Thanks for the great detailed information.
I asked about the transfer details because sometimes, an old HDD is installed/left in the new computer and if connected at the same time as installing the OS to a new HDD, can cause problems, i.e. stupid windows can place part of the installation on the old drive or see there is a MBR (on the old drive) and not place one on the new drive, in fact, gets as muddled as my explanation reads,
Please read, > http://winsupersite....em-image-backup > and > http://www.winhelp.us/create-a-recovery-drive-in-windows-8.html
So first step is to turn on the monitor, > power up the computer and enter the BIOS by tapping the apropriate key, usually Del.
> set the time/dat and if feilds are present, Langauge and Location.
> Find the SATA controller and check it is set to ACHI.
> Find the Boot Priority, set the Optical drive as First Boot.
> Open the OD, > instert the W8.1 disc, > leave the tray open.
> Press the F10 key to save settings and exit, > at the prompt, select Y, > Press enter. > computer will restart, > install windows.
> Remove the W8.1 disc, > insert the MB Driver disc, > restart the computer, > choose Express install for drivers. When complete.
> Install utilities and software, > Choose Custom Install, (your choices) I do not install free or Trail Software. When complete, > remove the MB disc.
> Wait for Windows to complete any updates.
> Create a drive image.
> Create Recovery Media.
> Install Anti Virus software, I use Avast.
I would play with the computer for a few days before installing any other software or transferring your Data.