Solved

Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 - Keeping all files and programs

Posted on 2014-12-02
8
845 Views
Last Modified: 2014-12-03
Hello,
As the title says; I want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 but I want to keep everything in place. All personal files and all programs.

Is there any way I can take a system image of the windows 7 and import that on a windows 8.1 machine?
I read something about going from 7 to 8.1 wasnt an easy task. But can I go from Win7 -> Win8 -> Win8.1 and the end result would be a windows 8.1 with all programs and files from the original windows 7 machine. (Just to clarify, im talking about the _same_ machine, just upgrading)

I know the windows 8 installer got some restore options, but as far as I can understand thats just about keeping personal files, not programs and everything thats stored in those programs.

It boils down too this: I want to upgrade from Windows 7 too windows 8.1, and basically keep the machine in the same state; just upgraded.
Any information or advice would be highly appreciated.
Best Regards.
0
Comment
Question by:Anders Thoresen
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
8 Comments
 
LVL 55

Assisted Solution

by:McKnife
McKnife earned 500 total points
ID: 40476998
"But can I go from Win7 -> Win8 -> Win8.1 and the end result would be a windows 8.1 with all programs and files from the original windows 7 machine" - exactly. I did that with most computers of our domain - no problem at all, files, settings and applications were kept.
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:Colin McDonald
ID: 40477024
Hi Anders,

You will need to go from Win7 -> Win8 -> Win8.1

In place upgrade from Win7 to Win8.1 only keeps files, you would need to reinstall all your applications and reconfigure all of your settings
0
 

Author Comment

by:Anders Thoresen
ID: 40477029
"But can I go from Win7 -> Win8 -> Win8.1 and the end result would be a windows 8.1 with all programs and files from the original windows 7 machine" - exactly. I did that with most computers of our domain - no problem at all, files, settings and applications were kept.

How did you go about to achieve this? Can I use some backup program or similiar? Or is this all baked into the installer?

I've worked with computers and system for a little while but never done this kind of thing. With all the automation we got in my firm we've gotten lazy when it comes to reinstalling. Normally just push things out using ConfigMgr or similar.
0
Creating Instructional Tutorials  

For Any Use & On Any Platform

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees/users adopt software o& achieve even the most complex tasks instantly. Boost knowledge retention, software adoption & employee engagement with easy solution.

 
LVL 55

Accepted Solution

by:
McKnife earned 500 total points
ID: 40477047
"How did you go about to achieve this" - use a share that holds the extracted contents of the Windows 8 ISO file. Start Setup via Network. The upgrade will be performed after a compatibility check.
From 8 to 8.1, you can do it quite similar, but even scripted:
\\server\share\setup.exe /auto:upgrade

Open in new window

is the "magic line".
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:Rob G
ID: 40477132
Yikes.. Why? I mean did you upgrade all the PC's to support touch screens.. Or update all the end users to support half a brain?
0
 
LVL 55

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 40477136
The second one.
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:Rob G
ID: 40477139
McKnife! Awesome!
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 40478251
Remember that the upgrade only works if you upgrade the same bit-level of the OS. For example, if you have Windows 7 in 32 bit, you can only upgrade to a 32 bit version of Windows 8.x, and not to a 64 bit version (and vice versa).

Also, some old software which still might work on Windows 7, might no longer with Windows 8.x, so be prepared for some things not working (the upgrade check mentioned above should find most of those programs).

Why are you upgrading at all? I haven't found any reason for Windows 8.x. Windows 7 is just as fast and reliable, and I have found zero improvements at all, on the contrary. If I were you I'd wait for Windows 10 to come out, The Technical Preview release that is out now is an improvement over Windows 8.x.

Also, I would rather not upgrade anyway, but do a clean install. That of course does mean you have to install software you need, but it also is a chance to get rid of obsolete stuff you no longer need, and to get rid of a lot of trash that has accumulated over time. A clean install should run faster and more reliably than an in-place upgrade.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

I'm a big fan of Windows' offline folder caching and have used it on my laptops for over a decade.  One thing I don't like about it, however, is how difficult Microsoft has made it for the cache to be moved out of the Windows folder.  Here's how to …
While working, an annoying popup showing below will come and we cannot cancel or close it form the screen. The error message will come again and again.
This Micro Tutorial will show you how to maximize your wireless card to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230 wireless card on Windows 8 operating system.
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
Suggested Courses

617 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question