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The question which everyone has been asking is ‘Can I upgrade my current Windows OS to Windows 8?’. Is upgrade supported by Windows 8? What things I will be able to preserve?

The answer is yes. You can upgrade from all previous OS (Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7) to Windows 8 but, you PC should be compatible. There are certain conditions in which almost everything can be preserved. Details later below.

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 then, Windows 8 is compatible with your PC but, if you are running Windows XP then, make sure your PC is compatible with Windows 8 by seeing the requirements for Windows 8 below:

Hardware Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • Minimum 1GB RAM (32-bit) or 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB free hard-disk space (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Minimum 1024 x 768 pixels of screen resolution for running Windows 8 apps
  • 1366 x 768 pixels or more to take advantage of snap feature

Optional requirements:

  • Active internet connection for setting up your Microsoft account and to access Store

Get your copy of Windows 8

If you already have your copy of Windows 8 then then proceed to next step otherwise, you may need to buy Windows 8.

Note: Windows 7 users who bought a Windows 7 PC after June 2012 can get Windows 8 upgrade for $14.99. More details can be found here.

Upgrade details:

Before starting the upgrade you must know what things you will be able to keep during the upgrade process.

  • Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium users: They would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 while keeping their files, settings and applications.
  • Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate users: They would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro while keeping their files, settings and applications.
  • Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise users in businesses: They would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise while keeping their files, setting and applications.
  • Vista users without SP1: They would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 while keeping files only.
  • Vista users with SP1 installed: They would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 while keeping their files and settings.
  • XP SP3 or above users: They would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 while keeping their files only.

More details for upgrading process can be found here.

Upgrading:

Now, when you think you are ready to upgrade Windows 8 just follow the instructions found here (Vista and Windows 7 XP upgrade process is also same) and you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 easily.

Downgrading:

Don’t like the Windows 8? You can downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8 by following the instructions found here.

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