Now that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been released, I decided to go ahead and try out an installation (in a virtual machine, of course).
- The initial installation screen is nearly the same as the installation process for Windows Vista and Windows 7 which requires some basic information to configure the hard disk regarding partitionin information etc.
- After the installation files have been copied over, the "new" installation process begins.
- One of the first new steps that I encountered was the option to choose a background color (by selecting a color from a sliding color palette) for my Windows desktop. In addition, I could enter the name of my soon-to-be-configured computer as well.
- After completing this step, I was offered the option to choose "Express Settings" which allows Microsoft to automatically configure a set of defaults for the OS including items such as Windows Updates, Notification settings and Security settings. If I choose not to use the Express Settings, I can alternatively customize the individual settings myself.
- Finally, I have the option to "Sign In" with my pre-existing Windows Account (Windows Live ID) to enable me to perform various operations including synchronizing my files and other content to the Windows Cloud. If I choose not to do this or if an Internet connection is unavailable, I am able to create a local Windows User Account instead.
- After this is all configured, I can then see the new Windows 8 Desktop! Overall, the entire process took about 30 minutes installing it inside of a virtual machine (I was using VMWare Workstation v. 8.02). Below you can see the Windows 8 Desktop: