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Is the leaked RTM version REALLY RTM - I have my doubts

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Is the leaked RTM version REALLY RTM - I have my doubts


    Hi there
    This Leaked version IMO won't be the FINAL version -- I can't imagine the FINAL version having Windows Enterprise N Build 9200 embossed on the desktop screen when the final is released -- so this is probably a "Pre-build". I really can't imagine the Retail / Corporate versions of W8 being watermarked.

    Sorry to disappoint everyone but this can't be the one that Ms will officially release --even though the differences might be microscopic.

    Just to re-iterate --It DOES NOT prompt for a product key at any point of the install process -- you get a decent quick little tutorial on Navigation while it's finalizing your devices - and the hardware detection is pretty good.

    Installed via Bootable USB. -- See Shawn's excellent tutorial on creating a bootable usb from the ISO -- I used the Manual version as per Win 7 Forums rather than download the USB tool which doesn't always work. The Manual version works 100% of the time.

    Installed on a small netbook (tried that as I don't use the netbook much any more) - I was going to do it on a VM but as I have a spare computer why not.

    Installed in less than 12 mins - and that's on a small Netbook. Hardware detection also better than W7 or W8 RP too.

    Other than that it doesn't have any expiration date as far as I can see -- and I'm not sure how many days you have before it needs to be activated.

    Add a W7 theme or two -- can't see what all the "Uglification fuss" is about --Looks fine to me. You can also change the desktop images too if you don't like them --they are only jpegs.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 05 Aug 2012 at 04:59.

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    Well. With me it was curiosity. Couldn't wait until 15th, lol. But, as it was a preliminary download, I didn't see much point in making an ISO from it. I just un-rared and ran setup from the folder.
    As I said before, though, I agree - there are two many anomalies here for this to be the final RTM.
    Expiry? I don't know, but do OEMs to manufacturers have expiry dates?
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I needed something to boot with on the netbook as I didn't have an OS installed on it - so my source was an iso which I made a bootable usb stick out of and the netbook doesn't have any DVD's

    I'll try Office 2013 again on it -- I won't have it on my main computer as it's too hideously White - but like you say curiosity.

    I won't install too much on this version as I don't think it will last very long.

    BTW if you DO see a leaked version of W8 PRO I'd be a bit more wary as W8 PRO would be a RETAIL product (W8 Enterprise isn't) and as such will certainly want a product key at INSTALL time --and if you don't have one then --Tough !!! wasted download. !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi thereThis Leaked version IMO won't be the FINAL version -- I can't imagine the FINAL version having Windows Enterprise N Build 9200 embossed on the desktop screen when the final is released -- so this is probably a "Pre-build". I really can't imagine the Retail / Corporate versions of W8 being watermarked.Sorry to disappoint everyone but this can't be the one that Ms will officially release --even though the differences might be microscopic.Cheers jimbo
    Lol Windows 8 was signed off and the Leak is indeed the Final RTM Version. The watermark is there because the OS isn"t Activated !!!
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    You obviously have some first hand info on that?
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    Norway
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Windows 8 Enterprise N x64


    It's the real RTM, the watermark is because it is not activated.

    Pro leaked a few hours ago and there are a "Demo" key out that can be used to install it
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Huh, I have suspicions too, but I'll download the latest leak and see. I agree, it doesn't strike me as a finished RTM build. Not only the watermark, but there are a couple of new sounds that don't have an entry in the sound scheme settings. Odd, why make new sounds if they can't be used? Also the fact that the Aero iconography is still there on the Desktop, maybe to pacify the changes? I don't get it. I must had taken it too literal when Microsoft said Office 2013 was built for 8, I assumed that the new icon set in the suite will be reflected in the final build of Windows 8, along with the window control buttons, a red rectangle isn't what I had in mind. And, there's also the fact that Areo was taken off the windows and just made solid. I'd had though it would had turned into a colored few pixels around the window with a colored bar on the bottom of the window, for Explorer.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    What aero iconography are you referring to?
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    It seems totally legit to me. They said Aero would be gone - it's gone. I don't know what you're talking about with the iconography.

    That said, I've removed it from my system - I learned what I needed to learn, and will now wait until October 26th... and make my decision then. In the meantime, I really like my Windows 7, with a nice touch of Aero and Glass. Not too much, just a touch :-)
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    Downloading of these leaked copies is just ridiculous. Seriously, you guys cannot wait a couple of weeks for the real deal?
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