When I try to upgrade my version of Windows from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro on my Alienware Aurora R4 with the latest, A07 BIOS, with the Windows upgrade setting to preserve my files and apps, the installation always hangs. More specifically, I start the installation while in Windows 7. It then does its business, and eventually restarts the PC to boot up into the rest of the installation after the BIOS screen, but then it hangs on the Alienware BIOS logo and all I see is the Windows 8 spinner (the white circles that spin around and around, and all they keep doing is spinning for hours on end). I've heard of this working for people if they do not choose the option to keep their files and apps, but I would like to keep mine. I've already gone through all of the Windows upgrade compatibility tests from the compatibility app Microsoft has released and there are no issues with my machine. Does anyone know how I could troubleshoot these problems or what I could do to stop the installation from failing and have it succeed?
I have found a solution for this. The solution was to install the new Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver!