SOFTWARE CHURN ARTIST Microsoft claims to have slashed installation times for Windows 8.
Christa St. Pierre, part of Microsoft's Setup and Deployment Team claimed the firm has managed to trim significant fat from Windows 8's installation procedure, requiring fewer clicks and shorter install time. According to St. Pierre, a clean install of Windows 8 should take just 21 minutes, compared to 32 minutes for Windows 7.
Microsoft is particularly proud of the speed-up it claims to have achieved when users migrate applications and data from previous installations. In this area St. Pierre admitted Windows 7 wasn't particularly good, saying, "If you had a large number of files on your system, you may have seen that installation times in Windows 7 didn't scale very well."
Along with removing bloat, Microsoft has also announced that it will offer users the chance to download Windows 8 and install it much like any other application. St. Pierre said, "While we will continue to offer boxed DVDs, we are also making it easier than ever to purchase and install online. This includes starting the setup experience online as well, and having one continuous integrated experience from beginning to end."
For system administrators, Microsoft will also have an automated setup where the product key can be automatically injected. St. Pierre also mentioned a tool that will allow administrators to customise a bootable USB drive to automate Windows 8 installation.
Microsoft has said Windows 8 should require the same machine specifications as Windows 7, so the firm can't expect users will buy new PCs pre-loaded with Windows 8 and thus needs to make the upgrade procedure as easy as possible if it intends to sell many copies of its upcoming operating system. µ
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