[Windows 8 Upgrade Paths] How to Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, 7 to Windows 8?

UPDATE: Scroll down to read the official Windows 8 upgrade chart provided by Microsoft.

We all are very well aware of Microsoft's latest OS Windows 8 which has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and is available for purchase and download.

Recently Microsoft announced SKU details of Windows 8. Windows 8 will be available in 3 editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise. More details about these editions can be found at following link:

Microsoft Announces Windows 8 SKUs

Now people are talking about the upgrade paths of Windows 8. Will they be able to upgrade from previous Windows versions specially from Windows XP and Windows Vista? If yes, will they be able to keep their installed programs, documents and settings?

No need to worry! Now we can answer all these questions. Today we are going to share some important details of Windows 8 upgrade plans for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. These details were provided by Microsoft to a few selected partners.

Here are the upgrade paths for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7:

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Windows 8 Upgrade Path for Windows 7:

Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium users will be able to upgrade to both Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro editions. They'll be able to keep their installed programs, document files and personalized settings.

Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate edition users will not be able to upgrade to Windows 8 basic edition. They'll be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro edition. They'll also be able to keep their installed programs, document files and personalized settings.

Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise edition users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Again they'll also be able to keep their installed programs, document files and personalized settings.

Windows 8 Upgrade Path for Windows Vista:

Windows Vista users will also be able to upgrade to Windows 8. But they will not be able to keep their installed programs.

If you have Windows Vista without SP1, you'll only be able to keep your document files after upgrading to Windows 8.

Windows Vista with SP1 users will be able to keep their document files as well as their personalized system settings.

Windows 8 Upgrade Path for Windows XP:

Now let's talk about Windows XP. Good news for XP users. Windows XP users will also be able to upgrade to Windows 8 but they'll only be able to keep their document files after upgrading to Windows 8 similar to Windows Vista without SP1 users.

Also you'll need to have SP3 installed in Windows XP to be able to upgrade to Windows 8.

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Cross-architecture upgrade will not be allowed i.e. if you are using a 32-bit edition of previous Windows version, you'll not be able to upgrade to a 64-bit edition of Windows 8. You'll only be able to upgrade to a 32-bit edition of Windows 8 and vice versa.

Also check out following exclusive chart provided by Microsoft which shows the settings, personal files and programs that you can keep during upgrade to Windows 8:

Installation paths to Windows 8 Keep settings, files, and apps Keep settings and files Keep files only Keep nothing
Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later No No Yes Yes
Windows Vista No No Yes Yes
Windows Vista with SP1 No Yes Yes Yes
Windows Vista SP1 or later (32-bit to 64-bit) No No No No
Cross-language Windows Vista SP1 or later No No Yes Yes
Windows 7 Yes No Yes Yes
Windows 7 (32-bit to 64-bit) No No No No
Cross-language Windows 7 No No Yes Yes
Windows 8 Yes No Yes Yes
Windows 8 (32-bit to 64-bit) No No No No
Cross-language Windows 8 No No Yes Yes

If you want to download or order Windows 8 DVD or if you want to upgrade your existing PC to Windows 8, check out following articles:

How to Download or Order Windows 8 RTM Setup DVD Online?

Is Your PC Ready for Windows 8? Check Yourself Using Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

So which Windows version are you using atm? Will you upgrade to Windows 8 and which edition of Windows 8 would you like to upgrade to? Feel free to share your views about this upgrade path...





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