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Best practices for clean install of Windows 8?

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I'm about to upgrade my laptop from Vista to Windows 8 and just wanted to see if you guys have any tips or best practices for stuff I should make sure to do during that process. Any insight you can provide is appreciated!

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First you should make sure Windows 8 will even run or install on your hardware. That isn't necessarily the case. But Windows 7 should run fine. Also, in my point of view Windows 7 is by far the better OS than Windows 8 is. I would reconsider the move, and if you really do want to go for Windows 8, then go for Windows 8.1, it is slightly less bad than Windows 8.
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what laptop model is it?  how much ram ?
this will define if your new system will run slow, or not
you can always make it run faster by using an SSD as boot drive
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"If Vista worked on your laptop, 8 will run"

That isn't correct. Windows 8.x requires some additional CPU functions that Vista doesn't need, so Windows 8.x won't necessarily run. For example, while Vista runs on a pentium IV CPU coming for the 478 socket, I haven't been able to install Windows 8.x on any such CPU. Newer Pentium IV CPU's that came for the newer 775 socket on the other hand will usually be able to run Windows 8.x. The features required for Windows 8.x are "PAE", "NX" and "SSE2", and those features just aren't available with older CPU's, and Vista was installed on quite often on such older CPU's:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/system-requirements
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Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone!

I have purchased the upgrade to Windows 8 because I get a student discount to do so, but it comes with a free upgrade to 8.1 after 8 is installed.
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