As we’ve seen on older betas, Windows 8 CP shows a wallpaper watermark indicating it’s not a final build. The lock screen or Metro UI don’t have any similar nagging reminder, and spending a majority of my time in the desktop mode, the message is tacky to say the least. Here’s a solution I found circulating on a few forums:

  1. Download this zip file and install the InstallTakeOwnership.reg registry file
  2. Take Ownership from the shell32.dll.mui file located on C:WindowsSystem32en-US
  3. Take Ownership from the basebrd.dll.mui file located on C:WindowsBrandingBasebrden-US
  4. Copy and replace the shell32.dll.mui from the Edited Files to C:WindowsSystem32en-US
  5. Copy and replace the basebrd.dll.mui from the Edited Files to C:WindowsBrandingBasebrden-US
  6. Close the Windows Explorer window and open the Command Prompt with Administrator rights (remember that Win + X shortcut?)
  7. Type mcbuilder, wait for it to finish and reboot.

Other quick tips

Drivers Windows 8 won’t suffer the same fate Vista did with drivers. Most Windows 7 drivers will work just fine with the new OS. Nvidia advised GeForce owners to use the readily available 295.73 driver set, while AMD decided to release new Radeon drivers for the Consumer Preview.

  • Recalling storage space after setup Your mileage may vary with a Windows 7 upgrade. It worked great for me but remember this is still beta software. Anyway, if you upgraded you may want to restore files from the Windows.old directory which contains data from your older OS installation and other files used during the setup using the Disk Cleanup tool. Reminder #2: If you upgrade, you can’t revert back to Windows 7.You can recover a few gigabytes worth of storage space if you
    clean up after a Windows 8 upgrade.

Upgrading to Windows 8 Windows 8 will offer a complete upgrade option from Windows 7, but the same won’t be possible if you are using Vista or XP (or the current Consumer Preview for that matter). System requirements for Windows 8 are essentially the same as Windows 7 (which were similar to Vista), so most semi-modern hardware will run it just fine.

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