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Windows 8 Install Process Streamlined to 11 Clicks

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It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Upgrading your computer's operating system can be kind of a pain in the butt, but Microsoft wants to make sure that aspect of things doesn't play even the smallest role in deterring you from installing Windows 8 when it finally arrives. The company has apparently streamlined the install process  down to just 11 clicks. Speaking via the Building Windows 8 blog, Christa St. Pierre said that, whereas the old upgrade process for Windows 7 included four different wizards and up to 60 different screens, Windows 8 will allow the same task to be accomplished with as few as 11 clicks.

"The exact number of steps you need to take to complete the installation varies based on your existing OS, migration choices, install method, and number of blocking issues you need to resolve to get the PC ready for installation, but the experience is greatly simplified for everyone," St. Pierre said. "We accomplished all of this with no loss of functionality or customization—we simply streamlined the existing experience."

The blog post details a number of changes that Microsoft has made to the Windows 8 setup process, including the fact that the company is now putting more focus on the web as a method of software delivery. The company said that while it will continue to sell software in a physical format, it will be making it easy for users to upgrade their machines via the web, too.

"This includes starting the setup experience online as well, and having one continuous integrated experience from beginning to end," Christa said. "There is also one big advantage that is a favorite of mine. With our web setup experience, we actually "pre-key" the setup image that is downloaded to a unique user, which means that you don’t have to type in the 25-digit product key when you install!"

To read more about the changes to the Windows 8 setup, head on over to the Windows blog. For a demo of the installation process, check the video below!

Building Windows 8: Improving the Setup Experience

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    zak_mckraken , November 22, 2011 5:31 PM
    It makes sense and could actually be really helpful for the average user. However, hardcore users will always need their physical media for the occasionnal format/reinstall. I was once like that, but now I can really see myself upgrading my current install through the web.
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    drwho1 , November 22, 2011 6:13 PM
    amuffinwindows 98=failwindows xp=winwindows vista=failwindows 7=winwindow 8=.....?


    win98 didn't fail, it was great upgrade from win95 and it was awesome for games for its time.

    now Windows Me..... and Vista those were the biggest failures in M$ history.
    Still I will probably skip Windows 8.
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    ukulele97 , November 22, 2011 6:54 PM
    If we get it down to 10 clicks, I'll buy it. Absolutely.
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    zak_mckraken , November 22, 2011 5:31 PM
    It makes sense and could actually be really helpful for the average user. However, hardcore users will always need their physical media for the occasionnal format/reinstall. I was once like that, but now I can really see myself upgrading my current install through the web.
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    J3d1M1nD7r1cKs , November 22, 2011 5:44 PM
    I'm so sick reading about 'boosting' for windows 8. This is ridiculous. When a product is hyped this badly, it's generally garbage or worse for the public.

    LONG live windows 7!
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    J3d1M1nD7r1cKs , November 22, 2011 5:44 PM
    Unless Windows 8 has Dx12 I'm passing this one.
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    danwat1234 , November 22, 2011 6:04 PM
    Web installs are greener than buying the box.
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    pedro_mann , November 22, 2011 6:07 PM
    J3d1M1nD7r1cKsI'm so sick reading about 'boosting' for windows 8. This is ridiculous. When a product is hyped this badly, it's generally garbage or worse for the public.LONG live windows 7!

    I have to agree with your sentiment. Microsoft may have some amazing new features coming out, BUT i think they are going to pull a Vista again. I don't think the market is ready for a complete UI overhaul WITHOUT Classic mode to revert too. I just think Microsoft has either gotten too old, or Ballmer doesn't have his touch on reality. Either way, this is going to fail badly if there is no classic mode. I am already planning on staying with 7 for the long haul on non touch devices. The sad parts is I was one of the few people who actually liked Vista and was even happier when 7 came out. I do like alot of the architectural changes under the hood for Windows 8, it is just that damn UI change. it is awful.

    LONG live windows 7!
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    drwho1 , November 22, 2011 6:10 PM
    danwat1234Web installs are greener than buying the box.


    Who buys the box, everyone here buys the OEM version.... No Box.
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    drwho1 , November 22, 2011 6:13 PM
    amuffinwindows 98=failwindows xp=winwindows vista=failwindows 7=winwindow 8=.....?


    win98 didn't fail, it was great upgrade from win95 and it was awesome for games for its time.

    now Windows Me..... and Vista those were the biggest failures in M$ history.
    Still I will probably skip Windows 8.
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    axiler , November 22, 2011 6:13 PM
    I wont 10 easy clicks 1 complicated click.
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    Naxos , November 22, 2011 6:14 PM
    I have to agree, this much hype over a product is usually not good. I think 8 is another Vista in the making. I for don't care for the tile idea one bit. I like 7 alot, and with a bit of refinement I could see it outlasting XP. I really don't get what the devs at MS are thinking sometimes.... Maybe if we make our OS look like windows phone we can sell more phones, and in the mean time we will still make money off 7....is my guess and the only logic I can see behind this crap UI.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 22, 2011 6:27 PM
    WTF? Who the hell is dumb enough that they need to "simplify" the installation process as compared to Win7? :lol: 
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    PreferLinux , November 22, 2011 6:28 PM
    drwho1win98 didn't fail, it was great upgrade from win95 and it was awesome for games for its time.now Windows Me..... and Vista those were the biggest failures in M$ history.Still I will probably skip Windows 8.

    amuffinwindows 98=failwindows xp=winwindows vista=failwindows 7=winwindow 8=.....?

    Sorry, Win Vista is just as good as any other Windoze version for me. No failure at all here.
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    freggo , November 22, 2011 6:34 PM
    Folks, it is really simple. 90,000 Employees... 90,000 paychecks. Plus stockholders who want money, plus Executive who want M-O-N-E-Y... you got to have something to SELL.
    So you hype away on a new MUST HAVE OS and you cash in.
    How much OS do you need ?
    I run a small IT company, and I use Windows 2000 !
    Have one XT box around to test site projects on higher than IE6 (all other browsers can be updated to current status under W2K).

    Can I play 'Crisis' on my Box ? :-)
    Prob. not. Don't even know exactly what it is; don't care.
    Like most professional users, we stay WELL behind new technologies until they sort themselves out. And why would I upgrade a couple of hundred PCs if they work just fine the way things are.

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    Anonymous , November 22, 2011 6:38 PM
    Windows Me - was the huge in performance, stable, not for game, but for office and CAD system awesome.
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    Gucio , November 22, 2011 6:48 PM
    win1=gui on dos... wooooow GUUUUI :) , win2.1=meeeehhhh still dos..., win3.11=yaaaay 16 bits, win95=FAIL, win4=winnt... still FAIL nothing runs on this..., win98=meeeh somehow better, win2k=no games :(  so it's servers basically...., winME=biggest FAIL EVER, winXP=finally something working :)  happiest men ever :p , winVista=FAAAAAAIIIILLLL WTF is this shit..., win7=hmmm where the heck is my classic start?? meh geets over it..., win8=hmmmm WHERE THE F*CK is my Desktop!?
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    ukulele97 , November 22, 2011 6:54 PM
    If we get it down to 10 clicks, I'll buy it. Absolutely.
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    extremepcs , November 22, 2011 7:07 PM
    Or you could use an unattended answer file or WDS / MDT for zero clicks...
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    Vestin , November 22, 2011 7:14 PM
    amuffinwindows 98=fail
    windows xp=win
    windows vista=fail
    windows 7=win
    window 8=.....?

    David Hume called, he wants his causality back.
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    Destroysall , November 22, 2011 7:15 PM
    pedro_mannI have to agree with your sentiment. Microsoft may have some amazing new features coming out, BUT i think they are going to pull a Vista again. I don't think the market is ready for a complete UI overhaul WITHOUT Classic mode to revert too. I just think Microsoft has either gotten too old, or Ballmer doesn't have his touch on reality. Either way, this is going to fail badly if there is no classic mode. I am already planning on staying with 7 for the long haul on non touch devices. The sad parts is I was one of the few people who actually liked Vista and was even happier when 7 came out. I do like alot of the architectural changes under the hood for Windows 8, it is just that damn UI change. it is awful.LONG live windows 7!


    Just to let you know if you haven't heard already...You will be able to revert back to old "traditional" Windows theme. The UI is an added feature.
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    extremepcs , November 22, 2011 7:22 PM
    DestroysallJust to let you know if you haven't heard already...You will be able to revert back to old "traditional" Windows theme. The UI is an added feature.


    Yep. It took me about 30 seconds to do in the Win 8 beta. It looks almost identical to Win 7 afterwards.
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