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Can Windows 7 be upgraded to Win 8 and then Win 8.1 without losing settings

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I have a pc with Win 7 and after using Win 8 on my laptop I'm considering upgrading but don't want to lose and thing currently installed.  I have the full license to upgrade from DVD.

Is it safe to do an in place upgrade?
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Question by:J.R. Sitman
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Yes it is possible. However be aware that any errors or problems in your Windows 7 machine will carry over and possibly get worse in Windows 8. Also you need to upgrade drivers in all likelihood.

So while it should work, be certain to back up first and be prepared to reinstall Windows 8 fresh if problems occur.
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I should say, because I did not clearly state, that I always recommend a fresh install when upgrading operating systems. It always works better.
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by:McKnife
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At work, I upgraded a dozen machines from vista to 8.1 even (3 steps!). No problems whatsoever. Please note that if you use language packs, the upgrade versions need to be of the same language as the original installation, otherwise keeping applications and settings will not be offered.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Thanks.  I do agree with fresh install but really don't want to do that. I have to weigh is it really worth it just to have move able tiles on the screen?
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> I have to weigh is it really worth it just to have move able tiles on the screen?
Is that your description of 8? 8 is good. All the guys that adopted it at work are users of win7 at home but most of them like it as much or even better than 7.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Didn't mean to offend.  I've only used it a small amount and in my opinion (which is limited at this point) it's ok, but not great.  Again I state I haven't used it that much.  I can read some reviews of find a comparison chart.  Anyone got a comparison or new feature chart, list?
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by:McKnife
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No offense taken.
Charts are at Microsoft, where else  ;)
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by:jcimarron
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jrsitman--
Windows 9 should be available in the next 7 to 15 months.
http://bgr.com/tag/windows-9/.
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I find that Windows 8.1 Pro is faster overall than Windows 7 and I use Windows 8.1 in Desktop mode only. I start in Desktop and stay in Desktop and it works really well that way.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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doing a quick search there is a lot more negative than positive.
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by:McKnife
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Try it. Reading is inhaling marketing and counter-marketing.
I wrote some lines on it here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_28379922.html#a39904167
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Yes. Upgraded two PCs from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and then to Windows 8.1.

No problems (except reinstalling a couple of drivers via Windows Update).

Happy with the stability and performance.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Can you go directly from 7 to 8.1
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by:aadih
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Yes.

"Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7" at:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-from-windows-7-tutorial >
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by:McKnife
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But that would have you lose your applications.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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thank you
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Thanks to all for the help.
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@jrsitman - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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