Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Upgrade Path [Chart]

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It’s not publicly official but Microsoft has shared with selected partners about what the upgrade options are available when moving from the major previous Windows versions, 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.

I’ve also compiled a simple chart for you to better overview the whole scenario.

Windows 8 Upgrade Path Chart

What’s not going to work

  • Only personal data will be maintained if doing a cross-language installation.
  • A cross-architecture upgrade, i.e. 32bit to 64bit, is not supported. Period. No data will be saved if doing such an upgrade.

Finally, don’t forget this great upgrade deal offered by Microsoft. Users who purchase Windows 7 PCs between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 can purchase a copy of Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99.

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