Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade plan revealed

Microsoft has revealed to some partners details surrounding upgrade paths for users moving from Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

According to a report by Cnet, the following guidance was released by Microsoft:

  • Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 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 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 will be maintained.

Users should also note that they won’t be able to upgrade or keep their settings, files and applications if they are doing a “cross-language” installation.

Cross-architecture installs – moving from 32 bit to 64 systems – are also not possible.

Microsoft previously launched a special where users who buy a system with Windows 7 pre-installed between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.

Read the full story at: Cnet.

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