Leaked Windows 8 screenshot shows Windows Update improvements

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Feb 11 12:31 pm with 18 Comments

A recently leaked Windows 8 screenshot appears to show some minor improvements with Windows Update.

Microsoft is currently near Milestone 2 completion for Windows 8 but a leaked screenshot on Wednesday hints at one of the minor improvements in the company’s next-generation Windows. Zukona, famous for providing genuine and accurate Windows beta information, has leaked a screenshot from build 6.2.7930.0.winmain_win8m2.110217-1825. The alleged copy of Windows 8 appears to show a new “restart if required” option prior to installing Windows Updates.

The screenshot is basic and doesn’t hint at any other rumored aspects of the new operating system. The Windows Aero theme is also in use and there’s no signs of an improved GUI just yet. Microsoft is currently compiling escrow Milestone 2 builds with a view to start work on Milestone 3 in late February. Microsoft’s escrow stage for Windows 8 is a significant stage towards a Windows 8 beta. The escrow stage marks the fact that Microsoft is ready to compile a final M2 build during its development stage. Microsoft is expected to finish one more Milestone phase and then deliver a beta copy of the OS around September for the company’s annual Professional Developers Conference (PDC).

Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release according to recent reports. Microsoft’s competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell’s recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. WinRumors understands that Microsoft has been working on an ARM based version of Windows for nearly a year and that it is laboring hard to bring this to the market as soon as possible. Microsoft has previously promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications, that will come in the next version, Windows 8.

Microsoft has so far been extremely quiet on the Windows 8 front. Windows Chief, Steven Sinofsky, took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January to introduce a technology preview of Microsoft’s Windows ARM support and show off an early build of Windows 8. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will create a dual-UI for Windows 8. A tile-based user interface codenamed “Mosh” will reportedly be included.

Steve Ballmer has described the next release of Windows as the company’s “riskiest product bet”. It is understood that Microsoft will feature deep cloud integration into the future OS to realise its vision of “three screens and a cloud”.

Windows 8 Windows Update improvements

Thanks to R27 for the news tip

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    If that’s the UI then no point, its just the same… they should have some Metro style

    • http://thommck.wordpress.com Thom McKiernan

      Microsoft usually don’t change the UI until the first official beta

    • http://thommck.wordpress.com Thom McKiernan

      Microsoft usually don’t change the UI until the first official beta

    • Frylock86

      The UI doesn’t usually change until later builds. Chances are they have started it, but we’re just not seeing iy. These builds usually focus on revisions. Patience. ;)

  • http://thommck.wordpress.com Thom McKiernan

    I don’t know what I expected from looking at this early screenshot. It’s hardly an ground-breaking feature!
    What’s more disappointing to see is the “Up” icon on the toolbar. There’s absolutely no need for it as you can just use the breadcrumb bar to do the same thing. Hopefully that’s a quirk and will disappear when they change the UI

    • Frylock86

      Agreed. Might as well as bring the 9x toolbar back. If it stays, I hope there is a way to hide it.

  • GP007

    I’d rather MS tried to cut down the need for restarts as much as possible instead of giving me the option to automatically restart if needed.

    • Guest

      Exactly. This is an area where Linux and OS X are way ahead.

    • str

      Most updates does not need restart.

  • Sparxx

    I’d say it’s better to collect more such changes and put them all in one article, than make from such a tiny change such a title…just my opinion.

  • Antares

    They are testing The Ui on the february 25th

  • Anonymous

    I like the “up” icon as long as the breadcrumb is still there. Speaking of breadcrumbs, I think it is different in this shot vs Win7.

  • A340-600

    OMG! Killer feature — there’s a checkbox to restart the computer if needed! ;-)

    But seriously, that “Up” button looks way out of place. Obviously this is way too early to know what the UI will look like, but just look at some of the icons in Windows 7 that are from XP.

  • TryllZ

    If its ths same interface as W7, i’ll shout at M$, n ask em to chang it….for gods sake…Please..

  • http://www.facebook.com/adacosta Andre Da Costa

    I believe they reason why the up icon is there is possibly because they plan convert the breadcrumb menu into a Search bar like Internet Explorer 9. Then again, it could be done through the Breadcrumb menu without the need for the up icon too.

  • http://twitter.com/obiwantoby Brandon

    Why do so many updates even require a reboot. This is pretty annoying. What happened to less reboots that were promised with Vista? Obviously no one cares.

  • Squidgums

    Take a look at this… found it the other day


  • Walczak

    Zainstalowałem, nic ciekawego.