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what happens to all my windows 7 programs whne i upgrade

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    what happens to all my windows 7 programs whne i upgrade


    what happens to all my windows 7 programs when I upgrade from windows 7 pro to windows 8 pro?
    will I need to reinstall steam? and other programs?

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    You will have to re install all your programs.
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    Hello tootal2,

    Here's some more information in the blue note box at the top of the tutorial below to help.

    Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
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    According to the box in Bing's post, if you upgrade from Win7 to Win8, you should be able to retain your apps. Whether or not every app will still work in Win8 is a different issue.

    Problem is that MS see's 8.1 as a different OS from 8.0. So, if you try to upgrade from Win7 to Win8.1, you won't be able to keep any apps.
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    You should be able to keep everything if you upgrade from Win 7 to Win 8 then upgrade from Win 8 to Win 8.1.

    There is software out there than runs on Win 7 but not Win 8 but I personally have not encountered any.
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    The only software I encountered that worked in Win7 but not in Win8 was the older, XPDM Intel video drivers. MS disabled XPDM support in Win8, so those drivers don't work anymore -- but they were used in a LOT of Intel machines, especially laptops.
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    windows 7


    oops I have windows 7 home premium. will I still be able to upgrade to windows 8 pro without losing my programs?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    That's fine if you wanted to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, and still keep your programs.

    Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

    Afterwards, you could update to Windows 8.1, and still keep the programs.

    Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by tootal2 View Post
    oops I have windows 7 home premium. will I still be able to upgrade to windows 8 pro without losing my programs?
    If you are updating to 8.1 from 7, I believe you have to re-install all your programs. Only your personal files can be kept. From MS -
    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7 - Windows Help

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    and from - Update to Windows 8.1: FAQ - Windows Help

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    Last edited by mrgeek; 28 Feb 2015 at 14:09.
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    If you are updating to 8 or 8.1 from 7, I believe you have to re-install all your programs. Only your personal files can be kept. From MS -
    As has already been explained in the posts BEFORE yours:

    Upgrading from Win7 to Win8 -- get to keep apps.

    Upgrading from Win7 to Win8.1 -- do NOT get to keep apps.
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