Now do you want a history of Bryce, or do you want to know how to install it, now that DAZ 3D own it and have done all the most recent development of the program.
There was a long thread about Bryce in Windows 8 in the Bryce forum. I will see if I can find it for you
Ah there it is http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/11544/ It does drift a bit in places, but I think glancing through it may help
Personally, even though I have windows 7 and not 8 I don’t install program files onto my C drive, I keep them on another drive, as windoze has become so picky about where it wants files installed on the C drive, and the Bryce installer was made before both Win 7 and Win 8
And the History bit Bryce was created by a Company called Meta tools, who then amalgamated with a couple of other companies to become Metacreations, who later sold Bryce to Corel, and Corel sold it to DAZ 3D, who still own it.