After my previous attempt and failure, I opted to try it immediately again and try a few options and in the process breaking another installation, but finally getting it to install successfully!
I have to compliment Microsoft on the fast installation procedure – the whole installation took me between 10 and 15 minutes only! And this after I opted to decrease the available RAM to 2GB!
Once the initial setup ran and all the files were copied and installed, I was really glad to see the following screen!
During this step, you can setup the computer name as well as the background color of your installation – this was probably the best screen I’ve seen the whole day! Once setup, you need to set the method that updates will be applied as well as some localization settings. I’ve seen this before and it is absolutely amazing – see some of my future posts about these!
I’ve opted to make use of the Express Settings. The next step would be how you would authenticate (log in) against your computer. You have the option to make use of your Microsoft Account (Microsoft Passport, Microsoft Live! ID and a few other names that has been used before!) or a local User Account, as implemented during the previous versions of Windows.
With a Microsoft Account, I assume that you would require an Internet Connection to log into their computer. The advantage is as mentioned above (the same look and feel on all computers, access to your data on skydrive, etc), but the disadvantage is that you would probably require a fast Internet Connection. This would work perfectly if the infrastructure is available, but in my case this may not always be possible. I opted to make use of the Local Account option instead. I am not sure how it would be implemented with an Active Directory domain – this you would probably need to perform after completing the installation. Once all of these settings have been set, the following screen will be displayed to you – and you can have a big smile on your face!
If you need to make any changes to the previous screens, you can make use of the “left arrow” at the top of the screen; typical Internet Explorer feel!
Once the finalization is complete, the User Account is being prepared and setup as seen from below.
Once all of this is complete, you will be displayed with the new Windows Interface; the biggest change that you can see immediately is that you no longer have a Start button, but a Start screen, as seen below.
See my future posts around the built-in applications and once these are done, how Microsoft Office fits into the picture as well as how software development would be possible making use of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Visual Studio. My initial feelings towards the interface was not positive in any way, but after playing a bit with it before, it is starting to grow on me – I may just be bold and make the switch once it is released, depending on how the steps above go!