Windows 8 to get OOBE tutorial


Just like being in Kindergarten again!

If you remember the days of Windows 95 up till XP, you will remember the tutorial that was included when you first installed the OS. Windows 8 is reviving the concept and will bring this experience back to the desktop and the first image of the tutorial has hit the web.

Posted up on the Winunleaked forums, Canouna has stated that the launch tutorial is back and it covers the basic concepts of Windows 8 that you would expect such as the hot corners and charms.

Because Windows 8 is a dramatically different experience than Windows 7, when compared to previous upgrade cycles, it is a smart move for the company to help its consumers adjust to the new layout as quickly as possible.  For those of us who have played with the Developers Preview and the Consumer Preview, we know that a Windows 8 tutorial will be critical to keeping the negative vibes away from the new Operating System when it is made available later this year.

The Windows 8 Release Preview will be released in June and will most likely include this new tutorial. Microsoft has taken bold new steps with Windows 8 and getting the consumer on board will not be an easy task. But, if we become complacent with basic layouts, we will never innovate. Microsoft is sticking its neck out with Windows 8 and hopefully it will be the right direction for the company. 

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Please also make a tutorial and explain us why:
- Metro UI is forced on our throats, not being able to turn it off and to start to "desktop UI" directly
- Why Windows 8 does not have consistency at all? Why the desktop isn't in the least inspired by Metro (i'm referring to colour scheme, buttons etc.), and practically have 2 heterogeneous ecosystems, that seem strangers to each other.
- why we have two Control Panels now? One Metro control panel (available via the "charms" bar), one Windows (legacy, more-powerful) control panel.
- you want [ordinary] people to don't know how to turn off their computers anymore
- you are pi*ssing on desktop users in favour of tablet users
- you didn't make a special, tablet version OS and choose instead to make this two headed, ugly monster

Edited by Dot Catrix, May 3 2012, 4:19pm :

the current desktop UI is irreplaceable and never will. Because those new UI is optimize for

touch-screen. Although Microsoft decided to include the new and classic, but it's not smartest

move to do so. My point of view is that the desktop user doesn't benefit much from windows

8 other than small performance improvement. I never understand why they wanted to merged

a Tablet OS and Desktop OS with a single name known as Windows 8. I know they want to

make their product look unified, but it's different OS for different people..such as

Desktop OS is mainly for professional or gamer user, Tablet OS is for average user with just

web browsing or other basic stuff. The scenario is microsoft completely forget their desktop

user and being to keen on touch os or microsoft think that people came to love and get used

to the name "Windows" and label it as optimized for touch-screen and will assume majority

of user know it's a safe investment to go after windows 8 for tablet since their first computer is

most likely "Windows" My only concern is microsoft left out desktop user with windows 8 and

is using the name windows to embrace tablet OS rather introducing new feature for desktop user.

Edited by Master of Earth, May 3 2012, 3:20pm :

While a tutorial will go a long way to assuage people's concerns, it still fails to address the real problem - the start screen is quite useless for desktop users. It's slow in terms of efficiency of movement, illogical because it doesn't behave as it should for desktop users - dropping in and out of the desktop to run applications, then forcing users back into the start screen to do anything else, and finally, it's so damn unattractive when you start adding ordinary programs to the main screen or slide along and see a huge grid of small icons.

simplezz said,
While a tutorial will go a long way to assuage people's concerns, it still fails to address the real problem - the start screen is quite useless for desktop users. It's slow in terms of efficiency of movement, illogical because it doesn't behave as it should for desktop users - dropping in and out of the desktop to run applications, then forcing users back into the start screen to do anything else, and finally, it's so damn unattractive when you start adding ordinary programs to the main screen or slide along and see a huge grid of small icons.

How could you say it's ineffective? How you dare to criticize Microsoft? IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT. If you don't like metro - you're an idiot. Period.

/sarcasm_mode = off.

P.S. Couldn't stay silent when some elitists claim and criticize others whether or not we like everything they're doing.

neufuse said,
please dont have these OOBE's have annoying background music like Win XP did...

What? I *loved* the OOBE music! /jk

Ironically I have never heard the Win XP OOBE music on any of my computers as Windows didn't come with the sound drivers for my PCs. I only found out about it from some Easter Egg site.

Hope theres a way to uninstall this tutorial unless HDD gets super dirt cheap

Anyway, its a much needed tutorial.

The only problem with these things is that you can only see them once. I'm just hoping there's some sort of button users can use to see it again.

Meph said,
The only problem with these things is that you can only see them once. I'm just hoping there's some sort of button users can use to see it again.

Probably will be. XP for example only showed it once too, and it was under Accessories -> Tour Windows XP if I remember right.

Max Norris said,

Probably will be. XP for example only showed it once too, and it was under Accessories -> Tour Windows XP if I remember right.

And therein lies the problem. It's a catch 22. If they don't know how to get about, how are they going to be able to rerun the tutorial

Meph said,
The only problem with these things is that you can only see them once. I'm just hoping there's some sort of button users can use to see it again.

press windows key > type tour
I think that's how it can be searched again , also i think with Windows 8 people will start using winkey n type a lot coz you can search anything from that (dictionary maps google etc). A point which makes Metro superior

Max Norris said,

Probably will be. XP for example only showed it once too, and it was under Accessories -> Tour Windows XP if I remember right.

I bet you won't be able to find it in Win8 (ok, probably it'll be simple - hover on two hot-corners, make some clicks, press Win key, then another key and here you are).

Meph said,
The only problem with these things is that you can only see them once. I'm just hoping there's some sort of button users can use to see it again.

I doubt there will be a "replay" option. That involves extra expense.

This is why I think Windows 8 will fail. If you need a tutorial to be able to use a product that people have been using for years, then doesn't that say its just non-intuitive. I can honestly see win8 being another Vista, which is a shame. Been using Windows since 3.0 and I can't stand win8.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
This is why I think Windows 8 will fail. If you need a tutorial to be able to use a product that people have been using for years, then doesn't that say its just non-intuitive.

A little mixed on that one. Look at Windows 95 for example, extremely different from the previous version... yet was rather popular. XP had a tutorial as well as it introduced new things that weren't available in the 9x series. It didn't exactly fail either.

Max Norris said,

A little mixed on that one. Look at Windows 95 for example, extremely different from the previous version... yet was rather popular. XP had a tutorial as well as it introduced new things that weren't available in the 9x series. It didn't exactly fail either.

Ah And the how to use a mouse tutorial in Windows 3.11 that required a mouse to access. Good times, Good times.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
This is why I think Windows 8 will fail. If you need a tutorial to be able to use a product that people have been using for years, then doesn't that say its just non-intuitive. I can honestly see win8 being another Vista, which is a shame. Been using Windows since 3.0 and I can't stand win8.

So that means nobody is allowed to change anything?

Max Norris said,

A little mixed on that one. Look at Windows 95 for example, extremely different from the previous version... yet was rather popular.

Windows 8 is arguably more of a departure from the norm than Windows 95 was from Windows 3.1. In fact Windows 95 isn't that different at all. The start button was the biggest thing. But that was still obvious as it stood out and had "start written on it". They both had real menus. With Win 8, you have no traditional menus and instead have to perform specific gestures to reveal hidden things. That's a huge difference.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
This is why I think Windows 8 will fail. If you need a tutorial to be able to use a product that people have been using for years, then doesn't that say its just non-intuitive. I can honestly see win8 being another Vista, which is a shame. Been using Windows since 3.0 and I can't stand win8.

You're insulting Vista comparing it to 8. Even it was still far from perfect, it didn't require a fu*ckin tutorial to be able to use it as Win8 does.

simplezz said,

Windows 8 is arguably more of a departure from the norm than Windows 95 was from Windows 3.1. In fact Windows 95 isn't that different at all. The start button was the biggest thing. But that was still obvious as it stood out and had "start written on it". They both had real menus. With Win 8, you have no traditional menus and instead have to perform specific gestures to reveal hidden things. That's a huge difference.

Good. Menus are the pits. It's not 1995 anymore, where we have to point and click on everything or dig through endless menus and submenus.

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
This is why I think Windows 8 will fail. If you need a tutorial to be able to use a product that people have been using for years, then doesn't that say its just non-intuitive. I can honestly see win8 being another Vista, which is a shame. Been using Windows since 3.0 and I can't stand win8.

I agree. Based on the preview version, there is nothing I truly want in Win8 and lots that I definitely don't. I don't think the Metro UI is intuitive no matter what input method you use. Too many things hidden away in non-obvious places.

It all reeks of "design by committee", I have a hard time believing that a huge company like Microsoft couldn't get good UI developers.

Wow the author seriously thinks there can be no innovation without changing the layout/UI! On the tablet, it was necessary, so it's welcome. On the desktop, it was unnecessary and MS still hasn't given any reason why the UI is changing on the desktop. Perfect example of a monopoly flexing its muscles and forcing users to bend.

xpclient said,
Perfect example of a monopoly flexing its muscles and forcing users to bend.

What monopoly? Nobody is forcing you to buy it (I hear some people still use XP), and even still there's other operating systems to pick from. Not that I'm disagreeing with you, I'm still on the fence about some of the new features, but calling it a monopoly is a stretch. If the user doesn't like it, they don't have to buy it.

Max Norris said,

What monopoly? Nobody is forcing you to buy it (I hear some people still use XP), and even still there's other operating systems to pick from. Not that I'm disagreeing with you, I'm still on the fence about some of the new features, but calling it a monopoly is a stretch. If the user doesn't like it, they don't have to buy it.

No most people are forced.

Here are your choices once Win8 is released;

- Get a Win7/Vista/XP product key and downgrade the PC yourself, if you know how to do this and know that this is even possible.

- Get a Win7/Vista/XP product key and get someone to downgrade it for you, granted if you know you can even do this.

- Have or get volume licensing, but that may prove problematic for most people. The Duggars can probably make use of this however :-P

- Buy Win8.

- Buy an Apple or Linux PC. However, why would anyone do that if their complaint is that they don't want to put the time in to learn to deal with the new OS? They are going to have to do it with the other choices too.

- Don't upgrade. But this isn't an option if you have to upgrade because your current PC died and went to PC heaven (or hell).

xpclient said,
Wow the author seriously thinks there can be no innovation without changing the layout/UI! On the tablet, it was necessary, so it's welcome. On the desktop, it was unnecessary and MS still hasn't given any reason why the UI is changing on the desktop. Perfect example of a monopoly flexing its muscles and forcing users to bend.
Maybe at the end of the tutorial they would add a statement: "If you still don't get it, download the app from Classic Shell; ViStart; StarDock (...or whatever available at that time)".

xpclient said,
Wow the author seriously thinks there can be no innovation without changing the layout/UI! On the tablet, it was necessary, so it's welcome. On the desktop, it was unnecessary and MS still hasn't given any reason why the UI is changing on the desktop. Perfect example of a monopoly flexing its muscles and forcing users to bend.

Monopoly has nothing to do with it.

Mac OS has been, more and more, rebuilding its entire desktop interface around trackpad gestures.

Ubuntu has completely lost its mind with UI redesign.

But Windows does it, and you have your period. Cute.

xpclient said,
On the desktop, it was unnecessary and MS still hasn't given any reason why the UI is changing on the desktop.

Three screens and a Cloud. Google it.

Max Norris said,

What monopoly? Nobody is forcing you to buy it (I hear some people still use XP)

Go to any major electronics or computer store/shop and try and buy a *PC without Windows on it. That's a monopoly my friend.

*PC - by this I mean not a MAC.

Max Norris said,

and even still there's other operating systems to pick from.

Good luck with that. Even if you find someone willing to sell you a PC that doesn't come with Windows preinstalled, you'd still be paying the "Microsoft Tax" - the cost of the license that OEM's charge the end-user and which is bundled into the price of the machine.

It's a sad state of affairs really. We'd all be better off if there was more choice and competition. The price of Windows and PC's would come down as well as spurring on increased innovation.

simplezz said,
Go to any major electronics or computer store/shop and try and buy a *PC without Windows on it. That's a monopoly my friend.

No, that's meeting consumer demand. Most of your average consumers aren't going to want to try to figure out how to install the OS on their own, never mind not even knowing what's out there.. they want to take it home, unbox it and get on with their life.

Retailers going to sell what people want, and that's where the overwhelming majority of the market is. If you want a blank system, buy an OEM or from one of the few retailers that sell systems with something else. If it were a monopoly, I wouldn't be able to do this.

No monopoly my friend.

What are some of you kids smoking? Microsoft has a monopoly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly#Examples_of_monopolies

Mac OS has been, more and more, rebuilding its entire desktop interface around trackpad gestures.

True, but that interface is not the default interface, and it's really only available to people with said trackpad. If people don't have it, they can still freely truck along with the same old interface that's been persistent for...almost 30 years. With Windows, the new interface is just there. You don't like it? Tough.

omgben said,
What are some of you kids smoking? Microsoft has a monopoly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly#Examples_of_monopolies

Yea... with Windows Media Player and networking components? That's the bulk of the suit, and was dealt with Windows N, and has nothing to do with a consumer's choice on what OS they can run. Since you like Wikipedia, here's there definition of monopoly: "A monopoly exists when a specific person or enterprise is the only supplier of a particular commodity." Since I can run Windows, OSX (granted its frowned upon by Apple), Linux, BSD and other flavors of Unix, etc etc on my hardware, and I'm able to switch to what I want, when I want.... no monopoly. As for being preinstalled.. see above. Market demands dictate that; if Linux were the popular one, Windows users would be crying foul and monopoly. People want Windows? They'll buy a PC. They want OSX? They'll buy from Apple. For the miscellaneous bracket, go get an OEM.

Or are you referring to the old license lawsuit which was taken care of back in 94? Then yes, that would have been accurate back then.

xpclient said,
Wow the author seriously thinks there can be no innovation without changing the layout/UI! On the tablet, it was necessary, so it's welcome. On the desktop, it was unnecessary and MS still hasn't given any reason why the UI is changing on the desktop. Perfect example of a monopoly flexing its muscles and forcing users to bend.

The introductory article mentioned Microsoft sticking its neck out. When the business/enterprise/serious users finish taking whacks at it; what will it look like?

Wouldn't it be funny if all us techy users were so confused by the interface and all the newbies think its awesomely easy right out of the box? Maybe they will because they will be consuming media while the rest of us are trying to get some work done. Critical for MS to have a boatload of useable apps at launch.

butilikethecookie said,
This should have been in the DP.

Seeign how the DP was for DEVELOPERS ONLY, it would have been too much to do at that time.

I betchya even if this was in the CP, it wouldn't detract those idiots on YouTube from hiding it and still syaing Metro sucks, and that their 80 year old grandpa can't use it.

butilikethecookie said,
This should have been in the DP.

the DP didn't have any corner-hover-tricks, and everyone who used it pretty much knew everything about it (developers), so it really wouldn't be that important

Figured MS wouldn't throw users into the lion's den without some training. Also remember the deep skydrive integration. Yeah, people are going to need help getting used to it. I've embraced it and I'm excited.

I remember having said several months ago, with the DP, that they strongly needed to do that for W8. I guess it was obvious.

Rafyelzz said,
I remember having said several months ago, with the DP, that they strongly needed to do that for W8. I guess it was obvious.

Absolutely. Otherwise it would confuse waaaay too many people.

M_Lyons10 said,

Absolutely. Otherwise it would confuse waaaay too many people.

Agreed. A tutorial is a must, especially after seeing all those videos of ordinary people struggling to even do basic operations.

simplezz said,

Agreed. A tutorial is a must, especially after seeing all those videos of ordinary people struggling to even do basic operations.

True. But after you told them the solution there was virtually no learning curve. It became natural.