windows 7 upgrade to windows 8

Will the windows easy transfer tool transfer my programs to the new computer or will it just transfer data files and settings?  Any advice on how to do this would be appreciated.
thanks,
capreol
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Just data and some settings. Install Windows 8.1 fresh including newest drivers (few Windows 7 drivers will work correctly in Windows 8.1), install new apps (Office 2013 on subscription, Adobe DC and so on) and then recover your data.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
windows easy transfer tool transfer my programs WET never transferred programs just the contents of your user folder and system settings.
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nobusCommented:
i never use WET; you can as well do it manually
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rindiCommented:
Windows easy transfer doesn't transfer any settings to windows 8.x, only data files, so you might as well copy the files manually to the new OS. The tool has been deprecated with Windows 8.x and really is of no use there. M$ has introduced the m$ account there and that way Windows 8.x devices are supposed to syncronize their settings and data automatically. But that only works between Windows 8.x and probably 10 OS's.

But when you move User Profiles between Windows 7 PC's, then it works very well and I always use it for that.
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McKnifeCommented:
The question title is about upgrading win7 to 8. This will work without data loss, without the loss of programs or settings - it's called an inplace-upgrade. So unless you would like to go from 7 to 8.1 directly (you wrote 8, not 8.1), you will not even need the "windows easy transfer tool".
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
This will work without data loss, without the loss of programs or settings - it's called an inplace-upgrade

Agree, however, my experience is that such upgrades have a high risk of failure - 50% or more in my experience. Those are not good odds, so I suggest a fresh install of Windows 8.1
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McKnifeCommented:
Ok John... you seem to have had bad experience with upgrades and seem to think it is normal. No, we did upgrades of all kinds of windows (NT4->2k->xp->vista->7->8->8.1->win10preview) many times, let's say at least 500. Problems? Less than 1%.

How many did you do?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In a dozen updates (a while back) half failed and no longer make any attempt to upgrade operating systems. I always start again, and the results are excellent. A fresh install normally lasts me 4 or 5 years until I get the next computer.
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McKnifeCommented:
I guess you will never change your attitude on upgrades because of those few machines. You should retry, you will surely get good results.
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jcimarronCommented:
capreol --
I guess you know that Win 10 will be available--FREE--starting on July 29.  
http://www.zdnet.com/article/get-windows-10-microsofts-hidden-roadmap-for-the-biggest-software-upgrade-in-history/

There seems little purpose in updating to Win 8 now.
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capreolAuthor Commented:
I am a little confused about this term..."an in place upgrade".  My intent in submitting this question is that I have Windows 7 running on a computer that is at least 6 years old and I will be purchasing a brand new computer.  Presumably, the new computer will have Windows 8.1 preinstalled or, if I do it after July 29th, 2015, it will have Windows 10 preinstalled.  My sense is that I should forget about my expensive programs on the Windows 7 computer and just bite the bullet and repurchase those programs for the new computer.  As well, I guess manually transferring the data is the way to go.  Sorry to be a pain in the but this will be an important question this summer and the next couple of years for many computer users.
thanks,
capreol
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What you are doing is what I did already. I have an elderly Windows 7 computer with Office 2010 running on it.

What I did what purchase a Windows 8 computer, get Office 2013 on subscription, set it up, copy over my data (easy to do) and install some miscellaneous programs. This will work for you as well.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you should still have the installation media and the product keys for these pre-purchased software.  Yes it does take time to install and configure and license the software but it also gives you a chance to make a decision on what software you want to keep and what to discard.. It is like moving homes.. From my military days of frequent moves.. anything that wasn't unpacked from the previous move was discarded.
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McKnifeCommented:
When it's a new machine you should wait for 10, yes. About repurchasing: most programs that work on 7 will work on 10. Only programs with virtual device drivers like encryption software or anti virus might need to be updated. You should try to install what you have after consulting compatibility center, first. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/CompatCenter/Home ->when win10 is out, they'll pretty soon update the contents for win10.
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rindiCommented:
You don't have to buy all your software. Probably some of it isn't needed, and for the rest you probably still have the installation media and license info. Of that software that you need on the new PC, you can install it again on the new PC if it isn't an OEM software and if you first uninstall it on the original PC. If you live in the EU, you can probably even reinstall the OEM software one the new PC. Just make sure the software runs on the new OS. Sometimes you need to upgrade...

Depending on what software you have used until now, it is possible that you can replace it with a free software that can do the same thing.
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capreolAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help.  Much appreciated.
capreol
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@capreol  - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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