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Microsoft Sets a Simpler and Faster Installation With Windows 8

Microsoft has since improved its soft spot in operating system installations or upgrades with Windows 7. And the company is now taking a step further by tying mobility and stability with Windows 8.

The company’s goal is to make the process more doable on various computers and more comprehensible to any user. It continues to keep system requirements low and as much as possible maintain compatibility in order to cater to existing PCs. Thus, the over 450 million PC users running Windows 7 can easily opt for an upgrade. Those running Windows XP or Vista are also eligible.

A substantial improvement in the installation process for Windows 8 is the speed of moving files that now takes less than an hour. To cater to various needs of its customers the company also offers upgraded standalone deployment tools in its Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit.

There are two approaches in setting up Windows 8. One is a streamlined setup that launches it like an application in a user’s current Windows operating system. A user can download the OS from web delivery or from a DVD and simply run the “.exe”. The other is an advanced setup that runs it via boot media. The former is a new experience while the latter is more familiar for advanced users. Both methods however still share identical setup engine components.

The web delivery method is a new shift for the product as well. The web setup allows users to “pre-key” the setup image, taking away the hassle of typing the 25-digit product key upon installation. The download size for the web installation process is also reduced to 1.5GB. Though this is still a big download, it is doable for broadband and is friendly to devices such as netbooks that have low-storage capacities.

The user interface for installing this latest operating system from Microsoft also made notable changes. The number of screens needed to click through for a standard upgrade is sized down to a minimal dozen. This is far from Windows 7 that made Setup, Windows Easy Transfer, and Upgrade Advisor into separate features or applications and in turn left a customer with around 60 screens to go through for a complete end-to-end experience.