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I know by upgrading from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro that I will lose the following features:

  • Windows XP Mode
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • DVD playback
  • Windows Media Center
  • Built in games for Windows 7 (Chess Titans, Purble Place, etc.)
  • Aero, Start Menu, etc.

What other features am I going to lose by upgrading to Windows 8 Pro?

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Do you have hardware (printers, scanners etc) which have only windows 7 drivers? If you do that you are going to loose use of these until drivers are written. If it is older hardware that may never happen. –  Hennes Nov 1 '12 at 16:37
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For a limited time the Media Center Feature Pack is free. So you may be able to cross off media center off the list if you can get it before the offer is over (January 31, 2013). –  Scott Chamberlain Nov 1 '12 at 16:54
    
Nothing, provided you install the Media Center Upgrade. –  Ramhound Nov 1 '12 at 17:00
    
...Your sanity. –  Shiki Nov 1 '12 at 17:14
    
Do you really want to go through a downgrade? –  Matt H Nov 1 '12 at 21:19

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  • Shadow Copies / Previous Versions (replaced by File History)

  • Universal Spell Checking

  • Natural Language Search

  • Multiple Clipboards

  • Windows Explorer (command bar is gone and replaced with a ribbon UI. Now referred to as File Explorer)

  • Windows Update Desktop Notifications

  • Windows Desktop Gadgets

  • Flip 3D

  • File Manager tab support

  • BSOD details & technical information (screen look changed)

  • Desktop Pen, Ink and Touch Input

  • Windows CardSpace

  • People Near Me P2P API


You can also check The complete list of features removed in Windows 8 Wikipedia article for all the details.

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Actually Windows 8 has the same Backup and Restore applet as it was in Windows 7. –  Alexey Ivanov Nov 1 '12 at 18:12
    
The option for Word and other Microsoft programs to 'Print to File' has been replaced in Windows 8 by PortPrompt –  Guy Thomas Nov 1 '12 at 18:17
    
Sounds like a downgrade!! –  Matt H Nov 1 '12 at 21:18
    
@MattH Not necessarily. Windows 8 includes lots of new features. Whether Windows 8 is an improvement from Windows 7, is really subjective. –  amiregelz Nov 1 '12 at 21:34
    
Had a bit of a play with it... the "Modern UI" is rather ugly. Maybe this is Linux's big break. –  Matt H Nov 1 '12 at 21:43

Some installed software might be incompatible, The upgrade assistant will give you a list after scanning.

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I read somewhere that it is compatible with drivers for Vista and 7. –  spexy Nov 1 '12 at 16:43
    
I was thinking more along the lines of what software features I will lose in the base OS, but this is a good thing to note as well. –  cowgod Nov 1 '12 at 16:44
    
@cowgod - the upgrade assistance points this out. –  Ramhound Nov 1 '12 at 17:01
    
I had to uninstall (completely) and then reinstall my AMD drivers for my graphics card before that worked properly after upgrading 7 Pro to 8 Pro. But otherwise, drivers aren't really an issue when updating. –  Ben Richards Nov 1 '12 at 18:04

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