Well lucky, lucky me, I'm currently downloading the RTM for a free 90 trial.... so no waiting to test it out for myself. Whoooppppeeeee.
I found the info here at Tweaking With Vishal. From this page there are links to the Microsoft Download Service for the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of the Win 8 RTM.
So yeah, it's all legal and above board. The only thing you need is a valid Hotmail/Livemail account and a password registered with MS.... if you used an account to download the Previews then you can use that one... I did.
Why not, folks... it won't cost you anything to try out the RTM and truly evaluate this OS.
Quoting starkers, reply 18I just hope that we can still use these Stardock and Winstep apps when Win 8 becomes available to the regular public in Oct/Nov.
Yes, mate, we really need these apps to bring Win 8 into line with a regular desktop experience. Without them Win 8 would be a woeful and highly frustrating, hair pulling, tantrum inducing experience, so thank you, thank you, thank you for Winstep Xtreme... it is the difference between giving Win 8 a chance and totally rejecting it as unusable.
While Stardock's Start8 allows users to boot directly to a regular desktop while replacing the start button , I do not like the subsequent tiled menu which more-or-less replicates the Metro UI but in a condensed format [sorry Brad, but it just isn't for me], which is why WSX is so important to me. The NextStart component provides a workable and familiar start menu that links to everything you'd ever need... what's not to like!!!
Whoa, in the time I took to type this out [approx 15 mins with distractions] [also, one finger typist here] the download has reached 78% and has only 14 mins to go.
Anyhow, it's 4.45am so I'll be back later today [Saturday here in Oz] with opinions/what I've learned about the RTM