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Do you lose all your data if you upgrade windows 7 to windows 8 and then get the 8.1 update?

Just wondering, because I want to move over to 8 or 8.1 for Battlefield 4.
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  1. No.
    But as always, with a major change...have your critical stuff backed up elsewhere and offline. Just in case.
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    I change HDDs or SSDs frequently so what I would do is to use a new drive and a fresh install of W8. After W8 is up and running you can install your old drive as a second drive and migrate data at your leisure.
  3. ^^ good idea. Thx for responses everyone.
  4. ameek said:
    ^^ good idea. Thx for responses everyone.


    Don't forget to pick a best answer.
  5. ram1009 said:
    I change HDDs or SSDs frequently so what I would do is to use a new drive and a fresh install of W8. After W8 is up and running you can install your old drive as a second drive and migrate data at your leisure.


    Just realize that I won't be able to do this, since I am getting the windows 8 upgrade version. Naturally I think it will only work on an existing windows 7 installation. I won't be able to do a clean/fresh windows 8 without losing everything, well......... unless I want to back up my stuff before installing windows 8 upgrade onto windows 7. I really don't know if windows 8 upgrade version allows you to do a fresh install.
  6. ameek said:
    ram1009 said:
    I change HDDs or SSDs frequently so what I would do is to use a new drive and a fresh install of W8. After W8 is up and running you can install your old drive as a second drive and migrate data at your leisure.


    Just realize that I won't be able to do this, since I am getting the windows 8 upgrade version. Naturally I think it will only work on an existing windows 7 installation. I won't be able to do a clean/fresh windows 8 without losing everything, well......... unless I want to back up my stuff before installing windows 8 upgrade onto windows 7. I really don't know if windows 8 upgrade version allows you to do a fresh install.


    How To Clean Install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.htm
  7. ameek said:
    ram1009 said:
    I change HDDs or SSDs frequently so what I would do is to use a new drive and a fresh install of W8. After W8 is up and running you can install your old drive as a second drive and migrate data at your leisure.


    Just realize that I won't be able to do this, since I am getting the windows 8 upgrade version. Naturally I think it will only work on an existing windows 7 installation. I won't be able to do a clean/fresh windows 8 without losing everything, well......... unless I want to back up my stuff before installing windows 8 upgrade onto windows 7. I really don't know if windows 8 upgrade version allows you to do a fresh install.


    Sorry, but it would be a violation of forum rules to teach you how to do a fresh install with an upgrade version of W8.


    EDIT: Or maybe not!!!
  8. ram1009 said:


    EDIT: Or maybe not!!!


    What I linked involves going directly through the Microsoft upgrade purchase process, and then burning a DVD in that process.
  9. USAFRet said:
    ram1009 said:


    EDIT: Or maybe not!!!


    What I linked involves going directly through the Microsoft upgrade purchase process, and then burning a DVD in that process.


    I know how to do it, I didn't know Microsoft was OK with it.
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