Windows 8 partial 'Install Windows' surfaces [Update] full image leaks

Another week and another Windows 8 image has leaked, or part of an image has leaked this time. The image above shows part of the interface that will be used to install Windows 8, according to the source who provided the image.

The image above comes courtesy of MDL who has stated that other install screen leaks will be coming "soon" but for the time being, this is the best image that is available of the installation process. This image comes from an M3 build but the exact build number was not specified. Hopefully when the full installation screenshots leak, it will provide a more complete glimpse of what the transition of will look like.

This image is suspected to be the in-place upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. For those of you wondering why the title bar is centered, if it is supposedly running in Windows 7, it is because this is a Windows 8 configuration file running inside Windows 7. At least that is what is conjectured at the current moment.

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.

[Update] The full image has now leaked, courtesy of UltraWindows.

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I love how they install Windows 8 on top of Windows 7 while in a virtual machine- WHY NOT JUST GET A VIDEO CAMERA AND SHOW US HARD EVIDENCE ???
The folks over at deviantArt make more convincing stuff, (not to say that this stuff is bad, but they look like M$ isn't spending any effort at all designing it), but it would be much harder to fake a recorded screen, what with flickering lights, a (distorted) commentator (to keep FBI away) and skewing of the screen...

If the leakers would show that, I'd bet money on it.

Lol @ some people complaining about these Windows 8 news posts, why do you come to a windows born website to complain, slow day and need some excitement?

SPARTdAN said,
Lol @ some people complaining about these Windows 8 news posts, why do you come to a windows born website to complain, slow day and need some excitement?

Some people need to realise how and why neoWIN was created.

SPARTdAN said,
Lol @ some people complaining about these Windows 8 news posts, why do you come to a windows born website to complain, slow day and need some excitement?

Mostly for forums. Front page news has been for some time....shall we say...dismal.
You don't have to keep up with the Jones's. You could take the high road and post important news.

if windows 8 looks the same.. im not going to bother buying for a few new features that i wont use.. i thought it was going to be Metro UI... i don't look very Metro to me !

perochan said,
slow news day?

How? This is an important UI change to the future version of the most popular OS ever...

Jan said,

How? This is an important UI change to the future version of the most popular OS ever...


It's a freaking install window. How important is a installation window, People need to get outside more

Jan said,

How? This is an important UI change to the future version of the most popular OS ever...


It's a freaking install window. How important is a installation window, People need to get outside more

Jan said,

How? This is an important UI change to the future version of the most popular OS ever...


It's a freaking install window. How important is a installation window, People need to get outside more

What's with all this PR nonsense Neowin?. Is Microsoft really so afraid it's Windows OS is irrelevant, that it needs to make respected websites like Neowin sell out?.

If the title bar is centred in the partial image "because this is a Windows 8 configuration file running inside Windows 7", why isn't it centred in the full image?

The pictures come from two different users, it could be possible that the first install pic was retained from within win8 (version upgrade) and the other from win 7 to win 8

neufuse said,
wait, the titlebar in the partial image is centered, but the full image is left justified..... interesting

1st pic: Installer ran from Windows 8 OS.
2nd pic: Installer ran from Windows 7 OS.

neufuse said,
wait, the titlebar in the partial image is centered, but the full image is left justified..... interesting

One's taken in 8 and the other in 7.

That seems very fake to me, the 'Install Windows' is just wrong, unless that is the system font they're using for 8.

Quick Shot said,
What happened to the days of xp and longhorn when all builds ended up being leaked?
...when the ISOs could fit on CDs.

bogas04 said,
Install Windows text is so non-windowish , seems fake?


Because it's the installation? It's never native...

Amazing, I think now I can talk with all my tech savvy friends on how cool that Windows 8 half-assed image looks! This should make it to the New York Times!

Is this seriously front page news? or for that matter, any news? I mean seriously. This has got to be the most ridiculous thing I have seen since tghe last ridiculous "leaked" image on Neowin. This is why I subscribe to other sites and not to Neowin. I want reletive content.

Seriously Neowin, I know this is a Windows site but what the hell?

I could have made that image in Photoshop in 2 minutes. It doesn't show anything. I love leaks and previews of new builds, but that image and devoting an article to it is just ridiculous.

kdg said,
Seriously Neowin, I know this is a Windows site but what the hell?

I could have made that image in Photoshop in 2 minutes. It doesn't show anything. I love leaks and previews of new builds, but that image and devoting an article to it is just ridiculous.

And FWIW, the title bar looks like Myriad Pro. Something is very fishy about this image...

Microsoft has been using Neowin to build hype for OS releases since "creamhackered" and a few other people who have now long gone from this site were all warez kiddies back in the days of Betas/xBetas/Winbeta

Is it really worth showing these????

When you get full screen shots of the GUI, then maybe that's a better time....

I don't understand the point in the partial images... did this happen with vista or 7?

I wonder if they incorporated some way to find who posted the image, thus no one releases full images.. idk

There is quite a bit of information out there on why leaks haven't occurred yet, if people are truly interested I can do a writeup about it.

bdsams said,
There is quite a bit of information out there on why leaks haven't occurred yet, if people are truly interested I can do a writeup about it.

What's even more interesting would be why partial screenshots are leaking, and not full screenshots. Both ought to be equally forbidden from Microsoft's point of view.

SaltLife said,
I don't understand the point in the partial images... did this happen with vista or 7?

I wonder if they incorporated some way to find who posted the image, thus no one releases full images.. idk


Current builds phone home and are heavily marked (the background images that have drawn speculation however are not one of these). A leak simply isn't possible at the moment with current builds.

SaltLife said,
I don't understand the point in the partial images... did this happen with vista or 7?

I wonder if they incorporated some way to find who posted the image, thus no one releases full images.. idk


Also this 'phone home' feature wasn't actually detailed by Microsoft themselves who kept it very hush hush. The story goes that someone ran network monitoring software and found that the OS was connecting to a server ever so often - 2 and 2 were put together and we now have people paranoid of leaking which is a good thing, and a bad thing in a way.

Well, neowin's primary purpose at inception was to follow any and all future-windows news it could find. This fits the bill as far as I'm concerned.

all these partial image leaks just scream leaking for building hype, someone at MS doing this on purpous through these forums?

neufuse said,
all these partial image leaks just scream leaking for building hype, someone at MS doing this on purpous through these forums?

No kidding, is this really even front-page worthy/

neufuse said,
all these partial image leaks just scream leaking for building hype, someone at MS doing this on purpous through these forums?

It will be leaked very soon.

Also, it is new worthy

neufuse said,
all these partial image leaks just scream leaking for building hype, someone at MS doing this on purpous through these forums?

True. True. But why does it oddly say "Install Windows" when its apparently already installing...

neufuse said,
all these partial image leaks just scream leaking for building hype, someone at MS doing this on purpous through these forums?

I agree. I can't think of another reason to not leak a full screenshot with any identifiable info edited out.

But in that case, they're uh... Failing with this one... I have a hard time thinking of a less exciting screenshot than whatever we're seeing above.

FoxieFoxie said,

It will be leaked very soon.

Also, it is new worthy

Not newsworthy at all!!!! Sadly News selection at Neowin these days is at the all time low!

neufuse said,
all these partial image leaks just scream leaking for building hype, someone at MS doing this on purpose through these forums?

I sure hope so. Seeing new builds and leaks of Windows is always exciting; for me at least.
I have always like to hear when a new item or application has shown up.

Everyone should realize that visual changes only take place near the end of the dev cycle.

What? The top of these images are different.

In the first one Install Windows is in center. In second
it's in Left. The cross, max/min. buttons are different too.
Not same images!
Therefore 'Not Full Image Leaks!'

FMH said,
What? The top of these images are different.

In the first one Install Windows is in center. In second
it's in Left. The cross, max/min. buttons are different too.
Not same images!
Therefore 'Not Full Image Leaks!'

One's taken in Windows 8, the other's taken in Windows 7

neufuse said,
all these partial image leaks just scream leaking for building hype, someone at MS doing this on purpous through these forums?

Dunno but I never got off on looking at Windows 7 images after it has been released. Sure it's 8 ... but this is like watching a Windows 7 thread. If there was a new interface or some distinctively different/updated elements to the UI ... great ... but ... well ... no. It's boring. But then, I'm a designer so maybe that's why I only care about how it looks.