Guidelines to Upgrade or Custom Install Windows 8 for Home Users

After reading the reviews on Windows 8 you might have bought a new software pack of Windows 8 or Pro. You either have a download copy or have a physical media. Now you are ready to install Windows 8. Or you want to upgrade from Windows 7.

The whole process of installation will take around 20 to 50 minutes, depending on your system configuration. This is for a custom install of Windows 8.

Installing Windows 8

The process is simple. In both ways (either DVD or download) the installation wizard will guide you through the installation process. Now-a-days, tablets or laptops are not geared with optical disks. In this case, you have to have  a pen-drive or flash disk to use Windows-To-Go feature.

Checking Windows 8 Upgrade Compatibility

First-of-all check the system requirements and run the Windows 8 upgrade Assistant from Microsoft. This is a prior check better needed before you upgrade to Windows 8. This tool scans your current PC to see if it is ready for Windows 8.  It then provides a compatibility report and optional steps for you to buy, download, and install Windows 8. You can download upgrade Assistant for free from here.

Download Upgrade Assisant for Windows 8

Here you can read the compatibility issues with Windows 7/Vista/XP. The document says that if you are a Windows 7 user, all your files, apps, and settings will easily transfer to the upgraded Windows 8. But if your PC is running on Vista or XP, you need to install all your programs or apps after the upgrade.

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Installation Wizard

As earlier said, whether you use physical media or soft copy, both methods will launch the upgrade wizard. So just in case you didn’t check with “Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant” , this will again check your computer to see if you have the necessary components to upgrade or install Windows 8.

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This will take some time, mostly in minutes.

Once that’s done, the installation wizard will tell you what apps and connected devices will work and and will not with Windows 8. It will then search the Windows update server to see if there are any new drivers and software to increase compatibility of existing hardware.

The downloaded version of Windows 8, will give you the option of putting it on a DVD or USB drive. This is just a back up prevention, in case you need its recovery features or reinstall Windows 8 in the future.

After this process is completed, you are taken to the setup screen where you can enter all the relevant information. Finally, after the installation is complete you will taken to your new Windows Home Screen – The Start Screen.

If you want more detailed step-to-step guide installation process with screenshots, you can follow this tutorial guide from windows8tipstricks. Happy installing Windows 8!

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