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updating windows 7 to windows 8 without file deletion

i have was wondering if it was possible to update from windows 7 to 8.1 without having to delete personal files (such as music, photos, movies, games etc) that are all stored on the desktop in user created folders?
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    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.
  2. COLGeek said:
    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.


    what happens to the non compatible applications? (some of my steam games are non compatible). do i have to reinstall them or will they stay?
  3. They may be there, but not run properly.
  4. COLGeek said:
    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.


    USAFRet said:
    They may be there, but not run properly.


    ok but for example if it's a steam game it will still run, but not be updated by windows right?
  5. jabbothehut said:
    COLGeek said:
    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.


    USAFRet said:
    They may be there, but not run properly.


    ok but for example if it's a steam game it will still run, but not be updated by windows right?


    Windows does not 'update' Steam games. Steam/Valve does that.
  6. USAFRet said:
    jabbothehut said:
    COLGeek said:
    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.


    USAFRet said:
    They may be there, but not run properly.


    ok but for example if it's a steam game it will still run, but not be updated by windows right?


    Windows does not 'update' Steam games. Steam/Valve does that.
  7. USAFRet said:
    jabbothehut said:
    COLGeek said:
    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.


    USAFRet said:
    They may be there, but not run properly.


    ok but for example if it's a steam game it will still run, but not be updated by windows right?


    Windows does not 'update' Steam games. Steam/Valve does that.


    Oh yeah my bad didnt reread properly :/
    guess i can still run it im compatibility mode anyways right?
  8. jabbothehut said:
    USAFRet said:
    jabbothehut said:
    COLGeek said:
    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.


    USAFRet said:
    They may be there, but not run properly.


    ok but for example if it's a steam game it will still run, but not be updated by windows right?


    Windows does not 'update' Steam games. Steam/Valve does that.


    Oh yeah my bad didnt reread properly :/
    guess i can still run it im compatibility mode anyways right?


    Maybe, maybe not.
  9. USAFRet said:
    jabbothehut said:
    USAFRet said:
    jabbothehut said:
    COLGeek said:
    Yes, performing an upgrade will retain your files and compatible applications from the Win 7 install.

    Also, you should always make a backup of your personal files just in case of a problem during the upgrade.


    USAFRet said:
    They may be there, but not run properly.


    ok but for example if it's a steam game it will still run, but not be updated by windows right?


    Windows does not 'update' Steam games. Steam/Valve does that.


    Oh yeah my bad didnt reread properly :/
    guess i can still run it im compatibility mode anyways right?


    Maybe, maybe not.


    Thanks man greatly appreciated :)
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