It’s guaranteed that Microsoft’s latest operating Windows 8 would make its way onto the Internet, but the Redmond company probably didn’t expect just how quickly it actually did. In fact, a final version of the OS is now available for download through the file sharing sites and its available just 24 hours after the OS was made available to their OEM partners.
The copy that is available is Windows 8 N version meaning that this version does not come bundled with Windows Media Player. The reason behind the lack of this bundling stems from a 2004 court mandate within the European Union which required that Microsoft make a copy of Windows without a media player included. Although Microsoft has not gone on the record to provide an official comment on this subject, it would seem fairly likely that it was someone working for one of the OEM partners that may have released a copy of Windows 8 online.
This is quite an early leak when you consider that Technet and MSDN users will not be able to download a copy of the final version until August 15th while the public release date is October 26th. If you’re searching for Windows 8, I think it makes sense to wait until the OS becomes officially released before you upgrade your home computer.