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Revision as of 14:38, 14 June 2012

Version of Microsoft Windows
Win8RpStart.png
Windows 8 Build 6.2.8400 - Start Screen
Codename "Windows 8"
Kernel NT 6.2
Architecture x86, x64
Latest build Release Preview (RC)
6.2.8400.0.winmain_win8rc.120518-1423
Licence Microsoft EULA
Release date May 31, 2012 (Release Preview)
Support end ?
Replaces Windows 7
Replaced by Windows "9"


History/Features

Windows 8 is the upcoming successor of Windows 7. Pictures and information of builds with build numbers in the 765x-77xx range have been leaked, but it is not clear whether they belong to Windows 7's post-RTM or to Windows 8's early development.

A Microsoft employee stated in his blog that Windows 8 will have the NT version number 7.0 and that the OS won't be shipped in a x86 version, but only as x64. However, the April 2011 leaks and PR from Microsoft indicated that the 32-bit Windows would continue and that the Windows 8 kernel version would be 6.2.

As stated by a Microsoft employee, Windows 8 will be "totally different" when it is expected to be released, sometime around 2011 or 2012. Steve Ballmer calls Windows 8 his "riskiest product bet" due to the high success of Windows 7.

At the CES 2011 in January 2011, a computer with an ARM processor was pictured running the "Windows 8" build 6.2.7867 showing that the kernel version had only changed to 6.2, most likely to keep compatibility with old software. It was determined to be an M2 build.

Four builds of Windows 8 in its early Milestone stages have been leaked: 6.1.7850 (M1), 6.2.7927 (M2), 6.2.7955 (M2), 6.2.7959 (Post-M2/Pre-M3), and 6.2.7989 (M3). Rumors show that because of the leaks of 7850, 7955, and 7959, two Microsoft employees were terminated due to leaking confidential software.

Features that Windows 8 has (as of Build 6.2.8250) are:

  • Immersive User Interface
  • PDF Reader (Store?)(Start Screen)
  • Webcam App (Store?)(Start Screen)
  • Internet Explorer 10 (currently being built)(Desktop)
  • Immersive Web Browser (currently being built)(Start Screen)
  • Ribbon User Interface (With Explorer)
  • New and Improved DWM, including Software rendering (no longer based on hardware requirements)
  • History Vault
  • System Reset (Re-install)
  • System Refresh (Removes installed Desktop Applactions)
  • Metro Start Screen
  • Windows Store (Start Screen)
  • Windows to Go
  • Aero Lite (New 'Windows Basic' theme)
  • New Task Manager
  • New File Copy Box
  • 'Up' Button
  • New 'Lock Screen'
  • New Installer (Desktop, not booted, old installer when booted)

Builds

  • No information available
  • Existence doubtful
  • Information or pictures available
  • Leaked or released


Milestone 1 - 6.1.78xx

  • 6.1.7800.0.winmain_win8m1.100816-1855
  • 6.1.7804.0.winmain_win8m1.100820-1742
  • 6.1.7809.0.winmain_win8m1.100827-1740
  • 6.1.7811.0.winmain_win8m1.100831-1731
  • 6.1.7812.0.winmain_win8m1.100901-1810
  • 6.1.7814.0.winmain_win8m1.100903-1700
  • 6.1.7817.0.winmain_win8m1.100910-1622
  • 6.1.7818.0.winmain_win8m1.100913-1840
  • 6.1.7821.0.winmain_win8m1.100916-1940
  • 6.1.7822.0.winmain_win8m1.100920-1625
  • 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508

Milestone 2 - 6.2.785x

Note: Not sure if these are really M2 builds, as the tags contain "m1". If you replace that with "m2" and leave the rest, you get lots of Google hits too. At one point somebody seems to have made an error - if somebody is sure, please edit!

  • 6.2.7853.0.winmain_win8m1.100928-1040
  • 6.2.7855.0.winmain_win8m1.101001-1815
  • 6.2.7857.0.winmain_win8m1.101006-1908
  • 6.2.7859.0.winmain_win8m1.101008-1300
  • 6.2.7866.0.winmain_win8m1.101019-1507
  • 6.2.7867.0.winmain_win8m1.101020-1800
  • 6.2.7870.0.winmain_win8m1.101025-1900
  • 6.2.7871.0.winmain_win8m1.101026-1800
  • 6.2.7874.0.winmain_win8m1.101029-1838
  • 6.2.7875.0.winmain_win8m1.101101-1832
  • 6.2.7878.0.winmain_win8m1.101104-1752
  • 6.2.7880.0.winmain_win8m1.101108-1530
  • 6.2.7881.0.winmain_win8m1.101109-1816
  • 6.2.7882.0.winmain_win8m1.101110-1650
  • 6.2.7883.0.winmain_win8m1.101111-1631
  • 6.2.7890.0.winmain_win8m1.101122-1810
  • 6.2.7891.0.winmain_win8m1.101123-1908
  • 6.2.7892.0.winmain_win8m1.101129-1902
  • 6.2.7895.0.winmain_win8m1.101202-1845
  • 6.2.7898.0.winmain_win8m1.101207-1620
  • 6.2.7899.0.winmain_win8m1.101208-1900

Milestone 2 - 6.2.79xx

M2 Escrow / Pre-M3 branch

  • 6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608
  • 6.2.7948.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110221-1703
  • 6.2.7949.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110222-1545
  • 6.2.7950.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110223-1820
  • 6.2.7955.0.fbl_srv_wdacxml.110228-1930

Milestone 3 - 6.2.795x

  • 6.2.7955.0.winmain_win8m3.110224-1502
  • 6.2.7956.0.winmain_win8m3.110228-1701
  • 6.2.7959.0.winmain_win8m3.110307-1930
  • 6.2.7961.0.winmain_win8m3.110308-1712
  • 6.2.7962.0.winmain.1103xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.7963.0.winmain.110310-1721
  • 6.2.7964.0.winmain.1103xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.7968.0.winmain.110318-1830
  • 6.2.7970.0.winmain.110320-xxxx
  • 6.2.7971.0.winmain.110324-1900
  • 6.2.7972.0.winmain.110328-1838
  • 6.2.7973.0.winmain.110329-1742
  • 6.2.7974.0.winmain.110330-1622
  • 6.2.7975.0.winmain.110331-1827
  • 6.2.7976.0.winmain.110401-1700
  • 6.2.7978.0.winmain.110405-1746
  • 6.2.7979.0.winmain.110406-1800
  • 6.2.7980.0.winmain.110407-1832
  • 6.2.7982.0.winmain.110411-1832
  • 6.2.7984.0.fbl_system_licensing.110414-1750
  • 6.2.7989.0.winmain.110421-1825
  • 6.2.7996.0.winmain.110429-1810
  • 6.2.8011.0.winmain.1105xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.802x.0.winmain.1105xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.8030.0.110620-1742
  • 6.2.8042.0.110707-1940
  • 6.2.8050.0.1107xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.8075.0.1107xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.809x.0.winmain.1108xx

Offical Pre-Beta - 6.2.8102

  • 6.2.8102.101.winmain_win8m3.110830-1739 - Public Developer Preview
    • 6.2.8102.101.winmain_win8m3.110831-1700 - KB2608612
    • 6.2.8102.105.winmain_win8m3.110907-1505 - KB2616619
    • 6.2.8102.106.winmain_win8m3.110908-1424 - KB2616150
    • 6.2.8102.108.winmain_win8m3.110911-1502 - KB2617028
    • 6.2.8102.109.winmain_win8m3.110912-1733 - KB2617868
    • 6.2.8102.110.winmain_win8m3.110913-1848 - KB2618032
    • 6.2.8102.112.winmain_win8m3.110915-1505 - KB2619246

Pre-Consumer Preview (Pre-Beta) - 6.2.81xx

  • 6.2.8103.0.winmain.1108??-???? - Build Number used in Internet Explorer 10 Preview 4
  • 6.2.8112.0.winmain.110909-1742 - Online Setup used in: Windows Developer Preview Install Fair
  • 6.2.8128.0.winmain.1110xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.8130.winmain.1110xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.8141.winmain.111021-xxxx
  • 6.2.8148.0.winmain.111103-1846
  • 6.2.8150.0.winmain.111107-1833
  • 6.2.8152.0.winmain.111109-1832
  • 6.2.8153.0.winmain.111110-1848
  • 6.2.8154.0.winmain.111111-1830
  • 6.2.8155.0.winmain.111114-1813
  • 6.2.8156.0.winmain.111116-1900
  • 6.2.8158.0.winmain.111118-2210
  • 6.2.8159.0.winmain.111121-1720
  • 6.2.8160.0.winmain.111122-1913
  • 6.2.8161.0.winmain.111128-1254
  • 6.2.8162.0.winmain.111129-1848
  • 6.2.8163.0.winmain.111130-1918
  • 6.2.8164.0.winmain.111201-1832
  • 6.2.8165.0.winmain.111202-1945
  • 6.2.8165.fbl_fun_resp.111205-2000
  • 6.2.8166.0.winmain.111205-1323
  • 6.2.8167.0.winmain.111206-1800
  • 6.2.8168.0.winmain.111207-1818
  • 6.2.8169.0.winmain.111208-1905
  • 6.2.817x.0.winmain.111215-xxxx
  • 6.2.8175.winmain.111217-1215
  • 6.2.8181.0.winmain.120110-1937
  • 6.2.8182.0.winmain.120111-1758
  • 6.2.8183.0.winmain.120112-2001
  • 6.2.8189.0.winmain.120120-1830

Consumer Escrow (Beta Escrow) - 6.2.819x

  • 6.2.8190.0.winmain.120123-1422
  • 6.2.8191.0.winmain.120124-1748
  • 6.2.8192.0.winmain.120125-1820
  • 6.2.8220.x.winmain_win8beta.1201xx-xxxx
  • 6.2.8222.0.winmain_win8beta.120131-1912
  • 6.2.8225.0.winmain_win8beta.xxxxxx-xxxx
  • 6.2.8227.0.winmain_win8beta.120207-1903
  • 6.2.8228.0.winmain_win8beta.120208-1901
  • 6.2.8229.0.winmain_win8beta.120209-1545
  • 6.2.8230.0.winmain_win8beta.120210-1831
  • 6.2.8231.0.winmain_win8beta.120213-1905
  • 6.2.8232.0.winmain_win8beta.120214-1755
  • 6.2.8233.0.winmain_win8beta.120215-1901
  • 6.2.8234.0.winmain_win8beta.120216-1807

Offical Consumer Preview (Beta) - 6.2.8250

Pre-Release Preview - 6.2.827x

  • 6.2.8275.0.winmain.120202-1550
  • 6.2.8276.0.winmain.120206-1425
  • 6.2.8277.0.winmain.120207-1851
  • 6.2.8278.0.winmain.120208-1842
  • 6.2.8279.0.winmain.120209-1808
  • 6.2.8280.0.winmain.120210-1507
  • 6.2.8281.0.winmain.120213-1325
  • 6.2.8282.0.winmain.120214-1742
  • 6.2.8283.0.winmain.120215-1823
  • 6.2.8284.0.winmain.120216-1840
  • 6.2.8285.0.winmain.120217-1752
  • 6.2.8286.0.winmain.120221-1830
  • 6.2.8287.0.winmain.120222-1841
  • 6.2.8288.0.winmain.120223-1751
  • 6.2.8291.0.winmain.120228-1803
  • 6.2.8293.0.winmain.120301-1824
  • 6.2.8294.0.winmain.120302-1914
  • 6.2.8295.0.winmain.120305-1300
  • 6.2.8296.0.winmain.120306-1823
  • 6.2.8297.0.winmain.120307-1810

Release Preview

See Also

Windows Server 8
Windows RT