Windows 8 build 8422 (fbl_woa)

Build of Windows 8
OS familyWindows NT
Version number6.2
Build number8422
Build revision0
Build labfbl_woa
Compiled on2012-05-24
Expiration date
Timebomb2013-01-15 (+236 days)
RT (CoreARM)
Product key
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Windows 8 build 8422 (fbl_woa) is a build of Windows 8, which was uploaded to BetaArchive on 19 February 2019. It is only available for the ARM32 architecture.

Installation[edit | edit source]

QEMU installation guide:

Prerequisites[edit | edit source]

The following requirements used in order to install this build onto a virtual machine are listed below:

  • A copy of QEMU v6.2.0, modified for Windows RT compatibility
  • A version of the TianoCore EDK II firmware designed for ARM32 emulation (included above), to be placed in the QEMU installation directory under fw/QEMU_EFI_1512_driver1998.fd
  • One virtual hard disk image (for storing the operating system)

Precautions[edit | edit source]

  • Certain Windows 8 builds (such as 8330 (fbl_woa) or 8422 (fbl_woa)) may fail to properly load certain binaries on most startup attempts due to an emulation bug that causes the boot environment to read files incorrectly (especially the Hardware Abstraction Layer) causing an invalid checksum error, despite the files themselves being unmodified. This can be worked around by attempting to retry the startup attempt multiple times.
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    • USB emulation is largely unstable and may result in all input devices failing to register any user inputs. To restore input, switch to the QEMU compatibility monitor (Ctrl+Alt+2) and run the following commands:
    device_del kbd
    device_add usb-kbd,id=kbd
    device_del mice
    device_add usb-tablet,id=mice
    • Multiple BSODs might cause "Preparing Automatic Repair" messages, an early boot error will appear afterwards.
    • As of 2024, builds within the 843x-9600.16384 range cannot be booted on QEMU because the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) implementation in these builds is not compatible with the current state of emulated ARM system.

    Instructions[edit | edit source]

    Create the needed virtual disk image through the diskpart utility by running the below script; they will be created under a directory in the C: drive named ARM8. The partitions it will contain will be respectively mounted under drive letters F and P.

    create vdisk file="C:\ARM8\HDD.vhd" maximum=65536 type=expandable
    select vdisk file="C:\ARM8\HDD.vhd"
    attach vdisk
    convert gpt
    create partition efi size=100
    format quick fs=fat32
    assign letter=F
    create partition primary
    format quick fs=ntfs
    assign letter=P

    Deploy the image and apply the generic product key from the build's installation media by invoking the following DISM commands, then add the boot files to the EFI partition:

    DISM /Apply-Image /ImageFile:"X:\path\to\install.wim" /ApplyDir:P:\ /Index:1
    DISM /Image:P:\ /Set-ProductKey:NFV72-RG2HG-7FTTP-8FJTB-FF848 /AcceptEula
    bcdboot "P:\Windows" /s F: /f UEFI

    Eject the currently attached virtual disk from the machine, then paste and run the contents of the below script onto a batch file within the QEMU installation directory, replacing YYYY-MM-DD with the build's compile date:

    set MAIN="C:\ARM8\HDD.vhd"
    qemu-system-arm ^
        -M virt,highmem=false -cpu cortex-a15 -smp cores=4,threads=2 -m 2048 ^
        -device usb-kbd,id=kbd -device usb-tablet,id=mice ^
        -drive id=SD,if=none,file=%MAIN% -device sd-card,drive=SD ^
        -bios fw\QEMU_EFI_1512_driver1998.fd -device VGA ^
        -rtc base=YYYY-MM-DD,clock=vm ^
        --accel tcg,thread=multi

    Continue installing the operating system through normal means.

    Changes[edit | edit source]

    Windows Setup[edit | edit source]

    The respective boot string used to display registry changes performed by SetupCl prior to the second phase of setup has been nullified.

    Interface[edit | edit source]

    Logon UI[edit | edit source]

    Power options are now accessible when the device is locked.

    Internet Explorer[edit | edit source]

    The pin tile button in the immersive Internet Explorer 10 user interface has been changed to display a drop-down menu that lets the user either add a site to their favorites list or pin it directly to the start screen. The default set of favorited items from the desktop counterpart are now also present in the immersive version.

    Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

    The default wallpaper set has been reverted to the variant observed in earlier 83xx-series development builds, and the provided set of Start screen patterns have also been changed back to those observed in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The File Explorer's present name has been introduced, in light of the changes introduced as part of the new Windows 8 user interface.

    Bugs[edit | edit source]

    Setup[edit | edit source]

    Setup may appear to freeze at the end. Hard resetting the device will allow the user to complete setup.

    Gallery[edit | edit source]

    Setup[edit | edit source]

    Interface[edit | edit source]

    Metro UI[edit | edit source]

    Desktop UI[edit | edit source]

    Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]