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Windows 8 RTM vs Retail Boxed DVD

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    Windows 8 RTM vs Retail Boxed DVD


    Hi, I think the title says it all. Is there any difference between the RTM versions of Windows 8 (also available on MSDN / Technet) and the retail Boxed DVD version in terms of features or are they exactly the same (bit to bit)?

    Thanks

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    Eh, I'm willing to bet they're the same.

    Of course dell or hp like to throw in their kinks with every computer they sell, but otherwise the os shouldn't be much different.

    Is that what you are asking?

    By kinks I mean (for instance) dell has a rocket dock (similar to that of a Mac OS computer) that comes when you buy a dell pc... Besides those minor changes they are, I'm sure, the same.
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    Has anyone compared the version / build number of an RTM Windows 8 with that of the boxed DVD version? I think that would tell us if either one is the latest, right?
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    You'll most likely get the latest build if you download...

    The DVD version might be a few updates off.

    Build 9200 is the latest if I'm correct.

    The DVDs won't be any older than that I don't think.
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    Windows 8.1


    Technically the online version of Windows 8 is not the RTM version.

    Or RTM refers to both versions, idk.
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    MSDN versions which are floating about are install.wim.

    The upgrade download version is install.esd.

    No idea what the retail boxed version is.

    You are much better getting hold of the install.wim version, if you can.
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    I agree with SIW, it should have all the latest updates already in it, will save you time by not making you spare start your pc ever perky time it finds a new update.
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    Restart* not spare...

    I'm writing this all of my iPad....m
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    If I am not mistaken when you buy the retail you get 64 and 32 bit DVDs in the box.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by werty12345 View Post
    Hi, I think the title says it all. Is there any difference between the RTM versions of Windows 8 (also available on MSDN / Technet) and the retail Boxed DVD version in terms of features or are they exactly the same (bit to bit)?

    Thanks
    Almost never is RTM different from retail. Only an incredibly rare major goof would be fixed between RTM and retail. I am using a Technet download now. We"ll actually I am on my MacBook Pro right now.
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