Sunday, November 25, 2012

Windows 8 Upgrade (Advanced User)

This is the follow up post of Windows 8 Upgrade.

I always prefer to have fresh install a.k.a clean install so that I don't bring rubbish over to the new OS. If you prefer this option, you can use the thumb drive installer (that you created from upgrade assistant) to upgrade. Make sure you have all your program installers for re-installation later and make sure your BIOS is set to boot from USB drive...


You will be greeted to select language. Oddly that the downloaded boot image only allows me to select English (United Kingdom) as my language. This is possibly due to the system locale setting in Windows 7. Anyway, it can be changed later.

Click Install Now. No worries, it will not install immediately but few more screens to click...


Enter your product key. You should have it in your email...


Refer here, if the in-place upgrade does not allow you to keep your settings (you get "Don't keep anything" in the upgrade assistant), you might want to try this upgrade path...


I pick Custom Install as I want  a clean install...


This option allows me to delete and recreate the existing system partition (drive C), assuring a true clean install without any inheritance. Of course you gotta make sure you have nothing important left in the partition, or at least a copy of backup in other location.

After this, the rest of the story is similar to the in-place upgrade here. The machine will reboot few times and you will be greeted to the "Personalize" screen before the upgrade/install concludes.

Enjoy your Windows 8!

p/s: check out my other Windows 8 related posts.