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 latest available build to use the "Microsoft Pre-Release Windows Operating System" branding on the watermark. The "picture password" was added in this build.

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.
  • Ease of Access gained its final icon.
  • "Make it yours" has been renamed to "Personalize".
  • The color slider is now visible.

Start Screen[edit | edit source]

  • The default wallpaper of the Start Screen has changed to the non-fish wallpaper.

Log in screen[edit | edit source]

  • The Microsoft Confidential watermark is presented into the middle bottom, but will be later changed to "Windows Developer Preview" in build 8032.

Immersive[edit | edit source]

  • The Activate Windows applet now finally functions into the Normal Control Panel and Immersive Control Panel.

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Name Key
Home Premium RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Professional HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
Prerelease (edition upgrade only) VKKC6-NQQQH-JW3QX-XRVKX-KJJK9

Bugs[edit | edit source]

Explorer[edit | edit source]

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

Installation[edit | edit source]

  • If you are going to install this build on VMware, use VMware 8.x or 9.x compatibility. Otherwise, it will refuse to boot with a black screen showing an error code of either 0x0000001E or 0x0000000A.
  • This build cannot be installed in VirtualBox. It will refuse to boot with a black screen showing an error code of either 0x0000001E or 0x0000000A.

Installing with a USB[edit | edit source]

You should format your USB as NTFS file system or it won't boot correctly.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Notices[edit | edit source]

  • There's a verbose boot screen in this build.
  • There's a shocking new developer mention in the Metro Control Panel while going to Users > Microsoft ID.