Windows 8: Installation image walk through

The download for the developers preview of Windows 8 went live not to long ago. If you are wanting to see what the install process looks like for Windows 8, look no further.

If you are expecting big changes from Windows 7, you may be a bit disappointed. But, there are some notable changes in the images below. The entire install process took about 30 minutes, but this was running in VM environment.

Overall, there were no issues getting the install up and running. So far, the experience has been painless, but it is important to remember that this is an early build of the OS.

Let us know in the comments how the install went for you. Did it go smoothly, have any unexpected hiccups or are you just loving the new Metro look and feel?

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so far every system I've tried to install it on gives me a face and a message saying hardware initialization failed or a black screen saying error and listing a few hex address values

My installation was exactly like this. I installed it as a VM on my MacBook Pro. Is the installation process different on a VM and a direct install? That is interesting.

My installation did not look like this. I had a very metro looking one.

I installed the 64 bit full developer version over Windows 7. I did a clean install on my main partition.

Maybe it looks different in a VM?

Andy1369 said,
I thought Windows 8 was going to get a new installation interface?

It will, my install was metro, unlike Neowin. I think its because they installed it on a VM

? I installed the developer preview on my laptop... are you referring to the first step of installation?

autobon said,

It will, my install was metro, unlike Neowin. I think its because they installed it on a VM

I purchased a new thinkpad x220t about a month ago. It's very sad Windows 7 lacks the basic UI to support touch screen. However, I'm very anxious to try out Windows 8. Has anyone upgraded their laptop to the preview? I'm wondering how the driver support is for Win 8, hopefully it's even less painful.

Suggestions?

Just given up trying to get the 32 bit version working in Virtual Box - random stalling at different points in the installation (5%, 35%, 13% unpacking and finally at halfway through the completing installation). Still it's late and I've probably forgotten to push a button somewhere

Pygmy_Hippo said,
Just given up trying to get the 32 bit version working in Virtual Box - random stalling at different points in the installation (5%, 35%, 13% unpacking and finally at halfway through the completing installation). Still it's late and I've probably forgotten to push a button somewhere

I installed it on my desktop, and currently it just bluescreens. Though I did get to see the new metro-ified BSOD. Ha it's interesting.

SharpGreen said,

I installed it on my desktop, and currently it just bluescreens. Though I did get to see the new metro-ified BSOD. Ha it's interesting.

They made the BSOD Metro-ified? Oh wow... I'm curious to see what it looks like... Lol.

Windows 8 looks like it will be great for tablets/touch devices but for traditional desktop users I don't see this new Start Screen as being particularly useful. The lack of an overhaul or significant improvement to what they now call the Classic Desktop means there's little incentive for regular PC users to upgrade from Vista or 7.

TsarLiam said,
Windows 8 looks like it will be great for tablets/touch devices but for traditional desktop users I don't see this new Start Screen as being particularly useful. The lack of an overhaul or significant improvement to what they now call the Classic Desktop means there's little incentive for regular PC users to upgrade from Vista or 7.

well, really not much of visual changes, but a lot of performance improvement, specialy in start up, shut down, managing programs, moving files, power consumption.... list goes on...

Yep, tons of incremental improvements to the standard desktop experience. I don't know if we'll ever see an "overhaul" in this area (what's left to do?). Still, there are the file copy experience is improved (file collision and cool speed graphs), the up button, the ribbon, new task manager, native ISO mounting, etc.

Also don't forget new hardware support (USB 3.0).

I'm not clear on whether the app store is for all apps or just "Metro-style" apps.

TsarLiam said,
Windows 8 looks like it will be great for tablets/touch devices but for traditional desktop users I don't see this new Start Screen as being particularly useful. The lack of an overhaul or significant improvement to what they now call the Classic Desktop means there's little incentive for regular PC users to upgrade from Vista or 7.

When you look at the server version of the OS, you can see how they've integrated Metro into the classic desktop. I expect the same treatment in the classic OS.

Aaron44126 said,
Yep, tons of incremental improvements to the standard desktop experience. I don't know if we'll ever see an "overhaul" in this area (what's left to do?). Still, there are the file copy experience is improved (file collision and cool speed graphs), the up button, the ribbon, new task manager, native ISO mounting, etc.

Also don't forget new hardware support (USB 3.0).

I'm not clear on whether the app store is for all apps or just "Metro-style" apps.

In the keynote, Steven said it's for all apps and that legacy apps will be published for free and with no licensing changes required.

TsarLiam said,
Windows 8 looks like it will be great for tablets/touch devices but for traditional desktop users I don't see this new Start Screen as being particularly useful. The lack of an overhaul or significant improvement to what they now call the Classic Desktop means there's little incentive for regular PC users to upgrade from Vista or 7.

The Start Screen is very useful for desktop users. I now no longer have to open an app to see whether there is an update; the aoo's tile on the Start Screen tells me the update. That is just one benefit, but there are many.