Am I able to install windows 8 preview on a newly built pc, that has no operating system.

Title says it all, I just built a new pc.  But I just realized I cannot transfer my windows 7 oem license.  So I want to know, can I successfully install windows 8 preview on my new system.  Thank you to anyone who replies.

Yes, Windows 8 Consumer Preview does not require any qualifying operating system, it is free to use until it expires January 15th 2013 at 6:59 PM.


Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images – Download and create your bootable DVD from here:

64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB)
Sha 1 hash: 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749

32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB)
Sha 1 hash: E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39

Download ( ) Install and run HashCalc, from the HashCalc "Data" box click on the navigation button to locate and select the consumer preview .ISO file. Place a check mark on in the SHA1 box and click "Calculate". The returned hash value (not case sensitive) should match the value posted by Microsoft. This is your means of assuring the file was not corrupted during the download.

Next you need to use the .ISO file to create a bootable DVD used to install Windows 8. Another good utility for this job if you don’t already have the necessary software (Roxio Creator and Nero being two of the more common ones) is ImgBurn:

There is a good set of screen shots to help you use ImgBurn:

Note: Always use quality DVD+RW media and the slowest burn speed possible for your model of DVD burner to insure a good burn is achieved.



After inserting the Windows 8 disc, restart your computer and boot from the DVD.

To learn how to change your BIOS options to boot from the DVD drive, see the following tutorial:

Once your computer is set to boot from the DVD, you should see this option.

The Windows 8 logo will appear on screen, this might be here for a while, as long as your see the indicater, everything should be ok.

You should now arrive at this screen, select your time and currency format then click Next.

Click Install Now

Wait while setup starts up

Enter your product key when prompted. The product key should have been available to you when you downloaded the .ISO file for Windows 8. Click Next

You will need to use the prodcuct key listed on the ISO Download Page here

Accept the End User License agreement and click Next

Click Custom install Windows only (advanced)

Select the partition you created for it then click Next. You have the option of Formatting the drive and creating additional partition’s if you wish. Click Drive Options.

Wait while Windows 8 installs. Installation time can vary depending on the speed of your disk, processor and the amount of installed memory.

After the installation is complete, click Restart now or wait on Windows 8 to do it.

Windows 8 will boot for the first time, a series of action will take place such as:

  • Setup is updating your registry

Windows 8 will prompt you to choose the operating system you want to boot into. Select Windows 8 of course, since we are not finished configuring it.

Additional task to complete include:

  • Getting devices ready

Additional task to complete include:

  • Getting system ready
  • Restarting PC

After the restart is complete, you will see the following screen:

Click Windows 8 to enter the Out of box experience. The OOBE will allow you to configure Windows 8 with a user name, setup a Microsoft Account and personalize your Windows Experience.

Out of Box Experience

Select your Windows color

Click Use express settings

Setup an account name and password then click Finish

Wait while your settings are finalized.

logging into Windows 8 for the first time.

You are now running Windows 8.

When you want to boot into Windows XP, click ‘Earlier version of Windows’ on the boot manager.


Also note that the final release of Windows 8 will not support upgrading from any prior Windows 8 "Preview" release, though the migrate option will still be supported. In any upgrade scenario, you can run the Disk Cleanup Wizard to remove the previous installation in order to free up disk space. The download will also support boot from USB for a completely clean installation as well.

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Last updated September 16, 2013 Views 60 Applies to: