How to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 on your Computer?
You want to install Windows 8.1 but don’t know how to do it. Don’t worry, in this article, I will show you how to do a fresh install of windows 8.1 through simple steps. Although windows 8.1 might look very much similar to windows 8, but it has a lot of improvements, which is extending the windows 8 experience. The inclusion of start button is the most notable addition in Windows 8.1. Now, if you are already using an activated copy of Windows 8, then you will get an option to update to Windows 8.1.
This is because Microsoft is providing windows 8.1 as a free upgrade for all the users of Windows 8. To update your Windows 8 PC with Windows 8.1, simply open the windows store and you will get free windows 8.1 update. The download size of the windows 8.1 update is around 3.2 GB and it may take a few hours to download depending upon your internet speed.
If you are using a previous version of windows XP, windows 7 or even the dreaded windows vista, then your only choice is to perform a clean install of windows 8.1 on your PC. Now let’s start our step by step guide to perform a Clean install of Windows 8.1 on your PC.
Before we proceed further, the most important thing you have to do is to backup all your important data.
Make sure your PC is meeting the minimum system requirements for Windows 10 download that includes:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Free hard drive space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Installation of Windows 8.1:
Step 1: Place your windows 8.1 DVD in the DVD-ROM or plug in your Windows 8.1bootable USB flash drive and restart your PC. We have used a bootable USB flash drive to install windows 8.1 in this guide.
Step 2: Enter your PC’s Bios settings after your PC reboots, and set your installation media as the first boot precedence. Now restart your PC after saving the BIOS settings. To bring up the boot media selector, press F11 and select the bootable USB flash drive.
Step 3: Once your PC restarts, you will be asked to press any key to boot from your installation media. Press any key to continue.
Step 4: You will see a loading screen with a rotating progress bar. Wait until the necessary files are loaded.
Step 5: Next you will be asked to select the language, time and currency format and keyboard layout. Choose your desired settings and click next.
Step 6: Now it will open another screen showing the install now button. Click on install now. Now wait a few minutes for the setup process to start.
Step 7: Now you will be asked to enter your Windows 8.1 product key, you can either use your windows 8 activation key or the product key that came with windows 8.1. Enter your product key correctly and click on next.
Step 8: Read the license terms thoroughly before you continue to install windows 8.1 on your PC. When it’s done, click on next to proceed with the windows 8.1 installation.
Step 9: On the next screen you will be asked to choose the type of your installation, as we are doing a fresh install, select the option stating, install windows only (Advanced.
Step 10: Next you will be asked to select a drive to install windows 8.1, you can either format a drive and install windows 8.1 on it, choose the existing space in a drive to install Windows 8.1. If you are going to use windows 8.1 as your primary OS then format your existing windows 7 drive, select it and click next to start installing windows 8.1 on it.
Step 11: It may take more than 10 minutes for the installation process to complete, so wait. If you are using an SSD this procedure will be much faster.
Step 12: Now your PC will be rebooted automatically and boot into windows 8.1 after the installation process complete. You will see various progress bars. Your PC will reboot again after a few minutes.
Step 13: Now the process of Windows 8.1 installation is almost complete. At the last, there are a few settings to be personalized and after that, you will be able to use windows 8.1.
Step 14: Once you are done with all the settings, you will see the ” getting ready screen ”. Just wait for a few minutes more and you will see the familiar windows 8.1 start screen and you are done.