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Surprise! What you can expect from Windows 8 RTM

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    Surprise! What you can expect from Windows 8 RTM


    Surprise! What you can expect from Windows 8 RTM


    Summary: Microsoft has officially made the final release of Windows 8 available to subscribers of its MSDN and TechNet services. You'll find a handful of small surprises, one very large change from Windows 7, and a momentous name change.

    By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report
    August 15, 2012 -- 17:01 GMT (10:01 PDT)


    The slow march of Windows 8 to its wide-scale release on October 26 continues.


    On August 1, Microsoft released the final code to manufacturing. Today’s milestone is the first public availability of those RTM bits, to developers and IT pros who are subscribers to Microsoft’s MSDN and TechNet subscription services.



    There's a new build number, of course: 9200. (Trivia: Windows RTM build numbers in he modern era are always divisible by 16.) Its official version number is 6.2, making it part of the same evolutionary line as Windows 7 (6.1) and Windows Vista (6.0).


    If you’ve spent any time with the Release Preview, you’ll see only small changes in the RTM code. The biggest difference is that the free previews are over, and you’ll have to pay (or find a trial version) to evaluate Windows 8 from here on out.


    See also:





    I’ve had a very brief head start with the RTM bits, long enough to install them on a couple of test machines and share some first impressions. It’s still too early to offer up a final review, with two very large pieces of the ecosystem still missing: the “modern” (nee Metro) apps, as well as what will presumably be a large number of devices built specifically for Windows 8.


    I installed Windows 8 Pro on a pair of physical test machines and on one virtual machine, performing one clean install, one upgrade from Windows 7, and one upgrade from a Windows 8 preview. All three installations went quickly and without hiccups of any kind. (It's worth noting that upgrading from the Windows 8 Release Preview migrates files and settings but does not preserve installed apps.)


    One big change in setup: You can't install Windows 8 Pro without entering a product key. (That's how the previews worked as well.)
    see full two page report

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    I found this paragraph to be a bit concerning,

    If you've become accustomed to installing Windows 7 without entering a product key so that you can use it in evaluation mode for 30 days, you'll definitely miss that option. After installation, activation is automatic. If you use a product key that's already been used on another PC, you'll be unable to personalize some parts of the Windows 8 environment.
    Seems like this is going to really rack up the activation count and problems a frequent tester is going to experience who installs on lots of different machines and tests scenarios regularly.
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    I was not prompted for a key when I installed Enterprise, and interestingly I found no easy way to provide my TechNet key. There was no "Change Product Key" on the system properties page. Ultimately I opened an administrator command prompt and entered the key using the command slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx. Once I did that activation was automatic and pretty much immediate.

    I have not yet installed Pro.
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    @ TerryE When I ran 8 Pro RTM there were "Enter a new key to activate" and "Buy a new key to activate" options if you clicked the blue "View details in windows activation" link in the Windows Activation section of the system screen. That might not be the exact wording but there was a link to enter or change the Product code. Like a lot of things in Windows 8 you have to hunt around to find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    I was not prompted for a key when I installed Enterprise, and interestingly I found no easy way to provide my TechNet key. There was no "Change Product Key" on the system properties page. Ultimately I opened an administrator command prompt and entered the key using the command slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx. Once I did that activation was automatic and pretty much immediate.

    I have not yet installed Pro.
    The Developer release of the Enterprise is a 90 day trial release and will expire with no option to reinstall later The CP, RP, and RTM are all activation required builds that can see multiple installs on the same machine.

    With all the leaks of 7 MS decided to stiffen up the activation requirements which is understandable from their view point. This is why you are now seeing the key first required in order to install being additional product security being added in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    I was not prompted for a key when I installed Enterprise, and interestingly I found no easy way to provide my TechNet key. There was no "Change Product Key" on the system properties page. Ultimately I opened an administrator command prompt and entered the key using the command slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx. Once I did that activation was automatic and pretty much immediate.

    I have not yet installed Pro.
    I had the same issue and actually started a thread on this forum to discuss that very issue. Was strange that it installed a KMS key, but then didn't provide the "change product key" button for me to actually use the key that I got via MSDN.
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