Windows 8 build 8032

Build of Windows 8
OS familyWindows NT
Version number6.2
Build number8032
Build revision0
Architecturex86, x64
Build labfbl_core2_sid_data
Compiled on2011-06-23
Expiration date
Timebomb2012-03-15 (+266 days)
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Windows 8 build 8032 is a build of Windows 8. It is the last known build to use Windows 7 branding during installation and to ship in SKUs originating from Windows 7, as these became replaced by the all-purpose Prerelease SKU in later builds.

History[edit | edit source]

The earliest publicly shared screenshots of this build were sourced from BetaArchive user Pwned, who posted them to PCBeta on 1 April 2016.[1] On 6 April, a thread discussing the build in question was created on on 5 April 2016 by a user under the name of intelsystembridge. On 28 December 2018, members of the Chinese community BetaWorld found the build and shared it on the next day.[2] The build was later uploaded to the BetaArchive FTP server on 4 January 2019.

Editions and keys[edit | edit source]

Edition / SKU Key
Starter 7Q28W-FT9PC-CMMYT-WHMY2-89M6G
Home Premium RHPQ2-RMFJH-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Professional HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487
Prerelease (edition upgrade only) H9VCT-63NFW-FWHDR-F4J43-972K8

Redpill[edit | edit source]

The Redlock tool can be used to unlock all of the Redpill levels on this build, including the Start screen.

Some changes have occurred with Metro since build 8014. The Metro Control Panel now has a Personalization section, where the user can change the accent colors and patterns, as well as the lock screen background. While the general design by this point is much closer to 8056, some elements, such as the bigger size of the live tiles, the gradient effect on the Start screen, and some of the icons, resemble 8014.

Most of the placeholder icons in the ribbon of File Explorer introduced in build 8008 have been finally replaced by the ones seen in the RTM. However, some options still have the placeholder icons.

This is the first build to include Metro-style notifications. This can be easily seen when installing a third-party app, as Windows will inform that New apps are available for your PC or when inserting removable media.

Charms bar accessibility[edit | edit source]

To enable the right-hand charms bar on a non-touchscreen device, open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell. A DWORD value called CharmBarMode must be created in this key and its value set to 1.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Installation[edit | edit source]

There are 2 possible outcomes:

  • This build appears to have a broken XHCI driver, and therefore a bugcheck during the setup with the code 0x7E (SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED) caused by USBXHCL.SYS file will occur if USB 3.0 is enabled. Disabling USB 3.0 for the VM (or from the BIOS, on real hardware) should fix this problem.
  • The second stage of installation can take a long time to complete and may fail.

Compatibility[edit | edit source]

To install or run this build in VMware Workstation 15 or newer, the hardware compatibility version must be set to versions 8.x/9.x; otherwise, a partially garbled early-boot error will occur.

Aero Glass in Starter and Home Basic SKUs[edit | edit source]

This build automatically enables Aero Glass transparency after installing the Starter and Home Basic SKUs, despite product not supporting it by default. Changing the current visual style over to a different one (e.g.: Windows Basic) will cause glass effects to be disabled. This is the last build that has this bug.

Microsoft Confidential in winver[edit | edit source]

On this build's winver dialog box, the text of the disclaimer is colored black instead of the red that is seen in earlier and later builds.

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.

OOBE[edit | edit source]

This build's Windows 7 OOBE background is destroyed. This quirk persisted until build 8118.

Themes[edit | edit source]

There are several exploits with themes, like transparency in the Aero Lite theme and the High contrast themes.

Store[edit | edit source]

The Store is labelled @{ms-resource:ShortItemName}.

High Contrast (Redpill only)[edit | edit source]

High Contrast can be incredibly buggy in this build, and some Developer Preview builds following it, when Metro UI is enabled via Redpill unlocking tools like Redlock, with bugs including but not limited to the Start Screen having a completely transparent background, and Aero Lite just not switching to its High Contrast counterpart when High Contrast is on, leading to the exact same issues as trying to use High Contrast on regular Aero.

Additionally, if High Contrast's colour scheme is set by a 3rd-party program, no parts of Metro UI will acknowledge any High Contrast customisations, and changing Themes and back will not retain those customisations either, instead reverting to the standard High Contrast variant.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

Interface[edit | edit source]

Redpill-specific[edit | edit source]

PCBeta images[edit | edit source]

BetaWorld screenshots[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]