How to switch to Windows 8: Would you like to install Windows 8 on your PC but you still don’t know if your computer supports it and if you can upgrade to the new operating system without losing data and applications? If you want, I can help you clarify your ideas.
With today’s guide, we will see how to move to Windows 8 from a previous edition of the OS by analyzing all the requirements necessary for the installation of the innovative Microsoft system. Are you ready to start?
Before we find out how to move to Windows 8 in detail, let’s see what editions and upgrade options are available for this product. Windows 8 is available in two versions: the standard one simply called Windows 8 and the more advanced one, called Windows 8 Pro , which has more features. Then there is a version of Windows optimized for ARM devices (tablets and hybrids) called Windows RT and is able to run only the new apps of the Windows Store.
Windows 8 (i.e. the basic version of the operating system) allows you to update from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium keeping both applications and system data and settings. Windows 8 Pro also extends this possibility to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.
As for Windows Vista and Windows XP , the situation is different. You can upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows Vista SP1 while keeping only your personal files and system settings, while upgrading from Windows XP SP3 you can keep only your personal files without applications or system settings.
As for hardware requirements , to correctly run Windows 8 your PC must have a CPU of at least 1GHz, at least 20GB of free space on hard disk and 2GB of RAM. The compatibility of the individual components can be tested by downloading the Microsoft update assistant which analyzes the characteristics of the computer and provides detailed information on their compatibility with Windows 8.
Once the perfect compatibility of your computer with it has been ascertained, you can switch to Windows 8 from Windows 7 or Vista by simply inserting the system installation DVD or USB stick into the PC and performing a restart.
When the computer starts up again, wait for the message to appear on the screen Press a key to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and press any key on the PC keyboard to start the Windows 8 installation process. If no written, set the DVD / USB drive as the primary drive for booting the computer in its BIOS. It’s a very simple procedure, you can find all the instructions you need in my guide on how to set up the BIOS .
At this point, select the language of the operating system (Italian) in the first screen of the Windows 8 setup and click first on the Next button and then on Install . Then type the product key of your copy of Windows in the appropriate text field and click Next again .
Then accept the conditions of use of the operating system, putting the check mark next to the item I accept the license conditions , and click Next . Then click on the Update button , select the partition or disk on which the version of Windows is installed to be updated and click Next to start the Windows 8 installation process.
If you cannot upgrade because you start from a version of Windows that does not allow direct upgrade to Windows 8, click on the Custom button and install the operating system by formatting the PC (or using a secondary partition) following the instructions in my guide on how to install Windows 8 .
Now you just have to make yourself comfortable and wait for the Windows update / installation procedure to be completed. Especially if you have decided to upgrade from a previous version of the system, it may take a while … but later you can enjoy your new OS ready for use. Good fun!