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?
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.
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.
I never do upgrades. Ever. 9 times out of 10 you will have performance issues due to drivers/registry problems.
I always have a second drive or partition that I store personal files on.
THIS. I have a separate partition for just the OS and have anything else on another partition including a folder where I keep all product (activation) keys. I can always just clean install and remove the OS partition to start from scratch..
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.