Windows8 complete installation Guide with clear images.
1. Getting started
After booting from the DVD that the first thing I encountered was the new light blue Windows logo on a black background, as shown in Figure A. This image remained on the screen for a few moments while Setup was initializing. I was kind of hoping that the flag would be animated, but the only animation was the dots spinning in a circle.
2. After a few minutes, you'll see the Windows Setup screen shown in Figure B and you will specify your language settings before clicking Next. When you do, Setup will perform some more initialization tasks in the background.
3. The first step in the installation is to specify your language settings.
As soon as the initial steps are taken care of, you'll see the Windows Setup screen shown in Figure C and will click the Install Now button.
4. Collecting Information
Once you click the Install now button, you'll see the beginning of the information collection phase of the installation procedure. As you can see in Figure D, the first step here is to input the Windows 8 product key.
5. You'll enter your product key to start the information collection phase of the installation procedure.
The next step is to acknowledge that you accept the license terms, as shown in Figure E. If you take the time to read through them, you will see that Microsoft has indeed radically overhauled EULA as Ed Bott over at ZDNet wrote about in a recent column. Even if you don't take the time to read the license terms during the installation, once you have installed Windows 8, you can find the Microsoft Software License Agreement in the Windows Help and Support system - just search with the term License. Not only is the license shorter in length, but it is also much clearer and easier to read.
6. The new EULA is much easier to read that previous versions.
When you are prompted to choose which type of installation you want to perform, as shown in Figure F, you'll choose Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) type in order to perform a clean install of Windows 8.
7. In order to perform a clean install of Windows 8, you'll select the Custom option.
When you are prompted to choose where you want to install Windows, as shown in Figure G, you'll see a list of any partitions that are currently on your hard disk. As you can see in my example system there are actually four separate partitions. You may have a different combination depending on your system.
8. On you example system there are four partitions that I will be blowing away.
To begin blowing away partitions, you start by clicking Drive options (advanced). When you do so, you'll see a list of commands for managing partitions.
9. When you click Drive options (advanced), you'll see a list of commands for managing partitions.
Now, you'll select each of the partitions, one by one, and select the Delete command. When you do, you'll see a confirmation prompt like the one shown in Figure I. Just click OK to delete the partition.
10. As you delete each partition, you'll be prompted to confirm the operation.
Once you delete each of the existing partitions, you'll see that all of the space will be combined together in one chunk labeled Unallocated Space, as shown in Figure J. While you could create a new partition and format it, you don't have to. Windows 8 will automatically take care of that in the next step. So just go ahead and click Next.
11. Installing Windows
When you click Next, Setup creates the partition, formats it, and then instantly moves into the Installing Windows phase which begins with copying and getting files ready for the installation, as shown in Figure K. This process will take a while to progress though, so you can sit back and relax a bit.
12. The Installing Windows stage begins with copying files from the DVD to the hard disk.
When this phase of the process is complete, Windows will alert you that it is going to restart in order to continue, as shown in Figure L. If you are really impatient and really quick, you can click the Restart now button.
13. Windows will restart after the first part of the process is complete.
Upon restarting you'll see the black screen with the blue Windows logo and see that Setup is getting devices ready, as shown in Figure M. As soon as that part of the process is complete, Windows will alert you that it is going to restart again
14. Windows Setup will get all installed devices ready to work with Windows 8.