Installing Windows 8

After you’ve read my previous article on choosing the best OS, you may in fact be wondering how to install an OS and if you could do it. The answer to that is yes, all you have to do is follow the steps, and once its finished installing you’ll be wondering how you ever doubted yourself!

In this tutorial we will be going through the how to install Windows 8, as this is the latest version of Windows and one in which most users will be upgrading to.

 Some of the things that you’ll need for this tutorial are:

  • Valid Serial Number for Windows 8 Activation
  • Windows 8 Disc/Download (For Upgrade – Not Clean Install)
  • An Internet Connection or Optical Drive

Once you have obtained all of these things, please follow with the tutorial. This tutorial will go through how to install via disc (as that is the most common), but if you are wondering how to install online, windows has an assistant (for the first two/three steps) ready to download, and after three or four steps the tutorial will follow on.


  • Make sure your computer is fully backed up in the rare case of something failing.
  • Make sure you have all program serial numbers, as some have to be reinstalled
  • (Optional)De-activate/Uninstall your antivirus as it may interfere with the installation (it can be easily reinstalled later)
Windows 8 Install Disc
Windows 8 Installation DiscRef:


1. Insert the CD.

Once you have inserted your CD either wait for autoplay to popup or navigate to the CD via the Computer tab in the Start Menu. Open the CD to start the installation. It will then ask you for an Admin password or prompt you that it needs permission to start.

2. Type you Serial Number (Activation Code)

Before the installation has even begun you’ll be asked to insert your activation key. This is found inside the disc packaging. Once you have found it please type it in to continue your installation. You will then be prompted to download updates. This is recommended, you do want the latest installation files to speed up / make the process easier.

3. Read and Accept the Terms and Conditions

Although this may be extremely boring, please read through the terms and conditions even though many of us do not (and will never, myself included). But it is a legal requirement, and you must follow it.

Windows 8 Install Window
Windows InstallerRef:

4. Choose your Installation Method

Although this is an upgrade, it gives you the choice of either doing keeping everything (only available windows 7, Vista and lower will delete programs), keeping personal files only or keeping nothing.

Note: No matter what method you choose, Windows will create a “Windows.old” folder on the C drive, which has a complete record of your files. Please do not rely on this though as sometimes it may or may not appear and some files may corrupt in the process.


5. Installation

Now is the time to have some fun while you wait for Windows 8 to install. The time to install varies depending on computers, but the average installation time takes between forty-five minutes to an hour and a half. Feel free to leave your computer during this process, nothing exciting is going to happen while it installs.

6. Personalisation

Here comes the fun part. Personalise your computer with various colours and themes. Once you have had you share of the ‘fun’ please continue to the next page, where you will create your user. You can either sign in with your Windows Live ID (hotmail, Xbox, etc.), create one on the spot, or simply sign in without one. Once you have completed this Windows will take a few minutes to initialise, don’t worry, its normal!

Note: Signing in with a Windows Live ID will mean your settings (not data) are stored in the cloud and can later be used to different computers with that same ID.


Windows 8 Metro Startup Screen
The New Windows LookRef:

7. Windows 8 Is Installed. Enjoy

Beyond the settings in personalisation that you got to tinker with, there are many more in the control panel, a computer is hardly ‘optimised’ out of the box. Choose between power options, restore points schedule, display preferences and more.s

More to the point, get used to the Windows 8 interface and enjoy!

Any questions? Or not what you were looking for? More installation methods are coming, check back or feel free to leave a comment in the comments box below.

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    user interface. If the CPU is 128 bit and the OS is 128 bit, then processing will be 4 times faster than 32 bit operations; or at least
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      I can’t wait until Windows 8.1, I will soon be writing an article about it once more information is released.

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