Windows 8 Secrets: RTM Graphical Assets

With tech enthusiast web sites from around the world now leaking the RTM version of Windows 8, your intrepid “Windows 8 Secrets” co-authors offer a better look at the graphical assets that other sites only hint at. In this new co-post, we look briefly at leaked images of the Windows 8 RTM Start screen patterns, and lock screen and desktop wallpapers. Pre-order Windows 8 Secrets today on Amazon.com and save!

This week, Win8China leaked some of the new default lock screen images in the RTM version of Windows 8. But what they don’t show you is what this actually looks like on the lock screen. Here it is:

Here’s what the full set of default lock screen images looks like:

Win8China.com also leaked the final set of Windows 8 Start screen patterns. You may recall that Microsoft had previously provided a small number of these patterns in previous Windows 8 milestone releases. But in the final, RTM version of Windows 8, we can see that not only are there 20 patterns—up from 10 in the Release Preview—but that many of these patterns are quite colorful.

Here’s the PC Settings interface for personalizing the Start screen in the RTM version of Windows 8:

Earlier this week, TECHIT leaked the default Windows 8 wallpaper, which is a beautiful flower photograph:

Windows 8 also ships with a set of default themes, Earth and Flowers. Here are thumbnails of the wallpaper sets that come with these themes:

Have you seen any other Windows 8 leaks you’d like to know more about? Drop us a line and let us know!

–Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott