Why not just do a clean install of Windows 8?
Better still, why not just use Windows 7 instead?
Windows 7 costs a lot more! At the moment its possible to get Windows 8 upgrade for £15, the only caveat being you need a pre installed copy of Windows. I dont have a spare W7 lying around, but I do have XP spare....if I can get it installed.
Bernhard - I have made a combined SP3 + XP ISO disc, would that have the sata drivers necessary to at least recognise the hard drive to boot the install (ie no "Press F6 for drivers")?