How to Install Windows 8.1 in Computer within 20 minutes

Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is the part of every computer user’s life. From the windows 1 version of windows 8 each version created new trends in every time. In this versions, Windows XP got very good user popularity. After the windows 7, now it’s time to Window 8. Microsoft Windows 8 is revolutionary operating system released from Microsoft 2013.

Installation is very easy when comparing with other versions. Recently Microsoft released Windows 8.1 (Updated version of Microsoft Windows 8). So, today I am writing on How to install windows 8.1 in the computer. Here I used the Virtual machine to write this how-to article.

The installation procedure is same in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. In my last post, I wrote on Installation of  Windows 8 in VMware Virtual Machine. This Window Installations for Homes are helpful.

How to Install Windows 8.1 in Computer within 20 minutes

Special features in Windows 8.1 version:

  1. Improved Help and tips
  2. Integrated major Mail app, Calendar app versions in windows 8.1
  3. Improved features like a sweep, newsletter filtering, and social network integration.
  4. Windows backup tools were removed in this version.
  5. Included updated Camera app as a new app called “Movie moments.
  6. Integrated touch keyboard compatibility, if it uses in Tablet,s and touch screens.

How to Install Windows 8.1: 

1. First of all, Download or Purchase Microsoft Windows 8 operating system disc from their official site. Then, you need to boot your computer using your Windows 8.1 installation disc. If you are using a virtual machine, boot from the .iso installation image. Windows 8.1 takes a while to load the setup files, during which you will see mostly a black screen, similar to the one below.

Start screen before installation of Windows 8.1

2. Once the necessary files are copied, the setup starts by asking what language, time, currency and keyboard input settings you want to use. Make the selections you prefer and click Next.

Configure the details in Installation screen

3. Click the Install now button to start the installation.

Click on INSTALL NOW to install windows 8.1

4. You are asked to enter the product key required to activate your Windows 8.1 installation. Type the product key you purchased and click Next. If you have purchased a retail version of Windows 8, the product key will be found in the packaging of the installation discs. The same product key will be later on required to activate Windows 8 after the installation is done.

Enter the Microsoft validation key

5. You are asked to read the license agreement. Check the “I accept the license terms” box and click Next.

Accept the Licence terms and conditions

6. You are asked to choose between making an upgrade or a custom installation. Choose “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)”.

choose Windows Custom option

7. Now you are asked to select where you want to install Windows 8. Select the partition you desire and click Next. If you are installing Windows 8.1 in a virtual machine, or on a new computer you need to first create the partition. Therefore click on Drive Options.

Click on Drive Options

8. Then, create the partition using the New button.

Choose New to create new Partitions

9. Specify the size of the partition and click Apply.

NOTE: Windows 8.1 has approximately 10 GB to 14GB of space without any special extras installed. If you want to install other applications, you should make a larger partition for it. My recommendation is to go for a minimum of at least 25 – 30 GB.

Enter the partition value for new drive

10. You are asked to confirm if you are OK with Windows 8 creating an additional partition for its system files, that will be used for boot and recovery. Click OK.

Additional partition completed

11. Make sure the correct partition is selected and click Next.

NOTE: At this step, you can also format the partition where Windows 8 is going to be installed, prior to pressing Next.

Now choose correct partition to install Windows 8.1

12. The installation finally starts. The setup will take a few minutes to copy all the required files and install the operating system.

Installation started

Once the installation is done, the Windows 8 setup will automatically reboot your system. Then, you will see the progress of the preparations made for your first login. In order for this process to finish, you might need to go through another reboot, depending on your computer’s hardware configuration.

Personalizing the Windows 8 Installation:

After the reboots are done, Windows 8 will require some time to get things ready.

Preparing to configure

Then, you are asked to personalize your Windows 8 installation. Start by giving a name for your computer. If you type some “unauthorized” characters like $, %, &, you will be notified appropriately. Also, choose the background color you prefer. Once done, click Next.

select your colors are Personalize optionIf you are installing Windows 8 on a laptop or device with a wireless network card, you are asked to select the wireless network to connect to and type the appropriate password for connecting to it. On a computer or device connected via cable to the network, you won’t go through this step.

Next, you need to choose if you want to use the Express settings Windows 8 comes bundled with, or you want to customize your installation. Let’s get our hands dirty and see what happens if you click Customize.

Choose settings

First, you are asked if you want to turn on file sharing or not. Select the option you prefer.

turn on File sharing option if your PC connected to internet

Then, you are asked about the default behavior of Windows Update and that of security features like the SmartScren Filter. Change the things you are interested in and click Next.

Select Update options as per your requirement

Next, you are asked if you want to send different types of information to Microsoft. Set things according to your preference and click Next.

Choose settings as per your requirement

Then, you are asked about troubleshooting options and what you want to turn on. Also, you can set if apps can use your name and account picture and if they are allowed to access your location. Set things as you wish and click Next.

Choose settings as per your requirement

Finally, you get to the “Sign into your PC” screen. To experience Windows 8 to its fullest, it is best to use your Microsoft account (also known as Windows Live ID) to sign in. Type your Microsoft account and click Next.

Sign in to your PC

NOTE: If you would rather not sign in using a Microsoft account, click on “Sign in without a Microsoft account” link at the bottom of the window and follow the instructions shown by the setup wizard.

Then, you are asked to enter your Microsoft account password. Type it and click Next.

Enter your Microsoft account details

Then, you can provide an alternate e-mail and phone number to recover your account password, in case you forget it or it is changed by unwanted guests. Provide the requested details and click Next.

Add security info like password and Password hint

Windows 8 takes a while to prepare your computer and all the settings.

Now finalizing your settings

While the preparations are made, you are shown a brief tutorial about how to access the new charms bar – one of the most important changes in Windows 8. I recommend that you pay attention to the instructions being shown at this stage.

Relax and the new OS will give instructions on how to use this

Once the tutorial ends, you are shown further information about the progress of the Windows 8 customization via a few colored screens and messages.

Apps installation will start

Once everything is done, you are shown the Windows 8 Start screen.

Now you are on Start Ribbon screen

If you press Win+D or click on the Desktop tile, you can view also the classic desktop.

Now you are on Desktop

Welcome to your first Windows 8 experience!


As you can see from this article, the Windows 8 installation starts in a very similar way to that of Windows 7. However, the closer you get to your first login, things change dramatically and the new user interface takes the stage. This article on How to install Windows on your PC within 20 minutes are helpful. Share with your friends on social media.

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