Wednesday, 7 January 2015

How to Install Windows 8

Step 1 - Place Windows 8 DVD in your dvd-rom drive and start your PC. Windows 8 will start to boot up and you will get the following screen with a rotating progress bar.
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Step 2 - The next screen allows you to setup your language, time and currency format, keyboard or input method. Choose your required settings and click next to continue.
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Step 3 - The next screen allows you to install or repair Windows 8. Since we are doing a clean install we will click on "install now".


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Step 4 - The setup process starts as shown.
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Step 5 - At this stage you need to type your product key that came with your copy of Windows 8. Click next once you have entered the product key correctly.
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Step 6 - Read the license terms and tick I accept license terms. Then click next to continue.
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Step 7 - Choose the type of installation you want. Since you are doing a clean install you need to click on custom.
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Step 8 - Choose where you would like to install Windows 8. If you have one hard drive you will get an option similar to the image below. You can click next to continue then go to step 12.
If you have more than one drive or partition then you need to select the appropriate drive and click next. At this stage you can go to step 12.
If you want to partition a large drive then do not click next. Go to step 9.
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Step 9 - If you want to partition an existing drive then click new. Choose the size of the partition and click apply.
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Step 10 - Click OK to create the partition. Windows will create additional system partition which you don't have to worry about.
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Step 11 - You will notice that you have 3 partitions. Partition 1 is system reserved. Leave this partition alone. Partition 2 is 30GB primary partition that was created in the last step. The third partition is unallocated which means it is not being used. You can however format it and use it as a second storage drive. This can be done after windows installation is finished so I will leave it for now.
Choose partition 2 (Primary Partition). This is where I will install Windows 8. Click next to continue.
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Step 12 - At this stage Windows starts to copy files to your hard drive and begins the installation. This process might take a few minutes depending on your computer specification. Now is a good time to grab yourself a coffee.
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Step 13 - When all the necessary files are copied Windows 8 will automatically restart as shown.
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Step 14 - You will go through various progress bar and information messages as shown on the following images. Windows might restart automatically second time.
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Step 15 - You are now presented with "Let's go through a few basics" screen. It will automatically select personalize option.
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Step 16 - Choose your PC name and personalize the color.
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Step 17 - Here you can choose express settings or choose customize. I will choose customize to make further customization.
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Step 18 - Choose Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices.
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Step 19 - Help protect and update your PC. Choose your preferred option and click next.
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Step 20 - Send Microsoft info to help make Windows and apps better. Choose your preferred options or leave the default settings. Click next to continue.
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Step 21 - Check online for solutions to problem. Choose your preferred options or leave the default settings. Click next to continue.
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Step 22 - Sign in to your PC. Here you can login to your PC using a Microsoft email account such as your hotmail account.
If you do not have a Microsoft account you can create one by clicking Sign up for a new email address. Go to Step 23.
If you don't want to create an email account and prefer to create a local user name, click Sign in without a Microsoft account. Go to step 24.
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Step 23 - Sign up for a new email address. If you want to create a new email account you need to complete the form below.
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Step 24 - Click local account
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Step 25 - Here you can choose a local user name and password. Choose finish to continue.
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Step 26 - At this stage Windows starts to finalize your settings. You will get the following information screen as the installation moves forward.
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++++++ ENJOY +++++