- To start this Windows 8 install, power ON the computer and insert the DVD of windows. Once done, shut down the system.
- Restart the system and press the F12 key as soon as the computer starts. Note : – If not then make sure the drive is set to first boot in the BIOS.
- Boot the computer from your Windows 8 installation DVD or USB thumb drive.
- A window appears that says: –
When prompted with the message Press any Key to Boot from a CD or DVD, press a key on the keyboard.
- Select your language preferences, and click/tap on Next.
- Click/tap on the Install Now button to start the installation.
- Enter your Windows 8 product key number, and click/tap on Next.
NOTE: If this is an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 pre-installed, then your product key is stored in the UEFI/BIOS firmware chip and will be automatically detected instead.
- Check the I accept the license terms box, and click/tap on Next.
- Click/tap on the Custom (advanced) option.
- Select the hard drive or partition that you want to install Windows 8 on, and click/tap on the Drive Options (advanced) link.
NOTE: If the hard drive or partition that you have selected is shown as unallocated, then you can just click on the Next button instead and go to step 8 since it is already empty.
Drive options (advanced)
- If you only have one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed that you wanted to install Windows 8 on, then select the disk # and click on the Delete option if not grayed out to make it unallocated space.
- If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed and want to install Windows 8 on only one of the partitions and keep the other partitions with that disk #, then only select the partition that you want to install Windows 8 on the Format option.
- If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed and want to get rid of all of them to make that disk # one single partition drive again, then select a partition with that disk # and click on the Delete option for each partition with the same disk # until there is only one “unallocated space” with that disk # left
- The installation of Windows 8 will now begin.
NOTE: During the installation process, your screen may flash and computer will restart a few times. Make sure this time you do not boot from the DVD or USB to avoid restart of the same windows re-installation and dirty installation
- When the above steps are done and, type in a computer name (ex: TEST-PC) that you want for this PC, then click/tap on the Next button.
- Select either the Use express settings (Recommended) or Customize button depending on how you want to set these settings
- Now we have to log on to Windows 8 with either a normal local account, or with a Microsoft account using your Windows Live ID or any other email address.
- You use your Windows Live ID or any email address and password to sign in to Windows 8.
- When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to the cloud.
- Your friends’ contact info and statuses are automatically up to date from your Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other accounts.
- You can get to and share your photos, documents, and other files from SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, and other accounts without signing in to each one.
- Your personal settings are synced to any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to, including your themes, language preferences, browser favorites, and apps.
- You can get apps in the Windows Store and use them on any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to.
- Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs.
- You can associate the most commonly used Windows settings to your user account. In this way, the saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. So your PC will be set up just the way you are used to.
- You can also save time with sign-in credentials, because now the same credentials are available for the different apps and websites you use and you can easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time.
- You can automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.
Type in your email address, and click/tap on Next.
NOTE: If you do not have a Windows Live ID email address and would like to use one, then click/tap on Sign up for a new email address link to get one.
If you want to Sign in to Windows 8 with a Local Account
- You use a user name (and password if you want one) to sign in to Windows 8 just like it was in Vista and Windows 7.
- A local user account gives you access to only the PC it’s on. You will need a separate user account created on each PC you use.
- None of your settings will be synced between the PCs you use, and you won’t get the benefits of connecting your PC to the cloud.
- Click/tap on the Sign in without a Microsoft account link.
- Click/tap on the Local account button.
Type in user name, password, and password hint for your user account (administrator type), and click/tap on Next.
NOTE: Your user name must be different than the computer name you entered earlier.
When it’s finished, welcome to Windows 8. (see screenshot below)
|Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:-|
|Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster|
|RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)|
|Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)|
|Graphics card: MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher|