we have to say this week looks likely for a real release or certainly with the next 14 days.
Not sure what these Torrent downloaders will do about activating the thing either
However if all these people are actually downloading it --perhaps there IS a demand for W8 after all --so we shall see. !!!
I doubt it. Jimbo. I think it is just over excitement combined with curiosity.
I'm with Davehc, I think a lot of people just want to see what Microsoft has done in the final release. They want to know what's been added or removed before they actually think about spending any money. I was contemplating spending the 40 bucks to run it on one of my PC's, but after reading some comments on the UI changes, I don't think I'm going to bother. From the sounds of things they just made it worse. I haven't downloaded the RTM leaked build yet. I don't have a Technet account, so it will be just a 30 day run for me. Assuming I can find a source I trust. I have no interest in running an OS with somebody else's Bonus Extras added to it. For now I'll just search out and look at some screen shoots.
actually some of the "better" and well moderated torrent sites are "relatively safe" in so far as anything is "Safe" on the Internet -- I doubt if these leaked versions yet contain nasties -- the checksums seem to match against the "Official ones" and you are just as likely to get a virus from visiting a dubious web site as downloading this type of torrent.
Once you start playing with Key gens and registry hacks that's another issue altogether.
It's also almost impossible to fake the checksums as well -- not impossible but if you COULD do this you'd probably be in a hugely well paid job in security / encryption or working on some "Black Op" for the CIA or similar organisation -- and these types of ops DO exist --they aren't figments of people's imagination either. The CIA probably has people actively working right now on how to cause huge Dos attacks on say computers in Iran or whatever country the US feels is threatening IT'S interests either rightly or wrongly. Disruption of electronic communications these days can be more damaging to a country in the long term than even a physical attack
When W7 was in "development" loads of people were downloading the latest builds for AGES before the RTM came about and from what I remember back on W7 Forum in those days very few if anybody got a "Doctored" copy of Windows.
I'm actually glad this stuff has been let loose into the wild since Ms might just as well release its OFFICIAL build on to TechNet and MDN without any more delay since there's nothing to wait for.
I might even be tempted to download the wretched thing while watching the start of the Olympic Athletics today.
I wasn't going to but seeing on the old "Pussies" (most of their stuff seems to have originated from *****OID !!!) torrent site download speeds of 2,000 kb/s and more with around 2,000 seeders it won't take long to download the thing anyway. - I can at least see what all the fuss is about too. You don't have to activate for 30 days -- anyway I'll install as a Virtual Machine so I won't break anything on my main computer.
In some ways it's a bit like "Try before you buy" software -- it gives a LOT of people a chance to have a look at it when they wouldn't otherwise get to see it.
I suspect it was actually leaked by the group within Ms itself who want to either push on with W7's delayed SP2 or those who want to keep the desktop and have nothing to do with Metro. We know there was a lot of infighting at Ms over the role of the desktop in W8. !! Don't you just love conspiracy theories --but I think this one has a better ring of truth to it than most.
Each build of win8 is worse than the previous one.
i have this rtm on my pc as we speak its the European enterprise version of windows eight and its very fast also there's alot more alert sounds
I have the leak installed and it fails to activate. The message it show is:
"Windows couldn't be activated
Error code 0x8007232B.
DNS name does not exist"