Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013: A Customized Version of Windows 8
Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013 is a customized version of Windows 8 that was created by an independent developer. It is based on Windows 8 Professional 64-bit edition and includes many features, tweaks, applications and drivers that are not present in the official release. In this article, we will review some of the main characteristics of this operating system and how it differs from the original Windows 8.
Features of Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013
According to the developer, Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013 has the following features[^1^] [^2^]:
It can be installed from any 32-bit operating system.
It contains extra drivers for almost all devices.
It has Comodo Internet Security suite preinstalled for out-of-the-box protection.
It has an advanced WinPE boot menu for easy setup and useful utilities.
It is activated automatically and remains activated for six months. After that, the user has to use an activator again to renew the activation period.
It has advanced context menu entries to get quicker access to system functions.
It has a modified boot entry specially for this operating system to easily select it if multiple versions of Windows are installed.
It is updated with latest hotfixes and patches as of January 2013.
It has patched uxtheme files for third-party theme support.
It has a new default theme, plus more third-party themes included.
It has new wallpapers and cursors.
It has tabbed Windows Explorer browsing with qttabbar.
It has a sidebar from Windows 7 with lots of useful gadgets.
Applications Included in Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013
In addition to the features mentioned above, Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013 also includes several applications that are preinstalled and ready to use[^1^] [^2^]. These applications are:
.NET Framework 3.5
Java Runtime Environment v7 Update 11 (32-bit and 64-bit)
DirectX 9.0c Latest
K-lite Mega Codec Pack 9.7.0 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Nero 12 Lite Edition
Winrar 4.20 x64
Driver Magician 3.71 Pro
TuneUp Utilities 2013
Internet Download Manager 6.14
Tweaks Included in Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013
Besides the features and applications, Windows 8 Extreme Edition R2 2013 also has some tweaks that improve its performance and usability[^1^] [^2^]. These tweaks are:
Faster shutdown and startup.
Register/unregister context menu entry for dll and OCX files.
Show My Computer, Documents and Network icons on Desktop.
Add Useraccounts 2 on Control Panel.
Auto Arrange desktop icons.
"Take Ownership" in context menu.
Additional Avlon Effect (DWM).
Slow Motion Effect (DWM).
PowerOff after shutdown.
Windows will tell you exactly what it is doing when it is shutting down or booting (you can see it on logon screen).
Add "Explore from here" context menu while right-clicking on folders (very useful for Windows 7 start menu). 061ffe29dd