One OS, three installation options: What's the best way to install Windows 8?

You can run Windows 8 in a virtual machine, dual-boot it with your current OS, or install it outright.

By David Murphy, PC World |  Windows, windows 8

Otherwise, Microsoft has improved the upgrade process so that its not all that scary transferring information over to a new Windows (Windows 8) installation. Youll still want to go into the nooks and crannies of Windows 8 itself to ensure that all of your major settings have transitioned over. We also recommend that you go straight to the manufacturers sites for new drivers for your various system componentsvideo card, sound card, motherboard, and so on.

And, once again, please save your settings before you upgrade. For example, while your preferred Internet browser might make the journey to Windows 8, the operating system might not keep your bookmarks.

I love installing apps, so I love the thrill that a fresh install brings to the table. That being said, we have no official recommendation for which Windows installation processclean or upgradewould best work for you. There definitely are trade-offs in either scenario. Now that you know what's on the table, the choice is yours.

Wrap-up

And there you have it! If youre most concerned with having an easy exit and dont mind trading a bit of performance in the process, then virtualizing Windows 8 is a great way to get familiar with the OSand tweak it in all sorts of crazy wayswithout doing any damage to your existing OS. Dual-booting Windows 8 is a compelling option for mixing the old and the new; youll just give up a bit of space to do so. And going the distance with Windows 8 will give you the option to upgrade or start from scratch.

No matter which method you choose, you may want to check out our guide to optimizing your first 30 minutes with Windows 8 to ensure you make the most of your new OS.


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