XP to Windows 8 upgrade routes have been detailed, according to ZDNet contacts. Upgrade routes are generally pretty flexible, but only personal files will stay for Vista upgrades.
Want to know what versions of Windows 8 you can upgrade to? Check out the information
With Windows 8 expected to launch around October – and people such as Tom Warren, The Verge’s Microsoft expert, have verified that – what versions of the operating system we can upgrade to will become increasingly important. That information has been leaked to ZDNet, and pretty much anyone can upgrade.
Upgrading to the entry-level version of Windows 8 – called Windows 8 – can be done from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium. Settings, files and apps will be maintained.
Windows Pro offers similar flexibility: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate users will retains their settings, files and apps.
Windows 8 Enterprise is where upgrade routes become more limited, with Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise. Upgrades maintain settings, files and apps. Enterprise is apparently only available to software licensees and Assurance Contracts only, though, so the majority of consumers don’t need to worry about being left out.
Even Windows Vista users are being supported, without Service Pack 1 installed. Personal files will be maintained but users with SP1 installed will maintain personal data and system settings. Windows Vista users can upgrade to Windows 8.
XP Supported, But Expect Limited Data Saved
Windows XP is of course supported – support is being dropped in 2014 – with SP3 or higher installed but only personal data will be maintained. That’s just the data.
There are some limitations, however: you cannot upgrade from 32- to 64-bit systems and cross-language installations won’t keep personal files, systems or apps. I guess Microsoft didn’t include a built-in translator, though that would require a massive amount of work and the colloquialisms may not even be recognised. It’s basically impossible.
Of course the Windows 8 Upgrade offer is running, which allows people who buy a Windows 7 PC to get Windows 8 for just $15. It’s a no brainer if you’re in that market. The offer ends January 3, 2013.
Microsoft hasn’t announced a Windows 8 release date.