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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?

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October 22, 2013 8:11:19 AM

Just wondering, because I want to move over to 8 or 8.1 for Battlefield 4.

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October 22, 2013 8:19:12 AM

No.
But as always, with a major change...have your critical stuff backed up elsewhere and offline. Just in case.
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October 22, 2013 8:23:20 AM

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.
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October 22, 2013 9:40:13 AM

^^ good idea. Thx for responses everyone.
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October 22, 2013 12:46:43 PM

ameek said:
^^ good idea. Thx for responses everyone.


Don't forget to pick a best answer.
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October 22, 2013 2:39:10 PM

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.
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October 22, 2013 2:42:21 PM

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...
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October 22, 2013 4:40:27 PM

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!!!
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October 22, 2013 4:47:43 PM

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.
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October 22, 2013 6:31:49 PM

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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