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All Three Windows 8 Preview Builds Expiring Soon

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All three preview builds of Windows 8 -- Developer, Consumer and Release -- will expire in less than a month.

Consumers and developers still running preview versions of Windows 8 will need to upgrade soon if they wish to keep using the blocky modern platform, as they're scheduled to expire next month. Those who insist in using the preview builds after the expiration date will see their computer rebooted every two hours, similar to the way Microsoft handles unactivated copies of other Windows releases.

The Windows 8 Developer Preview (build 8102) will officially expire on January 15, 2013. It was first introduced on September 13, 2011 during Microsoft's BUILD conference, and included SDKs and developer tools for creating apps specifically for the new Modern UI interface. Microsoft said it saw around 535,000 downloads of the preview build within the first 12 hours of availability.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (build 8250), set to expire January 15 2013 at 6:59 PM, was released on February 29, and revealed to the public that yes, Microsoft indeed ripped out the Start menu. Former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky even said that more than 100,00 changes had been made to the OS since it was introduced to developers months prior. Microsoft claimed that this build was downloaded over a million times in just 24 hours.

Following the Consumer Preview was the Windows 8 Release Preview (build 8400) on May 31, 2012. Also set to expire on January 15, 2013, this version was a bit more refined and included demo apps like Sports, Travel and News. It offered improved multi-monitor support, new Family Safety features, and a "power-optimized" Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10.

Windows 8 finally arrived in the hands of consumers on October 26, 2012. Consumers who purchase a new Windows 7 desktop of laptop between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 will be able to upgrade for a mere $14.95. Customers who purchased a Windows-based machine prior to June 2 can still upgrade on the cheap until the January 31 deadline, paying $39.99 for Windows 8 Pro.

That said, there's really no reason why anyone should be still using the Consumer and Release Previews at this point given the cheap upgrade prices. Maybe that two-hour rebooting will eventually push stubborn beta users into forking out cash before time runs out on the discount.

 

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    memadmax , December 19, 2012 7:02 PM
    Win8 Expired on my computer the day after I installed it >_>
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    memadmax , December 19, 2012 7:02 PM
    Win8 Expired on my computer the day after I installed it >_>
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 19, 2012 7:06 PM
    Two hour rebooting is not a problem. I hardly use it for 20 mins, just toremind myself how utterly Metro sucks on desktop
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    -Jackson , December 19, 2012 7:08 PM
    "Maybe that two-hour rebooting will eventually push stubborn beta users into forking out cash before time runs out on the discount."
    Nah, I'll just go back to using Win7 :p 
    Even after giving it a chance, the OS is still a little sour for me. Not to mention USB 3.0 won't work on it since there aren't any Win8 USB 3.0 drivers for my motherboard!
    Along with the fact that searching for stuff is simply just easier on Windows 7 x)
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    phatboe , December 19, 2012 7:09 PM
    I have the Win 8 x64 CP version installed but I have not booted it in months, I wonder how it stands now, having not used it in a while. I have zero interest in it at all over my Win 7 pro x64 + Linux OSes. The new UI is absolutely useless for me on my desktop with a mouse+keyboards+no-touchscreen display.
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    aoneone , December 19, 2012 7:10 PM
    Bahaha Steve Ballmer is going to be fired. ^_^ I'm so glad I didn't bother wasting my time with Windows 8. Sigh... I knew it would crash and burn and it probably is worse than Vista. Anyways~ Happy holidays! hehe
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    11796pcs , December 19, 2012 7:22 PM
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    Those who insist in using the preview builds after the expiration date will see their computer rebooted every two hours, similar to the way Microsoft handles unactivated copies of other Windows releases.


    Unactivated Windows 7 computers don't reboot every two hours, they just shower you with messages to activate.
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    belardo , December 19, 2012 7:27 PM
    I want to hear the latest reports from Steven Sinofsky about how well Win8 is doing in the real world.

    Steven Sinofsky? Hello?

    Maybe Ballmer can find him.
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    jakes69 , December 19, 2012 7:52 PM
    same here, I was skeptic about installing Window 8 at first...but after a week or so usage I'm loving it. There are always something I dislike about every OS...Window 8 is no different.
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    halcyon , December 19, 2012 8:00 PM
    Win 8 is fine (I was way skeptical too). I got Start8 and it works better than perfect...but its not really necessary for me any longer. ...but for $5? There's no longer any excuse...at least not until the end of January.
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    epdm2be , December 19, 2012 8:01 PM
    @ LukeCWM:

    "Take advantage of the speed and features, and if the UI bothers you, install Stardock's Start8."

    What features? Every time you click on a jpg the bloody things goes into that crappy metro-picture viewing, I reckon it's a joy for epileptic. You have to "add" stuff tuf browse the pics. Not only is this a pile of shit it works like shit too.

    "But then I grew to depend on the subtle UI upgrades in 7 while at work,"

    The difference between vista and 7 is far less than the omissions in Win8 coupled with the radical different start-systems (which make OS handling FAR worse.)

    "but do you really think two or three years from now you'll still be happy with 7 over 8?"

    Sure, like I'm still more than happy with with Windows XP SP3 on my present rig. For a lot of (multimedia) stuff XP is BETTER then Vista/7/8 and for the other stuff it isn't worth the effort. For instance Open Office works as good on XP then it does on Windows 7; so why change OS?

    " but then grew to appreciate the other aspects of Windows 8. "

    In my own case it was the other way around. I wanted to like the metro UI but I discovered so much annoyances that my interest quickly turned sour. The hassle you need to do to switch of the PC, the ridiculous amount of clicks and myriad of movements to remember to do the most trivial things like seeing all apps or shutting down an app. In fact they didn't even need to remove the start-button as it could have been used to bring forward the start-screen as well. It's like these bozo's threw away the entire book on ergonomics in UI-design and created this monstrosity.


    As for Stardock's tool. It cost money. Why pay for something that should have been in this OS.

    "I just don't understand the blind negativity towards this."

    It's not blind negativity. It's real user experience. From users WHOM downloaded and installed the previews, users whom mentioned flaws and problems to MSFT time and time again, users whom WARNED MSFT NOT to drastically enforce metro upon us. MSFT didn't want to listen, now they will have to pay for it. This time THEIR fat bonusses will be the first victim and then the rest of the company!
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    apache_lives , December 19, 2012 8:04 PM
    Im loving 8 and there are plenty out there who also love it
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2012 8:07 PM
    i like windows 8 but after using it for few weeks i like it even more ... metro seems pointless for me so i just mainly use desktop, no start bar no problem for me or my six year old daughter, and for the price i had to buy it, window 7 is good but i've grown to like windows 8 more ... sorry if this upsets the win 8 haters but its a grate o/s not everyones taste although i remember people crying about moving from win98 to xp now these people swear by it ...
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    MarioJP , December 19, 2012 8:10 PM
    I like the windows apps nuff said.
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2012 8:25 PM
    the apps is about the only thing i diss like about windows 8 it makes me feel like im installing spyware or something like that so i dont bother using them lol
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    shafe88 , December 19, 2012 8:46 PM
    memadmaxWin8 Expired on my computer the day after I installed it >_>
    My Win8 Expired the same day I installed it, My computer made me remove Win8, it didn't enjoy pretending to be something it's not.
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    noblerabbit , December 19, 2012 8:50 PM
    Hi Steve! :D 

    Don't stop at the previews :D 

    Windows 7, who's ever Idea that was? Make him CEO of Microsoft. Fire EVERYONE else.
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