Windows 8 upgrade path leaked, XP fans rejoice

In late May, Microsoft confirmed that consumers who buy new PCs with Windows 7 installed will be able to get them upgraded to Windows 8 for a fee of $14.99 from now until the end of January 2013. But what about all those older PCs that have already been purchased? ZDnet.com reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft has shared information about that aspect of the Windows 8 upgrade path with some select partners.

According to the story, current owners of PCs with Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium will be able to update to the regular edition of Windows 8 while also keeping their current settings, files and applications. All of those owners, plus people who have Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro while keeping their current settings, files and applications.

If you are a person who works with a PC in a business that has Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise installed, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise while also keeping your current settings, files and applications.

If you are one of the few who still has Windows Vista installed on your PC but have not updated it with its first Service Pack, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 but can only keep your personal files with the update. If you have Vista with SP1 installed, you can upgrade to Windows 8 and keep both your personal data and your system settings.

Finally, if you are one of the many people who still uses Windows XP, the good news is that you can upgrade to Windows 8. The bad news is that only personal data will be maintained when the upgrade is complete.

ZDNet.com also reports that you won't be able to keep your settings, files and applications if you are attempting a cross-language update from your previous Windows OS to Windows 8. Finally, there won't be any upgrade at all allowed if you have a 32-bit OS and you want to move to a 64-bit version of Windows 8.

Source: ZDNet.com

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I just upgraded my computer after SIX years and decided to put on windows 7 pro so I suppose I will wait and see what happens next !

I'm not upgrading, I'll do a clean install. And to the metro haters, you can get rid of it by installing a custom shell or a start menu replacement. I'm using bblean and launchy and it works very well. I just don't understand the hate for a os which is proven to be faster and much more memory efficient than the previous one.

4-5 lame Metro fullscreen apps won't justify upgrading for me. Sorry Microsoft! The only thing Windows 8 made for me: It made me buy a MacBook Pro.

metro2012 said,
just out of curiosity: how many people do u know that upgrades and doesnt format and install?

serious question


The majority of people buying it off the shelf for a PC they already own, actually.

Don't make the mistake--so many people here do--of getting wrapped up in the tech community bubble. We are not the majority, not by a long shot, nor do we even come close to proportionally representing the habits of the majority.

Be most careful! Do not get in the "out of the frying pan into the fire." Make sure you can totally restore your system to the "before Windows-8" state. During your "getting acquainted" with Windows-8, you may find many of your old programs no long work or you may find the Metro UI just counter-intuitive, or whatever. Now, you want to go back to your old OS. Just be prepared.

A single Metro app could change people's mind about Windows 8 and Metro on the desktop.
I'm already missing Tweetro when I boot in Win7.

The real question is how much it will cost to upgrade from Vista or Win7. I'm hoping that it will be cheaper than normal, especially as Microsoft will take a cut of all Metro app sales.

I dont think it's worth to go from Windows 7 to 8 if 7 fulfills the needs of the user. I feel sad, cause i dont think that Microsoft has squeezed the maximum potential of Windows 7.. Yea yea, i know about all the re-new arq in W8 and yadda yadda yadda stuff.. but still.. I even find Windows XP good enough (not trying to sound like a hipster). But well, I guess that if you have a PC with a touch monitor.. you'll find W8 smart enough i guess..

I personally think MS should have used Windows 8 to really call the XP users. You have Windows 7 stability and performance plus the features Windows XP had and that have now proven worth while - how could anyone resist.

Instead MS choose to go mad and create this whole kind of one OS fits all - tablets and desktops. Just goes to show that the wage you earn has nothing to do with the common sense you bring to a company.

Orange Battery said,
I personally think MS should have used Windows 8 to really call the XP users. You have Windows 7 stability and performance plus the features Windows XP had and that have now proven worth while - how could anyone resist.

Instead MS choose to go mad and create this whole kind of one OS fits all - tablets and desktops. Just goes to show that the wage you earn has nothing to do with the common sense you bring to a company.

You're assuming that XP users won't be interested in Metro apps. I think Metro could really appeal to a lot of XP users who use their computers to perform basic tasks/entertainment.

As much as I would like to say I am staying with Windows 7 knowing the way I am I will more then likely upgrade to Windows 8 at some point in the first year of its release

I guess like anything else I will get used to the major changes!

I mean honestly under the hood Windows 8 is nothing but improved from Windows 7. Its faster and so on which is always welcomed. Its going to be just getting used to the new metro UI that may be a little difficult at first especially for older people like mom and dad

Edited by gate1975mlm, Jun 28 2012, 5:09pm :

WaqasTariq said,
At what price, is what I want to know?

Yeah right. Like you'd be buying it. Maybe for Rs. 50 from Rainbow Center?

gzAsher said,

Yeah right. Like you'd be buying it. Maybe for Rs. 50 from Rainbow Center?

Who the hell are you to judge me as a pirate? I will not even bother defending my self to this nonsense. If YOU can not afford it and be legit, that DOES NOT mean others can not afford as well. Now go play in what ever dump you do.

sagum said,
I'm still using Windows 95b version, does that mean I can't upgrade to windows 8 ?

True. And it also means you can't LEGALLY upgrade to it either, because it only licenses from XP and above I believe!

Sounds reasonable to me.... what upsets me is the people who comment on these posts with unconstructive comments.

efjay said,
Here comes the hate.....

When will people realize it's not compulsive to upgrade?

The only time I upgrade to an OS is when I buy new hardware designed for it.

Windows 8 was clearly designed for tablets but MS designed an OS to encompass all form factors but its forte is clearly marketed for tablets, this is where the market is heading and MS clearly designed another OS for the masses. They want people on their tablets.

If we aren't missing anything from our desktops and laptops by not upgrading to Windows 8, there shouldn't be a problem.

It's only just a problem for those who want to upgrade to say "I have the latest" not because of something they can't actually do with their machines

In fact we should rejoice we have a nicely designed OS since tablets are the next big thing to take over the industry.

humanz. said,

When will people realize it's not compulsive to upgrade?

The only time I upgrade to an OS is when I buy new hardware designed for it.

Windows 8 was clearly designed for tablets but MS designed an OS to encompass all form factors but it's forte is clearly marketed for tablets, this is where the market is heading and MS clearly designed another OS for the masses. They want people on their tablets.

If we aren't missing anything from our desktops and laptops by not upgrading to Windows 8, there shouldn't be a problem.

It's only just a problem for those who want to upgrade to say "I have the latest" not because of something they can't actually do with their machines

I can't run metro applications without having Windows 8, is that good enough reason for you? People like myself enjoy using the latest software because it generally brings noticeable improvements. Such as lower RAM usage for example.

Ninja Grinch said,

I can't run metro applications without having Windows 8, is that good enough reason for you? People like myself enjoy using the latest software because it generally brings noticeable improvements. Such as lower RAM usage for example.


You want the bleeding edge so you have to wait for the metro app to become available which you don't know when or what it is?

Brings me back to my original quote

It's only just a problem for those who want to upgrade to say "I have the latest" not because of something they can't actually do with their machines

Let's play with your example: Your system probably has enough memory for anything these days (ram is dirt cheap)

Ninja Grinch said,

I can't run metro applications without having Windows 8, is that good enough reason for you? People like myself enjoy using the latest software because it generally brings noticeable improvements. Such as lower RAM usage for example.

Because like most products in life, you can't mix and match features and parts just as much as you couldn't walk into a car dealership and say "I'll take the front half of that, the roof of this, the back end of that, with the centre of that one".

Ninja Grinch said,

I can't run metro applications without having Windows 8, is that good enough reason for you? People like myself enjoy using the latest software because it generally brings noticeable improvements. Such as lower RAM usage for example.

What do Metro apps bring to the table that I can't get with other apps or the web?

McKay said,

Because like most products in life, you can't mix and match features and parts just as much as you couldn't walk into a car dealership and say "I'll take the front half of that, the roof of this, the back end of that, with the centre of that one".

You are comparing apples to oranges. Software is a completely different beast that physical items. And, If you have a computer that runs Windows 7, there is no issues for running Windows 8, as the requirements are the same and unless you have very old hardware you won't have driver issues.

Terracotta said,
I won't buy Windows 8...but I'll still have it if you get my drift...

You work for Microsoft? or have a technet account?

Terracotta said,
I won't buy Windows 8...but I'll still have it if you get my drift...
congrats. I won't even bother downloading it for myself.

Terracotta said,
I won't buy Windows 8...but I'll still have it if you get my drift...

sagum said,

You work for Microsoft? or have a technet account?

Or attending a launch event for the freebies?

Unless you're the cool guy who thinks its cool to post about downloading and cracking stuff because you want others to see this and think you live life on the edge.

Terracotta said,
I won't buy Windows 8...but I'll still have it if you get my drift...

It's certainly not even worth pirating, if that's what you are getting at lol

I really wish they'd find some way to do a upgrade from 32bit to 64bit. I mean 32bit apps do run on 64bit, so what's the real issue here? And system settings are system settings, personal files are just personal files.

I understand if some 32bit apps toss things in different locations that might not match with 64bit but the installer could check those and let you know and you could just reinstall those apps only instead of starting all over.

Oh well, wishful thinking on my part, I'll just blow away my 32bit install and finally go up to 64bit. Clean install is for the best, I'll look into getting an SSD as well.

GP007 said,
I really wish they'd find some way to do a upgrade from 32bit to 64bit. I mean 32bit apps do run on 64bit, so what's the real issue here? And system settings are system settings, personal files are just personal files.

I understand if some 32bit apps toss things in different locations that might not match with 64bit but the installer could check those and let you know and you could just reinstall those apps only instead of starting all over.

Oh well, wishful thinking on my part, I'll just blow away my 32bit install and finally go up to 64bit. Clean install is for the best, I'll look into getting an SSD as well.


im still not going 64bit until Microsoft releases Windows 9 which will be only 64bit

xpclient said,
LOL what? Rejoice for paying and losing features?

It even comes with a free set of ear-plugs and blindfold so you can ignore all of the new features.

xpclient said,
LOL what? Rejoice for paying and losing features?

Yes I'm sure Windows 8 has a lot less features than XP...

Cyborg_X said,
Same if you go from XP to 7. It puts all the files in windows.old.

Yep, so basically : No change.
This was hardly unexpected...

Depicus said,
When it said XP user rejoice I though it would say there was no upgrade path

I was thinking the same thing. Why on earth would XP users rejoice when Windows 8 is a significant downgrade for them.

simplezz said,

I was thinking the same thing. Why on earth would XP users rejoice when Windows 8 is a significant downgrade for them.

This 100%.

"8" is looking to be a downgrade for even vista users.

paulheu said,
And here's me telling you you will be running W8 by the end of next year..

Many people skipped out on Windows Me, Windows Vista, etc. Why would Windows 8 be any different?

Xilo said,

Many people skipped out on Windows Me, Windows Vista, etc. Why would Windows 8 be any different?

they said the same about pencillin, those who skipped it dont seem to be around much these days

Xilo said,

Many people skipped out on Windows Me, Windows Vista, etc. Why would Windows 8 be any different?

What happens if all the good new software for Windows is exclusive to the Windows Store? What happens when all the cool new computers being sold are touch screen, with enhanced multi-touch trackpads? Who's really going to want to be running an old version of Windows?

It just seems to me like the imperative to upgrade is going to be stronger than ever before.

peacemf said,

they said the same about pencillin, those who skipped it dont seem to be around much these days

You do know that more than 10% of the common population present serious allergies to pencillin, right? So they are still around.

Psyke89 said,

You do know that more than 10% of the common population present serious allergies to pencillin, right? So they are still around.

Last table I saw was 1-2%

Avatar Roku said,

What happens if all the good new software for Windows is exclusive to the Windows Store? What happens when all the cool new computers being sold are touch screen, with enhanced multi-touch trackpads? Who's really going to want to be running an old version of Windows?

It just seems to me like the imperative to upgrade is going to be stronger than ever before.


LOL. Right, because I couldnt live without some of the programs sold in the Windows store. That is not the only option, you know. And touch screen monitors..... OK it's kinda cool. But not necessary really.