install windows 8 Windows 8 is out today and many users are excited to get their hands on it. This latest operating system from Microsoft is a dramatic departure from previous versions of Windows, which focuses on blending a mobile and desktop operating system into one.

Of course there are plenty of reasons not to upgrade but for those who are more adventurous and want to take advantage of Windows 8’s new features, it helps to know how to upgrade or do a clean of Windows 8.

In this guide, I’ll help you understand how to install Windows 8.


windows 8 box artThe first thing you need to know is that there are several different versions of Windows 8. The basic version of Windows 8 will work on most devices as it will come in a 32 and 64 bit version. Make sure to read our guide on which version of Windows 8 is right for you.

Stepping up to Windows 8 Pro, users will gain the following features:

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption and BitLocker To Go
  • Functionality Hyper-V virtualization
  • Remote Desktop
  • Windows Media Center

Going up to Windows 8 Enterprise will add the following features.

  • Windows to go (booting from mass storage devices)
  • Access via Direct Access VPN
  • BranchCahce (enables PC cache files from a central server, improving speed)
  • AppLocker (to block apps)

To make things even more confusing, Microsoft will have Windows RT, which contains only the touch, Modern UI of Windows 8. Windows RT will only be sold to tablet manufacturers. This operating system will be used on tablets and will not run traditional desktop software. Everything must be downloaded through the Windows Store.

Before you buy Windows 8, you’ll want to check if your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

For Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, the system requirements are:

  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) / 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: compatible with DirectX 9 with WDDM
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768 to download and run applications from the Windows Store

Getting Windows 8

There are two ways to get Windows 8: download or physical media. If you’re downloading it from the internet, it’s a simple procedure as the installation wizard will guide you through the installation process. If you’ve bought a DVD copy, pop that in and start the installation wizard.

Installing Windows 8

windows 8 installation screenBoth methods will launch the upgrade wizard. It will check your computer to see if you have all the necessary components to upgrade or install Windows 8. This will take a few minutes.

Once that’s done, the wizard will tell you what apps and connected devices will and will not work with Windows 8. It will then search the Windows update server to see if there are new drivers and software to increase compatibility.

If you’re installing from the downloaded version of Windows 8, it’ll give you the option to put Windows 8 on a DVD or USB drive. This allows you to have a physical copy of Windows 8 in case you need its recovery features or need to reinstall Windows in the future.

Next, the wizard will ask you want files you want to keep from your old installation of Windows.

  • If you’re coming from Windows XP, you can keep the personal files and documents on your hard drive.
  • If you’re upgrading from Windows Vista, you can keep your personal files and settings.
  • If you’re upgrading from Windows 7, you can keep all of your programs, settings, personal files and documents.

If you want to do a clean install, you can choose to wipe the computer now. Now Windows 8 will begin installing.

After a long wait, you’ll be taken to a setup screen where you can input all the relevant information. You’ll then be taken to your new Windows 8 home scree, the Modern UI! Be sure to read our guide about configuring Windows 8 with your Microsoft account and the rest of our Windows 8 guides to help you get started.


  • Jason |

    How the heck do I reinstall Windows 8 after I have upgraded if I want to go back and do it from a USB device?



  • Zan Buch |
    Zan Buch

    I'm running Win 7 Ultimate now with only 29 GB left on a SS 128 GB HD. If I do a clean install with win 8 pro: Will I loose the extas of Ultimate's languages etc. How many GB will I have free after a clean install including Media pack, with tv etc.? What else should I be aware of doing without upgrading from Win 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro?or how much do I gain? Your help with this would greatly be appreciated as I would like to upgrade but don't know if it would be a benefite? Dell 64 bit XPS 1640, with Tv tuner Media center, languages, etc.Thank you in advance for your help.

  • T.Karthik |

    slow download

  • Jay Spencer |
    Jay Spencer

    Zan, stick with win7. if you really want to 'see' 8 in action load it on a virtual machine. Win8 is about 40-60GB installed with all the bells/whistles. pick up an internal TB SATA/SAS device, install your OS ONLY on the SSD. All apps etc go to the TB+ drive, this keeps your EXPENSIVE SSD relatively empty. Don't forget to use the SD memory cards to increase your RAM (up to 4GB). Place the paging file on the TB+ drive, great performance trick. Remember that your SSD will eventually die. Even though there are no moving parts, the memory read/write process has a finite lifespan (~ 4-5 yrs MTBF avg). Remember that Windows likes (needs) about 20% free space on the OS drive or it starts to falter (placing the paging file on a different physical drives helps this among the other speed benefits). Just my two cents worth. 8 is OK, but the novelty wears off quickly (do you have a windows phone? ). Ran into a bunch of compatibility issues with my progs, devices not working etc etc with all of the previews and release candidates. I STRONGLY suggest that it be installed on a virtual machine before committing your everyday machine to win 8. feel free to email me if you have ???'s or what something clarified.

  • Jay Spencer |
    Jay Spencer

    Zan, sorry, if you do a "clean" install YES you will 'lose' whatever is currently on the SSD. A "clean" install means to reformat the HDD (deleting all data, progs, drives, EVERYTHING) on the hard drive (SSD). Lose means it will no longer be on the hard drive. I think there are some "packages" around the net that closely resembles the extras from Ultimate that are not included in 8.

  • Zan |

    Thank you both for the comments. Jay, you are right. It does make sense just to stay with win 7 until I need to replace this computer.

  • aileen |

    idont know

  • danik |

    iam setup windows 8 and my PC is error

  • hacker |

    danik your PC is have RAM 3.5MB and your disk space is 9.0GB

  • Rico |

    I think I will stay here in Windows 7

  • Saikat Ghosh |
    Saikat Ghosh

    Amazing Experience is there in the MS.Windows 8 it is the best OS released by Microsoft.Therefore, those who hasn't tried it the buy it as fast as you can because it is going to be the best Sold OS ever .

  • karthikeyan |

    i want windo

  • abubakarsiddiq |

    i don't know how to downloden sorry

  • optimalbeast |

    I use the Dell Studio XPS 1640 and I have absolutely zero (0) issues after upgrading to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit.

  • suhas |

    hoe to download

  • cobra |

    its very bad thise windows i will stay in windows 7 and i cant download thise windows in my country i live in syria now thise windows us very def and soo many erorr >if we can download its frome link its very good

  • cobra |

    i will download windows 8 pro bute i cant actieved ?

  • http://www.x7x.com/ |

    i will download windows 8 pro bute i cant actieved ?

  • amit dixit |
    amit dixit

    its bed

  • Narendra |

    I liked windows 8

  • desmond |

    pls guys really need ur help just got macbook pro os x, 15-inch,mid 2012, processor 2.3ghz, intel core i7, memory 4gb, hard dicks 500GB, 1600MHz DDR3. pleas can i install windows 8 pro on it or not cause am still new on apple product.

  • emmanuel nkwabi |
    emmanuel nkwabi

    I like window 8 and its apps

  • lewis.leong |

    @desmond: Yes, you can install Windows 8 on a MBP. You'll need to launch Boot Camp to partition your drive, then install with a valid Windows 8 DVD. You'll also need your included OS X discs to install the drivers for your machine.

  • lewis.leong |

    @Jason: You can look up how to image your Windows 8 DVD to a USB stick. There is a tool that Microsoft released for Windows 7 which should work with Windows 8 as well. You can find it here: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.HelpWin7usbdvd_dwnTool

  • shraddhanand |

    i like windows 8

  • wahab raja |
    wahab raja

    i like this video very much


    I HAVE ALL THE THINGS THAT WINDOWS 8 NEEDES, BUT WINDOW IS NOT INSTALING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WHY???????????????????

  • mahmoud |

    now i download it .iso and i ill burn it into cd and but it on my probook

  • Bruiser |

    Installed windows 8 but have pci serial port and pci simple communications controller missing does anyone know where I can download those two for free?

  • touhid |

    i like

  • s.rahul |

    when i install win 7 it was easy to see movies in computer.when i install win 8 pro my data is erased

  • lirim.hashani.5 |

    My ram is 0.99gb can I install Windows 8

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