Tips to upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7
Microsoft is about to launch its new operating system Windows 8. For those of you who have Windows 7 PCs, there’s some good news. There are Windows 8 upgrade offers that you can avail to get discounts. For instance, if you bought a computer with Windows 7 between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, the OS can be upgraded to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.
If you don’t qualify for this discount, there’s another Windows 8 upgrade scheme that starts from October 26, 2012 and is valid till January 31, 2013. Under this scheme, Windows 7 can be upgraded to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.
Here are some tips that will help you to install Windows 8 on your Windows 7 PC by using an appropriate method.
Methods to upgrade Windows
Basically, there are three methods to upgrade an older Windows version to a new edition. You can either choose to clean install Windows, upgrade to the new version from within the old operating system, or upgrade by keeping the settings and data intact. All these three methods are also available for upgrading to Windows 8 but in somewhat different forms that are discussed in the following section.
Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade options
When you run the Windows 8 setup from Windows 7, you will get three options. You will be prompted to select one of the three options that you want to preserve – ‘Keep Windows settings, personal files, and apps’, ‘Keep personal files only’, or ‘Nothing’. If you select the first option, Windows settings, files saved in the default user folder (C:\Users\), and programs supported by Windows 8 will be migrated. The second option implies that only the files in the default user folder will be preserved when you upgrade to Windows 8. If you select the third option (‘Nothing’), a clean installation of Windows 8 will be performed.
In case you want to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 8, you can choose to keep Windows settings and personal files, or only the personal files. For upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 8, you can only carry forward the personal files to Windows 8. So, choose the right upgrade path as per your requirements and the operating system that you are presently using.