Introduction: How to Get and Install Windows 8

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Well, you probably heard about the new Windows 8 that Microsoft is creating. If not, check out this Wikipedia article here .
This instructable will show you how to install Windows 8 via a usb drive.

Step 1: A Little Info...

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And beware, this is a pre-beta version of Windows 8. It is unstable and unreliable. 

Step 2: What You Need

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- A 4GB USB flash drive
- Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool Download it here .
- Windows 8 OS (will show you how to get it in the next step)
- Computer with:
  1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) 

Step 3: Downloading It (Legally)

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Now, this is probably the longest step in this instructable.

If you have a 32 bit computer, click this one:

If you have a 64 bit computer, click on this one:

Now sit back and eat a couple of donuts, read a book, or something. :P

Step 4: Copy to USB

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The USB tool is pretty self explanatory. Just follow the steps through it. 

Note: I didn't take these pictures.

Step 5: Install!

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Now what you have been waiting for...

Insert your flash drive! 

Ok, now I don't know what computer you use, but for my netbook you push F11 to bring up the boot menu. Then select your USB drive.

When it finishes loading files it will present the installer. Just follow it and your good!

Sorry I don't have any pictures while I was installing it. :(

Step 6: Hooray! Its Done!

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Now that you have completed your perilous journey of installing Windows 8, enjoy it! (It still has a few bugs though)


Guadalupe21D (author)2015-12-05

I would like to share with you my experience, I went to to buy a key, to my surprise, their attitude is very good, but the key work is normal, there is very little money I spent, very happy the first purchase and recommend it to you.

waheedxamo (author)2015-01-01

Hello Friends!

If you want to install windows from USB then it is a simple way to do that, I have seen a lot of laptops without a CD Rom, then Installing from USB is best option

Hope You will enjoy this tool.

rap god (author)2014-10-20

The tool you used was windows 7 USB/DVD tool. But can it copy windows 8 ??

joespicnictables (author)2012-01-02

install windows 8?

tinker234 (author)2012-01-02

how can i do this in windows vista home

tinker234 (author)2012-01-01

wow thanks perfect for upgrading my laptop

techboy411 (author)2011-11-28

It is a PRE-BETA release, so it is buggy


motions (author)2011-09-27

"And beware, this is a pre-beta version of Windows 8. It is unstable and unreliable."

This describes all versions of Windows!!!! ;-)

gwhizz (author)2011-09-27

It looks like Media Centre.

hightekrednek2396 (author)2011-09-17

No offense but there's more than a few bugs its got more bugs than a picnic area (i thought you'd like the terminoligy since yo make picnic tables) But anyway its definatly buggy. But youll have to play around to figure anything out cause its apain to get it to do some simple stuff. Like when you want to restart the only way i found how to do that was to log off first cause theres no restart option on the desktop.

there is an easy way to restart! first, hover you mouse over the start icon in the corner, and a small list will come up. When it comes up, click the settings butten, and there will be a power option! Hope that helps. :D

That must have been in a recent update cause when i downloaded and installed it the first time you couldnt do that so i just got rid of it completely and it took me a few hours to do it too cause the way ive had to get rid of dual booted os didnt work for this one

hightekrednek2396 (author)2011-09-17

And beware, this is a pre-beta version of Windows 8. It is unstable and unreliable.

As is all Microsoft operating systems so far the only thing windows 8 is good for is messing up your boot.ini file. Unless your in windows 7 then you gotta download easybcd to fix it and make sure you configure it correctly. And if you try a dual boot with dual harddrives you wont boot into 7 unless you format the windows 8 drive. So have fun with it and try out some of the games.               If you do decide to try this make sure you back everything up and then have a computer place you can call for tech support on how to fix it.

DragonsWars (author)2011-09-16

yes Windows 8 can any computer or laptop or tables whatever.

my Sony Vaio netbook YB AMD/APU it worked.


lemonie (author)2011-09-16

Windows 8 eh? what an imaginative name.


joespicnictables (author)lemonie2011-09-16

hehe... i think its a code name.

joespicnictables (author)2011-09-16

danke!(german for thank you) :P

Computothought (author)2011-09-16

What can it do that you can not already do. I saw a demo of it and they had trouble doing features W7 had standard.

salomon1996 (author)2011-09-16


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