Microsoft has started to compile the final version of its Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8, according to reports. Winunleaked posted details of a potential final build of Windows 8 today, naming it as 6.2.8888.16384.win8_rtm.120724-1555, and we have been able to independently confirm that the company is in the final stages of the RTM process. Microsoft is expected to sign off on the final 8888 build as early as this week, ahead of a promised first week of August schedule.

Windows 7 followed a similar process, with the final build marked as 6.1.7600.16385.090713-1255 back in 2009. The final version of Windows 8 will launch on October 26th, but MSDN and TechNet subscribers should get early access to the RTM version in the coming weeks. We have reached out to Microsoft to provide comment on its RTM schedule and we'll update you accordingly.