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How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to do a clean install of Windows 8 (ex: System Builder copy) on your PC.
Windows 8 System Requirements
Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7. Processor:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 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:
MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher Additional requirements to use certain features:
- To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
- To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
- To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
If you want to install Windows 8 using UEFI
instead of BIOS, then see this below first.
If you wanted to do a clean install with Windows 8 upgrade
media, then see the tutorial below first.
1. Boot the computer from your Windows 8 installation DVD or USB thumb drive.
2. Select your language preferences, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
3. Click/tap on the Install Now button to start the installation. (see screenshot below)
4. Enter your Windows 8 product key number, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If this is an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then your product key is stored in the UEFI/BIOS firmware chip and will be automatically detected instead.
You will only be able to enter a Windows 8
or Windows 8 Pro
You will not be able to enter a Window Media Center Pack
or Windows 8 Pro Pack
product key. These are considered to be an upgrade key and can't be used to install Windows 8. These can only be added after Windows 8 is installed, then use Add Features
to upgrade to the Window Media Center Pack
or Windows 8 Pro Pack
5. Check the I accept the license terms box, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
6. Click/tap on the Custom (advanced) option. (see screenshot below)
7. Select the hard drive or partition that you want to install Windows 8 on, and click/tap on the Drive Options (advanced) link. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If the hard drive or partition that you have selected is shown as unallocted, then you can just click on the Next button instead and go to step 8 since it is already empty.
8. Select a hard drive or partiton that you want to do a clean install of Windows 8 on, do one of the options for how you want to install Windows 8 to that drive or partition in the yellow TIP box below, then click/tap on the Next button when finished. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If your hard drive is not displayed and it's either a SATA drive or in a RAID setup, then you need to connect a USB key or DVD disc with the RAID or SATA drivers on it, click on Load Driver, select the folder on the USB key or DVD that contains the RAID or SATA drivers to install them. Afterwards, your RAID drives will be available to select from to install Windows 8 on.
Drive options (advanced)
If you only have one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed that you wanted to install Windows 8 on, then select the disk # and click on the Delete option if not grayed out to make it unallocated space.
If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed and want to install Windows 8 on only one of the partitions and keep the other partitions with that disk #, then only select the partition that you want to install Windows 8 on the Format option.
If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed and want to get rid of all of them to make that disk # one single partition drive again, then select a partition with that disk # and click on the Delete option for each partition with the same disk # until there is only one "unallocated space" with that disk # left as in the screenshot below.
To shrink an existing partition to create another partition to install Windows 8 on instead, select the partition that you want to shrink and click on the Extend option. Type in how much in MB (1 GB = 1024 MB) that you want to shrink it by. Now select the new extended partition.
The 350 MB System Reserved
partition is used for the Boot Manager code, BCD (Boot Configuration Database), System Recovery Options
(Windows RE), and start up files for BitLocker
(if turned on).
If you want to have
(recommended) the 350 MB System Reserved
partition in addition to the Windows 8 C: partition on a HDD or SSD after installation, then you would need to make sure that all partitions on the drive have been deleted until it is only unallocated space. Next, select the unallocated
drive to install Windows 8 on. If there are no
partitions on the disk, you will
get the 350 MB System Reserved.
If you do not want
to have the 350 MB System Reserved
partition and only the Windows 8 C: partition on a HDD or SSD after installation, then select a formatted
partition or drive to install Windows 8 on. If there are any partitions on the disk, you won't
get the 350 MB System Reserved.
9. The installation of Windows 8 will now begin. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: During the installation process, your screen may flash and computer will restart a few times.
10. When you get to this point, type in a computer name (ex: Brink-PC) that you want for this PC, then click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
11. Select either the Use express settings or Customize button depending on how you want to set these settings. (see screenshot below)
A) If you select Use express settings
, then go to step 16
B) If you select Customize
, then continue on to step 12
12. Select the share settings you would like. (see screenshot below)
13. Select the Windows Update and IE security settings that you want, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
14. Select the settings that you want, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
15. Select the settings that you want, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
16. Do either step 17 or 18 below depending on if your would like to log on to Windows 8 with either a normal local account, or with a Microsoft account using your Windows Live ID or any other email address. (see screenshot below)
17. If you want to Sign in to Windows 8 with a Microsoft Account
- You use your Windows Live ID or any email address and password to sign in to Windows 8.
- When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to the cloud.
- Your friends’ contact info and statuses are automatically up to date from your Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other accounts.
- You can get to and share your photos, documents, and other files from SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, and other accounts without signing in to each one.
- Your personal settings are synced to any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to, including your themes, language preferences, browser favorites, and apps.
- You can get apps in the Windows Store and use them on any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to.
- Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs.
- You can associate the most commonly used Windows settings to your user account. In this way, the saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. So your PC will be set up just the way you are used to.
- You can also save time with sign-in credentials, because now the same credentials are available for the different apps and websites you use and you can easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time.
- You can automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.
A) Type in your email address, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below step 16)
NOTE: If you do not have a Windows Live ID email address and would like to use one, then click/tap on Sign up for a new email address link to get one.
B) Enter the password for the email address, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Windows Live ID email address and would like to use one, then click /tap on Sign up for a Microsoft account link to get one.
C) Enter security verification info if you like, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you are setting up an email address, then you may have a few additional screens to fill out as well.
D) Windows 8 will now prepare your PC for your Microsoft account.
E) Go to step 19 below.
18. If you want to Sign in to Windows 8 with a Local Account
- You use a user name (and password if you want one) to sign in to Windows 8 just like it was in Vista and Windows 7.
- A local user account gives you access to only the PC it's on. You will need a separate user account created on each PC you use.
- None of your settings will be synced between the PCs you use, and you won't get the benefits of connecting your PC to the cloud.
A) Click/tap on the Sign in without a Microsoft account link. (see screenshot below step 16)
B) Click/tap on the Local account button. (see screenshot below)
C) Type in user name, password, and password hint for your user account (administrator type), and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Your user name must be different than the computer name you entered at step 10 above.
D) Windows 8 will now prepare your PC for your local administrator user account.
E) Continue on to step 19.
19. When it's finshed, welcome to Windows 8. (see screenshot below)
20. It is highly recommened that you create a password reset disk for your user account just in case you forget it later. You will be able to use it to reset your user account password.
21. Install any needed drivers for your devices, and update your WEI score.
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