well, at this point I don't even know my architecture (I'll try to find some utility that boots and runs from USB or CD so I can find out) as I did not dotted it down prior to installation. Maybe I'll have to open it and figure out each component. Never the less, friends installed it on dirty 5 yrs. old laptop with no issues. My specs as far as I can recall:
AMD 64-bit dual core CPU - 2+ GHz speed
2 Gb RAM
4 USB 2.0 ports
*** I had a dual boot on it to boot Ubuntu
basically I took for granted Microsoft's Assistant to verify my hardware (I'll never learn). I have not had a chance to play with BIOS settings and such, this all happened late night and I'll continue tonight again.
There is something about "Secure" boot up that seems suspicious. However, if my hardware does not support secure boot up then boot it up un-secured and I will deal with it, lol. My disks came out of the retail Box so this was not an upgrade.
I think I will call Microsoft support tonight and discuss this with them since there is no way back for me and they better do some damage control, lol....I'll post an update later tonight.
**** Here is the latest I found:
I have purchased windows 8 on line and after all the checks installation starts and at the first boot it will not complete and it just stick there,
i let it run for 2 hrs and it never moved , i tried it 5 times with the same result, as it will give me no error message i don't know where to go to fix this.
if you properly made the bootable usb stick with at least 4gb free space either by using the windows 8 upgrade assistant ot the windows 7 usb tool, then boot from usb drive.
this must be enabled in your bios by pressing some keys (the function key F10 in my case)
you can choose to boot from UEFI USB Drive or from plain USB Drive, depenmding on your bios manufaturer.
wait for the windows 8 setup to load.
in my case, it took longer especially if UEFI is enabled as the setup will try to create two hidden partitions.
(windows 8 pro burned unto dvd-r takes shorter time in my case)
if prompted, you can choose to do UPGRADE INSTALLATION or you can choose CUSTOM INSTALLATION on the second partition of your hdd.
after the first phase of windows 8 installation, there will be a 10-second countdown to restart the computer.
at this time, you can remove your usb stick. If you change boot priority from the bios, change it back to boot again first from hdd rather than usb drive.
windows 8 installation will then continue.