Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Determining the best migration path for you, part of Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
Once you've decided your migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8, its time to choose the right Migration path. There are different scenarios that we're going discuss now beginning with scenario number one. Which is to simply go out and buy a brand new computer, with Windows 8 already installed. This is of course the easiest way to migrate but it's also the most expensive option. Also your going to need to install all of the applications you're used to using in a Windows 7 environment on your new Windows 8 computer. This means digging up those CDs and DVDs and remembering product keys and serial numbers and so on. Then you'll also want to transfer all of your files that you've been working with to your Windows 8 computer.
There's something called Windows Easy Transfer to help you with that. And we will be exploring it in detail later on. Alright, onto scenario number 2, which is to install Windows 8 alongside Windows 7. Giving you an opportunity to try out Windows 8, while still having access to your Windows 7 environment. This means creating a brand new partition on your hard drive first. And once you have that new partition, install Windows 8 there. Again you'll need to install all of the applications you want to use and transfer all of your files from Windows 7 to the new Windows 8 partition. And again Windows Easy Transfer can help you with that. There's a third scenario which is probably the most popular scenario, and that is to simply upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
There's an upgrade version of Windows 8 available. It replaces Windows 7 with Windows 8. And it lets you keep your personal files, your applications and your Windows settings. So, you don't need to transfer any of that stuff. Just keep in mind you won't have Windows 7. You'll be in the new Windows 8 environment working with all of your personal files and programs and old Windows' settings. So there is another scenario, and that's scenario number four, which is to install Windows 8 over Windows 7.
Creates a clean installation replacing Windows 7 with Windows 8, but you'll have the full version of Windows 8. You'll need to run Easy Transfer in the Windows 7 environment first to actually store your files and settings. And then once you install Windows 8 over Windows 7, you'll then install your applications and run Easy Transfer in the Windows 8 environment again. But this time to restore your files and settings. So those are four scenarios to consider when migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
You'll need to choose the migration path that suits your needs best.
- Determining the best migration path
- Backing up your files
- Storing files with Easy Transfer
- Installing Windows on a new partition
- Restoring files and settings with Easy Transfer
- Connecting hardware devices