Windows 8 Installation

In this tutorial, I’m gonna show you how you can easily install Windows 8 on your computer’s system. The best way to install Windows 8 is to do a clean installation and it’s also not difficult to perform, let me show you how to do it.

Some Checkups Before Starting Any Process

Hardware Compatibility – Check Windows 8 Compatibility List to ensure that your hardware is supported by Windows 8 or not. Normally you won’t find any compatibility problem but I’ll suggest you to download the drivers for your computer from the computer’s manufacturer’s website. You can also use my this >>How to Find Drivers<< tutorial to download drivers online if you had some problem on your side.

Min System Requirements for Windows 8

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
  • 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.

Product Key – It’s a specific software-based License key for a particular program which certifies that the program you’ve purchased is original. Normally it’s printed on your software’s package, contains 25 characters in a group of 5 characters (each 5 long). just keep in mind you’ll definitely need the product key in order to complete your Windows installing process.

Boot Setting – If you’re installing Windows from CD or USB, whatever you use for installation, you’ll need to change your computer’s boot order, in order to boot that Windows CD/USB on your computer’s start-up. Check out the link below to know more about Boot Order setting and how to change it.

How To Change the Boot Order (Boot Sequence) in BIOS?

BONUS TIP 1 – If you are going to install Windows 8 from a CD then I’ll suggest you to use a USB Pendrive instead of using a CD. Here’s a link below which will help you to make a bootable USB Pendrive for you own.

How To Make A Bootable Usb Pen Drive?

BONUS TIP 2 – If your OS recently got corrupted and you wanted to recover your personal data from hard disk before this Windows installation process, then check out this tutorial >>> How to Recover Your Data Even Your Windows Not Running ?

Now Let’s Get Start

Step 1 – Start your Computer and Insert your Windows 8 CD in your CD/DVD-ROM drive.

Step 2 – Your PC should automatically detect the Bootable CD and you will get a message saying “Press any key to boot from CD”. So, press any key to continue and after that your windows setup will get starts to load.

Step 3 – Now you’ll reach to the installation menu. In this menu, you’ll have to choose your language and the keyboard.

Step 4 – Click on “Install now “.

Step 5 – Enter your Product key and the setup will automatically activate your windows when your computer is connected to the internet.

Step 6 – Accept the license agreement page by ticking it and Click on next.

Step 7 – After that you’ll have to decide whether you’re going to Upgrade your previous windows or perform a Custom (advanced) installation.

  • Upgrade – In Up-Gradation, windows setup will install the windows without making any harm to your data and softwares. Setup will automatically install windows on your previously installed windows and saves all your softwares and user’s stored data.
  • Custom (advanced) – Basically installing a new copy of Windows on your hard drive.

In this tutorial I’m only showing you how to perform a custom install:

Personally, I recommend you to install a new windows because new is always best and your computer does not rely on an old leftover.

Step 8 – Creating partition.

We have 1TB of Hard Disk. So, let’s create a partition for windows. The minimum recommended space for a partition to install Windows 8 is 20GB.but I recommend you to create above 20 something like 50 GB’s partition.

8.1 – Click on “Drive Options (Advance)” to get the partition menu.

8.2 -Drive Options (Advance) In this menu you can create, delete or format a drive easily. I’m going to delete all my previous data because I want to fully format my drive. I’ll just have to click on delete option to delete my drive and that’s it, all gone.


Now I have free unallocated space in my hard drive is also called “raw space” too. You can create as many drives with it. I have about 931 GB of raw space left so, I can able to create 2 , 3 or 4 drives with my free space. But in this tutorial, I’m creating just one.

8.3 – Click on new to create a drive.

Step 9 – Select the partition and click on next. Now the installation begins. During the installation your computer may restart several times, let it be. This will take around 30-40 min to finish but it depends on your computer’s speed. Just wait and watch the show, because now you have nothing to do with it.

  •  Now your Windows Setup will get all installed devices ready to work with Windows 8.

Step 10 – User settings

Now, your installation is complete and you will ask to choose a color scheme for Windows 8 and a PC name also.

I chose blue and I can also change it later:

Step 10.2 – Now you will ask to choose the setting type. You have two setting to choose.

  1. Express setting – Express setting contains all the windows features what Microsoft provides you to give’s our best performance.
  2. Customize setting – In customize you can choose to set by your own, it’s like what to starts or not.

Recommend – Express setting:

Step 10.3 – Sign into your windows with your Microsoft account.

Just sign in with your or a account and click Next. You can also create a new account by clicking on a “Sign up for a new email address” link below if you don’t have any. The advantage of using an existing Microsoft account is you can easily access the windows store or you can sync setting between other windows 8 computers. I already have one, so I entered it here.

  • After this, the Setup is getting your PC ready.

  • As this is the last step in the installation, Windows 8 will install the default set of native apps.

Those are pre-installed apps what’s Microsoft provides you free:

  • Once the installing is done, you’ll see the Start screen of Windows 8.


Congratulations, you have successfully installed Windows 8 on your computer.

After the installation completes, install your motherboard’s driver to use the full performance of your computer.

Signs that your drivers aren’t installed include:
1. System’s instability
2. Malfunctioning of hardware
3. Unresponsive hardware
4. Computer errors

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