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Windows 8 In Depth by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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Installing Windows 8

The installation process for Windows 8 is probably the easiest—and, certainly, the least interactive—Windows install to date. Upgrading takes just a few mouse clicks, and even a clean install is a simple affair, although it does come with some welcome tools for managing partitions.

After the Setup program boots from the install media, it copies a file named boot.wim (located in the \sources subfolder on the Windows 8 install media) into RAM. This file is a scaled-down OS called the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) that boots after a few seconds, so the rest of the install takes place in GUI mode. Windows PE begins by displaying the Windows Setup dialog box shown in Figure 2.1, which acts as kind of a Welcome ...

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