hi i recently bought windows 8 oem, can i use this as an upgrade, will it work i want to upgrade from vista 32 bit to this 64bit of windows 8, i have backed up data, so know this is my last chance saloon incase it goes wrong, incase these help my current pc specs are
Yes it will work!
But upgrade with clean install (format), because of the 32 to 64 bit change.
To perform a clean installation using a DVD or USB flash drive
If you bought Windows 8 on DVD or created a DVD or USB flash drive when you downloaded Windows 8, follow these steps to perform a clean installation.
Turn on your PC so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 8 DVD or USB flash drive, and then shut down your PC.
Restart your PC.
If you restart your PC and your current version of Windows starts, you might have to change the boot order in your PC's BIOS settings so that your PC boots from the media. To get instructions on changing the boot order for your PC, check the documentation that came with your PC or go to the manufacturer's website.
To change the boot order, you'll generally press a combination of keys (such as F2, F12, Delete, Esc) immediately after you turn on your PC. If your current version of Windows still starts, try again by waiting until Windows asks you to sign in, and then restart your PC again.
On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.
On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.
On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).
Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.
When you've finished formatting, click Next.
Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 8.
1) Copy any files, e-mail, Favorites etc to a separate drive or disc
2) Write down the names of any programs you wish to re-install later (it's easy to forget what you had)
3) Insert Windows 8 disc and start installation (have it DELETE the previous partition as soon as that option is available)
4) Finish Installation
5) Install Main Chipset Driver (motherboard support site; if no Windows 8 64-bit use W7 64-bit instead)
6) Install other drivers (remaining motherboard and AMD Video drivers)
7) Microsoft Updates (take a while)
8) Install other programs (you made a list)
9) Import any data you copied
*For motherboard drivers, just use the most suitable drivers from the Dell link for your PC since there won't be a link for just the motherboard.
- Activate Windows when asked
- Make a BACKUP IMAGE when everything's installed, to a separate drive (Acronis True Image Free for WD/Seagate drives. WD from WD site. Windows IMAGE from Windows 8 is okay. It's good to have a backup in case you need to RESTORE due to virus, failed drive etc.)
- START8 from Stardock is $5 (Start Menu etc.)
- Windows 8.1 will have a few improvements to Windows 8 interface such as Start Button on legacy desktop brings up Win8 Application Window (I use Start8 so not a huge deal for me, but it's nice to see Microsoft listening to feedback about new interface usability and improving it).
I saw the link, but for many people it's not quite complete enough. After many re-installations, there are a few points I've found handy such as writing down the name or the programs I currently use so re-installing them is easier.
Many (most?) people don't bother to install the MAIN CHIPSET driver or even video driver and just use whatever Windows installs.