How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Release Preview


If you are currently running Windows and like to upgrade to Windows 8 Release Preview, read the options. You can upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Release Preview, but I recommend you run Windows 8 side by side with Windows 7 instead of upgrading.

If you like to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 8, you have a couple of options:

1. Install Windows 8 side by side with Windows 7

2. Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8

In this article, I will discuss how to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 8.

(Windows 8 Release Preview appears to be very stable, but it is still a pre release software. Microsoft recommends you run Windows 8 Release Preview side by side with your current operating system instead of upgrading it to Windows 8 Release Preview.)

How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Release preview (Windows 8 RP)


Follow the steps to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Release Preview:

1. Login to your Windows 7 computer. Back upall of your personal files and important data.

2. Download Windows 8 Release Preview ISO image or the setup program to install Windows 8 RP.

3. If you are using the Windows 8 RP ISO image, mount the ISO image as a disk on your computer.

4. Start the Windows 8 RP setup program from your installation media.

5. If you are prompted to Go Online and download latest files, select that option and proceed. Windows will automatically download and use the latest installation files.

6. Enter the product key for Windows 8 in the next step.

7. Accept the license terms and proceed.

8. In the next step, you will be prompted to choose on of the following options:

- Keep Windows settings, personal files and apps
- Keep personal files only
- Nothing

Upgrade to Windows 8

From this point, you can choose the default options and complete Windows 8 installation.

Will the programs continue to work after upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8?


If you choose the first option (Keep Windows settings, personal files and apps), all of your current programs will continue to work (except in case of some incompatible programs).


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