Windows 8 is still just in a developers’ preview only stage but, that doesn’t mean a normal John Doe cannot enjoy its benefits. Anyone with a strong connection to the internet can download it, without purchasing a serial number or official disc. We are going to show you how to install Windows 8 on a regular computer, using the simplest steps available. We won’t use any CD / DVDs or flash drives, just some software tools and an eye for details.
Speaking of must-haves, you must make sure that your PC can handle Windows 8. The minimum system requirements for Windows 8 ask for a computer with at least 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM memory for those with a 32bit (x86) architecture and 2GB for x64, 20GB of free storage and a video card compatible with DirectX 9. In a few words, you won’t need much. Although the operating system is capable of taking touch-input instructions, a regular mouse and keyboard will do.
The version that is going to be applied as the default OS is a pre-beta and was meant only as a preview for developers. Manufacturers still have a lot to implement (like the Media Center) so you may encounter some bugs along the way. Also, Windows 8 will use your current operating system to upgrade so once it finishes, it will be the only option to boot. You won’t have to backup anything, because we will use an option that preserves personal files.
How to upgrade the OS to Windows 8?
1. First of all, you will need to download a copy of Windows 8. Get the one that suits you from the official page (opens in new tab) and save it on the hard drive.
2. Taking in consideration that the file above is an ISO image, we are going to need something to open it. The best way is to download a free version of DAEMON Tools Lite (opens in new tab) (Mirror (opens in new tab)) and install it. Other disk mounting tools like Alcohol or MagicDisk would work as well. Make sure you choose “Home Use”, when first launching the software (this will make it free).
3. Launch DAEMON Tools Lite and a little icon will appear in the notifications area. Right-click it, go to Virtual Devices and then press the “Add SCSI Virtual Drive”. This will take a few moments and will create a virtual drive, just like your physical DVD/CD ROMs.
4. Now click on the DAEMON blue icon and choose a device. Browse to the .iso Windows 8 image, select it and then click Open.
5. Double-click the setup.exe file from the Windows 8 DVD and you will be prompted by a blue window to install missing updates or skip. Choose “No Thanks” and continue.
6. The installation will continue by checking the system (a process that takes some good minutes) and then by asking what files do you want to keep. Choosing the first option is better, because you will be able to use all installed applications after the upgrade.
7. Another “checking” session will begin, followed by the installation process. When it finishes, you can select the last parameters like the time-zone, user accounts and that’s it.
You should now be experiencing the power of Windows 8.