- Shorten boot time
- Install and set up apps
- Check hardware health
- Enhance your new Win 8
Looking to install Windows 8? Soluto guides you through it in 7 simple steps. You can also learn how to upgrade from Win 7, Win XP, or Vista.
Before you can get the first taste of Windows 8, you'll need to gather the following ingredients:
1 PC; Internet connection; 1 blank DVD; 1 DVD burner; M&Ms or candy of choice.
Before you install Windows 8, back up all your files using Dropbox or your backup method of choice.
Backup your files to Dropbox to make sure that all of your personal files, documents, and photos stay secure during your upgrade.
Using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, you'll be prompted to check for compatibility. After you click on the Download Pro link, you'll have the option to download a small “stub” installer. This little 5 MB file will run a compatibility check on your computer to tell you which programs will and won't work with Windows 8.
When the check is complete, you'll be prompted to review and decide what to keep. Since this is a new installation, not an upgrade to Windows 8, start your Windows 8 experience fresh, without any files from your current OS.
The Upgrade Assistant will recommend the version of Windows 8 that fits your PC. Select the version that is recommended as compatible. Isn't it nice to know that there's a good match?
These steps guide you on how to install Windows 8 from a Windows platform (not from MS-DOS.)
Time to pay up. Simply fill in your billing information and select a payment method. Once payment is complete, you'll be given a product key. Make sure to write this down, you'll need it later. (Don't worry if you forget, it'll also be sent to your inbox.)
Don't forget to write down your product key and keep it in a safe place. You'll need it during the install.
After your order is complete, the Windows 8 download will start, and the fun begins.