In the first part of our guide we've pretty much explained what stood behind porting the Windows 8 developer preview on the HTC Shift and we got a chance to build our USB installing drive, complete with the files needed for the setup and all the drivers. In the second part we will literally install the OS. As previously stated, we are going to use a normal computer running on Windows (any version) and the HTC Shift. Now grab that USB stick and let's get busy.
Chapter 2: The actual install
1. Power off the HTC Shift.
2. Insert the USB stick into the phone and then Power ON the HTC Shift.
3. When the BIOS boot screen appears, press FN+0 (or the F10 button) and tweak the boot procedure to show the USB drive as the device from where to boot. If the USB stick does not appear, it means that you didn't make it bootable. You now must ask yourself a question: have you really followed our steps? If yes, try other tools to make one or, simply do it again.
4. Wait a few minutes while the setup loads, select the Language options and then press Install.
5. Right after you get pass by the license screen, make sure you opt for the custom installation and then click on "Drive options (advanced)".
6. Now select every partition you find and delete it, so you would end up with only one disk, marked as unallocated. Click next and the installation will begin.
7. After approximately a half of hour, where the Windows won't need any other action from you, the phone will restart and the setup wizard will appear. Although this wizard appears to be working, leave it for 5 minutes to settle. In this period the Windows will install some graphical elements in the background.
8. Run the setup as usual, without using a Windows Live ID, because the wireless antenna is not working at the moment. Only if you have an USB Ethernet adaptor and a wireless access point, this is possible.
Once the setup is ready, you will be presented with the classic Windows 8 Metro screen. This is a big sign of success, so you should be proud that the troubling part has already gone.
Issues you might encounter:
1. If the setup wizard is not working, leave it a couple of more minutes, as all the drivers are being installed. Remember, the HTC Shift has an 800MHz frequency, which is under the minimum requirements of Microsoft.
2. If the setup does not find any hard drives (and I am not talking about the USB), the phone must be having a strange partition layout. It is rare and you must use the DISKPART application from the Windows recovery command prompt and wipe the disk and then add a traditional layout.
Do visit us again for Part 3 tomorrow.