How to Install Windows 8 on a PC

Introduction

Windows 8 was released in 2008 and introduced the Metro interface.

Windows 8

This guide will walk you though the install and setup process of Windows 8. This will cover how to do a clean install or a parallel install.

  • Clean Install - You will lose all data on the drive or partition you install Windows on.
  • Parallel Install - This is typically done for recovery purposes and in some cases for dual booting. This will install a copy of windows on your existing drive and rename your existing system folders of your previous install so you do not lose any data.

? What type of install are you performing?

  1. Clean Install
  2. Parallel Install

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Windows 8 was released in 2008 and introduced the Metro interface.

Windows 8

This guide will walk you though the install and setup process of Windows 8. This will cover how to do a clean install or a parallel install.

  • Clean Install - You will lose all data on the drive or partition you install Windows on.
  • Parallel Install - This is typically done for recovery purposes and in some cases for dual booting. This will install a copy of windows on your existing drive and rename your existing system folders of your previous install so you do not lose any data.
  1. Insert your Windows 8 disc into their DVD-ROM drive. If the Installation Media is on a USB drive, then plug it in.
    Disc in CD Rom trayUSB flash drive being plugged into PC
  2. Shut down the system completely.
    1. Select the Start Menu.
      Start Menu
    2. Select the Power Button.
      Power button
    3. Select Shut Down to shut down your computer.
      Shut down highlighted

    Any unsaved work will be lost. Please save any documents you are working on before shutting down your computer.

  3. Remove any unnecessary devices that may interfere with the installation and configuration of the OS. This includes but is not limited to any USB mass storage devices, including flash drives (that are not related to their installation media), external hard drives, and external USB hubs. Printers should be disconnected as well. If the system is a laptop and it is in a docking station, remove it from the dock.
  4. Turn on the computer. A prompt stating "Press any key to boot from CD / DVD / USB" should appear. Press any key.
    Press Any Key
  5. The Windows 8 Installation Splash Screen should appear.
    Windows 8 install screen
  1. Select your language, region, and keyboard type.
    Language, Currency, and Keyboard layout highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Click Install Now.
    Install Now button highlighted
  4. Enter your product key.
    Product Key field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Click the I accept the license terms box.
    License and Terms box highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Select the type of install you wish to perform.
    Upgrade and Custom install highlighted

    You may only choose the upgrade options if you ran the windows setup from within a compatible running version of Windows.

  9. Select the drive you want to install windows on.
    Drive Selected
  10. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted

    The install process will now begin. This will take around 30 minutes to complete.

  1. Choose a color you would like to have for your profile and then type a description to identify your computer.
    Color scheme and computer description field highlighted
  2. Click on Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Select the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to.
    Wi-Fi network highlighted
  2. Enter your security key.
    Security Key field highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted

Express Settings - The following list are enabled by default.

  • Automatically find and connect to devices and content on the local network.
  • Automatically install windows updates, app updates, and device software.
  • Turn on Do Not Track in Internet Explorer
  • Help protect your PC from unsafe files, apps, and web sites.
  • Help Improve Microsoft services by sending data to Microsoft.
  • Use Bing and search suggestions and web results in Windows Search.
  • Let Microsoft use your location and other info to personalize your experience.
  • Page Prediction is used to preload pages. This sends your browsing history to Microsoft.
  • Let windows and apps use your name, account picture, and advertising ID, and request your location from the Windows Location Platform.

Custom Settings - Allows you to pick your preferences

  1. Click on Use express settings.
    Use express settings highlighted

Microsoft Account - Allows you to synchronize you settings between multiple computers signed into the same account. If you forget your password, you must reset it online using another device. A PIN can be setup for easy login access.

Local Account - All information is kept on that computer regarding your computer login. If you forget your password you can only reset it using a password reset tool, or by using 3rd party utilities. Local accounts do not require a password.

  1. Enter your Microsoft account credentials.
    Username and Password fields highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. You will be prompted to verify your work. Choose an option.
    Verification options highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Depending on your verification method you will be asked to provide a code.
    Code text box highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Choose whether or not you wish to use One Drive.
    Turn off these One Drive settings and Next button highlighted
  1. Click on Create a new account.
    Create a new account highlighted
  2. Enter your name, email address, password, and region.
    User Information fields highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Enter your birth date, gender, country code, phone number, and an alternative e-mail address.
    User Information highlighted.
  5. Enter the captcha code and choose your communication preferences.
    Captcha field and communication preferences highlighted
  6. Choose an verification method.
    Verification options highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Enter the code that was provided to you.
    Code text box highlighted
  9. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  10. Choose whether or not you wish to use One Drive.
    Turn off these One Drive settings and Next button highlighted
  1. Click on Create a new account.
    Create a new account highlighted
  2. Click Sign in without a Microsoft Account.
    Sign in without a Microsoft account highlighted
  3. Enter your username, password, and password hint.
    Username, password, and password hint highlighted
  4. Click on Finish.
    Finish button highlighted
  1. Click Customize.
    Customize highlighted
  2. Choose whether or not you want your computer to locate other devices on the network.
    Yes and No boxes highlighted
  3. Choose your Windows Update and PC Privacy and Protection preferences.
    Windows update and Privacy preferences highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Choose your Microsoft reporting preferences.
    Microsoft reporting preferences highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Choose what information you wish to share with Microsoft.
    Sharing preferences highlighted
  8. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Plug in your Ethernet cable to your computer. Once connected it should show you are connected.
    Ethernet Connected idicator highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted

Express Settings - The following list are enabled by default.

  • Automatically find and connect to devices and content on the local network.
  • Automatically install windows updates, app updates, and device software.
  • Turn on Do Not Track in Internet Explorer
  • Help protect your PC from unsafe files, apps, and web sites.
  • Help Improve Microsoft services by sending data to Microsoft.
  • Use Bing and search suggestions and web results in Windows Search.
  • Let Microsoft use your location and other info to personalize your experience.
  • Page Prediction is used to preload pages. This sends your browsing history to Microsoft.
  • Let windows and apps use your name, account picture, and advertising ID, and request your location from the Windows Location Platform.

Custom Settings - Allows you to pick your preferences

  1. Click on Use express settings.
    Use express settings highlighted

Microsoft Account - Allows you to synchronize you settings between multiple computers signed into the same account. If you forget your password, you must reset it online using another device. A PIN can be setup for easy login access.

Local Account - All information is kept on that computer regarding your computer login. If you forget your password you can only reset it using a password reset tool, or by using 3rd party utilities. Local accounts do not require a password.

  1. Enter your Microsoft account credentials.
    Username and Password fields highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. You will be prompted to verify your work. Choose an option.
    Verification options highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Depending on your verification method you will be asked to provide a code.
    Code text box highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Choose whether or not you wish to use One Drive.
    Turn off these One Drive settings and Next button highlighted
  1. Click on Create a new account.
    Create a new account highlighted
  2. Enter your name, email address, password, and region.
    User Information fields highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Enter your birth date, gender, country code, phone number, and an alternative e-mail address.
    User Information highlighted.
  5. Enter the captcha code and choose your communication preferences.
    Captcha field and communication preferences highlighted
  6. Choose an verification method.
    Verification options highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Enter the code that was provided to you.
    Code text box highlighted
  9. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  10. Choose whether or not you wish to use One Drive.
    Turn off these One Drive settings and Next button highlighted
  1. Click on Create a new account.
    Create a new account highlighted
  2. Click Sign in without a Microsoft Account.
    Sign in without a Microsoft account highlighted
  3. Enter your username, password, and password hint.
    Username, password, and password hint highlighted
  4. Click on Finish.
    Finish button highlighted
  1. Click Customize.
    Customize highlighted
  2. Choose whether or not you want your computer to locate other devices on the network.
    Yes and No boxes highlighted
  3. Choose your Windows Update and PC Privacy and Protection preferences.
    Windows update and Privacy preferences highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Choose your Microsoft reporting preferences.
    Microsoft reporting preferences highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Choose what information you wish to share with Microsoft.
    Sharing preferences highlighted
  8. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Click Skip this step.
    Skip this step highlighted

Express Settings - The following list are enabled by default.

  • Automatically find and connect to devices and content on the local network.
  • Automatically install windows updates, app updates, and device software.
  • Turn on Do Not Track in Internet Explorer
  • Help protect your PC from unsafe files, apps, and web sites.
  • Help Improve Microsoft services by sending data to Microsoft.
  • Use Bing and search suggestions and web results in Windows Search.
  • Let Microsoft use your location and other info to personalize your experience.
  • Page Prediction is used to preload pages. This sends your browsing history to Microsoft.
  • Let windows and apps use your name, account picture, and advertising ID, and request your location from the Windows Location Platform.

Custom Settings - Allows you to pick your preferences

  1. Click on Use express settings.
    Use express settings highlighted
  1. Enter your username, password, and password hint.
    Username, password, and password hint highlighted
  2. Click on Finish.
    Finish button highlighted
  1. Click Customize.
    Customize highlighted
  2. Choose whether or not you want your computer to locate other devices on the network.
    Yes and No boxes highlighted
  3. Choose your Windows Update and PC Privacy and Protection preferences.
    Windows update and Privacy preferences highlighted
  4. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  5. Choose your Microsoft reporting preferences.
    Microsoft reporting preferences highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Choose what information you wish to share with Microsoft.
    Sharing preferences highlighted
  8. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  1. Insert your Windows 8 disc into their DVD-ROM drive. If the Installation Media is on a USB drive, then plug it in.
    Disc in CD Rom trayUSB flash drive being plugged into PC
  2. Shut down the system completely.
    1. Select the Start Menu.
      Start Menu
    2. Select the Power Button.
      Power button
    3. Select Shut Down to shut down your computer.
      Shut down highlighted

    Any unsaved work will be lost. Please save any documents you are working on before shutting down your computer.

  3. Remove any unnecessary devices that may interfere with the installation and configuration of the OS. This includes but is not limited to any USB mass storage devices, including flash drives (that are not related to their installation media), external hard drives, and external USB hubs. Printers should be disconnected as well. If the system is a laptop and it is in a docking station, remove it from the dock.
  4. Turn on the computer. A prompt stating "Press any key to boot from CD / DVD / USB" should appear. Press any key.
    Press Any Key
  5. The Windows 8 Installation Splash Screen should appear.
    Windows 8 install screen
  1. Select your language, region, and keyboard type.
    Language, Currency, and Keyboard layout highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Click Install Now.
    Install Now button highlighted
  4. Enter your product key.
    Product Key field highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Click the I accept the license terms box.
    License and Terms box highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Click on Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)..
    Custom Install Windows only highlighted

    You may only choose the upgrade options if you ran the windows setup from within a compatible running version of Windows.

  9. Select the drive you want to install windows on.
    Drive highlighted
  10. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  11. Click OK.
    OK button highlighted

    The install process will now begin. This will take around 30 minutes to complete.

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