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How best to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Upgrade on to new SSD

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October 21, 2013 4:10:33 AM

Hi, I am currently running Windows Pro 64 bit on a 60gB SSD and want to upgrade to Windows 8.1 pro using a Windows 8 upgrade disc onto a new 225 gB SSD.

I was intending to clone the existing 7 OS onto the new SSD then swap discs and upgrade sequentially upto 8 and then 8.1 but wondered if there is any means of missing out 8 and jumping straight to 8.1? I am not too keen on doing a clean install as it will involve me in re-loading a lot of programs.

Would it be best to do the upgrade using Windows Easy Transfer?

If I dont like Windows 8.1 will I be able to roll back to 7?

Advice appreciated.

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October 21, 2013 4:23:52 AM

There is no way to upgrade directly to 8.1. Microsoft only just started selling 8.1 boot CDs and they said they won't be providing them to people who've already bought windows 8, so the only way to upgrade to 8.1 if you already own windows 8 (and don't want to buy another copy of windows) is through the microsoft store (online download).
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October 21, 2013 7:56:11 AM

11763025,0,1451090 said:
There is no way to upgrade directly to 8.1. Microsoft only just started selling 8.1 boot CDs and they said they won't be providing them to people who've already bought windows 8, so the only way to upgrade to 8.1 if you already own windows 8 (and don't want to buy another copy of windows) is through the microsoft store (online download).[/quotems

Thanks AZN.. . So I will have to upgrade to 8.0 then apply via Microsoft store to upgrade to 8.1 .

In doing the initial upgrade from Windows7 Pro to Windows8 Pro is it possible to select the new larger SSD as the new master drive thus avoiding the need to make a clone?
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October 21, 2013 8:05:02 AM

I've never actually performed a windows upgrade before from one major release to another (i.e. vista to 7 or 7 to 8) - I usually don't upgrade windows unless I'm getting a new computer anyway - so I don't know how exactly the process works.

I would assume, however, that making a new drive your primary boot drive during the upgrade process would not be possible. I think microsoft has some policy about only allowing an upgrade on a drive that already has a copy of windows installed.
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October 29, 2013 2:03:49 PM

gka said:
Yes you can skip the upgrade to Win 8 and go straight to Win 8.1:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-pr...


Thanks GKA that is just what I need. I managed to clone my new SSD using but it was far from straightforward as I had repetitive flags stating there was no bootmanager. I finally managed to resolve this and at present am tidying up my windows library locations prior to doing any upgrade - currently split over two drives.
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