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Solved Is there such a thing as an "In Place Upgrade" from W7 to W8.1?


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#21
Brink,

I followed your suggestion and it worked.
Thank you again!
Windows 8 stopped doing whatever it was doing: "Restarting", and I was back at the Desktop.
Because I have the original Windows 7 hard drive that I cloned from I chose to cleanup the new drive.
I ran Cleanup and deleted whatever was offered by both screens to include the old Windows 7 files.
I then ran a Defrag / Organize and am now trying to find a thread to direct me to the 'free' Windows 8.1 Upgrade.
There are many threads that I have read but they are way too involved for my level of understanding.
At the Novice Level, I need a Thread that tells me to click on a Site which immediately begins the download.
I have also tried searching with Google for topics as such but again, way too much information to get lost in.
If you can direct me to an easy Download Site, I would be very grateful.
 

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#22
I am trying to become familiar with the W8 desktop.
So far, mine appears to be spread over a very wide screen.
I need to scroll to the right a full screen length to read the entire Desktop.
The old W7 Start menu was great and a single screen Desktop easy to use.
I will keep you posted on my progress.
 

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#23
Brink,
I am entering this Post from my Windows-8.1 PC!
Thank you for your help / encouragement.
Now I need to 'tweak" 8.1 to my preferences.
Best regards,
Mike Lynch
 

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#24
Good to see one more active Windows 8x user. I was worried when Brink was initially starting to point you in that Windows 10 direction. I'm glad you perservered and stayed with Windows 8.1
After you install "Classic Shell", you basically have a Windows 7-like experience.
 

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#26
Brink,
I am entering this Post from my Windows-8.1 PC!
Thank you for your help / encouragement.
Now I need to 'tweak" 8.1 to my preferences.
Best regards,
Mike Lynch
Great news Miike. :party:
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP xw8600 Workstation
    CPU
    Two Intel Xeon Core2 Quad 3.2 GHz Processors
    Motherboard
    Proprietary
    Memory
    16 GB DDR2 800 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia Quadro FX 3800 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21" 4x3 Flat Screen
    Screen Resolution
    1600x1200
    Hard Drives
    Two Seagate Cheetah 300 GB SAS Disks
    PSU
    Proprietary
    Case
    HP xw8600 Workstation Case
    Cooling
    Two CPU Fans and a Larger Case Fan
    Keyboard
    PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft USB Optical Mouse
    Internet Speed
    7 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox Quantum ESR 68.0.1
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Two LSI 3000 SAS Adapters
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#29
My two cents:
1) If you have a problem with automatic update, install manually KB3138615 from Microsoft (x86 or x64 version for your system).
2) Restore the Windows 7 - style boot menu (called by F8 button at start). Run command prompt as Administrator, then input:
Code:
BCDEdit /SET "{Current}" BootMenuPolicy Legacy
 

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