Friday, December 28, 2012 1:22 PM
You all seem to be the experts on this and provide lots of info on the W/8 upgrade, but i have not seen everything i think i need to know in this case.
I am running the Windows 8 64bit evaluation copy (C drive), with updates and new drivers installed, on a 64bit PC which has XP 32 bit installed on the D drive. I bought the W/8 Pro 64 bit upgrade DVDs and would like to be able to upgrade from the evaluation copy on the same drive. If that is not possible (as it is officially said) or legal, I still want to install the W/8 Pro upgrade on the C drive, which is a separate drive than the D where XP is (as it is a smaller partition than i would like).
I understand i will not longer be able to use XP, even legally, and do not intend to do so, and that XP will be in a Windows.old folder (i also have a back up folder myself), but the reason i ask is because i would like to avoid installing all the W/8 updates, driver and program installs that i have under the W/8 evaluation copy after the new installation.
I presume you cannot just back up parts of the registry and programs and user folder and overwrite them after the installation, but if the user folder is the same name can i at least overwrite or merge all that? I have used Easy Transfer (under File Recovery) to back my own user folder and public one to 3rd drive.
Thanks for any help and may God bless.
Friday, December 28, 2012 10:26 PM
1. Windows 9 is future version, unless MS change the name.
2. This is not good idea and in reality no path for your speculation. You should upgrade from legal (normal) copy of operating system. Here is upgrade matrix:
Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:04 AMThanks. I hit the 9 key instead the 8, though the rest expressed my desire correctly, and in which i stated i was not trying to do anything illegal. And thanks for the page and chart, but my question was, if legal, whether you can go from the evaluation copy to the purchased version without losing updates, etc, despite saying it could not done. Which it seems to me, should not be difficult or illegal. In any case, the easy transfer and the free "Double Driver' app should save a lot of work.
Monday, December 31, 2012 6:46 AMModerator
I think you need perform a clean install. From the description of FAQ:
If you wish to continue to use Windows 8 Enterprise after the evaluation period, you will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 8
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation FAQ
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- Marked As Answer by Alex ZhaozxMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Wednesday, January 09, 2013 1:53 AM