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Clean Install and Keep Files

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    Clean Install and Keep Files


    Hi,

    I just wanted to ask if it is possible to upgrade my Windows 7 with a clean installation of Windows 8 but yet keep every file/folder which was present on my Windows 7. If I can, which of the three options should I pick from the Windows 8 upgrade assistant?

    Thank you

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    but yet keep every file/folder which was present on my Windows 7
    NO, as you will need to format the HD drive for a clean install.
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  3. #3


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello k4abbdin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but no. A clean install is just that, starting from fresh.

    Instead you would want to upgrade using the Windows setting, personal file, and apps option.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

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    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #4


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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    but yet keep every file/folder which was present on my Windows 7
    NO, as you will need to format the HD drive for a clean install.
    Thanks for the reply,

    Is it possible to do a fresh install on top of windows 7 and have the data transfered over to the windows.old folder?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello k4abbdin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but no. A clean install is just that, starting from fresh.

    Instead you would want to upgrade using the Windows setting, personal file, and apps option.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

    Click image for larger version

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Ahh Right, i see, would the install of windows come preinstalled with apps from windows 7 or would everything be in an windows.old folder?
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