Best practices for clean install of Windows 8?

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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I am not quite sure what you are looking for; I know, however, that you will benefit from the tutorial at the following page (about doing a Windows 8 clean install): >
Windows 8 installation process doesn't really have any options to set, it's pretty automated. I'd recommend however that you get a copy of your network drivers onto a USB drive before hand. Just in case Windows doesn't automatically recognize your particular hardware. That will allow you to at least go ahead and connect to download any other vendor specific drivers you need.

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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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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
If Vista worked on your laptop, 8 will run, however as mention above 8.1 is the better version of windows. My recommendation is to do a fresh install and NOT upgrade to windows 8. Less headache, and there's is nothing to configure.

P.S I'm running win 8.1 on my 6 year old laptop that came with Vista installed on it.
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
"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:
Since you did not write down your model here, all hardware related hints are just guesses. Normally, you would expect that with a machine 2 years old or older, win8.1 would have all the drivers built-in. aadih's hint about network drivers is of course very important, make sure to have those.
Yes, there are CPUs where 8 won't work on, but those are really only a few old ones (really old :)
-If you can use 8.1, use 8.1
-be informed that win8/8.1 has some components built-in that vista/7 haven't so consider if it is needed to install replacements for those or not (I usually don't): PDF-Reader, Flash-Player (Internet Explorer only), Antivirus, HardDrive Encryption (only in Pro Edition).
mollymewInformation ArchitectAuthor Commented:
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.
Great! :-)
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