How to install Windows 8 in pictures + video instruction
Mar 04, 2018
On October 26, 2012, a new version of the Windows operating system was released, which was named "Windows 8".When this operating system is more or less tested, minor flaws are fixed, drivers are released and programs are adapted - many readers of our site probably had a desire to establish a new offspring from Microsoft. In this article, we'll show you how to install Windows 8 on your computer or laptop.
The content of the article:
- Preparing to install Windows 8 in pictures
- Installing Windows 8
- Setting up the system after installing
Preparing to install Windows 8
If you decided to install the Windows 8 operating system on your computer or laptop, the first thing you should pay attention to- System requirements for the computer, which are necessary for this operating system for high-quality and stable operation. To install Windows 8, your computer must include components that have the following parameters:
processor: 1 gigahertz( GHz);
RAM : 1 Gigabyte for x32 version or 2 GB for x64 version.
Free space on the hard disk : 16 gigabytes( GB) for x32 version or 20 GB for x64 version.
Graphics adapter : integrated or discrete.
Monitor : with a resolution of at least 1366x768 pixels.
If the parameters of your computer allow you to install Windows 8, then we begin the procedure for preparing for installation. First, go to the C drive in the Downloads folder and the Documents folder, re-save the files you need to the D: text documents, tables, downloaded files( pictures, music, movies) from the Internet, save games, etc. Recheck everything to avoid misunderstandings. Go to the browser and write to the list all the passwords from all accounts.
After you have prepared for the installation, or if you are installing Windows 8 on a new computer, then proceed to the next step.
Since we will be installing Windows 8 from the disk, it will be necessary to make certain settings in the Bios of the motherboard. For this, when you restart your computer, go to Bios, in the priority section of the download. In the "First( 1st) Boot Device" parameter, set the value to "CDROM", and in the parameter "Second( 2nd) Boot Device" - "Hard Drive".After installing Windows 8, the settings will need to be changed.
Now let's move on to the main issue - installation.
Installing Windows 8 in pictures
When you have more than two hours of free time, so that you can install the operating system and install the necessary programs for the computer - get down to business. After completing all the above-mentioned preparatory steps - insert the Windows 8 installation disc into the DVD-rom, save the Bios settings and restart the computer.
How to install Windows 8
Depending on the hardware, you may need to press the Enter button to confirm the boot from disk media. After that, boot from the disc will start, this process is shown in the following picture.
After loading the setup menu, this window will appear.
First of all, the installer will ask you to choose:
- Language of the system;
- Time and currency format;
- Input method( keyboard layout).
In all cells, we recommend leaving the default values (English) and clicking the "Next" button.
The installer will then ask you to confirm the start of the installation process. Click on the "Install" button.
And then we are waiting for the first change from Microsoft, in the form of an activation window for the operating system key. What is noteworthy, in Windows 7 this process was offered after the installation of the operating system, during its configuration before the first launch. Moreover, in Windows 7 this process could be skipped and continue to install and configure the operating system, now this can not be done and the key must be entered, otherwise the installation will not continue. Enter the key to install Windows 8 and click "Next".
In the next window we are offered to review and accept the license terms. Carefully get acquainted with the terms of the license and if you agree with them - put a tick in the box next to the inscription "I accept the license conditions" and click the "Next" button.
Now you will need to select the type of installation: update or installation. Here, perhaps, it is worth giving a few explanations. The update involves 2 options: the update of the already installed Windows 8 and the update of the old versions of Windows( Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7) to Windows 8 - but we will not consider the upgrade method, as we will dwell in detail on the clean installation of Windows 8.
A clean installation of Windows 8 does not imply any updates, but is installed on a clean newly created or formatted hard disk partition. Accordingly, if you intend to install Windows 8 from scratch, then select "Custom: just install Windows", and go to the hard drive management window.
In this window, the installer will prompt you to select the hard disk partition on which you want to install the operating system. In addition, you can not only select the partition to install, but also redistribute the disk space of the hard drive. Click on the inscription "Disk Setup" and make the setting. Perhaps, we will dwell on this in more detail.
Note that from the allocated space for system installation the installer will automatically reserve 350 MB for the bootable area - remember this when allocating space.
So, if on your hard disk there are already partitions with data, then these sections do not touch. To install Windows 8, we recommend that you delete the section with the previous operating system and create a new partition on the unoccupied area. In order to delete a partition - click on the "Delete" option to create - click on the desired area of free space and click on the "Create" button and set it to Windows 8.
If you have a new hard disk,fully distribute. For example, if you have a hard disk with a capacity of 500 GB, then for the C drive( the partition on which Windows 8 will be installed), we recommend allocating at least 30 GB, and on average somewhere around 50 GB.For advanced users, it is best to allocate a section of 100 GB for the advanced users - so that you can easily install a large number of necessary programs, download content from torrents, etc. Next - think over the existence of additional sections, in addition to the main one, on which the main data will be stored. For example, you can create separate sections for files downloaded from the Internet or for storing information related to work, etc. The remaining space is allocated for disk D. To create a partition click on "Unallocated space on drive X" enter the size in megabytes( if you want to create a partition with a capacity of 30 GB then enter 30,000 in the field, if 100 GB section, then 100,000)and click the "Apply" button. After you have allocated the disk space, go to the installation.
To select a partition for installation - click on it and then click "Next".After that, you will begin installing Windows 8 directly on your computer or laptop.
Direct installation of Windows 8 includes the following steps:
- Copying Windows files
- Preparing files for installing
- components Installing
- updates Completing( installing)
During the installation process, the computer will be rebooted several times, so if it is "out of the blue", thenIt is necessary to experience and grasp the heart - this process is provided by the installation. Of course, when you reboot, you do not press anything( you do not need to confirm the download from the disk when you boot), everything will be done by the installer yourself.
After the reboot, the installation process will continue.
Then, when the Windows 8 system files are installed on the computer, the installer will proceed to configure the basic parameters:
The personalization settings window will appear immediately.
Here you need to choose your favorite color, based on which the visual design will be based: start menu, windows and other. Then you need to enter the name of the computer( it is desirable to give the name the original).After that, click the "Next" button and go to the settings settings.
If you are a beginner, we recommend choosing "Use default settings", if advanced user - click the "Configure" button to configure the system parameters at your discretion. After that, go to the login settings.
We recommend that you choose to log on without the Microsoft account.
To log in, select the local account.
The last thing you need to do when installing - enter the user name( required) and if you want to protect your computer from unauthorized persons - enter the password, its confirmation and prompt for it( password is optional).Then click the "Finish" button.
After watching a small animation movie about the innovations of Windows 8, while the settings you have entered and information is saved, the installed system will boot.
Congratulations! Windows 8 - installed on your computer!
Setting up the system after installing the
Of course, after installing the system, you want to consider the new interface "Metro", then go to the usual for us desktop.
Experienced users recommend setting up control over Windows updates. We move the mouse cursor to the upper right corner( Side Setup menu), click on the "Options" button and go to the control panel. In the control panel, click: "Windows Control Center", from the side select "Settings" and set the value: "Search for an update, but the decision to download and install it is accepted by me" and click "Ok".This is best done to ensure that Windows does not load drivers from its database, which sometimes very much "buggy", especially given that the system is still new, and driver compatibility is not fully understood. If you are not too experienced user - ignore this action.
Now once again we move the mouse cursor to the upper right corner, in the side configuration menu we press the "Parameters" button and select "Computer information".Find out whether the activation was successful.
When rebooting the computer, we recommend in the same way as it was said at the very beginning of the article, go into the Bios settings and configure the system load so that the primary boot is done from the hard drive, secondary from CD-rom, the third parameter can be disabled,that is necessary for you.
The next step in setting up Windows 8 is installing programs. The first step is to select the antivirus and install it. Then we recommend installing all the necessary drivers for:
- Video adapter( to be able to customize the monitor image);
- Sound Card( for extending the sound output settings);
- Motherboard( USB 3.0, Lan - if they are not installed with the system, which should not be);
- Other drivers.
After installing the drivers, you can continue installing the programs: install Microsoft Office, browser, codecs, etc. Note that in Windows 8 you can install applications in Metro, for this there is a special store.
This completes the installation of Windows 8.If you liked our instructions for installing Windows 8, then add it to your notes and share it with your friends - adding to your social accounts.
How to install Windows 8 video instruction
We also want to offer you the installation instructions for Windows 8 in the video version, where you can directly trace the live progress of the system installation.