How to Install Windows 8

This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to install Microsoft Windows 8 Professional. You can follow this guide if you have Windows 8 basic edition or any other version as the steps are very similar.

Step 1 - Place Windows 8 DVD in your dvd-rom drive and start your PC. Windows 8 will start to boot up and you will get the following screen with a rotating progress bar.

Step 2 - The next screen allows you to setup your language, time and currency format, keyboard or input method. Choose your required settings and click next to continue.

Step 3 - The next screen allows you to install or repair Windows 8. Since we are doing a clean install we will click on "install now".

Step 4 - The setup process starts as shown.

Step 5 - At this stage you need to type your product key that came with your copy ofWindows 8. Click next once you have entered the product key correctly.

Step 6 - Read the license terms and tick I accept license terms. Then click next to continue.

Step 7 - Choose the type of installation you want. Since you are doing a clean install you need to click on custom.

Step 8 - Choose where you would like to install Windows 8. 

Step 9 - At this stage Windows starts to copy files to your hard drive and begins the installation. This process might take a few minutes depending on your computer specification. Now is a good time to grab yourself a coffee.

Step 10 - When all the necessary files are copied Windows 8 will automatically restart as shown.

Step 11 - You will go through various progress bar and information messages as shown on the following images. Windows might restart automatically second time.

Step 12 - You are now presented with "Let's go through a few basics" screen. It will automatically select personalize option.

Step 13 - Choose your PC name and personalize the color.

Step 14 - Here you can choose express settings or choose customize. I will choose customize to make further customization.

Step 15 - Choose Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices.

Step 16 - Help protect and update your PC. Choose your preferredoption and click next.

Step 17 - Send Microsoft info to help make Windows and apps better. Choose your preferred options or leave the defaultsettings. Click next to continue.

Step 18 - Check online for solutions to problem. Choose your preferred options or leave the default settings. Click next to continue.

Step 19 - Sign in to your PC. Here you can login to your PC using a Microsoft email account such as your hotmail account.

If you do not have a Microsoft account you can create one by clicking Sign up for a new email address. Go to Step 23.

If you don't want to create an email account and prefer to create a local user name, clickSign in without a Microsoft account. Go to step 24.

Step 20 - Sign up for a new email address. If you want to create a new email account you need to complete the form below.

Step 21 - Click local account

Step 22 - Here you can choose a local user name and password. Choose finish to continue.

Step 23 - At this stage Windows starts to finalize your settings. You will get the following information screen as the installation moves forward.

Step 24 - As Windows 8 setup progresses you are given a presentation of the new interface. Its shows you how swiping the edge ofthe screen brings up the Charm bar. Using the Charm bar you can do a search or change your settings. It also demonstrates how you can hover your mouse on the bottom or top left corner to access the switch list. This list shows all open applications and allows you to switch between them.

Step 25 - Soon as the demonstration finishes windows moves into the final stages of the setup.

Step 26 - Finally the setup process is finished and you are presented with a completely new and unfamiliar Metro user interface. You have your most common application right in front of you. Clicking on any tiles will launch that application. At this point you can start using your computer. However, it may not be fully configured. You need to make sure that all the hardware is detected correctly and the necessary device drivers are installed. This can be done from the device manager.