Microsoft released Windows 10 build 20231 to the Dev channel yesterday, bringing a couple of new features including a new screen for the out-of-box experience (OOBE) – the first-time setup process for new devices or when users clean install the OS. This new screen provides users the option to choose what they intend to use their computers for, in turn customizing the setup and system settings accordingly. The feature is still in development and hence, customization is currently only limited to the OOBE in the Insider builds.
However, Twitter user Albacore has shared a video of a revamped OOBE UI itself, which has been enabled on build 20231. The new UI and overall experience bring a refresh to the now-aging setup process, which has had mixed feedback thanks to Cortana’s prominent presence, which had to be scaled back for enterprise users. The updated setup screens seem to use a white background and colorful visuals, ditching the blue background currently present.
The Windows 10X OOBE is coming to desktop! Here's a video of it in action in build 20231. pic.twitter.com/jZXVZT62qj
— Albacore (@thebookisclosed) October 8, 2020
The setup experience is reportedly being brought over from Windows 10X. With Microsoft's latest, lightweight OS offering being repurposed for single-screen PCs, it will not be surprising to see more design elements brought to Windows 10. Some of the recent changes include the new theme-aware Start Menu and the updated iconography.
Build 20231 is part of the vNext branch, meaning that the features debuted in the Dev channel are not tied to any specific release of the OS. It will be interesting to see what other changes are made to the OOBE in future builds and when these updates will be released to the general public.