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Nov 23 2011   1:03PM GMT

Windows 8 “Improving the Setup Experience”

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Its about time Microsoft makes the installation of Windows easier, what better way to draw clients then to make things easy for them?

Installing Windows is a complex operation that provides an incredibly unique capability—the ability to run a new version of Windows on a vast array of hardware configurations and combinations that were designed with no knowledge of a future Windows, even a version with substantial re-architecture of the Kernel. While most people do not experience the full code path of setup/upgrade (because they buy new PCs and choose to get a new version of Windows that way), even orchestrating the new PC “out of box experience” (OOBE) is a complex technical challenge. Our aim in improving setup is to reduce the time from start to finish so that customers can get to Windows and use the full power of Windows to further customize and ultimately enjoy their new Windows experience. – Christa St. Pierre

During planning for Windows 8, we wanted to hear from customers who chose not to upgrade to Windows 7 even though their PCs would run it. In 2010 we commissioned a study of how people make PC purchase decisions, and talked to customers in three global markets to find out more. While the list of reasons as to why a customer chose not to upgrade varied by market, we have received notable feedback that upgrading the PC was perceived as difficult. So even though many customers wantedto upgrade, the current setup experience might be something that just wasn’t easy enough to make them feel confident in doing so.

So if setup and installation was easier, and possibly more affordable, more people would upgrade to Windows 8. I would suggest that they add the ability to create an image of your system before, and after the installation, kind of like a snapshot so you can roll back if you so choose, and if you are satisfied with Windows 8, it would be nice to have a restore point if your HDD dies, which happens all to often!

Thoughts anyone? If Microsoft manages to streamline the install, backup, and maintenance, are you willing to make the jump? Its kind of like asking you to upgrade from Windows XP to Vista, will it be better, or will the interface drive you nuts? FYI There is supposed to be a way to have the Windows 7 UI… which is a good thing. 🙂

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