How to upgrade your computer to Windows 8
Today October 26 has released the new version of Windows operating system, Windows 8 . This new version of Microsoft operating system, as we have seen in the various previews that have been released in the last year, representing a total paradigm shift with respect to previous versions and a substantial change in the design with the new Metro interface . In Bitelia have spent a few minutes talking about some of the key applications that we install in Windows 8 or customize the Metro interface , however, there is an important step that we have not discussed yet: the Installation of Windows 8 on our home computer.
If we are installing Windows 8 on a computer that is “clean”, ie a clean install on a computer that we will delete all existing or, simply, is new and has no data stored, The installation process is fairly simple (and if your computer has an SSD hard drive is going to be pretty fast). However, if you’re thinking about is upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows XP should take into account some aspects to Migration did not cause any headaches and also ensure that we will not lose data during .
can I upgrade my system to Windows 8?
This is one of the first questions we should ask before facing an upgrade process. Microsoft has published the minimum specifications to be met by our team to be able to run Windows 8 in an acceptable manner:
- Processor at least 1 GHz
- Minimum 2 GB RAM and 20 GB of hard drive space
- Support a resolution of 1366 X 768
- Graphics card with DirectX 9 support
If we are not sure, Microsoft has posted a wizard that we can download to run on our computer and verify that it is suitable for Windows 8 since urge review the hardware (and possible compatibility issues), we have installed the software (for see if it is compatible and will still work) and check which specific features of Windows 8 could run on our team (access to the Windows Store, the safe boot, etc).
Back up your files
While Windows 8 installer is able to respect our data and, depending on the operating system you have previously installed (for Windows 7) we can save settings and installed applications, it is worth making a final backup of your personal data (especially if you usually store data in folders other than the user profile of our Windows).
Make a backup should not be something to ask when upgrading our equipment, a periodic task should be instituted within our workflow ( something we’ve discussed occasionally ).
Make an inventory of your applications
Another important detail is to take a last look at the applications you have installed and make a small inventory for that, once we upgraded, we verify that they work properly (if they have been able to migrate), seek specific versions for Windows 8 or simply the return to install the new operating system.
What we migrate?
The data that can be migrated directly during the installation process depend on the version of Windows you have installed , specifically:
- If you have Windows XP installed on our team only migrate users’ personal data, that is, those who are associated with the profile
- If you have Windows Vista installed on our team, in addition to the personal data of users’ preferences are saved and operating system settings
- If you have installed Windows 7, during the migration process can carry, in addition to the users’ personal data and system settings, applications that have installed
- If we dared to try the Preview Release of Windows 8, during the installation of the stable version will have the opportunity to migrate personal data (those of our profile), but if we start from the Consumer Preview or the Developer Preview, not migrate anything but the data is not lost, they simply perform a backup to be stored in a specific folder (named Windows.old)
Upgrading from Windows 8 installer
One of the first things we find to install Windows 8 in our system is that, as happened with previous versions, the equipment should be tested for if there is any version of Windows installed. If so, we offer the option to do a clean install (deleting the data) or migrating existing data.
Depending on the operating system that we had installed, the options menu will offer more or fewer elements , following what we discussed in the previous section. If you have previously installed Windows 7 and also want to port the applications installed, is an analysis to assess the compatibility of these and, if you find something wrong, you are prompted to confirm the deletion of applications detected (something that we can know in advance thanks to the wizard that Microsoft has released).
From here, if we want more customized installation, the process is very simple and only have to be aware of the indications that we get on screen.
Images: Ars Technica (Installer)