It was inevitable that someone would leak the RTM of the next version of Windows. Less than 24 hours after Microsoft announced that it had build the Windows 8 RTM, the Enterprise version made its debut on various file sharing sites on the Internet. RTM is another word for the final version of a software that is ready for distribution to be sold through retail channels and made available on OEM devices.
What’s interesting in this regard is that it is Enterprise N that leaked, a version of Windows designed specifically for the European market shipping without the company’s media player.
The following information were posted on various sites:
SIZE: 3,009,678,501 byte
NOTE: this is original files NON-boot DVD M$ distributive.
“ENTERPRISE-N” version Windows 8 not include Windows Media Player
According to users who commented on the release it appears to the real deal so to speak. I’d like to point out at this moment that pirated software may include malicious code that its distributors have added to the software. That’s another reason not to go after the release, with the other one being that it is not legal to do so.
It also appears that the release does not include an activation crack so that users can only use it for 30 days before it needs to be registered. While it is possible that the rearm commands work, it is still another limitation.
Microsoft is staying tight lipped about the leak and it is likely that it will stay that way. If you are interested in Windows 8 you can grab a copy of the operating system when it comes out on October 26, 2012, or, if you are a MSDN or TechNet subscriber, or Microsoft Partner, as early as August 15 from official sources.