Microsoft will begin offering “skins switches” in Windows 9.1 and Windows 10.
The move is designed to simplify the process of choosing a Windows 10 OS.
This includes moving from the default Windows 8-like OS to the more Windows 10-like Windows 10, Microsoft’s general manager of the Windows and Devices Group Andy Goldfarb told Bloomberg Businessweek.
The switch from the Windows 8 operating system to Windows 10 comes as Microsoft prepares to launch the next major version of Windows, codenamed Windows 10 Home, in late October.
Goldfarber also said the company plans to continue adding features to Windows and devices with Windows 10 like Continuum.
The new OS will have the most recent versions of the Bing search engine and Microsoft Office apps, along with a new Cortana voice assistant.
Microsoft also plans to offer support for a wider range of Microsoft products including Surface Hub and its HoloLens augmented reality headset.
The company said in February it will begin selling a range of Windows 10 PCs, tablets and mobile devices starting in October.
Windows 10 has been designed to be easy to upgrade, so there’s no need to reinstall.
Microsoft will also introduce a new version of the app store to help make the transition smoother.
Goldfassberg said Microsoft is working to improve the experience of switching to the new OS.
He declined to say how long it will take to implement the switch, but said it’s likely to take several months.
“We are in the process that we will get a really good set of metrics out of this,” he said.
The OS switch will come at a time when Microsoft has been struggling to win over new users.
It is the only major technology company to have failed to attract enough new customers for the past several years.
The latest quarterly earnings report showed that the company is now running a $1.2 billion loss for the third quarter of the fiscal year.
Microsoft said that loss could have been much worse, with analysts projecting a loss of $2.1 billion.
That was more than the $1 billion loss the company recorded in the same quarter last year.