In part 1, we looked acquiring and downloading Windows 8 using the Windows Upgrade Assistant, a digital method of installing the latest version of Windows. If you purchased Windows 8 on DVD, take a look at the following articles:
Install, Upgrade and Activate
- How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8
- How to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 8
- How to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8
To day, we picked from where we left off, which is the installation of the software. Part 1 dealt with the acquisition process.
After Windows Upgrade Assistant completes the download, it will verify the integrity of the download. Checking for corruption or missing files.
Wait while Windows 8 prepares to start the installation.
Here we arrive at a very important part of the Windows 8 setup experience. You can choose to Install Now or create a backup disc (which I recommend you do) or postpone the installation by selecting ‘Install later from your desktop’.
If you choose the last option, even when you restart your system, you can simply double click the Install Windows icon located on your desktop to resume the installation.
If you remember from Part 1, if the download was interrupted or paused, the icon on your desktop was labeled Download Windows. This indicated the Download was not completed.
Install by creating media
This I think is one of the most important steps, a lot of persons do not have fast Internet Connections, or they are using metered Internet Connections which prohibits them from downloading large files using their ISP over a period of time. Windows 8 is a 2 GB download which is still significantly large for some Internet Connections.
Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant presents a couple options for backup media.
USB flash drive
If you have a thumb drive with 3 GBs of available space, you can use that to create a bootable copy. Thumb drives are very cheap these days, so pick up a couple and create one as your first backup option. This is especially recommended for persons using Ultrabooks which do not include optical drives (DVD) or Netbooks. There are some desktop systems that do not include one.
An ISO file is a digital or virtual replica of a physical disc. In order to use an ISO you must burn it to a optical disc. In the case of Windows 8, a blank DVD. If you are using Windows 7, you can create the .ISO and burn it using the built in Disc Image utility. If you are running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you can using a third party burning tool such as ImgBurn or Roxio/Nero.
Instructions for burning .ISOs using ImgBurn:
ImgBurn – In addtion to supporting the creation of CD’s from .ISO files,
it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it’s free.
(BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG, PDI and ISO)
Note: Always use the slowest burn speed (4x or 2x) if offered a choice.
Creating a .ISO file
For the purposes of this exercise, we are gonna use the .ISO option, 1 because its more flexible and 2 I don’t have an available thumb drive.
Select ISO file, then click Save
Select your location and click Save.
Wait while the .ISO image is created.
When complete, you can view the location or open your DVD burning software to burn right away. Your Product key should also be revealed. Write it down and store it somewhere safe.
If you just want to go right ahead and install Windows 8, select Install Now.
Accept the Windows 8 License Terms.
Select the option appropriate for your configuration and click Next to start the upgrade process to Windows 8.