Windows 8 Secrets: Add Features to Windows 8

With tech enthusiast web sites from around the world starting to leak Windows 8 Release Preview screenshots, your intrepid “Windows 8 Secrets” co-authors offer a bit of color commentary about what you’re seeing and how these features will really work. This is the first in a series of co-posts by "Windows 8 Secrets" co-authors Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott analyzing these leaks. Don't forget to pre-order Windows 8 Secrets today on Amazon.com and save!

You may recall that Microsoft revealed a few weeks back that it was replacing the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature with a new control panel in Windows 8 called Add Features to Windows 8. Since then, many have wondered how this interface would work and what it would look like. Thanks to a leak by a Chinese tech web site, we now know.

Add Features to Windows 8 can be accessed through the System Properties window, as revealed by MyFiles.com, or via Start Search:

After a UAC prompt, it runs as a classic desktop control panel, offering the chance to buy a product key online or enter a previously-purchased product key. Available options will no doubt later include the Windows 8 Pro Pack, for users of Windows 8 Core, as well as the Windows 8 Media Center Pack, as described in Microsoft’s blog post of May 3. (Paul wrote about this bad decision in Windows 8, DVD Playback, Media Center, And You.) But for now, we’re simply provided with placeholders.

Very interesting.

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– Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott