Windows 8 upgrade paths announced: XP, Vista and 7 eligible, but be careful

Today, eligibility for Windows 8 upgrades were leaked by ZDNet. Although all XP, Vista, and 7 are all eligible for upgrades, the ability to keep applications as well as personal data depends on the operating system version, and with Vista, even the service pack number.

Here’s how it’s been detailed, according to ZDNet:

  • Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 (the name of the entry-level consumer version of the operating system) from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium while maintaining their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications.
  • Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate while maintaining their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications.
  • Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise (available to volume licensees with Software Assurance contracts only) from Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise while maintaining their existing Windows settings, personal files and applications.
  • Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows Vista (without SP1 installed) but only personal files (meaning data only) will be maintained. If upgrading from Vista with SP1, personal data and system settings will be maintained.
  • Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or higher but only personal files/data only will be maintained.
Essentially, if you have Vista SP1 or 7, you’ll be able to upgrade without losing anything. If you have Vista without a service pack or XP, you will be eligible for the discounted price, but will lose applications. Windows 8 is expected to be available this fall. Are you planning on upgrading your current computer or purchasing a new computer or tablet with Windows 8?

[ZDNet via The Verge]

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9 comments

  1. throkr

    I installed the latest Win 8 Release Preview x64 in dual boot with my main Win 7 SP1 Pro x64 to test it.
    Some things are, of course, different but, after a few hours, you quickly get used to it.
    Fact is that Win 8 boots, reboots and shuts down quite faster than Win 7. All my existing programs are working on Win 8 and drivers too (I adapted some of them to a Win 8 version, if already available).

    Will I install Win 8 as my main OS after its official release ?
    Certainly not immediately and maybe not at all; but the 2 following steps are sure :
    - I’ll make a disc image of my latest Win 7 configuration before reformatting
    - I’ll reformat and do a clean installation of Win 8 (and certainly NOT an upgrade from the existing Win 7).

  2. Qliphah

    Tick another one in the no way in hell. It’ll be said a billion times Metro is not a desktop interface. but then again they know that as most PC makers see desktops/laptops to be dying.

  3. Mike

    @AFPhys: Based on history, my guess and understanding is that the leak simply is noting what is possible, not that you can do it for free. By example, this is similar to what happened with Windows 7: yes, you can upgrade to it, but you must pay to do it. With the exception of Microsoft Security Essentials and a few other notable exceptions, Microsoft does not give things away for free, especially operating systems.

  4. Darrell

    NOPE! I downloaded the preview and looked at it. I don’t like Metro at all. Might be ok on a tablet or a phone however, on a desktop or laptop it just doesn’t work for me. I’ll stay with Windows 7 and keep an eye on Ubuntu.

  5. AFPhys

    I still happily use XP-SP3. Does this mean I will have an opportunity soon to get a FREE copy of Win8 installed on this puter, or are they simply saying I can get it if I wish? Which version can I get?

  6. Mags

    nope, nada, I will not upgrade.

    They would have to vastly improve Win 8 to work on a pc before I would even remotely consider it.

    I’m sticking with Win 7, why ruin a good thing.