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Windows 8 Leaked CD Appeared for Sale on eBay

Many people want to be the first to use a shiny new piece of software, which could explain why one person tried to sell an early build of Windows 8.

An auction appeared on eBay offering a “real Windows 8 Milestone 3 leaked CD (opens in new tab).” It's unknown if this disc was an official Microsoft pressing, but copies of Windows 8 Milestone 3 have been available off file sharing sites for some time now.

The auction has likely since caught the attention of Microsoft, which probably explains why the listing was pulled. According to WinRumors, the auction listing had a price of $1,500.

For those who really want to try out Windows 8, but to abide by Microsoft's rules, there's been rumors that Microsoft will release a beta at its BUILD conference this September. We'll know for sure in a couple of months!

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • verbalizer
    no thanks regardless, and for a listing price of how much.?!
    c'mon man.
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  • el33t
    Meh....in a matter of days, people can get it from warez sites for free anyways..
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  • Pyree
    Won't buy it, its going to be buggy. Also, it could just be a blank disk.
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  • jibbs
    why are your pictures always such low resolution? Why even bother putting in a pic if we can barely see what it is?
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  • sunflier
    Can't wait to see who the dumb**s MS employee is that'll be fired over this.
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  • mobrocket
    if a moron buys it, they will be too stupid to know what to do with the disc...

    and $1500, that is alot to ask.... a good moron inducing price would be $50 or less
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  • kilo_17
    $75 for shippiing a CD?!?
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  • f-14
    kilo_17$75 for shippiing a CD?!?means it's overseas outside of good ol' usa jurisdiction.
    wouldn't surprise me if it was an ex microsoft employee in ireland
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  • JasonAkkerman
    I'll just get the beta off of Technet when it's released in two months.

    I can't wait to try it out with my Dell 22" multi-touch IPS panel.
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  • smelly_feet
    Typical of people who steal from their employer. They're bad at accounting.
    Profit earned from stolen good (or cost saving if they keep it) = $1500.00
    Minus.
    Loss of salary due to lost job = - $50,000

    Net Profit = -48,500.00
    or net savinging if keeping the item = -48,500.00

    It would be cheaper to not steal from the company and buy his/her own copy when it's released. So unless they're stealing something whose value will replace the job salary.....
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