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Microsoft securely cracking down on Windows 8 Partner Builds

In light of the impending BUILD conference and consistent with the level of interest about Windows 8, Microsoft are starting to lock down new Windows 8 Builds.

The newest version seems to be Windows 8 Build 8064 and workers at Intel are reporting the following changes:

“IntelDistrib would like to announce the immediate availability of Windows 8 x86 Client Build 8039 for testing at Intel.

NOTE:
There are two changes to the EEAP builds starting with this EEAP that you should be aware of:

  • All OS installations using these builds will now require the unique key for the Windows Developer Preview. Installation with previous generic keys will no longer be supported. PRODKEY.TXT files containing generic keys will no longer be included in the build packages. You will have to get the New Product Key provided on the product site. This is a special key as part of the partnership Intel has with Microsoft.
  • The name of the EEAP builds in this package contain “FBL_EEAP” instead of “WINMAIN”. This change is a name change only, and will not affect your ability to download or use these builds in your testing.”

This is probably just the first of many security changes that will be required before and after the release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview.

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