Windows 8 installation screenshots leak, show entire install process

It was only this morning that we learned that Windows 8 had finally made its way on to Microsoft Connect. Since that posting, the entire installation process has been captured for your viewing pleasure.

The images come courtesy of Winreview.ru and show the entire Windows 8 installation process. The entire process has the 'Metro' design language which should not come as a surprise considering it is expected Microsoft will bring Windows 8 into the Metro branding. We have already seen a small glimpse of this with the 'Aero Lite' theme that surfaced a few weeks back.

Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 in 2012 with the current rumored retail availability for January 2013. Another rumor also suggests that there may be a beta as soon as this fall.

All of the installation images are posted in our gallery below.

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I'm kinda starting to think that the release of Windows 8 could be sooner than what people are predicting.

I'm guessing they will release Windows 8 quite possibly in the first quarter of 2012...as opposed to the last quarter of 2012.

texasghost said,
I'm kinda starting to think that the release of Windows 8 could be sooner than what people are predicting.

I'm guessing they will release Windows 8 quite possibly in the first quarter of 2012...as opposed to the last quarter of 2012.

I think as long as more money can be sucked out of Windows 7, microsoft won't waste a potential "New OS" , and Windows 7 is going very well at this point, and it will continue to do so, because it is a great Vista R2 release.

RvXtm said,

I think as long as more money can be sucked out of Windows 7, microsoft won't waste a potential "New OS" , and Windows 7 is going very well at this point, and it will continue to do so, because it is a great Vista R2 release.

It's not a Vista R2 release.

I like the layout of the installer could use having commandlinks instead of radio buttons though and an aero wizard style back button like the 10th screenshot.

jasonon said,
WHY DOES THAT NOOB USE IE9? and the windows 8 splash screen is is similar to the zune one

Windows 8 has IE9 as default browser, this pictures show the default post-install screen.

jasonon said,
WHY DOES THAT NOOB USE IE9? and the windows 8 splash screen is is similar to the zune one

yes, because they are incorporating the metro layout

I'm curios if they bring updates to WDDM, audio/network stack and such, it must have usb3 native support, maybe as light peak is kind of a "external PCI express" capability, new API's will be in place to take care of the transition to a faster IO interface. The windows store idea is pretty cool, but it's good to keep in mind that not everyone has money to put in store software that work perfectly fine by other "install means"

It's amazing to me how many people are shocked by the fact that Microsoft creates Windows X+1 by starting with Windows X.

"FAKE THAT LOOKS LIKE WINDOWS 7"

"THAT ONE DIALOG STILLS SAYS WINDOWS SERVER 2008"

No duh.

Stetson said,
It's amazing to me how many people are shocked by the fact that Microsoft creates Windows X+1 by starting with Windows X.

"FAKE THAT LOOKS LIKE WINDOWS 7"

"THAT ONE DIALOG STILLS SAYS WINDOWS SERVER 2008"

No duh.

Even the Fedora 15 beta installer proudly proclaims Fedora 14 in its splash.

Flawed said,
Reminds me of the encom scene in Tron Legacy: "This year we put a 12 on the box".

Seriously, stop talking crap, Microsoft (if the dates are correct) have like ~18 months to develop Windows 8. If you've learned any thing about previous Windows milestones then you'll know that we won't be seeing major UI work until far later/closer to release.

Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 in 2012 with the current rumored retail availability for January 2013.
Its a long, long journey.
By then will be the first ARM64, cant wait

So many people show their true noob colors in articles like these.

"No new UI, no fun."
"will they ever make a new UI? Am I the only one who hates Aero look and font smoothing?"

Maybe you shouldn't concern yourselves with extremely early builds or even news of it.

Pulgafree said,
First screen reminds me Zune software

The whole installer has a more Metro feel to it, and you're right the first screen is the same as the one you see when the Zune software starts.

azz0r_wugg said,
Really hate the ideas of Windows Live integration.

I don't... it's essentially what has been promised since Blackcomb.

azz0r_wugg said,
Really hate the ideas of Windows Live integration.

It's not a bad idea. I'm not against it but it should be something that is opt-in rather than opt-out and definitely not forced.

shinji257 said,

It's not a bad idea. I'm not against it but it should be something that is opt-in rather than opt-out and definitely not forced.

Offering it as merely opt-in (remember Online Services in 9x?) may actually be considered *tying* in some jurisdictions. (Online Services, and even MSN before that, were *entirely* opt-in.) Nannyistic politicians hate that either opt-in OR opt-out would be an option for anything - what isn't illegal would be *required*. (Not a liberal-only issue - plenty of conservatives, even Pat Buchanan, are just as nannyistic lately.)

Billy Gun said,
I want to see pictures of Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player.

That won't come until later builds

i love how people cover the build number. what MS should do is use the crossword puzzle to hunt down the people leaking these images.

signalpirate said,
i love how people cover the build number. what MS should do is use the crossword puzzle to hunt down the people leaking these images.

I was just thinking to myself, would it not be funny if Microsoft was able to generate that image based on an id or something.. That would be epic. Of course, I'm fairly certain that entire photo (of the c/w puzzle) has surfaced already, so if they can I'm sure they would have done something by now...

signalpirate said,
i love how people cover the build number. what MS should do is use the crossword puzzle to hunt down the people leaking these images.

But why would you want that? Then we would have no leaks to test out =[

xbamaris said,

But why would you want that? Then we would have no leaks to test out =[


What's wrong with a surprise? I like to SEE leaks, but there's no point in installing early builds with little new features.

signalpirate said,
i love how people cover the build number. what MS should do is use the crossword puzzle to hunt down the people leaking these images.

The image is just an image, don't read too much into it.

i read that you need a legit serial to install and the installers MAY be personalised to reveal the leaker. Can't see this leaking as we'd need a serial to try it out, would be nice to have a play with it though.

torrentthief said,
i read that you need a legit serial to install and the installers MAY be personalised to reveal the leaker. Can't see this leaking as we'd need a serial to try it out, would be nice to have a play with it though.

Installers are identical for all OEMs, Windows 7 serials will still work as they have in previous betas of Windows OS's.

SoyoS said,

Installers are identical for all OEMs, Windows 7 serials will still work as they have in previous betas of Windows OS's.

Umm.. I doubt that. I'm sure they would of stepped up the methods they used to find the leaks.

shinji257 said,

Umm.. I doubt that. I'm sure they would of stepped up the methods they used to find the leaks.


They have, but custom installers isn't one of them. MD5's are identical across OEMs.

That is actually looking awesome. And I love all the people crying saying it looks like Windows 7... of course it does! Its like the third milestone. They will update the rest of the OS with the same feel of these installation screenshots, they won't make it two different themes for installation and the actual OS .

I for one can't wait to see what is coming

dave164 said,
That is actually looking awesome. And I love all the people crying saying it looks like Windows 7... of course it does! Its like the third milestone. They will update the rest of the OS with the same feel of these installation screenshots, they won't make it two different themes for installation and the actual OS .

I for one can't wait to see what is coming

Same. Just so others know. They tend to use the existing OS as a base for kernel testing and work. They leave the look and feel and work that out at later stages when the other bugs and issues are taken care of.

nub said,
7th SS, Windows Server 2008?

Nub is right, these are screenshots for Windows 2011 Server that just came out. These are beta photos when it was still called Windows 2008 R2. What a bunch of crap. Lately it seems like every tech site is so desperate for traffic that they post whatever image they can find and most are bogus images. Nothing against Neowin as these photos came from another source.

smittyofdhs said,

Nub is right, these are screenshots for Windows 2011 Server that just came out. These are beta photos when it was still called Windows 2008 R2. What a bunch of crap. Lately it seems like every tech site is so desperate for traffic that they post whatever image they can find and most are bogus images. Nothing against Neowin as these photos came from another source.

Or, if we use our brains, they're building on top of a build of 'Windows 2008 R2'...

smittyofdhs said,

Nub is right, these are screenshots for Windows 2011 Server that just came out. These are beta photos when it was still called Windows 2008 R2. What a bunch of crap. Lately it seems like every tech site is so desperate for traffic that they post whatever image they can find and most are bogus images. Nothing against Neowin as these photos came from another source.


Windows 2011 Server? WTH are you talking about?

smittyofdhs said,

Nub is right, these are screenshots for Windows 2011 Server that just came out. These are beta photos when it was still called Windows 2008 R2. What a bunch of crap. Lately it seems like every tech site is so desperate for traffic that they post whatever image they can find and most are bogus images. Nothing against Neowin as these photos came from another source.


You clearly know nothing, these screenshots are real - they are also not final hence the inconsistencies.

smittyofdhs said,

Nub is right, these are screenshots for Windows 2011 Server that just came out. These are beta photos when it was still called Windows 2008 R2. What a bunch of crap. Lately it seems like every tech site is so desperate for traffic that they post whatever image they can find and most are bogus images. Nothing against Neowin as these photos came from another source.

Only looked at one picture?

andrew_f said,

Or, if we use our brains, they're building on top of a build of 'Windows 2008 R2'...

Sensible, as 7 itself is based on Server 2008, and Vista and Server 2003 used the same core codebase.

Depending on how far they diverge from that codebase, x32 (except for netbooks) may be in serious trouble - remember, Server 2008 R2 doesn't have one, being x64-only.

Lot of fuss about not leaking it in the screen shots, which is amusing overkill given the only change I can see is the Windows Live avatar in the task bar

Deniss said,
Nice one! I like the live login in the bottom. Exactly what MAC OS is missing.

Integration with someone else's online services?

d4v1d05 said,

Integration with someone else's online services?


Well, there is MobileMe integration, but it sucks (and it's expensive) at the moment. The rumour mill says it's going to be improved (and made free) very soon.

citan said,
will they ever make a new UI? Am I the only one who hates Aero look and font smoothing?

You do realize how early in development windows 8 is in, right?

You can bet there will be more drastic changes to the UI. These typically come shortly before the beta program starts (or sometimes even after the beta program starts). There are probably people working on the new interface on a separate branch.

citan said,
will they ever make a new UI? Am I the only one who hates Aero look and font smoothing?

New UI won't show up until it hits Beta, if then. If I remember correctly, the final UI for Vista wasn't shown until Beta 2.

If you're looking for early hints, IE9 would be a place to start

lordcanti86 said,

New UI won't show up until it hits Beta, if then. If I remember correctly, the final UI for Vista wasn't shown until Beta 2.

If you're looking for early hints, IE9 would be a place to start

Seriously. How long was XP in beta before Luna came along?

Joshie said,

Seriously. How long was XP in beta before Luna came along?

Luna hit XP on RC2 if memory serves me correctly... The BETA stage used Whistler.

Just a sign that you can't expect the UI until the last minute.

Frazell Thomas said,
Luna hit XP on RC2 if memory serves me correctly... The BETA stage used Whistler.

Just a sign that you can't expect the UI until the last minute.


Correction. Windows XP's code name was Whistler. The theme it used before Luna was called "Watercolor"

citan said,
will they ever make a new UI? Am I the only one who hates Aero look and font smoothing?

No one hates Aero more then me. So ugly. I cant wait for metro.

citan said,
will they ever make a new UI? Am I the only one who hates Aero look and font smoothing?

Font smoothing has nothing to do with the interface skinning. Font smoothing only enhances the quality of on screen text, unless you have a CRT or a poorly made LCD. Run the ClearTYpe tuner, you can set the font smoothing 'look' to be more blocky and less smooth if this is your thing.

Apple and *nix WM would kill to have the pixel coordinated technologies of Microsoft's font smoothing and hinting technologies, instead on OS X you only get resampling based anti-aliasing that leaves subpixel bleeding, and the fonts are even more 'blurry' becuase of the lack of pixel grid alignment.

If you don't like Aero, turn off the transparency, that makes it less flashy, but retains all the acceleration features of the DWM that Aero turns on.

Aero can use a refresh ans some new tricks, why do you assume Win8 won't have any revisions to the UI and Aero? Vista didn't turn on the final versions of Aero into late in the beta, and even the Win7 changes to the UI were slowly turned on during the beta, as the 'look' and some of the UI elements were kept somewhat secret during in the early Alpha and Beta stages of development. Even WinXP had several skining revisions, and the final wasn't presented until late in the beta.

So don't assume that just because the early leaked screenshots look like Win7, that Win8 wiil look exactly the same.

PS The screenshots leaked are running in a VM that doesn't even have Aero enabled, as the installation starts off with Win7 Basic enabled, and the setup screens are using the same generic PNGs for the 'appearance' of Aero, just like the setup in Win7 uses.

thenetavenger said,

Font smoothing has nothing to do with the interface skinning. Font smoothing only enhances the quality of on screen text, unless you have a CRT or a poorly made LCD. Run the ClearTYpe tuner, you can set the font smoothing 'look' to be more blocky and less smooth if this is your thing.

Apple and *nix WM would kill to have the pixel coordinated technologies of Microsoft's font smoothing and hinting technologies, instead on OS X you only get resampling based anti-aliasing that leaves subpixel bleeding, and the fonts are even more 'blurry' becuase of the lack of pixel grid alignment.

If you don't like Aero, turn off the transparency, that makes it less flashy, but retains all the acceleration features of the DWM that Aero turns on.

Aero can use a refresh ans some new tricks, why do you assume Win8 won't have any revisions to the UI and Aero? Vista didn't turn on the final versions of Aero into late in the beta, and even the Win7 changes to the UI were slowly turned on during the beta, as the 'look' and some of the UI elements were kept somewhat secret during in the early Alpha and Beta stages of development. Even WinXP had several skining revisions, and the final wasn't presented until late in the beta.

So don't assume that just because the early leaked screenshots look like Win7, that Win8 wiil look exactly the same.

PS The screenshots leaked are running in a VM that doesn't even have Aero enabled, as the installation starts off with Win7 Basic enabled, and the setup screens are using the same generic PNGs for the 'appearance' of Aero, just like the setup in Win7 uses.

ClearType may only go back to XP - however, Font Smoothing (ClearType's direct ancestor) launched as an add-on to Windows 95 (as part of the original Plus Pack) but became a separate and free add-on after Service Release 1, and became standard with NT4WS and Windows 98.
While thought of as an LCD-targeted add-in, plenty of CRTs (and CRT users) used either Font Smoothing, ClearType, or both. (Windows 7 is the only Windows OS I've never run on a CRT - which shows you how late *I* came* to the flat-panel funfest - I've used either ClearType or Font Smoothing since the days of that original Plus Pack.)

lordcanti86 said,

New UI won't show up until it hits Beta, if then. If I remember correctly, the final UI for Vista wasn't shown until Beta 2.

If you're looking for early hints, IE9 would be a place to start

I hope they do away with the rounded corners on the window borders. Just let'em be rectangles... Tabbed explorer might be nice too... tho' not that important to me.

Frazell Thomas said,

Luna hit XP on RC2 if memory serves me correctly... The BETA stage used Whistler.

Just a sign that you can't expect the UI until the last minute.


Beta 2 The RC's were feature frozen bug fix releases. Also, the Luna in Beta 2 looked quite different

speedstr3789 said,
couldn't you have just updated your original post?????

He's already updated it once, so all the old comments would have been rendered useless.

SK[ said,]Couldn't you just use one questionmark?

One ? doesn't get the point across, eleventy-billion on the other hand... (or should it be .....????? lol)

yowan said,
Any leak yet?
LOL Microsoft employees must be so disloyal to the company to be leaking this. Blame the Ballmer for ruining it. He's a stupid son of a bitch.

Jebadiah said,
LOL Microsoft employees must be so disloyal to the company to be leaking this. Blame the Ballmer for ruining it. He's a stupid son of a bitch.

I'm thinking more these leaks are coming from contractor help Microsoft uses. Or even temporary help.