If you are in the market for a new hard drive, one option to consider is a hard drive that comes preinstalled with Windows 8. This can be a convenient option if you don’t want to hassle with installing Windows 8 yourself. Plus, it can save you some time and money. Here are some of the best hard drives with Windows 8 preinstalled.
Do Hard Drives Come Preinstalled With Windows?
It is a common misconception that hard drives come preinstalled with Windows. In reality, hard drives are shipped without an operating system installed. The customer is responsible for installing their operating system and any necessary drivers. While this may seem like a daunting task, it is fairly simple to do.
The first thing you will need to do is create a bootable USB drive or DVD. Once you have created your boot media, you must insert it into your computer and restart the machine. The computer will boot from the USB drive or DVD and prompt you to install Windows. After following the on-screen instructions, Windows will be installed on your hard drive, and you will be able to use your computer.
How Do I Install Windows 8 OEM On A New Hard Drive?
Windows 8 OEM can be preinstalled on a new hard drive from the computer manufacturer. The product key is on the Certificate of Authenticity label attached to the computer. If you have a retail version of Windows 8, you’ll need to contact Microsoft for a replacement product key. You can install Windows 8 OEM on a new hard drive without reinstalling your programs and files. To do this, you need to create an image backup of your hard drive before replacing it.
Once you have created the backup, you can use the Windows recovery disc to reinstall Windows 8 OEM on the new hard drive. After completing the installation, you can restore your programs and files from the backup. This process will require that you have a DVD drive and a DVD+/-RW disc. If you don’t have a DVD drive or a DVD+/-RW disc, you’ll need to purchase one before you can continue with this process.
How Do I Restore A Preinstalled Version Of Windows 8?
If you have a preinstalled version of Windows 8 and want to restore it, there are a few different ways you can do this. One way is to use the “Reset” feature in the Settings app. This will restore your PC to its original factory settings, and you will lose all of your data. Another way is to use the “Refresh” feature to keep your data while resetting your PC to its original factory settings.
Finally, you can use the “Recovery” feature, which will allow you to restore your PC from a system image backup. If you don’t have a system image backup, you can create one using the “Create a system image” feature in the Backup and Restore tool. Once you have created a system image backup, you can use the “Recovery” feature to restore your PC from that backup.
How Do I Install Windows 8.1 Preinstalled?
- A CD/DVD drive
- The Windows 8/8.1 installation media
- A USB thumb drive (optional)
- An Internet connection (optional)
- Configure your BIOS to boot from CD/DVD. You’ll typically press a key during the bootup process that takes you into the BIOS configuration screen. Look for a setting that says “Boot Order,” and make sure that the CD/DVD drive is listed as first in the boot order. You can usually accomplish this by pressing a function key, such as F5 or F12, during bootup. Consult your computer’s documentation if you’re unsure how to do this. This step is only necessary if you use the Windows 8 installation media; if you use a USB thumb drive, you can skip to the next step.
- Boot from the Windows 8 installation media. If you configured your BIOS to boot from CD/DVD in the previous step, simply insert the Windows 8 installation DVD into your optical drive and restart your computer. Otherwise, insert the DVD or USB thumb drive containing the Windows 8 installation files and restart your computer. The computer should boot from the DVD or USB thumb drive and bring you to the “Windows Setup” screen. You may need to change the boot order in your BIOS again if it doesn’t.
- Choose the language, time and currency format, and Keyboard or input method you want to use during the Windows 8 installation.
- Click “Install now.”
- Enter the product key. The product key is a 25-digit code you’ll need to enter to install Windows 8. If you don’t have a product key, you can purchase one from Microsoft or a retailer. If you have a retail version of Windows 8, you’ll need to enter the product key that came with the purchase. If you have an OEM version of Windows 8, you’ll need to contact your computer manufacturer and obtain a new product key.
- Accept the license terms and click “Next.”
- Choose “Custom install” to perform a clean install of Windows 8. If you choose “Upgrade,” you can upgrade your existing installation of Windows to Windows 8. However, this will keep your data and programs intact; if you want to start fresh with a clean install, you’ll need to choose “Custom install.”
- Select the hard drive or partition on which you want to install Windows 8 and click “Next.” If you don’t see any hard drives or partitions listed, likely, your computer doesn’t have any hard drives installed. In this case, you’ll need to install a hard drive before you can continue with the installation.
- Windows 8 will now be installed and restart several times during the process. Once the installation is complete, you’ll be prompted to create a user account. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish setting up your computer.
If you’re in the market for a new computer, we highly recommend considering one with Windows 8 preinstalled. Its sleek design and user-friendly interface make it perfect for home and office use. Plus, if you purchase from our store, you can ensure that your computer will be set up and ready to go right out of the box. So what are you waiting for? Check out our selection of Windows 8 laptops and desktops today!