Installing Free Windows 8.1 – Step2: Cleaning Up Hard Disk
The important aspect of installing Windows 8.1 is to understand that it can be installed along with the existing version of your Windows which means you don’t need to delete your existing Windows version. Once installed, your system will have a dual operating system which you can switch during the time of booting.
The only requirement is to cleanup a drive of your hard disk for the installation. The ISO file needs approximately 3-4 GB of storage space and below is an illustration of how the installation will work.
For example, you have Windows XP and your hard disk has C, D, E and F drives as shown in the below picture.
Say you want to install Windows 8.1 on F drive. Ideally you don’t need to do anything at this moment other than to ensure that you have 4 GB of space to store ISO download file.
After you install Windows 8.1 on drive F, it will act as drive C for Windows 8.1 and all the drives will be renamed accordingly. This means none of the installed programs on existing C drive will work with newly installed Windows 8.1 version. It will look like as below after installation:
Hard Disk Cleanup Tips
- Though not required, we highly recommend to backup the complete F drive and leave it blank.
- If possible backup the complete hard disk to avoid the data loss due to any unforeseen error.
- Use Windows Disk Cleanup Wizard to delete the unwanted files to increase the storage space in the hard disk.
- It is not necessary to format any of the drives for installation purpose.
- The ISO file approximately needs 4 GB storage space and the installation approximately needs 13-20 GB storage space in your hard disk.
- You can also copy the data to external USBs or DVDs in order to free hard disk space.