- checked the system requirements.
- Windows 8 product key - copy it to a paper, you might need to enter it during the upgrade process.
- internet connection - you need to download 2GB files.
- thumb drive with minimum 2GB space - to create a backup installer. Data inside will be formatted during the disk creation process.
- minimum 20GB of free space on system drive (drive C)
- backup, backup, backup - backup your files off the PC. Or use Windows' system repair utility to create an image in case you need to revert.
As the installer does not give a clue where it stores the downloaded files, I recommend to select "install by creating media" option to create a backup copy of the installer. This will be the "emergency restore disk" that you usually get in CD / DVD format when purchase a new PC. Alternatively, browse to your hard drive and look for a folder named ESD...
Copy the content of this folder to the root of the thumb drive. You will get the similar emergency restore disk. Go to Folder Options in Control Panel to "show hidden files" if you can't locate the folder.
And finally the system is ready for an upgrade...
Don't be over excited. You need to be cautious if you have the same screen like above. "Don't keep anything" means fresh install. Your customizations and installed programs in Windows 7 will not be migrated to Windows 8. Click change selection to see what other options you have.
Sit back and relax. You will be asked to personalize your Windows 8 towards the end of the upgrade...
Yes, remember this! There are treasures in every corner of Windows 8 screen!
The installer installs the bundled apps such as Calendar, Mail etc including Desktop. The "programs" we used to in pre-Windows 8 era is now called "apps", and Desktop is one of the apps.
Windows 8 is up and running on my Acer 1810TZ!
p/s: check out my other Windows 8 related posts.