How to Format and Clean Install Windows 8

Format and Clean Install Windows 8 means removing any existing operating system previously installed on your computer like (Windows 8 installation, Windows XP, Linux, Windows 7… it doesn’t matter) and then installing Windows 8 from scratch on that same drive. In other words, a clean install of Windows 8 is to erase whatever is there and install a new copy of Windows 8, is usually the best method of installing Windows 8.

Video Tutorial:

Format and Clean Install Windows 8

Format and Clean Install Windows 8 it is very important that you Back up your files, also change the first boot device so you can boot from the windows 8 disk.

  • Click Here To Change First Boot Device in BIOS to Boot From CD/DVD

1 – Place Windows 8 DVD in your dvd-rom drive and start your PC. Windows 8 will start to boot up and you will get the following progress bar.

2 – The next screen allows you to setup your language, time and currency format, keyboard or input method. Choose your required settings and click next to continue.

3 – The next screen allows you to install or repair Windows 8. Since we are doing a clean install we will click on “install now”.

4 – Read the license terms and tick I accept license terms. Then click next to continue.

5 – You will now be presented with two options. Upgrade or Custom (Advanced). Since we are doing a clean install we will select Custom (Advanced).

6 – Choose where you would like to install Windows 8. If you have one hard drive you will get a similar option to the image below. You can click next to continue. If you have more that one drive or partition then you need to select the appropriate drive and click next. If you need to format or partition a drive then click Drive options (advance) before clicking next.

7 – Windows 8 starts the installation process and starts copying all the necessary files to your hard drive as shown on the image below.

8 – It will go through various stages of the setup and will reboot your system few times

9 – When your PC reboots it attempts to boot from DVD as its the first boot device. Do not press any key during the boot prompt so Windows 8 will continue with the installation by booting from the hard drive.

10 – After the reboot your computer will be prepared for first use

11 – At this stage you need to choose a user name and computer name. Click next to continue. The user account you create here is the Administrator account which is the main account for your Windows 8 that has all the privileges.

12 – Choose your password and password hint just incase you forget your password and need to jog your memory.

13 – You can now type the product key that came with Windows 8 and click next. If you do not enter the product key you can still proceed to the next stage. However Windows 8 will run in trial mode for 30 days. You must therefore activate Windows within 30 days otherwise you can not access your computer after 30 days.

14 – Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically. Choose Use recommended settings.

15 – Review your time and date settings. Select your time zone, correct the date and time and click next to continue.

16 – Select your computer’s current location. If you are a home user then choose Home network otherwise select the appropriate option.

17 – Windows will now finalize the settings for your computer and restart.

18 – After the final restart Windows 8 will start to boot up.

19 – Finally you have the logon screen. Just type your password and press enter or click on the arrow to logon to Windows 8 for the first time.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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