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About to install Windows 8, any "Do this before" tips?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    About to install Windows 8, any "Do this before" tips?


    Hey all, im about to do a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro in a few hours, I have prepared by downloading some drivers (Graphics, Sounds, Network) and im pretty exited about it.

    Is there any "Do this before you install Windows 8" tips and tricks I should keep in mind before installing?

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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Are you installing over a previous version of Windows? If so, which version?

    If you do have a previous version of Windows, and you have an option to make a Recovery Disk from that version, I would use that. Also make a full image backup of the drive. That way, if something does go wrong, you have a way back. Also, empty your recycle bin!

    There are loads more suggestions in this thread:
    Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (6.3.9600)


    Hi and welcome!

    Before you install...

    Update your system BIOS to the latest version.

    Consider activating secure boot in BIOS (if available).
    Secure Boot Overview

    Before you install, you might want to examine whether you will be installing Windows in UEFI mode with GPT hard disk partitioning or in BIOS mode with MBR hard disk partitioning.

    As I see it, you have multiple hard disk drives, two of which are identical. You might want to look at a RAID configuration for your system drive (Intel Rapid Storage or Windows dynamic disks)

    Enjoy! :-)
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Are you installing over a previous version of Windows? If so, which version?

    If you do have a previous version of Windows, and you have an option to make a Recovery Disk from that version, I would use that. Also make a full image backup of the drive. That way, if something does go wrong, you have a way back. Also, empty your recycle bin!

    There are loads more suggestions in this thread:
    Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8
    Hey, thank you for the reply and thank you for the link, thats a lot of good suggestions.
    I am going from Windows 7 Home 64bit to Windows 8 Pro 64bit.


    Quote Originally Posted by Giga Hawk View Post
    Hi and welcome!

    Before you install...

    Update your system BIOS to the latest version.

    Consider activating secure boot in BIOS (if available).
    Secure Boot Overview

    Before you install, you might want to examine whether you will be installing Windows in UEFI mode with GPT hard disk partitioning or in BIOS mode with MBR hard disk partitioning.

    As I see it, you have multiple hard disk drives, two of which are identical. You might want to look at a RAID configuration for your system drive (Intel Rapid Storage or Windows dynamic disks)

    Enjoy! :-)
    I updated my BIOS a few months ago, I will check but I think it should already be on latest version.
    This is the first time I read about Secure Boot, I will look into it but I dont think ill be needing that.

    Never heard about UEFI mode either but I think I will just stick with NTSF :P



    Edit: I do have a question, I have heard you can use Gmail as your windows account etc, but I dont know what that will do. Is microsoft Live account prefered or is there no difference what so ever?
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    I do have a question, I have heard you can use Gmail as your windows account etc, but I dont know what that will do. Is microsoft Live account prefered or is there no difference what so ever?
    You can use Gmail, Yahoo Mail or any mail account so that you can receive the verification code. I use Gmail because:
    1. 1 less account to maintain
    2. Windows will sync Gmail Contacts to People apps for you.
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    UEFI has nothing to do with NTFS. NTFS is the file system that Windows uses. UEFI is a secure boot standard imposed by the BIOS.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Edit: I do have a question, I have heard you can use Gmail as your windows account etc, but I dont know what that will do. Is microsoft Live account prefered or is there no difference what so ever?
    A Windows Account is only a option.

    Never heard about UEFI mode either but I think I will just stick with NTSF :P
    MSI P67A-C45 has a UEFI/BIOS firmware.

    As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
    How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums
    or
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with


    For more info on uEFI:
    Windows and GPT FAQ
    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    UEFI Firmware
    Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
    Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    UEFI has nothing to do with NTFS. NTFS is the file system that Windows uses. UEFI is a secure boot standard imposed by the BIOS.
    Secure Boot is a option in the UEFI/BIOS firmware on new Windows 8 ready motherboards, older motherboards with a UEFI/BIOS firmware do not have Secure Boot.
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    If you have another partition on your harddrive and it's empty, you could direct the 8 be installed there instead of over 7.
    Then you will have a dual boot 7 or 8 system.
    Doesn't matter if the 8 is an upgrade or full install.
    Or another harddrive
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    If you have another partition on your harddrive and it's empty, you could direct the 8 be installed there instead of over 7.
    Then you will have a dual boot 7 or 8 system.
    Doesn't matter if the 8 is an upgrade or full install.
    Or another harddrive
    You can upgrade your Windows 7 with the Windows 8 upgrade, but to dual boot you will need the full version.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


    If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
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