Microsoft is attempting to make its next version of Windows, “Vista”, easier to install onto hardware by developing a new installation tool.
The new Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) will be included in Windows Vista, which is expected to arrive at the end of 2006.
WAIK will also be used by Microsoft to encourage corporate users to adopt successive versions of Windows in the future, instead of skipping new operating systems.
Because of the cost and the time it currently takes to adopt new operating systems, many companies have chosen to continue to use Windows 2000 and ignore the newer Windows XP.
A recent study by research firm AssetMetrix found that Windows 2000 is still the most widely deployed Windows client at companies, despite the fact Microsoft ended mainstream support for the OS on 30 June.
Details of WAIK that will be included in beta 1 of Windows Vista are available at: