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Using the Clean Install Process
The underlying system has changed. Take the time to reinstall your
applications and settings after a clean install. You will be rewarded with a Windows 8
PC that runs at top speed and suffers from far fewer issues over time.
Using the Clean Install Process
The best way to install Windows 8 is with a clean install. This wipes your
computer of all installed applications and data, but is worth it in the long run.
Additionally, many applications have been updated to work better on Windows 8
and take advantage of the new features, so it is best to update and install new
versions, anyway.
To get started with the clean install process, follow these steps:
1. Insert the installation DVD or USB lash drive you created into your
computer. Then reboot and select the boot menu key for your computer. On
mine, I press F12 and then select the device I want to boot to, as shown in
Figure 2-5. If you are using a DVD, make sure to hit any key after you see
the message “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD” on your screen.
Figure 2-5: Select the device to boot
to from the PC Boot menu.
2. A progress bar displays at the bottom of the screen followed by the
Windows logo. On the next screen, make sure that the language, time
and currency format, and keyboard are set properly. Hit Next when ready,
as shown in Figure 2-6.
3. On the next screen, click Install Now.
4. If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro edition media, you must
enter a product key as shown in Figure 2-7 and then click Next. The product
key that you provide determines whether Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
is installed. If you are using Windows 8 Enterprise edition media, you
aren’t prompted for a product key and can skip this step.
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