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Step-by-step guide to installing Windows 8 with screen shots


In this guide we shall cover the installation of Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit from a DVD. All though the installation of 32-bit and 64-bit are the same as this guide. 

Many people usually just mp in the installation with out checking the compatibility of the machine and the system or software they want to install. So before all that inspect the machine if it can handle Windows 8.

Step 1:
Inspect the system if it meets the requirement for installing Windows 8. If it doe not then it means you will over load the machine hence you will not get better or any results.

                  Windows 8 system requirements
            Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz)
        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: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Step 2:
Before you go any further, ensure all important data is backed up in case of data loss on your drives. This guide assumes you have media backups of your hard drives and you are safe to proceed.

Warning: Installing another operating system without first ensuring you have backups of your current files and operating system is a big risk. If you have no data to lose or you’ve backed up important data, you’re ready to proceed. YOU are responsible if you lose data.


Step 3:
Ensure you have a network cable connected, restart your computer, and boot from the DVD drive. (Don't do this if you didn't buy the windows but downloaded it)

Step 4:
The DVD will begin to load up, you will be asked to press any key so as the machine should load from the CD-ROM Drive, and you'll be presented by the following screen as the installer starts.


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Step 5:
Once loaded you will see the following screen.

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Select your location, keyboard and regional language settings as required and click "next" to continue and you'll see the following box:

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Click "Install now" to continue with the installation.

Step 6:
You'll then be asked to provide the product key to activate Windows.

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Enter the product key as written in the screenshot above. For the sake of clarity, the product key looks like this XXXXX-XXXXX-
XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

Once you have entered the product key, click "next" to continue to the next step.

Step 7:
Before you can proceed with the setup any further you're required to accept Microsoft's license terms, as below.

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Read the terms, and once you're happy, tick the "I accept the license terms" box, and click "next" to continue to the next step.

Step 8:
You will be greeted with the following screen.

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It is advised that you perform a fresh or clean installation of Windows 8. Therefore, this tutorial covers the "Custom" option which will install a fresh copy of Windows 8 onto a clean hard drive, without backing up and restoring any existing files or settings.

The first option, "upgrade" will allow those running previous versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 8 whilst keeping all files, settings and applications during the setup of the new operating system.

Step 9:
The setup will then continue and start the disk manager as below.

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Select the correct drive to use for the installation of Windows 8, and click "next" to continue. For those trying this in a Virtual Machine, 20-25GB of hard drive space is more than adequate.

Note: This step is the last point in which you can abort the installation without permanent data loss to drives. Please ensure you have working backups before proceeding further.

Step 10:
Windows setup will then begin to install Windows 8 to the hard drive, and will work through several stages as detailed below. (Be patient here)

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Don't worry when the installer may restart during the installation stage as it configures the computer to run the new operating system.

Step 11:
Once complete, it will reboot again and setup the computers devices and finalize the installation, as below.

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Once this stage has finished, you will be greeted with the following screen.

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Select your preferred colour scheme for Metro, and then name your computer. The PC name is used to identify the computer on local networks and ideally should be named so that other users your network can identify who the computer belongs to. Then click "next" to proceed.

Step 12:
You will then be greeted with the following window.

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At this point you can specify the final settings required in the configuration of your new Windows installation. You can either choose "use express settings" or click "customize" to change the express settings.

If you are unsure, it is best to choose the first option. The installer will then configure the final settings and move onto the next step.

Step 13:
The next step asks you if you wish to sign into your PC using a Windows Live account.

But we advice you to set up a local account instead of this.(This stage has options)
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Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft's new operating system heavily integrates the Redmond-based firms Windows Live features, including messenger, contacts, calendar and mail.

Signing in using your Windows Live account also offers Windows 8 users additional benefits like the ability to download additional apps from the Windows Store and automatic synchronization of all your Windows 8 computers so they look and feel the same regardless of which one you're using.

Note: Your Windows Live ID also becomes your username for Windows 8 Release Preview, and uses your Windows Live ID password to log in.

Enter your Windows Live ID, and click "next" to continue.

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You will then be asked for your password for your Windows Live account. Click "next" to continue.

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The final step of integrating your Windows Live account with your new installation of Windows 8 requires you to provide additional verification information. For those that have previously set this up, the fields will be completed already. Verify they are correct, or add the required information and click "next" to continue.

Step 14:
Windows 8 will then complete its final configuration.

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Once complete, it will then boot into Windows for the first time, as below.

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Installation is now complete, and you can enjoy your new OS and begin exploring its features.


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