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Upgrade 7 to 8 - What should I lookout for

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    Win 8 64 Pro

    Upgrade 7 to 8 - What should I lookout for


    I will be upgrading my Win 7 64 Pro but would just like to find out what I should look out for and what I can expect when doing this. Right now I don't think my Win 7 installation is very healthy as it can take up to 25 minutes before the boot up procedure is done and the PC can be used. There are also other funny issue that seem to crop up from time to time so I need to take all of this into account when I do the upgrade

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    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    What I am most worried about seeing that I have issue with my current install is what should I select here.

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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Just to be safe put your personal files & folders on a usb drive.
    Any serial numbers & such for programs you have added.
    Any exe files you might have stored for added programs.

    Have you clicked the "Help me decide" link at the bottom ?

    I would suggest saving only personal stuff.
    No settings.

    I did a refresh On my win 8 pro & lost some personal files, hence my suggestion to save all yours on usb stick.
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    Before you update, Run antivirus software to get rid of the malware apparently on your computer. Then do a backup of your important data. The advice about your programs is valid. As a matter of fact, Microsoft has a compatability program you can run to determine which of your programs will run and those that are incompatible. Good Luck!
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    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    I am doing a full backup of all my files onto an external drive. I cannot find any mailware or viruses on my PC at all and I am running the following

    Kaspersky as my main security software. I have run mailware bytes as well as SUPERAntiSpyware and even tried MS Security Essentials and they all come up clean.
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    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    You have received many good recommendations thus far; however, given that you have already identified that your Win 7 installation has some (unknown) issues, it might be best to save all important data, image and video files to an external device (as previously recommended) and then just "bite the bullet" and do a clean install. However, the downside to that is you will have to reinstall all of your programs but I think you'll be better off in the long run. IMHO, a little extra effort up front might payoff big time in the end. Good luck with any decision you make but I can tell you (from experience) that I only take the upgrade route, if and when it is required, and I immediately follow any upgrade with a clean install.
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    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    Yeah unfortunately I also feel that I need to do a clean install and just go that extra bit and install everything from scratch. Thanks for all the advice here really appreciated
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Glad we all could help you today! Good luck in whatever decision you make. Oh, BTW, please mark this thread as solved if you think your issue has been properly addressed. Thanks again.
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    Posts : 53
    Win 8 64 Pro


    Thanks I have done so
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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