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Installing Windows 8 on a older device (PC/Laptop…)

Installing the brand new Windows 8 is pretty easy and actually, pretty beautiful. I think if you are able to install a game or a software, then you are also able to install your Windows 8.

This post will follow the most important steps and will explain how I configured my computer in order to have a brand new Windows 8 operating system.

The system info:

  • Device: SONY VAIO laptop (2GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz)
  • OS: Windows 8 Professional
  • Installed using USB device (Boot from USB)
  • Previous OS: Windows 7 Professional

The steps for a brand new OS are the following:

1. Backup all your data to an external drive (if you have multiple partitions, only C: may be affected and you can backup only your C: drive but still so, its hardly recommended to backup all your data).

2. Configure your computer to boot from the device used for the installation. You can use a optical disk (DVD) or a USB memory. See here how to configure a USB device to be used for installing Windows 8. If needed go to BIOS and enable boot from USB.

3. Restart you computer (insert your disk or USB) and boot for the Windows 8 installation. First, select your language for the installation and then select Install Now.

4. Typer your serila key

5. Select your type of installation. You can upgrade or you can select (Custom) a new installation. Installing the brand new Windows 8 implies a format to C: drive. I chooses Custom in order to be able to modify my partitions.

6. Configure your hard disk drive for the installation. In my case I have a 200 GB HDD with 2 partitions and Windows 7 already installed. Therefore, my HDD (Drive 0) contains Partition 1 used to store the recovery tools from SONY, Partition 2 as Windows 7 reserved and Partitions 3 and 4 as my formal C: and D:

Using drive options, the partitions can be changed and reconfigured for Windows 8. Be aware that you will lose your data if you modify your partitions. Also, Windows 8 requires 350MB for the System reserved partition. In my case I reconfigured all of my partitions. Here you will see how I configured my HDD:

7. That was the hardest part. Now just wait to install Windows 8 and follow the instructions.

Different messages will appear like “Getting devices ready” and your computer will restart. At this restart point be sure you will no longer boot from the installation device (USB/Disk).

8. Get ready with your Windows 8 customization.

At the end … enjoy your brand new Windows 8!

How to install Windows 8 from USB drive/stick/pendrive

Today was the official launch of Windows 8. This is the newest operating system from Microsoft. People start to grab a copy an install it on their computer. If you are wondering if is possible to do the installation using your USB drive then the answer is yes, for sure. For that you can follow the next steps:


  • Windows 8 DVD or ISO image
  • 4GB (or larger) USB drive
  • A computer running Windows
  • Microsoft Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool

1. Download and Install Windows7-USB-DVD-tool

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2. Create an .ISO image from your Windows DVD
*skip if you already have the ISO image

3. Start “Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool” and browse to your Windows 8 .iso file.
*Don’t worry about the Windows 7 title. It works fine with Windows 8

4. Insert your USB memory stick/drive/pendrive into a working USB port. From “Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool” select USB device.

5. Select your USB drive and then click on “Begin copying”

6. A message with erase your USB will pop-up. Be sure to get a copy of your data from the USB and Erase your Device. The software will start copying the required files from your .iso image to your USB drive.

7. Wait for the process to complete and close the window.

Your USB device has now the necessary files to install windows 8. For this, restart your computer and choose the boot from USB option. Follow the further instruction and enjoy your Windows 8.