To install Microsoft Windows 8, administrators must verify the minimum system requirements of the computer on which they plan to install the operating system, and they must also check the compatibility of the attached hardware devices with the operating system. The best way to check the compatibility of the hardware with the operating system is to check the Hardware Compatibility List or HCL that can be found online.
To install Microsoft Windows 8 on a computer, the computer must meet the following hardware requirements:
Processor – 1 GHz or above
Physical Memory (RAM) – 2 GB (Recommended), 1 GB (Minimum)
Hard Disk Space – 20 GB (Recommended), 15 GB (Minimum)
Screen Resolution – 1366 x 768
Graphics Support – DirectX 9
Optical Media Drive – DVD Drive
Once the minimum system requirements are met, steps given below must be followed to install Microsoft Windows 8 on the computer:
1. Start the computer and enter into the BIOS setup.
2. Configure the computer to boot from DVD.
3. Insert Microsoft Windows 8 bootable installation media.
4. Reboot the computer with DVD support.
5. On the displayed screen, click Next.
6. On the next window, click Install now.
7. On next page, type the 25-character product key and click Next.
8. On the License terms page, check I accept the license terms checkbox and click Next.
9. On Which type of installation do you want page, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option.
10. On Where do you want to install Windows page, click to select the hard disk drive where Windows 8 is to be installed and click Next to assign full disk space to the system drive (C:). Alternatively, Drive options (advanced) option can also be clicked to create partitions in the hard disk drive before clicking Next button.
11. On the Installing Windows page, wait till Windows gets installed and the computer restarts.
Note: While restarting, if the screen displays the message, ‘Press any key to boot from CD or DVD’, do NOT press any key. Let the system restart on its own or the system will start the installation process right from the beginning.
12. On Personalize window, choose the color scheme from the available colors.
13. In the PC name field, specify a unique name for the Windows 8 computer.
Note: Users and administrators can give any name to the computer as long as the same name is not given to any other computer in the common network. Unique name is required to establish network connectivity between the computers.
14. Click Next when done.
15. On the Settings window, click Customize button to configure Windows 8 granularly before start using it. Alternatively, Use express settings button can also be clicked to use the default settings and continue with the finalizing process.
Note: Settings can be configured after Windows is successfully installed on the computer. Administrative credentials are required to do so.
16. On Help protect and update your PC window, make appropriate adjustments to the settings and click Next.
17. On Send Microsoft info to help make Windows and apps better window, make appropriate changes as desired and click Next. Alternatively, default settings can also be left intact and Next button can be clicked without making any changes to the settings.
18. On Check online for solutions to problems window, make appropriate changes to the settings as desired and click Next. Alternatively, default settings can also be left intact and Next button can be clicked without making any changes to the settings.
19. On Sign in to your PC window, populate the User name, Password, Reenter password and Password hint fields with appropriate values as desired.
Note: User name specified here will automatically become member of ‘Administrators’ group and will get unrestricted privileges on the computer.
20. Click Finish when done to finalize Windows 8 settings and configurations.
21. Once things have been finalized, the user account that was created in step 19 will be logged on automatically and will be displayed with the Start screen.