Windows 8 build 8014

Build of Windows 8
OS family
Timebomb2012-03-15 (+295 days)
Works inVMware
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Windows 8 build 8014 is a build of Windows 8, which was uploaded to the BetaArchive FTP server on 29 January 2020. It is not compatible with Metro Unlocker v4 - it can only be unlocked using Redlock. This is the last available build of Windows 8 to use the "Microsoft Pre-Release Windows Operating System" branding on the watermark.

Redpill[edit | edit source]

Charms bar accessibility[edit | edit source]

To enable the right-hand charms bar on a non touchscreen device, open Registry Editor and then navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell. Once there, create a DWORD value called CharmBarMode and then set its value to 1.

Out-of-box experience[edit | edit source]

OOBE received a few changes in this build.

  • The language input is implemented from the bottom right of the OOBE pages.
  • The grayed out (example) writing has been renamed from John-PC to Home-PC.
  • The Make it yours page has been renamed to Personalize.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

The Genuine Center applet has been added in Control Panel.

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Key
Home Premium RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Professional HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
Prerelease (edition upgrade only) VKKC6-NQQQH-JW3QX-XRVKX-KJJK9
Starter 7Q28W-FT9PC-CMMYT-WHMY2-89M6G

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Explorer[edit | edit source]

Logging off and shutting down may lead to File Explorer crashing.

Compatibility[edit | edit source]

  • To install or run this build in VMware Workstation, the hardware compatibility version must be set to versions 8.x/9.x; otherwise, a bugcheck will occur.
  • This build can't be installed or run on newer versions of VirtualBox.

Aero Glass in Home Basic[edit | edit source]

This build automatically enables Aero Glass transparency even when installing the Home Basic SKUs, which is not supported by default. However, changing the color scheme (visual style) to another one and then back to the default one will disable Aero Glass.

Password bug on Metro login[edit | edit source]

When using the password reveal feature on the Metro login screen, the text appears scrambled, consisting of a mixture of letters and symbols from various languages such as Arabic, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Installing with a USB drive[edit | edit source]

The USB drive should be formatted with the NTFS file system, otherwise it won't boot correctly.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Redpill-specific[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]