What to know before upgrading to Windows 8

You won’t have to re-install or reconfigure your files, programs, and settings if you’re upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8. They will all transfer automatically; however, upgrading from older versions of Windows will require you to re-install your applications.

Also, keep in mind that you may encounter compatibility issues with your old software in Windows 8.

To alleviate some of these issues, Microsoft offers a Compatibility Center Search Tool that lets you search common products for a community rating.

Windows 8 Compatibility Center

In any case, before upgrading to Windows 8, I suggest that you run the Windows UpgradeAssistant.  This free tool scans your computer for software incompatibilities and generates a compatibility report that reveals software that might not work in Windows 8.

The download is small (5.2 MB) and easy to use.  After running the report, you’ll have the option to buy Windows 8 or cancel.

To get started, go to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8/ and click Download Upgrade Assistant.

Download the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

Run Windows8-UpgradeAssistant.exe

Download the Upgrade Assistant

Click Yes to allow the program to make changes to your computer

Save the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to your computer

The Upgrade Assistant takes a few minutes to make a list of all your applications and devices.

Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant checking compatibility

The tool displays a list of compatible apps and devices and a list of the ones that might have issues with Windows 8

Here's what the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant discovered...

Note any potential incompatibilities within Windows 8.  You can Print the screen; or better yet, click More Info to get additional details.

Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant report that shows compatibility details

Next, you can choose what to keep.

If you click help me decide, Upgrade Assistant opens a web page with more information about what you can keep.

Windows has a site that helps you choose what programs to keep when you upgrade

Clicking Next brings you to the purchase screen.  Windows 8 Professional is currently $199.99; however, you may want to consider jumping to Windows 8.1.

Buy Windows 8 online

 

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