Windows 8 build 8250

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Build of Windows 8
OS family
Architecturex86, x64
Timebomb2013-01-15 (+333 days)
Works in
Consumer Preview
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Windows 8 build 8250 is the official Consumer Preview build of Windows 8. This build was released by Microsoft on 29 February 2012.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

  • As of 2020, it's the earliest leaked build to drop the Windows XP/Vista/7 flag and replace it with the new, Metro-style one (note: build 8277 has a higher build number and uses the old logo, but it was compiled on 8 February 2012, before this build).
  • The Metro interface has been given major updates that makes them resemble the RTM.
  • This build allows changing different background styles and colors and the lock screen background is different.
  • A working Windows Store and Live apps.
  • This build installs multiple other Metro applications as well, as with the other Windows 8 builds officially released from Microsoft.

Bugs and quirks[edit | edit source]

Timebomb[edit | edit source]

It is one of the notable Windows 8 builds to not activate the timebomb if you install it on the current date as the timebomb is broken.

Transparency effects in the Windows Basic theme[edit | edit source]

When using the Windows Basic visual style, transparency effects can be enabled by means of a bug in the Personalization Control Panel. To do so:

  1. Right-click the desktop and open up Personalization. Now click on the "Window Color" link given at the bottom of the window. Keep the window open.
  2. Open a separate personalization window and apply the Windows Basic theme.
  3. Go back to the other personalization window that you opened at the start, uncheck "Enable transparency" option and then re-check it. Click on "Save changes" button. This will cause "glass" effects.

Gallery[edit | edit source]