Microsoft details Windows 8 online setup experience

Microsoft revealed some details on the progress of its Windows 8 development today, specifically related to designing an improved setup and upgrade experience. The company had commissioned a study where it found that many users chose not to upgrade because the process of doing so was difficult.

Hence, Microsoft intends to address the upgrade and setup issue for Windows 8 to ensure a smooth experience for customers. One of the ways in which the process will be enhanced is with a web setup option. Users will be able to download and install Windows 8 directly from a web page, which eliminates the need for the customer to enter a 25-digit product key, as it will have already been pre-keyed.

Microsoft will scan a machine first to determine what it can and cannot run and then provide an integrated download manager that checks which Windows 8 version will be compatible with the system as well as the language version. When the download is done, users will be prompted to either continue installing or to install on a separate partition.

The process will also allow users the options to keep their personal data, Windows settings and apps or just personal files. A complete wipe is also an option while upgrading. Overall, the process has been reduced to 11 clicks, which Microsoft says is 82% fewer than in Windows 7 and also includes less screens and wizards.

[via WinRumors]