Windows 8 release review to Windows 8 OEM


  • Hi all,

    I have Windows 8 64-bit release preview installed on my laptop. Now I purchased Windows 8 Pro 64-bit OEM. I have a question if there is a way to install Windows 8 OEM and transfer all installed applications and settings from the previous Windows 8 release preview installation.

    Thank you for your answer

    T. B.

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 6:05 AM


  • Sorry, no you can't keep installed programs. You can backup your personal files to external storage though.


    OEM requires a custom install so programs must be reinstalled.

    Also, it is not supported to do an in place upgrade from prerelease versions to the final RTM version of Windows 8 - a custom install is required.


    • Marked as answer by teoburger Friday, November 02, 2012 9:12 AM
    Thursday, November 01, 2012 4:46 PM