Windows 8 RTM Leaked to Filed Sharing Sites, Web Feigns Surprise

The world is filled with surprises. Some good, like flipping the light switch and finding a gathering of friends wishing you Happy Birthday, and some up for debate ('Hey Bill, I had fun on our first date last week, though why haven't you called? By the way, I'm pregnant'). The fact that Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) has fallen into the hands of file sharing sites across the Web a day after Microsoft released it is not one of them.

Whether anyone's genuinely shocked or not, Windows 8 in final form is up for grabs for anyone experienced with navigating torrent sites. Reportedly, the leaked version is Windows 8 Enterprise N, where the N denotes that it's intended for European customers. Windows Media Center is not bundled with the leaked the copy.

Windows 8 Desktop

It is, however, an English-language version, albeit a non-booting file that requires the creation of an install disk. There's a chance that the version floating around is a fake, though the opinion of those who have looked at it, is that it's the real deal.

We're on the homestretch of Windows 8's release to the general public, but if you absolutely must go in search of leaked copies, be careful to avoid downloading a fake copy that could be laced with malware.
Via:  The Verge
Comments
insidesin 2 years ago

If you do try to test out the leaked copy, ensure that you are actually downloading a bootable iso in which you can install on VirtualBox or VMware. That is unless you are knowledgeable in modifying the original source to make it work.

3vi1 2 years ago

I would highly recommend you *not* download this from a sharing site.

Not because it's copyright infringement.

Not because it's illegal.

Not because it will probably be laced with Malware.

There are plenty of free options to try if you just oppose paying for software. Also, it's Windows 8... so no matter what you're running, it's probably a downgrade.

karanm 2 years ago

Windows 8 with malware now or Windows 8 with bloatware later on?? Hard decision.

EGuerrero 2 years ago

I had the chance to try it and it's really fast, no doubt Windows 7 will be better in many ways, and lack little to purchase this product will be great!

CDeeter 2 years ago

I think I'm going to sit this one out, sorry MS. I just don't have any need to change from 7 right now, and really don't see that changing for a few years.

AKnudson 2 years ago

The main concern i have is that Microsoft may have just shot themselves in the foot. What looks to them like simple and intuitive, may an probably will seem incredibly intimidating for the thousands, or tens of thousands of businesses that use the current windows 7 OS. It may be enough of a deterrence that business owners decide to change to apple if they have to learn a new OS anyway.

Apple probably ought to offer a special to all businesses who switch their systems and day to day operation to mountain lion, we might see windows market share drop a substantial amount in the next few months.

rapid1 2 years ago

I agree with 3vi1 on this one especially when you who would want to use it most likely downloaded the free one anyway.

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