Originally Posted by Baghi
Oh, I see. The title is misleading then.
Not really, RTM doesn't mean it will be officially released. RTM is a Manufacture only release. Its for companies like DELL, HP, etc. So they can start mass installing Windows 8.1 on their OEM machines. So when the official Windows 8.1 release time comes, they will have machines ready to stock store shelves with the new OS.
Originally Posted by tpi2007
Let's see if they make it available as a separate ISO, for months now their PR strategy has been this: force people to create an on-line account (which acts as a sort of registration when you think about it, something that is against the privacy you should be entitled to), go into the store in order to get the update. No mention whatsoever of it being available through Windows update (like Windows XP SP2 was) or as a separate ISO.
The only saving grace for enthusiasts like us is that we know better and will just make a clean install from the full Windows 8.1 ISO, that one I'm sure will be made available. Still, an unnecessary hassle for many.
There should be an ISO, if they are releasing a retail copy like they said they would. You can expect ISO's to be on MSDN eventually. Which will eventually leak from there to torrent sites and other places. Tho you should be able to get the official ISO directly from Microsoft through their own download tool
Originally Posted by Raven Dizzle
According to credible sources (Mary jo Foley being one), when it RTMs, Microsoft may not release to MSDN/Technet subscribers, who will have the same release date as everyone else.
I wouldn't doubt it, as that would keep it out of hands of people until launch day comes. If it happens to have major issues, last thing Microsoft needs is people sharing videos and pictures of all the things that you can expect wrong with it before its even for sale.