I like to install a new version of
Windows cleanly. If you choose to follow the upgrade path you will end
up with random weirdness. Any problem you have now will probably be in
the new install. Cleanly means you install Windows to a blank drive or
blank partition on a drive. Then reinstall all your software and drivers
from scratch. In this case I removed my old hard drive and put in a
spare hard drive. If for any reason Windows 8 doesn't work or I have
some other random problem I can just stick my old drive back in there.
PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Basically what we're going to do is
install Windows 8 half way. Boot into Linux and throw away the nVidia
driver information files. Finish installing Windows 8. Fix the Power
Settings. Install the latest nVidia drivers.
You will need a Linux USB boot drive or
CD and a Windows 8 install CD or USB drive. I prefer the USB drives. I
usually get a 8Gb drive to be safe.
Create a Linux boot disk
Get the program called YUMI
It will help you download a copy of Linux
and create a bootable disc or USB drive. I used Ubuntu 12.04.
Test the boot drive and try out Linux.
Insert it into a USB port and turn on the HP Touchsmart. Tap the ESC key
until the Boot Menu appears. Choose the name of your USB drive. Usually
the bottom choice in the list. If it works the YUMI menu should appear.
When asked run Linux off the USB drive. Once in Linux try and browse
your hard drive. Usually it's the icon that looks like a Hard Drive (a
shiny metal box) on the bottom left hand side. Once you know how to
browse the files on your drive proceed with the Windows install.
Install Windows 8
Put your Windows 8 CD or USB install into
the drive. If it's USB you can insert it before turning on the computer.
The CD you'll have to insert immediately afterwards. Tap ESC for the
boot menu and choose your Windows 8 install device.
Install Windows 8 to the point where it
tells you to remove the Install drive and reboot. At
this point you want to insert your Linux Boot disc or drive and reboot.
When the computer reboots tap the ESC key so the boot menu will appear.
If all goes well you you can boot into Linux now. If not Windows will
proceed until it blacks out and you'll have to start over.
Once in Linux... browse the hard drive to
the Windows folder. Open it and find the INF folder. Open it and find
the files nv_LH.inf and nv_lh.PNF. Delete those two files. Those are the
information files Windows uses to install the nVidia video card drivers.
Without them Windows will install the default Windows VGA driver.
Now remove your Linux disc and shut down
Reboot and finish installing WIndows 8.
Once installed proceed to the Power
Options in the Control panel and set the PCI
Express - Link State Power Management to "Off".
Next install the drivers.