Initial Configuration and Options

Having accepted the Windows 8 license, the option to do an "Upgrade Install" or "Custom Install" is given: 

Windows 8 boot screen

Upgrades from previous versions of Windows are often a bad idea and it is usually much better to do a fresh installation and configure a system from scratch.  As this trial software is only valid for 90 days, you should be doing a "Custon Install" onto a blank system, so click the "Custom" area of the screen to proceed.


Now, Windows displays a list of the drives found where Windows may be installed.  Examine this list to ensure it agrees with what you expect.  If you have two drives configured as a hardware RAID-1 (mirrored) pair, then only a single drive should be seen at this stage.

Windows 8 installation drive selection 

For a simple test installation, simply select a suitable disk drive and click <Next>.  However if you wish to partition the hard disk or delete existing partitions, click <Drive options (advanced)>

The advanced drive options (below) allow existing partitions to be deleted, extended or formatted as well as new partitions created.

If the disk controller is not recognised by Windows 8, the option to "Load Driver" will allow a suitable driver to be installed in order to recognise the disk controller.

Windows 8 advanced drive options

Click <Next> when a suitable drive has been selected for the Windows installation:

Windows setup will proceed to configure the installation according to the options previously selected and display the progress as shown below:

Windows 8 setup copy files

Once completed, the option to customise the Windows colour scheme and system name is presented:

Windows 8 colour scheme and system name

Select a suitable colour scheme if required (this can be changed later)

Choose a suitable system name for this PC.  It should be descriptive and not the same as the users login name which will be configured later on in the setup process.