Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone

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Today, I am excited to announce that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! This means we’ve completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability. For more on RTM, I suggest reading this blog post from Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog.

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So when will folks be able to get their hands on the new Windows 8 RTM code?

People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.

However, we have a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

Please note: if a program you are in is not mentioned, please be patient as dates for Windows 8 RTM code availability for other programs will be communicated when the information becomes available.

For more information on what the RTM of Windows 8 means for businesses including Volume License customers, see this blog post from Erwin Visser on the Windows for your Business Blog. This post, also from Erwin, on how Windows 8 will work in your business is also a good post to read.

On August 15th, developers will be able to visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need including the final build of Visual Studio 2012 to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. Keep your eyes on the Windows Store for developers blog and Windows 8 app developer blog for more information. I am super excited to see the kinds of apps developers build for Windows 8! If you have the Windows 8 Release Preview installed, you can already check out some apps developers have created for Windows 8 today.

In the meantime, if you’d like to give a pre-release version of Windows 8 a test-run, feel free to download the Windows 8 Release Preview! You can also read about my personal experience with the Windows 8 Release Preview here (hint: I put it on all my PCs!).

UPDATE 8/16:

If you are a student and your school or institution has a DreamSpark Premium Subscription, the Program Administrator for your Subscription will have access to Windows 8 as of August 15th through MSDN Subscriber Downloads.

For students with accounts in their school or institution's DreamSpark Premium ELMS WebStore we are working as quickly as possible to make this available and have a release target of August 24th.

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  • So, I hear that most Windows 7 Softwares will work with Windows 8, right? I'm looking forward to installing my Windows 7 Programs to Windows 8.

  • Pedrool
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    Agree with @maxxy. The ClearType in Windows 8 is worse than in Windows 7. Text is fuzzy. I tried calibrating in the control panel, but it doesn't help. What's worse is that sometime text will fuzz then clear, then back to fuzzy. Mousing over text helps but who should have to do that?!  It's actually worse in IE9 than in FF15. Try Facebook in FF or IE and it's really blurry. Heck, as I write this comment, it's toggling between blurry and clear.

    Maybe it's my older LCDs, I don't know. All I know is when I boot into Windows 7, text is crisp with ClearType turned on.

    I wonder if a PM or engineer can comment here on what the issue is? Does MS recommend a certain class of monitor?

  • First may I mention thanks for all great work on Windows 8 (r)

    Windows (r)  8  is a big Yes

    However  in reading several magazine articles recently and at least 5 articles  in Tech magazines published and in print for Sep 2012 and pre Oct    it seems  a bit  odd to me that people or journalist are too way too quick to criticize for example if one asked  many customers if they have ever created a desk top short cut on a Windows (r) based OS  actually many will hopefully say yes honestly  many    Well   now please humor my simple analogy

    The sort cut or even better Tiles   " .. bring what matter most to you are more easily accessible to you are customizable and group able by you and  in front of you and Windows 8 Tiles  are much better than short cut icons...

    Win 8 is great for many reason the  "..Tiles.. are great and provide a great uniform manner of use across many devices and Yes     the analogy of desk top short cut to the Tiles in win 8 is an over simplifications  However it is just being provided for comfort level   as it is already know that when Users Win 8 users   begin to be more comfortable  than all the fantastic Tiles (tm)  and Windows (r)  Live tiles  the customize groups  will come more naturally   I've  Master degree level collegiately studies   However i'm certain MSFT Microsoft's  beyond doctorial level and skill expertise will  prevail    the learning curve is not as great as some of the journalist that are unfortunately  bashing Windows (r)  8   are making it out to be    so  fortunately  "  .. Windows  i'm a PC .. "  windows  enthusiast  and many more more skilled than I will help people become more familiar   and get over the learning curve and  enjoy  Windows (r)  8   even more  is an extension of gratitude and a compliment  to everyone that creates and  productively contributes  Windows 8 being great and greater..

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  • Fondo
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    I attempted to upgrade fron Windows 7 Ultimate X64 to Windows 8 ENT X64 and got the messsage that Windows 7 Ultimate cannot be upgraded toWindows 8. Anyone else have this issue?

  • Migration Plan?

    I must admit I prefer the Windows 7 Aero to the Windows 8 Metro.  I never cared for cluttered desktops.  To ease the migration to Windows 8, I'm trying to configure the desktop to be as close to the Windows 7 interface as possible.  This way, I'm up on the current OS and I can use Metro at the speed I'm comfortable.  I wish Microsoft made it easier to change over to the new user interface.

  • Having tried the preview versions of the software. I came away impressed with Win8 and as well as other new MS software. I wish there were quality hardware for the new generation of MS software. I am so unsatisfied with the hardware that I am considering a switch to Mac and iOS. I hope Microsoft will step up to fix this situation.

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  • xababa
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    Great news, I am also waiting out on MSDN for download.

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  • I installed the RTM version of Windows 8 on my desktop, which had until recently been running the ever-maligned Windows Vista.  While I accepted the loss of my installed programs, I looked forwards to a slicker, faster OS.  What I found was the worst user experience I have ever seen on a Windows product.

    I was born right on the cusp of the "digital natives." We got our first windows 95 when I was 7, and I have used 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 without major complaint.  This is the first time I will be removing an OS installation.  It is not a bug or a unfamiliarity with the new interface that is making me do this.  It is purely the result of the "Metro" menu system, which is fundamentally broken as a design.  It is made to limit my accessibility to third party applications.  It forces me to use IE when it is not set as my default browser.  It removes functionality and user customization in order to promote related Microsoft products.  This is not acceptable.

    Moreover, the way it handles its own aps separately from those running in the desktop environment is absurd.  It feels like something HP would put on your new PC that you have to spend the first evening cleaning off.  Except you cannot clean this off, it is THE ENTIRE DESIGN FOCUS OF THE OPERATING SYSTEM.  Your only recourse it to purge the entire OS off of your system, as I will be doing shortly.  I was quite fond of this PC, screw you Microsoft for ruining it and my month, which is how long it will take to get it in an acceptable state again.

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  • If Windows 8 development has finished, why does the RTM display the version on the desktop?

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  • Stunning experience with the Windows 8 Enterprise!

    Start Screen is the main area which has been thoroughly improved from the "Green" Start Screen of the Developer Preview!!

    Then, the Aero has gone finally!!

    Definitely going to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when it becomes available!!

    Can't wait!

    And also, you guys changed all your logos!! like that of Windows 8, Office 2013!

    Just saw that Microsoft changes its logo for the first time in 25 Years!!!!!! wow!!!

  • The Windows 8 Upgrade Paths document on TechNet states that you can upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate (in fact all versions of Win 7) to Windows 8 Pro and keeps Windows seetings, personal files and applications.

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    When I try this I only get 'Personal Files' and 'Nothing', with no option to keep applications. As such this is a deal breaker, as I really don't want the pain of a complete re-install of all my software.

    If the Upgrade Paths document is inaccurate for the RTM, it needs correcting.

  • mnjlvrs
    1 Posts

    hi

    Loved the new start screen. But after installing few more software i found out that unnecessary metro icons appeared in start screen. For example, After installing VLC Media Player, the start screen showed metro icons of executable VLC Media Player as well as unnecessary metro icons related to VLC. So is there any ways to just show executable software in the new start screen..  

    thanks

  • Just another person asking if/when we'll be able to test and use the Windows Anytime Upgrade features to test Core to Pro and Pro to Media Centre upgrade paths for MSDN subscribers?

    As no one seems to know a valid Media Centre serial like was released for Release Preview. Previously MSDN subscribers had access and serials for all versions of Windows.

    I'd be happy to install Windows 8 Pro RTM and then actually pay real planned upgrade cost to get up to Media Centre edition, but until that's available I won't be able to properly test and feedback on the RTM on my main machine (which is the only way to properly test in real world heavy usage environment)

  • nomnomz
    1 Posts

    I'm 12 years old and my mum has Windows XP. I'm trying to convince her to upgrade her version to Win. 8 during the $40 promo but she doesn't want to switch because she doesn't like me fiddling around with her computer, or fiddling around herself in fear of 'doing something bad'. She pays an IT technician to 'get rid of s**t on her computer' once a year, but she never upgrades anything. Can someone please reply by writing down some improvements of Windows 8 compared to XP?

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  • Looking forward to final release, although i am hoping it will come with the updated drivers for the intel graphics chips so that i can finally use my laptop properly again.

    Loving everything else about Windows 8, but the roll-back to a generic graphics driver was a bad move in my opinion, as it has left a relatively new (4 months old) laptop unable to run software that it had coped with perfectly well using Windows 7

  • I tried the Windows 8 Enterprise for one day-then removed it. It looks like Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter. Notice the bottom of the screen, as well as the top? The clear screen is gone. So is the Media Player.

    But it is FAST! However, no Media Player, no go. I reinstalled Win 8 RP.

    BTW, what about us who wants to keep our Windows 7 OS as a dual boot option? Is the $40 promo good for that, being that RP is dual booting beside Windows 7, or do I have to give up Windows 7 totally, which I won't do, I have lots of money tied up in these OS's.

    Or do I have to install an unwanted copy of Windows (like XP/Vista) as a dual boot, with Windows 7 to retain it?

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  • Hello,

    Congratulations on reaching the milestone. Windows 8 feels fantastic. One issue is the fact that when Hyper-V is installed on Windows 8 PRO, all hardware accelerated video is covered by a green box. The issue does not apply to Zune 4.8. Is that going to be updated?

    Thanks

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  • Ark-kun
    18 Posts

    I cannot believe you've still shipped Windows 8 with the broken default SATA AHCI driver (I reported that it was broken on AMD FX890 chipsets; storahci driver; error 129).

    This driver restarts every 30 seconds causing system to half-freeze for 30-seconds. Task Manager and Performance Monitor show response times in the 30,000-100,000ms range. This is 30-100 !!!SECONDS!!! for a disk operation, like a page swap! The system is completely unusable.

  • WaveRunnr
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    Anyone figure out yet how to install Windows Media Center on Win 8 Pro RTM??

  • yes in its not there in dream spark, its already 16th august here , !!! where is it!

  • Isaacm
    1 Posts

    I have checked Dreamspark Premium and It only shows the release and consumer preview.

  • I just checked, they appear to be up on MSDN now!

  • If it helps, I haven't heard anything; it's 10:02 here in Redmond. :)  Pretty excited to be able to get ahold of RTM for my home machines!

  • Nickon
    2 Posts

    Ppl say 9-10 am but where do they know from?:D

  • hahaha, then what time of August 15th will be the release? =D

  • Nickon
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    Yeah, maybe it's August the 15th, buuuut: http://goo.gl/ZTg8k

  • It has been August the 15th for 17 hours now. Still waiting. Did something surprising come up? Not that i am anxious to get the new binary but just asking ;-)

  • Woot! Can't wait to get it off MSDN!

  • jfoegen
    1 Posts

    After using Win 8 beta on my Build slate there are two things I would still like to see changed and would ease people's apprehension about moving to the OS if they are mostly going to use it in desktop mode.

    1) Bring back the pearl on the desktop - not the full old start menu, but it would show the start "window" like it does now and have a app search box below it.  Another addition could be the recently used apps.  Then when you right click the pearl you would see the context menu you get now when you get into the extreme lower left corner.

    2) Do not put desktop apps in the start screen when you do the installation - Take the installation of Visual Studio as an example where the start screen get polluted with about 10 - 20 icons.  Yes, the desktop apps can show up under all apps and maybe there could be an installer option for just one icon to show when doing the installation, but all over the start screen is not the place.  Then another important option is for the desktop taskbar to have an option to pin to start screen, like there is an option to pin to the taskbar, so then the user could have it on the start screen if he/she wanted it instantly accessible.

    Win 8 is a radical change for most users and these two simple changes could really help some people from just discounting all the the hard work you have done.

  • Ark-kun
    18 Posts

    So, the Windows 8 is released.

    Loyal and lawful customers will have to wait 3 months for the privilege of giving their money to Microsoft for it.

    At the same time, pirates have already installed the RTM version and are using it.

    Sorry, MS. Windows 8 was the Windows I REALLY wanted to buy. But I have job to do and I cannot wait 3 months. Sorry, but I'll pirate Windows 8 and I consider this to be your fault.

    P.S. No Surface Pro in 2012????!!!! Are you kidding me?!

    P.P.S. WP8?? The same blunder?!

    How about firing your marketing departments that doesn't understand that the worse that you can do with customers is to REFUSE THEIR MONEY.

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  • Gawlron
    1 Posts

    Intsalled the Windows 8 RP on my HP EliteBook 6300 and I was all about the wow on install time and boot up time. I've never seen this laptop work this fast. I'm looking forward to installing the RTM on my powerhouse gaming machine. i980x @ 4.3Ghz, 16GB RAM, 3x GTX680 in SLI. You think that's enough processing for it? LOL

  • Raihan
    2 Posts

    Great news. Win8 will finally KILL IOS in Tab and Mobile market. Have a look on Nokia Lumia 900 +Win8 Mobile.

    I have tested Windows to Go. Well done once again.Thanks Microsoft.

  • Utkal K
    1 Posts

    In Win8x64 (build: 9200), the Remote connection Setting functionality is not working as expected. The Win8x86 is working properly in this regards. So, in x64 machines, it is impossible to connect the pc using mstsc.exe. I think the dev team will look into this issue. I think this is a bug. This issue was also not present in earlier versions of win8.

  • stejac
    1 Posts

    This is a very sad day for the OS market.

  • Onyx
    2 Posts

    Dear Windows 8 Team

    1.Good job on leaving the WIndows 7/Vista icons on the Desktop and also

    2.Congratulations on leaving the Windows 7 File Recovery on Windows 8.

  • Eletruk
    1 Posts

    I don't know if anybody else has noticed this, but the tablet virtual keyboard has a rather obvious problem. On Release Preview, the keyboard mode key would change to reflect what you could change it to i.e., &123 click turns it to the numeric and punctuation keyboard, and the &123 would change to &abc, now it's always &123, or at least I could have sworn it did that.

  • ...hope that Windows XP Mode INSTALLER is Compatible now with Windows 8 RTM'

  • Will there be at least one MSDN Key on August 15th for WEBSITESPARK, because i know there are WIndows 7 in BIZSPARK, but never in WEBSITESPARK, could anyone answer this?

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  • What about those of us who has a regular TechNet Professional subscription? This wasn't addressed, only for IT Pros. What is MS's definition of an "IT Pro"?

    Normally, TechNet downloads (except Enterprise ones) are available for all members.

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  • How goddamn 8 to 64 bit windows application and close the subway?

  • 64 bit Windows 8 de Metro Uygulamasını Kapatmak

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    Windows 8 Klasik Başlat Menüsüne Geçiş

    Bu yazımızda windows 8 de klasik başlat menüsüne geçişi anlatıyoruz. Windows 8 de klasik başlat menüsünü aktif etmek için aşağıdaki aşamaları sırası ile takip etmeniz gerekmektedir.

    1. Regedit'i açın ve aşağıdaki yolu takip edin,

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    2. Daha sonra  "1" olan RPEnabled değerini "0" olarak değiştirin.

    Regedit'i kapattıktan sonra klasik başlat menüsüne sahip olduğunuzu göreceksiniz. RPEnabled değerini "0" yaptığınız için windows 8'in metro uygulamasını kullanamazsınız. Fakat klasik başlat menüsünden sıkılır ve metro'ya geri dönmek isterseniz RPEnabled değerini tekrar "1" yapmanız yeterli olacaktır.

    Not: Regedit değişikliklerinde yapacağınız bir hata sisteminize ciddi hasarlar verebilir. Bu yüzden sisteminizde bu değişikliği yapamayacak kapasite de bilgisayar bilginizin olduğundan emin olunuz.

    Bunlar da ilginizi çekebilir:

    Yazısını gördüm benim derdim Widnows un kendinsinden kapatmak

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  • plvick
    1 Posts

    It is a nice feeling, running the gold 9200 code. I don't suppose anyone knows of an easy way to activate the media center in the Enterprise N version that leaked yesterday? It would be nice to be able to charge $39 to my credit card and activate this code over the net, and then another $15 to get the MCE addon... if I could do it right now.

  • Completely agree with Maxxy... It was difficult to add the new interface and not to overturn the current one? The drop-down menu of iOS or Android? It was enough to look around!    :-/

  • Maxxy
    1 Posts

    RTM is not good. Cleartype in desktop is worse than Windows 7, and sucks in Metro. Sound scheme is not good enough. UI disappoints me a lot !!

  • I really wish someone would answer the question on everyones mind. "When is Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 going to be available for download?"  I mean now that Windows 8 which has Internet Explorer 10 built in is RTM, shouldn't that mean that IE10 is completed as well? Please release it already.

  • @quereinsteiger

    "When will it be available on Dreamspark Premium?? Does it appear prior the official release date?"

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  • adieb00
    13 Posts

    Whats with the system builder thing anyway? Any info on that?

  • $39.99! That is good! I can't wait to install it, I hope I can get a sticker for the side of my shiney PC and a holographic DVD!

  • abm
    268 Posts

    Voilà, reaching RTM in no time since RP faaaaan-taaaaas-tic!

    XPS support in WinRT is a must have. Please dont discontinue it in favor of same ole' PDF.. XPS is rhetorical and fun.. it depicts openness and and... much more :-)

    ...bring back XPS in reader app on winRT and you will be triumphed!

  • mikestu
    8 Posts

    I know you guys made VS.net 2012 Professional cheaper than it has been in the past, which is nice, but it is still too expensive for me to buy it for personal use.  If it was $99, I would buy it.  I can't help but wonder how many other developers out there would also buy it at that price point.  This is all exciting news though.

  • do85
    10 Posts

    Great news!

    Have you add the option "Add to desktop" for the list of applications (both desktop and Metro)? Haven't planned an implementation of a Notification Center to the Metro interface like other tablet?

  • Congratulations on reaching the RTM milestone. I can't wait to use Windows 8 on both touch and non-touch enabled devices. The non-touch devices will mostly use the Desktop, along with legacy desktop software, so will work just fine with mouse and keyboard for me but the ability to pin the occasional Metro app to the side will be an added bonus. The launch of Outlook.com is also impressive due to the implementation that mimics the look and feel of the Metro Mail and People apps.

    I would say that it's a shame Microsoft didn't make the RTM available to MSDN/Technet subscribers as of August 1st as it would have prevented the inevitable ISO leak driving people to torrent downloads due to impatience. I'm not saying using a torrent is right, or promoting it, I just mean that Microsoft missed an opportunity here.  It's the Internet age and people hate waiting when that wait is due to an arbitrary delay.

  • DrXym
    1 Posts

    Congrats on getting it done. I'm sure it will work great on tablets.

    But that leads into the thorny subject of when can we for plans for 8.5 or 9 to be announced? Everyone must recognise that the experience of using Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard is pretty poor, especially compared to Windows 7. Maybe 8 is great for tablets, which I think was Microsoft's intent but everyone else, who don't forget represent virtually 100% of Microsoft's user base are getting a substandard experience.

  • Anyone know the price for the full version or there is no full version of windows 8.

  • Onyx
    2 Posts

    How exactly are you going to achieve consistency with the Vista/7 icons still included in the Desktop?They dont exactly fit  the Metro style.

    It is AMAZING how hard you are trying to achieve a unified look among your products and services making them all METRO, but yet you leave something so important that users will have in front of them almost all the time,unchanged.

    If you want consistency then icons is a major factor and it is surprising how smth so small makes such a big difference in the feeling of the OS.

  • awesome work! great job everyone!

  • What about RTM version for the Build 2011 Dev Machine ?  (Samsung ,touch )

  • Thought they said it would be the first week of August? Oh well! My SSD drives will arrive in less than 5 hours and I have no Windows 8 RTM to install on them. 15th it will have to be!

    I REALLY hope the Metro apps can be windowed, as I REALLY don't like having media player and messenger take up the whole screen. There should be an option for a small floating tile on the desktop! Going to end up using third party applications or older desktop orientated applications otherwise.

    Windows Vista was a pain to shutdown fully. That improved with Windows 7 and now we have taken a step back with Windows 8 Release Preview.

  • T John
    2 Posts

    Thanks for the great news. Just like I did with all the previews releases of Windows 8, I would be installing the new one also on the same day I can get my hands on it. I am sure I am going to miss the classic Windows start menu, but I can't stop myself from trying the all new Windows 8.

  • KR
    503 Posts

    The windows 8 consumer preview worked flawlessly on my ASUS EP121 slate, that was built for Windows 7.but the release preview of Windows 8 has been too buggy on my device, this makes me so sceptical on the RTM's stability,i think buying a Windows 8 device is the best way to enjoy the features of Windows 8.

    Some of the release preview bugs are:

    The email app stops working whenever I try to type a subject in my emails.so all my emails can't have a subject. This problem persist even after I reinstalled.

    The windows store is just too unstable to be usable.

  • Wrong, @Ryster.  Since it is my actual LIVE ACCOUNT, it impacts me at long, too.  I run into the odd glitch now and then where I have to reboot either my desktop or laptop to get my live account to login.  On the occasion when it doesn't work I get forced to login with a local account.  And since the Mail app IS and Windows 8 app, it also impacts my ability to do email.  I'm not about to stop using my POP3 account, which is on my domain, in favor of an actual Hotmail or, now, Outlook.com address.  But my actual point is that there are still quite a few things not fully working on the W8RP or have otherwise been changed (possibly dramatically) between the RP and the RTM that there's no way I'd recommend someone just NOW getting interested actually install it.  We're too close to general availability.  Believe, I'm 100% behind this version of the OS---the quicker we can kill off the old desktop, the happier I'll be.

  • Do you need to uninstall the Release Preview to install the RTM? Cant wait for August 15th

  • Hi,

    I have a question. My organization is a REGISTERED Partner of Microsoft in Microsoft Partner Network, we dont have the MAPS subcription yet, so, my organization will have Access to Windows 8 RTM?.

    Thanks!.

  • Leigh
    89 Posts

    @Jeff Great idea.  You have a problem with a lock up and decide to give up the goodness of the interface and Windows 8?   Do you also replace your car every time you get a flat tire?

    Try removing stuff you just added before the lockup.  If you have Chrome, as they said, remove it and reboot and try things that way.   If you don't think you had the problem before some other software, re-install that or remove it and try things.  If you think the problem was not there just after installing Windows 8, reset the computer (from the settings charm) and see if the problem is still there.

    With an hour troubleshooting you can probably fix the problem and understand it, and still gain the impressive features and capabilities of Windows 8.   Good luck with it.

    Steve and the Bunch... great job, but stay in touch.  Looking forward to loading Windows 8 on everything, and getting a new SurfaceRT when they arrive, as well as Windows Phone 8 device and SurfacePro when it is released.

    I would LIKE TO KNOW when the Metro Speech features are going to be announced.  We know that we have great speech support on Windows Phone 8, and I am looking forward to re-animating my app on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 soon.

    -thanks

    -e

  • yuhong
    5 Posts

    "Let's not forget that the build string includes "120725"--it was compiled a week ago--so it's not as if we can only start counting as of today."

    That is because testing had to done before declaring a build RTM.

  • rseiler
    5 Posts

    A 2 week delay (at best) before availability seems arbitrary. It could have easily been earlier. Let's not forget that the build string includes "120725"--it was compiled a week ago--so it's not as if we can only start counting as of today.

  • Whoa... I can not wait any longer.

  • Deacon
    5 Posts

    really cool upgrade offer for peeps .. also for those wondering, if you've purchased a PC during the timeframe you'll still be able to get the $14.99 one .. at least that's what the email from Microsoft says for those who have already purchased a Windows 7 PC.

  • This is great news, looking forward towards getting our apps in the store!

    @Jeff L Geyer - echoing what else has been said, Google Chrome locked my machine frequently. It was a cascading freeze - Chrome would stop, then explorer, then the whole OS. I'd suggest trying the dev channel of chrome, as I haven't had any issues since getting off the stable builds.

  • Any word on availability on Dreamspark Premium, formerly MSDNAA?

  • do85
    10 Posts

    Have you add the option "Add to desktop" for the list of applications (both desktop and Metro)? Haven't planned an implementation of a Notification Center to the Metro interface like other tablet?

  • yuhong
    5 Posts

    What about IE10 for Windows 7?

  • Gigity Gigity Gooo!! Ah Right!! Win8 Released to Manufacturing :)

  • zed260
    21 Posts

    i want a preorder date for windows 8

  • Kabe
    1 Posts

    @Jeff L Geyer, Paul thurrott was having this problem before. Apparently Microsoft fixed it in the final RTM build.

  • Congrats on the RTM. Is there gonna be any way for Win8 CP/RP testers to get an upgrade to Win8 pro for the same price ? Is this information correct ?

    www.zdnet.com/microsoft-confirms-windows-8-testers-to-get-40-upgrade-price-too-7000000409

  • Great news, I am also waiting out on MSDN for download.

  • Fantastic job Microsoft!!!!

    Now post something about when Powershell V3 will be RTW!

  • Mitjah
    2 Posts

    It will be possible to upgrade from the Windows 8 RP to RTM? If I purchase WIndows 8 upgrade, Will I be able to reformat - wipe out drive as a part of the Windows 8 RTM installation process?

  • The date for it's release on msdnaa is 15 august too?

  • Jagster
    3 Posts

    Jeff L Geyer & msaraiva, have you installed all the Windows updates? There was a bug that was causing Win8RP to freeze up without BSOD or any error logs. This was fixed with a HAL update. See support.microsoft.com/.../2727113, it may help.