Windows 8 RTMed on August 1st, 2012 and very next day first ISO image leaked to the web. Soon after, various versions of Windows 8 leaked to the web, as per various tech blogs.
A torrent claiming to be Windows 8 Enterprise N for x64 machines has appeared on torrent search engines. The ISO file is compressed to 2.83 GB. But the comments look promising. Downloaders have tested the ISO after extracting the compressed archive, and it is Genuinely Windows 8 RTM, Enterprise edition.
Warning: We don’t recommend you go out looking for these illegal downloads. If you’re interested in buying Windows 8 Legally, read on.
The ISO is named MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.ENTERPRISE-N.RTM.X64.VOLUMN.ENGLISH.NON_BOOT_DVD-SAMOVARWZT. ISO doesn’t include a boot.wim file, hence the reason the words NON_BOOT_DVD. But if one does an upgrade or clean install from within Windows 7, bootable ISO is not needed.
More about the leaked Windows 8 build:
BUILD: 9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247 9200.16384.120725-1247_x64fre_enterprisen_en-us_VL_EnterpriseN-NONBOOT_DVD.rar SIZE: 3,009,678,501 byte SHA-1: 06E84C99BB14949443018DC4E6447A7501BD25E4 MD5: B70FE9CDE8B3C5E7E360660F64F8FF58 NOTE: this is original files NON-boot DVD M$ distributive. "ENTERPRISE-N" version Windows 8 not include Windows Media Player.
The version leaked is an “N” edition of Windows 8 which does not include a bundled copy of Windows Media Player. Microsoft was forced to create the special N editions of Windows after the European Commission ruled in 2004 that it needed to provide a copy of Windows without Windows Media Player tied in.
Update: Bootable Windows 8 RTM available here.
One of the users have also posted screenshot of this build after installing it:
How To Download Windows 8 RTM ISO Legally
If you are an MSDN subscriber, you can get Windows 8 RTM after August 15, 2012. We know you are eager to try Windows 8, but you should wait for it.
On August 15th, you can visit the MSDN Subscriptions. You will see the link to download Windows 8 RTM. This will be also be available for all IT Admins and professionals wh are interested in adopting Windows 8 for the enterprises.
On August 16, customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows may download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).
If you wish to buy it like an end-customer, you will have to wait till October 26th, 2012. Windows 8 Home Premium would retail for $200 and would go upto $400 for the Windows 8 Ultimate edition.