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Win7 Ultimate to Win8 Pro option to "Keep Nothing" only

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    Win7 Ult 64bit (128gb SSD, 500gb HD)

    Win7 Ultimate to Win8 Pro option to "Keep Nothing" only

    I had an extensive search and can’t find a solution to my specific problem…here’s my story:

    I have Windows 7 Ultimate, with the OS installed on C: (128Gb Crucial M4 SSD) and all my user data on D: (500Gb hard disk). The laptop is Dell Xps17 with i7 cpu, 8Gb ram.

    I have availed myself of the £15 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, and downloaded the iso (as copied this to DVD).

    I have run the Upgrade Assistant – and it advises me that most of the applications are fine with the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.

    I NEED to keep all my installed applications so an UPGRADE is my only realistic option. I have far too many programs and configurations, which would take me many days to rebuild (personal cloud, wifi cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Outlook, Office, etc….)

    However, on initiating the UPGRADE is only allows the option to “KEEP NOTHING”…if I then proceed to the next step it requires me to rename C:\Users (but this can’t be changed as it’s in use).

    Thus, can anyone help me through this situation?



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  2. #2

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Windows 8 Upgrade Offer | Dell


    Quote Originally Posted by Dell
    Should I back up my files and programs before installing my upgrade?
    •Yes. When upgrading your system, you should make backup copies of all files currently on your hard drive before installing Windows 8.

    Can I change the version/language of the Dell Windows® Upgrade kit?
    •All customers purchasing the Windows upgrade offer will receive Windows 8 Pro. The language you receive will be the same as the language you purchased with your Windows® 7 PC.

    Dell - Windows 8 Center

    Windows 8 Upgrade Checklist | Dell
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Win7 Ult 64bit (128gb SSD, 500gb HD)

    Dear Theog,

    Thank you...but I really don't think this is a Dell specific problem. The links do contain some good tips.

    Thank you

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Win7 Ultimate to Win8 Pro option to "Keep Nothing" only
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