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Topic # 111222 27-Oct-2012 19:27 Send private message

I would like to upgrade my windows 7 install to windows 8. Don't talk to me about a fresh install - I have particular reasons to want to upgrade and I have been using MS OSes Since MS-Dos 3.3. I know the reasons not to.

I have a legit OEM copy of Win7 Ultimate.

ANYWAY, on this page...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

I see this:

Upgrading from … What you can keepWindows 7
 Apps, Windows settings, and personal files

The windows 8 Upgrade assistant (top of the above page) runs and when I select I want to keep "Windows settings, personal files and apps" it happily recommends the $50 upgrade and lets me purchase. (I backed out)

HOWEVER< the most recent page I can see here:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msnz/en_NZ/pdp/productID.258308100#tab2

Says this:

"Upgrading to Windows 8
If your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs." (My bold)

So, anyone know which is correct? The more specific MSNZ page says that Windows 7 Ultimate and Pro cannot retain installed programs, but the other pages make no distinction.

Anyone?

Cheers - N


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  Reply # 707585 27-Oct-2012 19:36 Send private message

wow one good reason not to have win 7 ultimate!

looks legit but sorry i don't know :(




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  Reply # 707588 27-Oct-2012 19:47 Send private message

When I upgraded from Windows 7 Pro to 8 Pro it kept all my apps and settings etc. Had to uninstall a couple of programs that 8 didn't like but that's about it.




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  Reply # 707589 27-Oct-2012 19:49 Send private message

Thanks Lurch - your real life experience directly contradicts the MS NZ page and it is what I expected to be the case... I'll search for a little while more then hold my breath and give it a go.

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  Reply # 707593 27-Oct-2012 19:52 Send private message

F&*^ it.

#YOLO

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  Reply # 707595 27-Oct-2012 19:55 Send private message

LOL I'm sure it'll be fine :-)


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  Reply # 707596 27-Oct-2012 20:01 Send private message

Read this discussion, specially from pages 14 onwards, where people started installing Windows 8. Not a direct answer but might have some tips there.

Use the "Single Page" view " to avoid pagination...





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  Reply # 707610 27-Oct-2012 21:03 Send private message

I went from Win 7 Ultimate -> Win 8 and all seems fine so far (after a few initial hiccups getting it downloaded\installed!) But now that it's done all settings, files and programs seem to be intact.

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  Reply # 707620 27-Oct-2012 21:21 Send private message

i dont have issue upgrading from win 7 pro to win 8 pro. none of the apps has any issue







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  Reply # 707662 27-Oct-2012 22:54 Send private message

Took about an hour from starting the download to having control again.

Nothing to clean up except one drive letter for a mapped drive got snagged by a USB reader so I had to change that back... That was it.

Impressed.

Mind you, I installed Start8 immediately. I am not worried about learning to live with the tile just yet.

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  Reply # 707689 28-Oct-2012 01:12 Send private message

I personally love this new interface. The last time I used start menu probably 4 years ago.





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  Reply # 707769 28-Oct-2012 09:42 Send private message

I use it all the time. I rather push the Windows key and type part of the name of a program or file and press enter than click - click - click - click...




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  Reply # 708441 29-Oct-2012 14:38 Send private message

Live most of my time in IE10 win 8 app these days, browsing is so smooth and quick compared to the old IE/Firefox/chrome combo I was using.

They just need to fix the flashplayer problem with it :-/


As for apps going back to the desktop that gets annoying, find the old desktop cluttered and old fashioned now.

Fingers crossed for more win 8 apps :-)


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  Reply # 708442 29-Oct-2012 14:39 Send private message

For search, swipe down from the top right hand corner, click search... bingo :-)


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  Reply # 708443 29-Oct-2012 14:47 Send private message

Lurch: For search, swipe down from the top right hand corner, click search... bingo :-)



It's easy to "swipe" when you are using a tablet. Not the same when you're using a mouse ;)






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  Reply # 708455 29-Oct-2012 14:58 Send private message

Search is still the same in Win8, if you're in the new Start menu just start typing, otherwise hit the Windows logo key then start typing, and it automatically goes to search.




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