10-26-2012, 04:36 AM #1
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Is there someone who has already upgraded to Windows 8 who can tell me how well it works with your existing settings and files?
I've got tons of games installed on Steam for example, and I don't want to lose all my Skyrim mods and saves, but I also don't feel like making tons of backups.
Is it smarter to prepare myself better and make backups and install a clean version of Windows 8 or can I just upgrade during lunch break and everything will be the same?
- 10-26-2012, 05:56 AM #2
While the option is available I would _strongly_ suggest a clean install of any major update and this one especially. Create a backup of your files, make list of installed files and do not forget any registration keys. Then install fresh from DVD or USB stick.
- 10-26-2012, 10:31 AM #5
- 10-26-2012, 10:49 AM #6
Yes, I did an upgrade via the upgrade assistant that was emailed to me from Microsoft.
I selected the option to keep my files.
When 8 booted, all programs and files...except for music was lost.
Thankfully, I made a back up of my photos.
- 10-26-2012, 11:24 AM #8
I upgraded (from a pirated version of Win7 Ultimate of all things) and it kept all my files, settings and programs. Truly a painless upgrade. All my hardware and software works too.
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10-26-2012, 12:30 PM #10
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My upgrade would get stuck when I tried to transfer everything. I settled on only my personal files. I believe they were caused by the "Alienware" branded programs that came with my computer.
Those and Nike Connect are the only differentiating programs from my other computer that ran consumer preview.
10-26-2012, 12:39 PM #12
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I did an upgrade on the wife's laptop, just because I didn't want to reinstall anything (some of her software discs are buried in boxes atm). While that went fine, I did a clean install on my own desktop as I've seen too many upgrades fail over the releases.
- 10-26-2012, 12:43 PM #13
12-28-2012, 04:31 AM #15
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I did an upgrade yesterday, my files were in another folder in drive C. I could not find them after the upgrade. I tried recovery but most of them were already corrupt.
They were not in the windows.old folder. The only files here were the windows user files and folders- windows, users, program files.
I even tried unhiding everything to confirm whether I still had them.
I have just downgraded back to windows 7 ultimate and trying to obtain copies from my workmates.
I thought it would be great programming from now, but nope.
My advice: Backup everything in a different drive.