Windows 10X features a beautiful new setup experience

Windows 10x Oobe
Windows 10x Oobe (Image credit: Windows Central)

Just like with most things on Windows 10X, Microsoft has redesigned the out of box setup experience that every Windows 10 device must endure when you power it on for the first time. The setup experience on Windows 10 isn't all that liked, mostly because of its uninspired UI and inclusion of Cortana which many find to be annoying and unnecessary.

With Windows 10X, all of that changes. Microsoft has ripped Cortana right out of the setup experience. This is an early build, so this may return in the future for those who need visual aid, but the Cortana-driven setup experience isn't the primary one anymore. Instead, we're back to the old-school reading and clicking way of doing things.

This means the user doesn't have to wait for Cortana to finish talking before they can do anything. The UI pops up, and the user can read and click at their own leisure. On the subject of the UI, Microsoft has replaced the blue and grey aesthetic with something a little more modern. The user interface is now boxed in a window that sits above a blurred background.

Windows 10x Oobe

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The window itself is white, with colorful animations on the left, and the setup options on the right. Since Windows 10X is an OS that works on dual-screens, this UI spans across both displays. It also looks great on a single-screen device as well. In the bottom right is the Action Center, which in the setup process gives you quick access to volume controls and input language settings.

There's doesn't yet appear to be any new settings for users to configure during the setup process on Windows 10X. Apart from the new UI, all the settings that are presented appear to be the same as what's on Windows 10 today. Again, this is an early build, so this will likely change before Windows 10X hits RTM in the summer.

I'd love to see the ability to name your device make a return during this setup process. I'd also like to see desktop customization settings such as theme accents and whether or not you want dark or light mode. Being able to configure these settings before the user reaches the desktop would really streamline the experience.

What are your thoughts on Windows 10X's new setup experience? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Agreed with your feedback. Hopefully MS puts that in. 👍🏻
  • Yeah, they must put the ability to name the device before finishing the OOBE. it doesn't make sense that you have to do it manually after the setup and find its setting, which most people will not bother and leave their device whatever unrecognisable letters and numbers. They should also bring back the option download previous backed up synced settings and apps like it was in Windows 8.X, which was removed in Windows 10 for no reason. This is useful if you have multiple devices and want to restore settings from a specific device or from the same device if its been reset. Others like setting up dark or light theme would be nice too.
  • One question Windows 10x will be the new version of Windows 10 for normal computers too? or only for computer or devices with two screens?
  • Eventually it will be offered on SOME laptops, but for now it's only for dual screen devices. It will never completely replace traditional Windows for power users and enterprise.
  • Oh, how much I'd like to see a mockup of the same experience with the current Windows 10 theming. A thing that was never delivered.