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I'm thinking of migrating to Windows 8. At first I hated it, but I'm pretty sure the Windows 8 model is the future, and I don't particularly want to end up hating the future like my parents, frustrated and bewildered by anything past Windows XP.

I'm currently running Windows 7 and my system has been accumulating some problems. It's probably an accumulation of issues from installing too much software, changing firewall settings, installing Ubuntu alongside Windows, and... well I'm not sure, but my computer has been buggy in unexpected ways lately (freezing and unfreezing, display driver crashing and recovering, and what I call "deep freeze/thaw cycle" where the mouse won't even move for a while).

I'm good at solving computer problems, but I can't seem to get to the root of these and my best idea for fixing them is making sure I've backed up every file then re-installing the entire OS. Luckily for me, a new OS is just around the corner so this would be a good time to get two things out of the way at once. The problem I see is that the upgrade options I see are all "seamless". I don't want a seamless upgrade. I want to wipe the slate clean and start all over.

Does this mean I will have to buy a full, new copy of Windows 8 rather than one of the cheaper upgrading options? Or does it not make since for me to go to Windows 8 given that I have a laptop, not a tablet? Maybe I should just re-install Windows 7, or even call good enough good enough, try to eliminate the bugs, and start with a fresh slate in 2-3 years after this computer eventually dies entirely from (inevitable) hardware failure.

What would be the advantages or disadvantages and costs of each option, how would I go about upgrading to Windows 8 if that's the option I choose, and what is your personal opinion about my situation?

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Its good that I have a portable oxygen bottle next to me. It helped me in reading this loooong paragraph question :) –  user165733 Oct 29 '12 at 6:14
Re-install Window 7 and then upgrade to Windows 8 :) Can't be simpler than this, but it's painfully frustrating. –  Kumar Bibek Oct 29 '12 at 6:15
Just re install Windows 7, then get the Upgrade assistant, use the option of creating a bootable disk and do a clean install! :) –  pratnala Oct 29 '12 at 6:30
I see somebody added paragraphs. Thank you Journeyman Geek. Remind me later I owe HaLaBi an oxygen bottle. –  Big Endian Oct 29 '12 at 6:32

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If you want to start fresh and don't want to pay a lot for Windows 8, you can reinstall Windows 7, get a Windows 8 Upgrade pack, and install. It will basically be fresh.

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Ah, clever! Thanks for the advice. –  Big Endian Oct 29 '12 at 6:31

Be careful with the upgrade key of Windows 8. I have tried to install it on a new HDD (Windows 8 install will propose this option). After the installation, you get a 90 day Trial. If you enter your "upgrade" key, Windows say that your key can't accept a new Windows installation. So, I think the solution of mwong is the better for low cost.

Don't forget after upgrade to run the Disk Cleaner for deleting the old versions (~20 GB)

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