After the successful release of Windows 8, Microsoft started offering existing Windows 7 users upgrades to Windows 8 at a minimal cost.
Unlike the challenging process of upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7, upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8 is comparatively easy, and requires no additional and complicated steps to be taken to get the task done.
Considering the above positive points, upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8 is highly preferred over installing the latter as a fresh copy because of some major benefits which are:
- The upgrade process allows administrators to keep Windows settings, users’ personal data, and installed apps from Windows 7.
- The upgrade process allows administrators to remove everything except users’ personal data.
- The upgrade process allows administrators to remove everything from the computer.
The process of upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8 does not require the computer to be restarted using installation DVD of Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 installation media can be rather inserted in the DVD drive when Windows 7 is running, and the upgrade process can be initiated right from the displayed autoplay box.
Note: Using the method given in this section, Windows 7 32-bit can be upgraded to Windows 8 32-bit only. In case Windows 8 64-bit edition is required to be installed, its fresh installation must be done after removing the existing Windows 7 32-bit edition of the OS from the computer.
How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8
In order to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below must be followed using administrator account:
- Log on to Windows 7 computer with the administrator account.
- Make sure that the computer is connected to an active Internet connection.
- On the desktop screen, click Start orb.
- From the displayed menu, click All Programs.
- From the displayed items, click Windows Update.
- On the opened window, let Windows check for the available updates.
- Once checked, click Install now to make Windows 7 to install the updates.
- Once updated, insert Windows 8 bootable installation DVD into the optical media drive.
- On the displayed AutoPlay box, click Run setup.exe.
- On User Account Control box, click Yes to grant the administrator approval to start the upgrading Windows 7 process with the elevated privileges.
- On the Windows Setup box, click Install now and follow on-screen instructions thereafter to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8.