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updating windows 7 to windows 8 without file deletion

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April 6, 2014 2:44:49 PM

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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April 6, 2014 2:46:14 PM

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.
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April 6, 2014 2:54:25 PM

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?
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April 6, 2014 3:17:36 PM

They may be there, but not run properly.
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April 6, 2014 3:19:53 PM

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?
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April 6, 2014 3:21:03 PM

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.
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April 6, 2014 3:21:54 PM

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.


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April 6, 2014 3:23:12 PM

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?
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a c 450 * Windows 8
April 6, 2014 3:25:27 PM

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.
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April 6, 2014 3:28:29 PM

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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