When you have a Laptop with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, then you will find yourself having a hard time installing a clean copy of Windows 8 on said Laptop. That, however, might be desirable for various reasons and so I am telling you how it's done. In my case, I am doing it with the firm intention to encrypt the system partition with TrueCrypt Setup 7.1a, which requires me to have an MBR rather than a GPT. There are probably ways to change this in-place, but there's really no point because I want a clean install of Windows anyway. (more…)