I want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. How can I do this while keeping all of my files in-tact? Is it possible to retain all of my applications and user settings, too?
Before you get started:
There are a few things that you need to know before you get started on the upgrade process. What will transfer over during the upgrade will depend on the previous Windows version. Here is the current breakup of the upgrades:
If you have Windows 7 you need to be aware of the version of windows you're trying to upgrade from and to. Windows 8 has three major versions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 RT. Windows 8 RT is mainly for the tablets, and will NOT let you upgrade from any version of Windows. If you are upgrading from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium, then Window 8 or Window 8 Pro will work for you. If you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, in order to Upgrade to Windows 8 you'll have to use Windows 8 pro.
Finally if you have a 32 bit Windows 7 (or previous) you CANNOT upgrade to a 64 bit Windows 8. You'll have to do a clean installation. Same thing if you decide (though I don't know why you ever would) to go from a 64 bit Win 7 to a 32 bit Win 8.
The upgrade process is simple enough. Following these steps will allow you to keep your previous files (according to what you keep above).
If you use the online Windows.com purchase and install you will get an additional dialog before download, and installation. It's a compatibility assistant and should let you know what will and won't work on the new installation.
This is mainly for a For You Information deal, as anything that isn't compatible, won't be upgraded to the new installation of Windows 8.
How do I get stuff from the Windows.old folder?
I don't know of any way to get recover programs from the
The final build of Windows 8 is now available on MSDN/TechNet, and will be released to the public on October 26th.
you can use these tools for upgrade and transfer user accounts: