The SKU selection shows these options:
Windows 7 Business, HomeBasic, HomePremium, Ultimate, HomeBasic N, Business N and Starter.
See some new SKUs are included however I donít think these will definitively be the SKUs Windows 7 will provide. The installer program may inherit from some development tree so the SKU names are inherited also. Anyway, itís not important to argue how many SKUs Win7 will bring to us. Itís much of business, not technology.
The SKU selection uses something like a grid control, the 1st column is SKU name, and 2nd, Date Modified. For all those SKUs, the date is March 2008.
An important change, also a nice improvement, is that you arenít asked to input product key during the whole installation phase. For Vista installer, you can input a blank key and proceed but there is still a step and a text box for that purpose. Win7 M1 R2 installer simply skips this.
As in the M1 R1, Win7 installer automatically creates an additional 500.0 MB partition before system partition. A user doesnít have control on this. No idea on what for. The partition doesnít appear in My Computer but you can see it in disk management.
Other parts of the installation are same as in M1 R1.
The post-installation setup wizard, may be used for performance benchmarking to determine experience index, differs from that of Vista in that Win7 removes those fancy animation pictures during the process and the time it spends on this step is much less (less than 2 minutes on my platform).http://www.thinknext.net/archives/2199