Windows 8 has been one of the most anticipated operating systems simply because it is different. I’ve waited long enough. Let’s get right into the installation.
If you haven’t reviewed my previous two articles in the Transcript-Bulletin, I highly recommend you do so before proceeding with the installation. They will help you back up your personal files and check if your computer is compatible with Windows 8. You should allow one to two hours for the installation. Mine took about 50 minutes and yours may prove the same, but you should be prepared just in case it takes a little longer to complete.
Open Internet Explorer and go to www.Microsoft.com. Click “Products” and then click “Windows 8.” Scroll down near the bottom of the page and click “Upgrade to Windows 8.” Click the “Download Pro for $39.99 ERP” button and then click “Run” and “Yes” so it can install the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. The Upgrade Assistant will then check compatibility.
If you have already run the compatibility report, go ahead and click “Next.” From the “Choose what to keep” screen, you can designate what type of install you want to perform. You can choose from keeping your Windows settings, personal files and apps, keeping your personal files or keeping nothing. If you select nothing, this is considered a clean install because it will install a clean copy of Windows 8. If your computer is performing slow or acts as though it may be infected with a virus, nothing is your best option after you back up your personal data and determine if you have the needed disks to install your other programs afterward. Make your selection and click “Next.”
The next step is to click the “Order” button and fill out your personal information. You will be emailed your Windows 8 Product key, but your copy should activate automatically.
Once you have completed your order, you will be shown the license terms. If you like, take the time to read this before bedtime and it will assure you of a good night’s rest. Checkmark the box to accept and click “Next.”
You are ready to install. You can see what functions will be performed and you have the opportunity to change them if needed. Click “Next.”
The installation will continue while getting your devices ready and moving your settings. Choose the color scheme you desire for Windows 8, type in a name for your computer and click “Next.”
Select your wireless network, input your password and click “Next.” Then, click the “Use express settings” button.
Use a valid email address to sign in to your PC. I will suggest that using a Hotmail, MSN, Live or even Xbox email address is a little easier to set up. If you don’t have one, you can get a free email address at www.hotmail.com or click “Sign up for a Microsoft account.” Enter your email address and password and click “Next.”
To improve security and just in case you ever get locked out of your account, add your phone number and click “Next.” It will begin to create your account.
After it finishes installing apps, you will then be taken to the Windows 8 Metro Interface. Go ahead and install any programs you need, including your antivirus program, and be sure to check for the most recent Windows updates. After everything is complete, set a restore point.
Next week, I’ll show you some handy tips to navigate your way around the new Windows 8.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 10 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@MicroScottPro.com.