Fresh screenshots from a Milestone 3 copy of Windows 8 leaked to the Internet on Friday. And now that new version of Windows 8 has been leaked to the file sharing sites. This time it is 64-bit Windows 8 of M3 (milestone 3) build 6.2.7989.0 with full build string of 6.2.7989.0.amd64fre.winmain.110421-1825, apparently from winmain branch, the branch that typically get released as a beta, RC or RTM. The build string also indicates that the build is compiled and signed off on April 11, 2011, which is actually pretty old and hence does not reflect the current state of Windows 8 winmain builds.
There have been several major leaks of Windows 8 builds in the last couple of months. Compared with previous builds, this new leak brings such a change as the immersive UI (patched shsxs.dll for unlock required), new Aero in “Metro-style”, a new bootscreen with a Betta fish, new “Language Switcher” interface on Taskbar, new interface to enable or disable Windows functions, new History Vault interface, new progress indicator during installation of equipment, and the new background image, which like the previous one again contains cryptic crossword with new letters in it. However, some features such as user tiles have been locked and hidden instead.
The build is also found to be much more stable that previously leaked builds. So for people who interested, the leaked 64-bit version of Windows 8 M3 Build 7989 is now available for download via BT torrent.
There’s no confirmation that this build is genuine and it’s been out for more than long enough now for virus and malware writers to have injected code into it before releasing it to torrent sites. You should always therefore be very careful when downloading anything that isn’t directly from an official company website.
Keep in mind that toying with leaked releases is always fraught with danger, such as unstable and unfit for daily usage. Nevertheless, if you are really desperate to get a taste of Windows 8, I suggest you always try it on Virtual Machine such as VirtualBox.
It’s widely believed that the beta version of Windows 8 will be released soon, possibly as soon as this fall when the BUILD event is held.