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I'd like to migrate my system to Windows 8 as soon as it comes to me via MSDN in the next days. I plan to do a fresh install (already bought a bigger SSD :)).

When I migrated from Vista to WIN7, everything worked without problems, i.e. I had no driver problems and all my programs worked (and still work) ok with Windows 7. I hadn't time to try out the previews myself and I cannot spend much time in experimenting right now (i.e. if there are any bigger problems to expect, I would wait some weeks before installing).

In your opinion, can I expect a "smooth" transition like I had it from Vista to Win7 or will it be more likely like WinXP to Vista? (Note that I'm aware of the UI changes, I do not mind these...)

PS: One topic that is of special interest to me is using VMware Workstation 7 with Windows 8. I found a lot of posts that it's not possible to run WIN8 as a guest in WS7 but I didn't find any mentions of using Win8 as Host for vmware7.

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closed as not constructive by Tom Wijsman, Oliver Salzburg Aug 4 '12 at 17:10

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If you were asking about what is known about this however: For as far as I know the only way a smooth transition can be achieved is by upgrading from a clean win7 install (so no upgrade from vista) in the same language as the new win8. – Assile Aug 4 '12 at 17:05
@TomWijsman Reading the explanation for "not constructive" below, I don't see how my question will not yield answers "supported by facts, references or specific expertise". I have the actual problem of deciding to migrate to Windows8 and I would like to know what to expect. Since english isn't my native language I don't know how to formulate this in a better way ... – MartinStettner Aug 4 '12 at 18:32
Anyway, I tried to be more specific in this question:… – MartinStettner Aug 4 '12 at 18:37
@Assile Thanks. I'm planning a fresh install anyway, so this part should work. I just wanted to know if my software will continue working (since there are a lot of programs I use I couldn't enumerate all of them...) – MartinStettner Aug 4 '12 at 18:41