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Windows 8 Release Preview Build Already Leaked

By - Source: Softpedia | B 52 comments

A leaked version of Windows 8 Release Preview is already circulating peer to peer networks.

Softpedia reports that a build of Windows 8 Release Preview has already been leaked and now resides on various peer to peer websites in the form of an ISO image. It's Build 8400 and arrives just a week or more before Microsoft reportedly unleashes Windows 8 Release Preview to the public sometime early June (supposedly Friday).

The leaked beta OS is reportedly a legit build of Release Preview for China. The ISO can be verified by looking at its HASH which should read as follows:

MD5: F3AC28467258EC9F0ECEAF9690A0F06E
SHA1: C21B69413E08FCFB756EEDB2B99D0C0472486D1C
CRC32: 67F85067

This leak likely stems from the early release for OEM partners or those who have access to the Technology Adoption Program (TAP). While also Build 8400, this version weighs at a meaty 2.43 GB and features a build string of 8400.0.WINMAIN_WIN8RC.120518-1423. It also has a different HASH as follows:

MD5: 7285DA50A07E33BC3B5A20E48AFAF375
SHA-1: 8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9
CRC32: 70B0ACEA

As the name states, this build is a simple taste of what's to come in the retail release later this year. Compared to the Consumer Preview launched back in February, this build will reportedly feature a cleaner and modified user interface. The Aero Glass interface will be taking a hike after serving on two operating systems, and the usability and performance of the platform will be enhanced compared to the Consumer Preview.

A recent screenshot taken from Windows 8 Release Preview revealed a few new apps including Sports, News and Travel, allowing users to see the content in Metro. So far it's unknown whether these apps will ship with the Release to Manufacturing version of Windows 8 given that many users may not be into sports or travel.

The screenshot also revealed that other apps have received a visual update. All Windows LIVE based apps now have a unique color so that users can quickly pinpoint what apps and services they want to use. The actual Windows LIVE brand is expected to be tossed out the window before Windows 8 RTM is released.

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    legacy7955 , May 29, 2012 8:45 PM
    Still no user option to have windows 8 boot in the classic desktop mode as the default UI? NOT INTERESTED!
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    bucknutty , May 29, 2012 7:58 PM
    Why not make aero glass an option that is off by default? I really like it. Any one know of a good start menu program?
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    igot1forya , May 29, 2012 8:49 PM
    I'm going to call Microsoft and tell them... "Don't worry guys, I promise I wont pirate your new OS... or buy it, whatever".
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  • 21 Hide
    bucknutty , May 29, 2012 7:58 PM
    Why not make aero glass an option that is off by default? I really like it. Any one know of a good start menu program?
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    Flareside , May 29, 2012 8:02 PM
    This seems like another attempt for Microsoft to gain new customers without trying to keep old customers happy. I have been upgrading users to Windows 7 and aero has been peoples favorite change from xp for working in an office with lots of documents. But then again who know if this release will be anything like what they will force us to buy.

    Flare
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    aoneone , May 29, 2012 8:05 PM
    whats the big deal? we all saw what windows 8 turned out to be during that free downloading hysteria months ago.. pure crap LOL
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    eddieroolz , May 29, 2012 8:05 PM
    Kind of curious to try it out, but I don't think it should go on my main gaming PC yet. So if I do try it then it will be on my spare laptop.
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    captaincharisma , May 29, 2012 8:19 PM
    VetteDudeThe good start menu program is called Metro. Best new start menu style since Windows XP.


    wow there is someone on toms that actually likes the new metro UI.



    also "classic shell" seems to be the best replacement i found so far
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    legacy7955 , May 29, 2012 8:45 PM
    Still no user option to have windows 8 boot in the classic desktop mode as the default UI? NOT INTERESTED!
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    RealBeast , May 29, 2012 8:46 PM
    captaincharismawow there is someone on toms that actually likes the new metro UI.
    That make about, um, one.

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    igot1forya , May 29, 2012 8:49 PM
    I'm going to call Microsoft and tell them... "Don't worry guys, I promise I wont pirate your new OS... or buy it, whatever".
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    joeman99 , May 29, 2012 8:58 PM
    Couldn't they have left w7 alone and integrated metro/wphone as a virtualmachine entity? They wouldn't have had to make any compromises on either without alienating their existing base.
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    carvedinside , May 29, 2012 9:37 PM
    I am waiting for Win 9 leaks, where M$ realizes that we don't want Metro on Windows PCs.

    I loved reading on their blog how they realized that removing Up button from Explorer was a bad idea and brought it back in Win 8. Those who love Metro please buy only 1 copy of Win 8 so the (poor) sales will reflect customer choice.
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    Anonymous , May 29, 2012 9:54 PM
    There's absolutely no way in hell I'm buying Windows 8 if the metro interface isn't optional.

    Would it really kill Microsoft to listen to the mountains of feedback and make it optional for desktops? Most companies have to pay people to participate in market research, and here we are freely providing the clearest possible feedback on what *has* to be done to make the product a success, yet sadly, it's falling on of deaf ears.
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    dftsa , May 29, 2012 10:05 PM
    It looks like a toy
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    mightymaxio , May 29, 2012 10:12 PM
    back to windowsblinds days i guess hahaha
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    mavikt , May 29, 2012 10:19 PM
    Somehow, every computer I use, end up looking like the metro UI, shortcuts and stuff scattered all over the desktop...
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    CaedenV , May 29, 2012 10:57 PM
    RealbeastThat make about, um, one.

    Make it two; Metro is just as defunct as every previous start menu, but at least has a few nice options like the charms and search interfaces that are far superior, and likely the only part of metro I will ever use.
    mightymaxioback to windowsblinds days i guess hahaha

    LOL, I remember those days! I hated the XP interface because it was 'cartooney' compared to previous versions, so I kept switching between a linux and mac look for my desktop. By the time I was done I had a desktop that looked like OSX graphite, with matrix characters falling like rain in the background, and a background picture that changed every hour or so... it was the happiest I had ever been with my desktop, until I moved to the simplicity of aero where everything is transparent, and I have the UI so minimized that it is hardly noticeable :)  I'm going to miss that on win8.
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    shafe88 , May 29, 2012 11:17 PM
    Our only hope now of getting areo and start button back is to boycott windows 8 and wait for windows 9. Windows 8 wouldn't be that bad of an OS if Microsoft would of left the start button and areo alone and made Metro-UI a feature like Media center. At least by having Metro-UI like media center people have the option not to use it.
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    rds1220 , May 29, 2012 11:23 PM
    Pff Microshit with thier POS OS. No way in hell am I buying a computer with this OS and I refuse to put it onto customers computers when I build computers for them.
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    izajasz , May 29, 2012 11:26 PM
    No metro disable option? Bye bye win8
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