Windows 8 Elite Black VR2

Windows 8 Elite Black VR2
Crusty Windows bootleg
The desktop of Windows 8 Elite Black VR2
The desktop of Windows 8 Elite Black VR2
Original OSWindows XP SP3
Release dateSeptember 3, 2012
AuthorMohamed Elshinawy of Magic Team
CountryDamietta, Egypt
Architecture(s)x86 (32-bit)
File size679.6 MiB
Download linkWin XP - 8.iso
Date addedAugust 6, 2022
Live CDNo

Windows 8 Elite Black VR2 is a bootleg Windows XP SP3 edition, which was created by Mohamed Elshinawy of Magic Team. It released on September 3, 2012, and was added to the archive on August 6, 2022.


The bootleg is a modified Windows XP SP3 ISO. It comes with a Windows 7 theme including sounds and icons. It comes with many customization programs, and "Additional Software" with many programs on it which you can choose to install.

Despite the OS name being Windows 8, this bootleg has mostly Windows 7 branding. The only Windows 8 related branding is in the boot screen, the System Properties, and the login wallpaper, which is from Windows 8 Milestone 3.

It has a boot selector integrated, which comes with Partition Magic 8.2, Active@ Password Changer (Password Reset 3) and Norton Ghost 8.5. The first and last ones run off of a Windows ME RAM disk while the second runs off of FreeDOS.

It is unattended and preactivated. This bootleg was made using nLite and Windows Unattended CD Creator 0.9.8.

Changes from Windows XP SP3

Minor changes

  • The Desktop Properties dialog is styled to look like the Windows 7 one. The theme selector has been replaced with a fake one
  • OEM branding is included, along with Support Information which is just a picture of the author's contact information
  • The Run dialog now has a banner and an updated icon
  • The Winver has been remodeled to replicate Windows XP Genius Edition 2010

Changes in pre-desktop procedures

  • New setup graphics. The setup background is changed. The countdown is moved to the bottom left, while the progress bar is on the bottom right
  • New boot screen with Windows 8 branding and a Windows Vista loading bar
  • New pre-OOBE graphics
  • The OOBE video is changed to a rather strange looping animation which lasts 30 seconds
  • New login graphics

Look and feel

  • New default theme, and wallpaper
  • 3 new themes included. Luna's background is changed
  • 31 new wallpapers included
  • New icon set
  • The sound scheme consists of Windows 7 sounds. Curiously, the startup and shutdown sounds seem to be female text-to-speech voices. The startup sound has the voice say "Welcome in Windows 8 Elite".


Customization Utilities

  • ViGlance 1.0
  • RocketDock 1.3.5
  • Fast Explorer

Additional Software

  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6.15 (Mozilla Firefox Beta 2012)
  • Yahoo Messenger
  • Opera 11.01 (Opera10.6 Final)
  • IDM 5.18 Beta 2 (IDM5.18.B2)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 Lite (cracked, Adobe Photoshop CS3)
  • Foxit Reader 9.2 (Foxit Reader Bdf 9.2)
  • Windows Power Tools 5.0 (Fast Windows)
  • AIMP 2.61 (AIMP Beta 2012)
  • HashTab Shell Extension 3.0.0 (HashTab Beta 2012)
  • Everything (Every Search)
  • Autorun Virus Remover V2.3 (AutoRun)
  • UltraISO Beta 6.4.1
  • Dr Salman's Quick Accelerator (Fast System Tools)
  • TuneUp Beta 2012 (actually a registry script, possibly a crack for TuneUp Utilities)
  • CCleaner 3.04.1389 (Cleaner Final)


  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (Net From Work 3.5)

Customization Utilities

  • Vista Rainbar 4.6 (Windows Sidebar Beta)
  • TrueTransparency
  • Y'z Shadow (YZ Shadow Beta)
  • TransBar
  • Fast Explorer 2008


Bootleg quirks

  • "TuneUp Beta 2012" will not lead to TuneUp Utilities 2012 itself - it will just drop a Reg2EXE to your desktop. It could possibly be a crack for TuneUp Utilities.
  • All themes are marked as corrupt by default due to the fact the icons they attempt to use not existing on the system. As such, all theme images have been patched to function by using the default system icons.
  • There are 36 deleted images in the thumbnail cache of the Wallpapers directory.
  • In the Screensaver tab, there is a text down below the screensaver selector that says "NVIDIA® Asus GeForce® 8600 GTS graphics card for Windows Vista and Microsoft® Windows® 7™".
  • If you launch Dr Salman's Quick Accelerator from the Magic Programs dialog, a macro program will launch that automatically optimizes the system for you.
  • TrueTransparency and Y'z Shadow do not work, because they are compressed and this bootleg doesn't come with any archivers.
  • When you run "Magic Programs", it will play music on startup.