Installation Experience of Windows 8 Release Preview

Microsoft released Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) on 31st May 2012. If you didn’t yet download the latest release of Windows 8, you can download it from here: Download Windows 8 Release Preview (All Languages, ISO/Offline/Standalone Installer).


I downloaded the latest release of Windows 8 (Release Preview) and installed it on my VMware Player. The installation experience improved a lot from the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and in this post, I will share the same experience with you. So, continue reading and share it to your connection and help them to understand it better.


Personalize Desktop Experience

After successful installation of Windows 8, this is the first screen you will notice and it will wait in this screen for the first time to receive input from the user. You can chose the color that you like more, you can set the name of the computer and proceed to the next screen. This is a new installation experience since the birth of Microsoft Windows, where it asks the user to set the proper color according to their choice.


You can click the proper color from the color palette below or change the position of the slider to set the color of your choice. Here are few screenshots of the same:


Win 8 Installation Experience - Personalize Color 1


Win 8 Installation Experience - Personalize Color 2


Win 8 Installation Experience - Personalize Color 3


The only thing that is lacking behind here is the custom color palette from where user will be able to customize the foreground and background color of their own choice instead of selecting a predefined color set. I hope, Microsoft will listen this and integrate it in future releases of Windows 8.



After desktop personalization, the next screen is the “Settings” page that comes when you click “Next”. The settings page consists of multiple screens.


The first screen ask the user to turn on network sharing and connect to devices. You can chose whether to turn this feature on or off from this screen. Here is the screenshot of this screen:


Win 8 Installation Experience - Settings - Device


The next settings screen asks the user to configure the Windows 8 PC for Windows update and protect the Windows PC. From here you can chose whether to auto update the PC with latest drivers, apps and/or security updates. The user can also chose whether to enable the Windows and Internet Explorer’s Smart Screen feature. Here is the screenshot of the same:


Win 8 Installation Experience - Settings - Update your PC


The third screen asks the user to help Microsoft to make Windows and apps better. By default, all the options in this screen are turned off, but if you want you can enable them from this screen. Let’s have a look of all the options available in this screen:


Win 8 Installation Experience - Settings - Make Windows Better


When you click “Next”, it will come to the fourth screen of the Settings page. This screen gives user option to report Window’s error to check for solutions to problems. Also you will be able to configure whether to share account information with the apps. Here is the screen:


Win 8 Installation Experience - Settings - Online Solutions


Win 8 Installation Experience - Settings - Finalize Settings


Once you click “Next” button, it will save all your settings data and finalize all settings information as shown above.


Loading Windows 8 for the First Time

Once all the settings information are saved to the hard drive, it will configure the full PC to load Windows for the first time. This will show the below screen and once it finalizes all the configuration, it will load the Windows 8 Start Page in the screen.


Win 8 Installation Experience - Ready to Launch


The Start Screen of the Windows 8 Release Preview looks as below with many applications already installed in the operating system by default. In Windows 8 Consumer Preview we have seen many other social networking applications like Twitter app (Tweet@Rama) which are not available in this version of Win 8.


Here is the new Start screen of Windows 8 Release Preview:


Win 8 Installation Experience - Start Screen


I hope that, this blog post was informative to you. After reading this post, you will now be able to configure your Windows 8 easily. Stay tuned with me to learn more about Windows 8 and Metro UI applications, as well as Windows Phone 7 application development.


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  1. I really love windows 8 metro.. <3

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