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Windows 8 Pro install via media queries

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro install via media queries


    I just purchased Windows 8 Pro and I am downloading the files via the Upgrade assistant. After downloading, I wish to install Windows 8 without deleting my personal files and applications of Windows 7.

    Here are some questions related to it which I have:

    1. If I create a bootable pendrive and install Windows 8, will I still be able to restore all my applications and files?
    2. After creating a bootable pendrive, how can I make a bootable DVD out of it?

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Abhishek Sharma

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  2. #2


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    1. If you install by booting the media , that is not the same as an upgrade install. You should get the option to save your existing partition content into a folder called Windows.old.

    Your stuff will be in there - but you will need to reinstall programs ( except those that run portably)

    2. The easiest thing is to say yes to making an .iso.

    Then you can burn that to dvd and /or put it on a flash drive.

    Useful tool for that is Poweriso . The free (unregistered ) version will be fine

    Just d/l from here and you will get the unregistered version PowerISO - Create, Burn, Mount, Edit, Compress, Encrypt, Split, Extract ISO file, ISO/BIN converter, Virtual Drive
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro (32 bit)


    So do you mean to say that if I create a bootable pendrive I will lose all my third party applications?
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    No, not by creating the pendrive.

    Installing by booting the pendrive does not let you do an "upgrade" type of installtion.

    ( Not unless they have added that in as a new option and I haven't noticed.)

    If you wan to do an upgrade install - run setup.exe from withion your existing windows.

    If I were you, I would make an image of your existing installation first - in case you wan to go back to it.

    Plenty of free progs will do that for you.

    Macrium free is popular ( free version does not support gpt ). Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

    Paragon do a free one as well. ( does support gpt ) Free Hard Drive Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Full Features & System Requirements
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    Where is setup.exe?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro (32 bit)


    Did you mean the Upgrade Assistant itself? I can't figure out what you meant by setup.exe!
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1 Pro (32 bit)


    Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abhishek View Post
    Did you mean the Upgrade Assistant itself? I can't figure out what you meant by setup.exe!
    Files on the DVD or Pendrive.
    Click image for larger version
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