As all of us already know that Microsoft has made it clear that there won’t be an upgrade path from Windows 8 Release Preview or for any other test versions of Windows 8 to Windows 8 RTM.
But then there are always the enthusiasts who try to work things around and come up with something.So Mr. Denny From IT Knowledge Exchange has come up with a workaround which allows not just the Release Preview users but even those who are running the Consumer Preview or even the Developer Preview can upgrade to Windows 8 RTM.
Here’s how it works,
Firstly search for the n:\sources\cversion.ini file in the installation media,after locating the file,open it up in notepad and change the 8508 to 7100,then save and exit.
You are almost done !now you just have to proceed with the installation of Windows 8 RTM from your existing Preview version of Windows 8.Since there is no official upgrade path from the earlier version to Windows 8,this process is not supported,so try it at your own risk.
We are just months away from the official release of Windows 8,which is expected to be released in the 4th quarter of this year.So it’s about time to start off with the speculations about the release dates, build numbers of the final build and other details about Windows 8.
A new rumor coming from Wzor who has a history of leaking vital information for Windows 8,claims that the build of Windows 8 RTM will be 8500.0.120623-1707.The sources also claimed that Microsoft will be making an official announcement about the RTM,the announcement is expected sometime between 17-20.
Coincidentally there are two Microsoft events lined up during the similar time frame,one at 19th where they will announce their earnings reports and from 17th to 20th there will be MGX event so the announcement is expected in the MGX event.
By this time many of us have installed the recently launched Windows 8 Release Preview,but might not have yet explored its detailed features.Those who already have might have noticed that something is missing from the Media department.
In the recently released Release Preview,one of the major media feature,Windows Media Center has not been pre installed,So in order to get the Media Center experience on your Release Preview, you will have to follow these steps:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)
Enter add features in the search box, and then tap or click Add features to Windows 8.
Tap or click I already have a product key.
Enter this product key: MBFBV-W3DP2-2MVKN-PJCQD-KKTF7 and then click Next.
Select the checkbox to accept the license terms and then click Add features.Your PC will restart and Windows Media Center will now be on your PC and the tile will be pinned to the Start screen.
Though you can enjoy the Media Center experience for free on the Release Preview,come final release you will have to pay for this extra feature when Windows 8 launches later this year.
For what we all know Microsoft was quite eager to release the Windows 8 Release Preview by the first week of June.But it seems like they don’t want to wait for the month change on their calendar.
An accidental Blog Post on Windows Hardware and Driver Developer Blog revealed the launch date of Windows 8 Release Preview to be 31st May(Today),Though the post was later pulled off,not before NeowinCould notice it.
The post was pulled off instantly after a few minutes ,but what it did was it revealed the download links for the Windows 8 Release Preview.Though at the moment the download links point to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ,expect those links to be updated later today with the download links of Windows 8 Release Preview.
The latest from the Winunleaked.tk reveals the Language Packs in the Windows 8 Release Preview.The screenshots reveals the installation of the language packs on Windows 8,showing the installation of the Russian Language Pack on the Windows 8 Enterprise (evaluation copy of build 8400).
The Release Preview i.e the Release Candidate version of Windows 8 is expected to be released sometime in the first half of the next month,though there is no official word yet on the release date.The Final version of Windows 8 is expected by the holidays(October) along with the release of the ARM version of Windows 8 and an array of devices like tablets,ultrabooks,hybrids from the biggies like Dell,HP,Asus,Acer etc.
After much speculations about the release date of Windows 8 Release preview (the Release candidate version), Microsoft has finally confirmed that it would be released in the first week of june. During the Windows Developer Days conference in Japan, Steven Sinofsky announced about the Windows 8 Release preview. After that the official Building Windows 8 Twitter account tweeted about it-
Announce…Windows 8 Release Preview first week of June. Here’s the announce from Japan’s Windows 8 Dev Days #thankyou
In the first week of June itself Microsoft E3 press conference would be held where new games like Halo 4,Modern Warfare 3, Tomb Raider, and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier would be released. The first week would surely going to be jam packed with lot of information from Microsoft. Windows 8 is expected to be released during the holiday season though seeing the pace of Windows 8 release we may expect the final version to be released even in September.
Over the past few weeks we have been hearing a lot of news and rumors about the Windows 8 Release Candidate as well as some strange SKU’s llike the Country specific SKU’s like the Windows 8 China SKU and the Core language Specific SKU.The Release Candidate is expected to be released by the end of May of the early days of June.
After the Developer Preview came the Consumer Preview(Windows 8 beta) and now according to Winunleaked.tk, the Windows 8 Release Candidate which is a few weeks away from now,will be named” Release Preview”.
Though there isn’t any official word about the Release Candidate’s tentative release date or even the name for that matter from Microsoft,but we can expect that to come sooner than later as we inch closer to the release of Windows 8 RC.The Final version of Windows 8 is expected to be released in the later half of this year(read October 2012).Stay tuned for more Windows 8 Scoop.