Windows 8 login screen revealed [Update] further confirmation

The flood gates have opened on Windows 8 leaks ever since Windows 8 was posted to Microsoft Connect. While many of the features have surfaced over the past few weeks, this is the first look at the Windows 8 login screen.

The image comes courtesy of withinwindows.com and shows the current state of the Windows 8 login screen. The overall look and feel has the Metro design language which is expected to be carried throughout the entire Windows 8 platform. The screen carries over from the WP7 platform a look and feel that while new, is consistent with Microsoft's current product WP7.

While more items and features may be incorporated into the login screen, for the time being, this is the current state of the login screen for Windows 8. Windows 8 is expected to enter beta, possibly as soon as this fall, with OEM availability in late 2012 and possible retail availability in January 2013.

[Update] We now have further confirmation that this is real, posted over on Geeksmack.net, "Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have revealed the logon screen for this shell, which GeekSmack can independently confirm as real despite some misinformed rants about this being an April Fool’s day joke."

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Loving the Metro look. I'm really liking what I've seen of Windows vNext so far. It's still early in development, so take everything with a pinch of salt. It's gonna change, and some things might even be scrapped.

wotsit said,
Like date and time, for your logon icon should show. Press Ctrl Alt Del is lame!

This is obviously the Professional version of Windows 8 running in a virtual machine and connected to a domain. You would get the same on Windows 7.

jakethesnakeuk said,
is it Vladimir Putin in this pic?

Dude I always used to wonder where have I seen this face - god bless you!

If it is real, I am amused by the button on bottom left - Accessibility options - seems completely out of place - and actual login and password screen would be more interesting to see - but then again it's a very preliminary build!

that's pretty stupid if it's real... what a way to take a step backwards... if they continue to have stupid stuff like that in final build we'll be looking at another vista on our hands.

Digitalx said,
that's pretty stupid if it's real... what a way to take a step backwards... if they continue to have stupid stuff like that in final build we'll be looking at another vista on our hands.

Stupid suff like what exactly? It's a prompt and a clock.

Drop shadows on the text please, Id like to ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO READ IT whatever background is behind it. Was that too much to ask in WP7?(Look at the pictures app)

that's some big fonts there, i guess windows is going metro, i'm half for it and half against, with a well designed interface, this could be a good direction.

qdave said,
That person is really creepy! I wish they put on somethign else.

I get it now! Windows Fantasia! (that would be a nice code name lol)

Well, in case it's not a fools day joke, I like the screen, at least it has more information, it should show the battery level on mobile devices, and of course it needs to be polished, don't like the accesibility button though

sCrAtCh420th said,
anybody who posts stupid april fools jokes should stay off the internet

I know it's a joke but I think this was done in spite...

Just checking; does anybody see a background wallpaper and date plus clock on the screenshot?
Cause that's what I'm looking at and sorry but I fail to recognize what's so hype about it, so when I get to play with the first beta leak and actually enjoy win8, this people will be having seizures and strokes from the excitement.

It's a April Fools. Even though it's 'confirmed' by other sites, theres no way M$ would use the CTRL-ALT-DELETE system to login anymore.

Anarkii said,
It's a April Fools. Even though it's 'confirmed' by other sites, theres no way M$ would use the CTRL-ALT-DELETE system to login anymore.

They don't for main use, but you can easily enable it via hidden settings. My school recently trialed Windows 7 and enabled CTRL ALT DELETE.

Anarkii said,
It's a April Fools. Even though it's 'confirmed' by other sites, theres no way M$ would use the CTRL-ALT-DELETE system to login anymore.

Windows 8 is built off Windows Server 2008 R2. Thus I would assume they use domain login by default.

Anarkii said,
It's a April Fools. Even though it's 'confirmed' by other sites, theres no way M$ would use the CTRL-ALT-DELETE system to login anymore.

ctr-alt-delete logon has always been in windows nt and will always stay in windows nt. It's a security measure.

what an ugly font. This sucks man!!.. i hope they dont go this way. The Metro UI is good for their mobile platform only. Not the PC.
i hope this is the mobile shell. and for touchpads.. not for PCs and a seperate UI is made for the PCs

sexypeperodri said,
The only thing that saves Windows 8 now is if this is an April's Fool. If its not, that OS is dead on arrival.

Why? It looks nice. Minus the wallpaper that I assume you can change.

It looks real. The font rendering looks nothing like Photoshop. And the background pic is 10% darker so that white text is always readable on brighter backgrounds. It's like they do it on Windows Phone 7's panorama UI or album covers in the Zune app.

This is most probably a definite April fools, and I'm still wagering it is, seeing as how bad it looks. (Whoever does the internal designs at Microsoft would never allow it to look as bad as that - the line spacings are way too large for Mcrosoft's general stylings of these types, and the top font wouldn't even be considered to be used in that weight).

Looks like something someone randomly chucked up in 5 minutes. Heck, I could probably do that in 60 seconds.

~Johnny said,
This is most probably a definite April fools, and I'm still wagering it is, seeing as how bad it looks. (Whoever does the internal designs at Microsoft would never allow it to look as bad as that - the line spacings are way too large for Mcrosoft's general stylings of these types, and the top font wouldn't even be considered to be used in that weight).

Looks like something someone randomly chucked up in 5 minutes. Heck, I could probably do that in 60 seconds.

Devs tend to do that during the early milestone builds. Early milestone builds focus on the actual functionality of a certain feature, not the UX design of it yet. That happens during beta and rc stages.

computerwizkid said,

Devs tend to do that during the early milestone builds. Early milestone builds focus on the actual functionality of a certain feature, not the UX design of it yet. That happens during beta and rc stages.

Microsoft don't. Their design teams work on separate builds, and then merge their changes over. The designs are also completed early on - they're not random evolutionary things they whip up as they go along - the final designs tend to be more or less worked out during the planning / design phase.

THIS... is the login screen?!?!? i hope they finally allowed users to customize that with a tool native to windows, rather than forcing us to use 3rd party software

so far XP, Vista and 7 had good login screens, no need for a change, but i now find the XP login screen really irritating, good thing i can change it

Tony. said,
I know this will sound weird, but the layout of the time, date etc is like the lock screen on WP7.

That's exactly what they're going for...

This will look horrible with a slightly lighter wallpaper. (no text shadows - text will become hard to read)

Also, the button look out of place. It should be a monochrome Metro-like button, not the Windows 7 icon. But maybe that'll change.

Northgrove said,
This will look horrible with a slightly lighter wallpaper. (no text shadows - text will become hard to read)

Also, the button look out of place. It should be a monochrome Metro-like button, not the Windows 7 icon. But maybe that'll change.

Minor UI stuff like that is usually the last to be changed during development.

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I'm pretty certain that's the lock screen, and the background used is the user wallpaper (I could be mistaken, but i have a hunch Mac OS X's lock screen also works like that).

I actually love it! (minus the wallpaper)

It's obviously not final... and it still needs some work... I really hope they fix the font-rendering too.

I think this is an awesome idea and will keep the platforms consistent. It would also be cool to have a large clock on my screen while I'm away from the computer or what not.. it just looks cool.

That's not a login screen, it's a lock screen. "Hit Ctrl+ALt+Delete"? Secondly, they wouldn't put that instruction there when Win8 is a tablet OS. Thirdly, they have no reason to use that Win7 resource for a lockscreen image. 4, Why so cropped?

It's April 1 but you can't treat your users like fools, they won't appreciate it.

burnblue said,
Secondly, they wouldn't put that instruction there when Win8 is a tablet OS.

So according to you, Windows 8 is a tablet OS ONLY and won't be used in a setting with a keyboard, perhaps on a system on a domain, or a env. that uses GPO's? Is that what you are saying?

burnblue said,
That's not a login screen, it's a lock screen. "Hit Ctrl+ALt+Delete"? Secondly, they wouldn't put that instruction there when Win8 is a tablet OS. Thirdly, they have no reason to use that Win7 resource for a lockscreen image. 4, Why so cropped?

It's April 1 but you can't treat your users like fools, they won't appreciate it.


We're on Windows 7 Professional at school/college, and it requires you to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to log on.
We cannot lock the computers due to the administrators not allowing us to, so therefore you're statement of it not being a log in screen is false.

burnblue said,
"Hit Ctrl+ALt+Delete"? Secondly, they wouldn't put that instruction there when Win8 is a tablet OS.

Some of the prototype Windows based tablets had a dedicated "ctrl-alt-del" hardware button. No reason to think that some Windows 8 based tablets wouldn't as well.

burnblue said,
That's not a login screen, it's a lock screen. "Hit Ctrl+ALt+Delete"? Secondly, they wouldn't put that instruction there when Win8 is a tablet OS. Thirdly, they have no reason to use that Win7 resource for a lockscreen image. 4, Why so cropped?

It's April 1 but you can't treat your users like fools, they won't appreciate it.

If you put windows 7 on a tablet, and windows knows its on a table, the message is roughly "press alt-ctr-del to log in or press the hardware unlock button"

I think it has the potential to look amazing. Maybe even a little slide up effect when you push enter (too much?), or it recognizing your face, finger print voice. But anyway, the lock screen on WP7 looks stunning and they can even have the little icons to indicate new mail (kinda like they had on XP but just like in WP7)

sopharine said,
Imagine someone use a almost white background....same problem with Windows Phone 7 lockscreen...you cant see ****!

Try using an almost white (or white) background on Windows, still not very fun, even with drop shadows for text.

sopharine said,
Imagine someone use a almost white background....same problem with Windows Phone 7 lockscreen...you cant see ****!

Windows already has colour detection, they can solve that problem easily.

IF it's true:
A nice welcome screen in WP7 style

IF it's NOT true:
I suggest Microsoft to adopt a WP7 welcome screen on Windows 8

what said,
People are free to comment based on what they can see.

But they are commenting like it's final. It's not.

SoyoS said,

But they are commenting like it's final. It's not.

Would it be better if every comment was prefixed by "I know this is pre-release, but..."? If people don't like it then they don't like it.

computerwizkid said,
From Within Windows,
"TIP: This is not an April Fools joke."

I trust Paul and Rafael a lot.

Then why has it taken Zdnet, C.net, and many other reputable sources so long to post it? Its different enough to be shared surely.

DKcomputers said,

Then why has it taken Zdnet, C.net, and many other reputable sources so long to post it? Its different enough to be shared surely.

Maybe because Rafael posted it less than an hour ago?

computerwizkid said,
From Within Windows,
"TIP: This is not an April Fools joke."

I trust Paul and Rafael a lot.


It's an April Fools. Trust me.

Tom W said,

It's an April Fools. Trust me.

I'm still not sure. I was reading through comments on Rafael's blog and supposedly canouna (leaked some other Windows 8 stuff) said it's real (according to him it's present in 7971.) Then again it could be an impostor.

Tom W said,

It's an April Fools. Trust me.

If it is then it's a bad one. When you carry it on by saying "No really it isn't an April fools joke" then it isn't funny or clever any more.

Just wondering what your response would be if it turned out to be real? Seeing as you've been running around insistently telling everyone that it's just a joke.

DKcomputers said,

Then why has it taken Zdnet, C.net, and many other reputable sources so long to post it? Its different enough to be shared surely.

When Rafael and Paul leave the post up tomorrow, and follow up in the near future with another discovery, then these reputable sources will realize the credibility of the post and cover it.

Billy Gun said,
Ctrl + Alt + Del hahahaha joke of the day!

Why is that a joke? I have enabled CTRL + ALT + DEL on my Windows 7 to get to my login screen.

computerwizkid said,

Joke? How is it a joke? Ctrl + Alt + Del can be used to login (usually at work).

The official way to open the task manager is Ctrl Shift Esc, Ctrl Alt Del can either be used to login or to show task manager, depends on the settings.

kInG aLeXo said,

The official way to open the task manager is Ctrl Shift Esc, Ctrl Alt Del can either be used to login or to show task manager, depends on the settings.

PC's joined to a domain usually need to have CTRL + ALT + DEL to login.

Not impressed. and Font in windows 8 looks so ugly. I am not very fond of Metro theme either. It looks like I am going to stick with my windows 7 for a long time.

Auditor said,
Not impressed. and Font in windows 8 looks so ugly. I am not very fond of Metro theme either. It looks like I am going to stick with my windows 7 for a long time.

M3

Auditor said,
Not impressed. and Font in windows 8 looks so ugly. I am not very fond of Metro theme either. It looks like I am going to stick with my windows 7 for a long time.

Chances are they realize that some people won't like the Metro theme, no doubt they will include other themes with the OS in the same way you can choose "Classic" for W7, you will most likely be able to choose "Windows 7 theme" or such for Windows 8.

Auditor said,
Not impressed. and Font in windows 8 looks so ugly. I am not very fond of Metro theme either. It looks like I am going to stick with my windows 7 for a long time.

There will be alternative themes available for use. They might just reserve metro for Tablet mode.

Jarrichvdv said,
Actually it's not that bad ^^ but the background pic sucks, doesn't fit the Metro style

I'm assuming it can be configured similar to the way it can be in Windows 7.

computerwizkid said,

I'm assuming it can be configured similar to the way it can be in Windows 7.

Rafael Rivera says so.

Aethec said,

Rafael Rivera says so.

Personaly, I think there should be a default Logon background, but when a user is selected, the background should change to the desktop background set by the user who has just been selected, seems like common sense.

Tony. said,

Personaly, I think there should be a default Logon background, but when a user is selected, the background should change to the desktop background set by the user who has just been selected, seems like common sense.

If no one is logged in than there should be a default logon screen. If a user is already logged in and is just locked, then that's where you'd get a custom background. At least that's what I'd hope for.

Tony. said,

Personaly, I think there should be a default Logon background, but when a user is selected, the background should change to the desktop background set by the user who has just been selected, seems like common sense.

If no one is logged in than there should be a default logon screen. If a user is already logged in and is just locked, then that's where you'd get a custom background. At least that's what I'd hope for.

dogmai79 said,

If no one is logged in than there should be a default logon screen. If a user is already logged in and is just locked, then that's where you'd get a custom background. At least that's what I'd hope for.


I can think of some situations where that might NOT be a good idea though. When multiple family members share one computer and Dad has a nude picture of Mom as his wallpaper, it wouldn't be a great idea for the lock screen to have his wallpaper for the kids to see! LOL

Shishant said,
CTRL + ALT + DEL "...to..." LOGON????

Congratulations, you just noticed a feature that has been around for, quite literally, decades.

Shaun. said,
I like the details, not the picture

Well that is a background that is part of one of the Windows 7 themes, so me thinking custom login background??? (natively). I love how it looks tho. very Metro

Mr Spoon said,

That face scares me!

Me too. I saw that the other day when they released one of the wallpapers. Creepiest wallpaper ever!

M_Lyons10 said,

Me too. I saw that the other day when they released one of the wallpapers. Creepiest wallpaper ever!


Apparently, the guy that posted this leak likes it, though.

SoapyHamHocks said,
Yes! They brought back the clock from Longhorn.

I love it too. I was let down by the Vista/ 7 login screen. I (strangely) like the Windows XP login screen better.

computerwizkid said,

I love it too. I was let down by the Vista/ 7 login screen. I (strangely) like the Windows XP login screen better.


Me too. Not your fault....