How to Install Upgrade and Activate Windows 8: Complete Guide

Windows 8 is the latest Operating System from the house of Microsoft; this new OS comes with some most advance features that a user has never experienced. Windows 8 comes in two variant Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. An individual can easily install Windows 8 by just running a setup file.

How to Install Upgrade and Activate Windows 8: Complete Guide

Windows 8

The installation setup can be done in three ways by using Windows 8 upgrade assistant:

1.)    Install Now

2.)    Install by creating media

3.)    Install later from your desktop

Install Now:

This option will let user to download, run and install Windows 8 from the setup file itself. Once this option is selected at the time of downloading Windows 8 OS, the setup.exe will automatically gets executed once the download of Windows 8 is done.

Install by Creating Media:

Install by creating media option provides individual to create a bootable media like bootable DVD or USB flash drive which can later be used to install Windows 8. In this method user can take backup of all the data and then start the installation process. One big advantage of installing Windows 8 by this method is, if something goes wrong during the installation process then a repair, restore operation can be performed.  User can also store the bootable media devices to re-install Windows 8 later if in case the computer is formatted and you need to install Windows 8 again.

Install Later from Your Desktop:

By this method user can initiate the installation process, the setup files gets downloaded on the computer. By using this method one can install Windows 8 at later point of time after making the computer ready to install Windows 8.

Now in all the three methods above before beginning with the installation user need to run Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant tool , to check whether their computer is compatible with Windows 8 or not. Once done with checking, user is required to buy the product key. Without product key user will not be able to install Windows 8.

1).Once done with purchasing the product key

2).Select  any option from

             +Windows settings, personal files and apps

             +Just Personal files


How to Install Upgrade and Activate Windows 8: Complete Guide

3).Hit Next

4).From the next screen select any one option from

           +Install Now

           +Install by creating media

           +Install later from your desktop

How to Install Upgrade and Activate Windows 8: Complete Guide

5).Hit Next

6).Now it will start copying files from the download folder and the installation starts

7).After copying the files, system will restart

8).After restart, it will ask user to setup color, date and time settings.

9).Once done with settings, Windows 8 is all set to go on the computer.

How to install, activate and upgrade to Windows 8

Windows 8 New UI


  •  Before installing Windows 8, make sure that you have updated BIOS and Graphics Drivers for Windows 8. As, if computer doesn’t support UEFI then you won’t able to install Windows 8 and the PC will stuck on Black screen or flashing screen in rainbow color  Blue, Green, Red, Black or infinite loopback.
  • One cannot install Windows 8 64 bit OS on a computer running on 32 bit. As, Windows 8 setup will detect the current system setting and will use that profile to download the OS. But, one can switch from 32 bit OS to 64 bit and that can be done by using Windows 8 Pro retail upgrade DVD. The custom installation only contains OS for 32 and 64 bit and will cost $99.99.

So, If you are ready with your PC to install Windows 8, Then don’t wait just go for it and let us know your feedback.

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7 Responses to How to Install Upgrade and Activate Windows 8: Complete Guide

  1. Technobol November 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Very happy to see that you have explained each and every step. I was worried that how I will make DVD of this setup, but your article gave me relief. Thanks for sharing.

  2. raviteja December 24, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    does these methods wipe my data from my hdd??????

    • Abhishek Shukla December 25, 2012 at 6:04 am #

      If you will select the first two option, then it is not going to erase the data but if you will select “Keep nothing” then it is going to clean the hard drive.

      • raaaj January 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

        can i do with torrent download win 8

        • Abhishek Shukla February 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

          Yes, you can download from Torrent but that copy of Windows will not be a genuine.


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