Windows 8 beta installation images show minor changes

New screenshots have emerged from Win8China that show changes to the installation process of Windows 8 that have been made in the Windows 8 beta builds. It is unclear what exact build these screenshots have come from, but we’re glad to see more progress by Microsoft on Windows 8.

During the installation you can now easily bring up a virtual on-screen Metro-styled keyboard where necessary, presumably to help those who are installing Windows 8 on touchscreen tablets. Microsoft also appear to have streamlined the installation choices: you now have the option of either Keep Windows settings… or Keep Nothing; this is much clearer than what was present during the Windows 7 installation.

In a separate post Win8China have shown off even more installation screenshots, including a new option to pick a color along with a PC name and options to show the password you have chosen for your PC.

Note that the screenshots above shows that this is from the WIndows 8 Beta

While these changes are minor, again it’s good to see progress on the part of Microsoft and it just makes us more excited for the launch of the Windows 8 beta sometime in late February.

Thanks to FaiKee for the tip via the forums!

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Mac is still cleaner compare to Windows. Couple of clicks, no product keys and stuff that is useless. And the best you can customize the stuff that you want to install.

Simple and clean can always beat the competition.

Chica Ami said,
Mac is still cleaner compare to Windows. Couple of clicks, no product keys and stuff that is useless. And the best you can customize the stuff that you want to install.

Simple and clean can always beat the competition.

JUST STOP IT!! The unified menu bar on a mac on 27 inch screen is a fricken joke. Also when i minimize applications in windows 7 the programs minimize to their own icons and not to some window preview icon, too small to tell what the application is, on the right side of the dock. Windows 7 absolutely obliterates OSX in every UI facet. Im sick of this punting for reasons why people overpaid for their vanity. You know on MS dosent sit around making the prettiest icons the world has ever seen just to sell Windows like Apple does with OSX.

The one thing I hate about the windows phone and windows 8 keyboards are the absence of the number row. If they want me to use the os/device to be productive, they need to add one instead of me stopping, finding the number mode switch, finding the number, then switching back to alpha mode. It gets even worse with symbols.

Einlander said,
The one thing I hate about the windows phone and windows 8 keyboards are the absence of the number row. If they want me to use the os/device to be productive, they need to add one instead of me stopping, finding the number mode switch, finding the number, then switching back to alpha mode. It gets even worse with symbols.

This is because MS copied Apple's iOS keyboards.

WinA said,
Tablet OS.

I'm gonna stick with Windows 7

Do you really believe you'll see a keyboard on your screen on a Windows 8 PC?

Even the On-screen keyboard looks better in Windows 7 with transparency. Why o why did they decide to make it this ugly? It doesn't look as bad as that horrible green but it can be made to look far better. Never imagined ugliness would ever be a factor in not upgrading to a newer version of Windows

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's Metro now... it's meant to be ugly.

Sure seems that way.
They're throwing out everything I consider sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing about the current Windows user interface, and instead going for a design that's reminding me more of DOS than anything else.

Does anyone know whether the public beta will use the serial injection technique Microsoft discussed, whereby you won't have to type in the serial number? The sooner we stop having to type in serial keys the better.

rounded corners? i cant really remember the installation of the Win8DP but i would choose the angular aero over the rounded anytime...

Morden said,
rounded corners? i cant really remember the installation of the Win8DP but i would choose the angular aero over the rounded anytime...

They're probably still working on updating all of the forms I'm sure.

For the first time I must say, the colors and the font look good and clean and I hope they are able to keep consistency in the final explorer UI.....

I hope they remove the final remains of aero before the final beta build is ready!!

If you want a password, choose something that will be easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.

Ah so that's what I've been doing wrong all these years. I thought it needed to be the other way around!

.Neo said,

Ah so that's what I've been doing wrong all these years. I thought it needed to be the other way around!
Lol

.Neo said,

Ah so that's what I've been doing wrong all these years. I thought it needed to be the other way around!

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