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April 17, 2014 1:06:55 AM

Forum,

The company I work for wants to upgrade to Windows 8.1 soon.

Now, they would want to keep their applications like Office, Lotus Notes etc. Now there is no direct way to upgrade as the only option I get during installation is "What to keep? "Nothing" ".

Now, when searching further I found that it was possible to keep the applications if you upgrade to Windows 8 and thén to Windows 8.1.

Unfortunately, another problem; the userdata is on another partition, something W8 installation does not support.

Are there alternative options to succesfully upgrade to 8.1, keeping the userdata on D:\?

Thanks.

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a b $ Windows 7
a c 417 * Windows 8
April 17, 2014 1:52:36 AM

Patrick Pennarts said:
Forum,

The company I work for wants to upgrade to Windows 8.1 soon.

Now, they would want to keep their applications like Office, Lotus Notes etc. Now there is no direct way to upgrade as the only option I get during installation is "What to keep? "Nothing" ".

Now, when searching further I found that it was possible to keep the applications if you upgrade to Windows 8 and thén to Windows 8.1.

Unfortunately, another problem; the userdata is on another partition, something W8 installation does not support.

Are there alternative options to succesfully upgrade to 8.1, keeping the userdata on D:\?

Thanks.

Tricky. Pity they didn't opt for 7 to 8 then upgrade to 8.1
Dual boot might be an option?
Otherwise you could shrink C and D to the bare minimum using 3rd party software (Recommend EaseUs) so that you leave enough Unallocated Space to install Win 8.1
After transferring anything of use from the old Windows Partition you could then delete it and add it to the old Data partition.
You would still need to re-install your Software unfortunately, but at least you would still have access to your data.
Guess it all hinges on whether or not 8.1 Install will allow you to do so once you've created the Unallocated Space.
http://www.easeus.com/partition-manager/epm-free.html
I don't have a Win 7 PC at the moment to try that on, but I'm expecting a Netbook this afternoon that I could utilise...

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April 17, 2014 7:40:54 AM

Patrick, I successfully installed 8.1 to the netbook as outlined above. You will be given the opportunity to boot from W7 shortly after the blue Win logo appears. You will have full access to your old 'C' drive and Data drive, on the netbook 'F' and 'E' respectively.
In theory you should have been able to run the 8.1 Install disk from the WIndows 7 platform and choose to keep everything, perhaps you have a different Installation setup to the one I have. Anyway, installing to Unallocated Space option is open to you...
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April 22, 2014 12:13:52 AM

dodger46 said:
Patrick, I successfully installed 8.1 to the netbook as outlined above. You will be given the opportunity to boot from W7 shortly after the blue Win logo appears. You will have full access to your old 'C' drive and Data drive, on the netbook 'F' and 'E' respectively.
In theory you should have been able to run the 8.1 Install disk from the WIndows 7 platform and choose to keep everything, perhaps you have a different Installation setup to the one I have. Anyway, installing to Unallocated Space option is open to you...


Thank you for keeping me updated and testing it for me. Unfortunately, it's not an option to have the applications uninstalled and the employees' data moved somewhere else. If they want to continue with the plan, they will have to make a new image on their Windows Deployment Services server with all compatible software, and just make it a clean installation. It's to much work for a 100 laptops to do it manually.

Thanks anyways, you've been really helpful!
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