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Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8

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Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8

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:

  1. The upgrade process allows administrators to keep Windows settings, users’ personal data, and installed apps from Windows 7.
  2. The upgrade process allows administrators to remove everything except users’ personal data.
  3. 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:
    1. Log on to Windows 7 computer with the administrator account.
    2. Make sure that the computer is connected to an active Internet connection.
    3. On the desktop screen, click Start orb.
    4. From the displayed menu, click All Programs.
    5. From the displayed items, click Windows Update.
    6. On the opened window, let Windows check for the available updates.



    7. Once checked, click Install now to make Windows 7 to install the updates.



    8. Once updated, insert Windows 8 bootable installation DVD into the optical media drive.
    9. On the displayed AutoPlay box, click Run setup.exe.
    10. On User Account Control box, click Yes to grant the administrator approval to start the upgrading Windows 7 process with the elevated privileges.
    11. On the Windows Setup box, click Install now and follow on-screen instructions thereafter to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8.



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