Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 2
Installing Windows 8
Now that you know about the various editions of Windows 8, you are almost
ready to install Windows 8 on your computer. First, it is important to understand
the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 because both versions are
provided by Microsoft when you buy a retail box. In this chapter, I show you how
to pick the right version for your computer hardware. Then I walk you through
the installation steps and even show you some install tricks to get Windows 8
installed on computers without using an optical drive. In the end, I show you
how to use advanced configurations such as dual-booting Windows 7 and
Windows 8 on the same computer with virtual hard drive files, and also how to
create a Windows To Go workspace with the Enterprise edition of Windows 8.
Understanding the Install Media
Every Windows 8 retail box includes 32-bit and 64-bit media for two versions of
Windows 8. The most common version used is the 64-bit version for a number
of reasons that I’ll get to shortly, but the 32-bit version that has been around for
ages is still in use for specific cases.
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