Windows 8 has been launched globally by Microsoft, its is on of the most nicely designed windows operating system version for windows released till now, but what does it mean for a average windows 7, vista or XP user that is something we are going to answer in this article, and also let you know how to upgrade your old windows running on your computer to windows 8 and will also let you know how much will it cost if you plan for an upgrade specially if use windows.
How Windows 8 Different From Windows 7?
Windows 8 comes with the lot of new features and one big new feature is windows 8 start metro UI which gives you the feel of a tablet or smart phone OS, but windows 8 on the other hand can do everything windows 7 can do but on the top it has the new UI which is designed with easy approach so that windows users can now touch their pc to launch apps and do things like checking social networks, reading news, play games all without any need to use the keyboard by using new windows 8 start screen UI.
Can I Upgrade To Windows 8 on Old or New Windows PC Running Windows 7, Vista or XP?
Firstly before you think of upgrading old windows OS version running on your computer, you should know about the minimum hardware configuration needed to run windows 8, you should make sure that your computer should have higher or equal hardware config mentioned below.
Minimum Computer Hardware Needed To Run Windows 8
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
For Running Windows 8 Start Screen Metro Apps
The new Windows 8 Start Screen Metro style applications have a minimum of 1024×768 screen resolution, and 1366×768 for the snap feature. If you attempt to launch a Metro style app with less than this resolution (e.g. 800×600, 1024×600) you will receive an error message, but don’t worry about this as we have already written a guide on how to force run windows 8 metro apps on low resolution
What Data Get Transferred When You Upgrade To Windows 8
Will I loose My Data When I Upgrade My Computer Windows to windows 8 ? No – See the points below to find what gets transferred and what not.
Upgrade to Windows 8 From Windows 7: Windows settings, personal files documents, photos and music etc
Upgrade to Windows 8 From Windows Vista: Windows settings and User Personal files like documents, photos and music etc
Upgrade to Windows 8 From Windows XP: Only personal files documents, photos and music etc
Please note that when you upgrade to windows 8 only the partition where older version of windows will be affected no data will be deleted or affected on other partitions on your hard drive where you have other data.
Windows 8 Upgrade Path
Different Versions Of Windows 8
Windows 8 is the basic edition of Windows for the x86 and x86-64 architectures. This edition contains features aimed at the home market segment and provides all of the basic new Windows 8 features including the Start screen with semantic zoom, live tiles, Windows Store, Internet Explorer 10, connected standby, Microsoft account integration, the Windows desktop and more.
Windows 8 Pro succeeds Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate and is targeted towards enthusiasts and business users; it includes all the features of Windows 8. Additional features include operating as a Remote Desktop server, the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain, Encrypting File System, Hyper-V, and Virtual Hard Disk Booting, Group Policy as well as BitLocker and BitLocker To Go. Windows Media Center functionality will be available only for Windows 8 Pro as a free "add-on.
Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 Enterprise provides all the features in Windows 8 Pro (except the ability to install the Windows Media Center add-on), with additional features to assist with IT organization.
Windows RT – It is the tablet version of windows 8, it will only be available pre-installed on ARM-based devices such as tablet PCs, and was named for the Windows Runtime development platform that Microsoft is introducing in Windows 8.
Things To Note About Windows RT: Even when you see desktop on Windows RT, you can’t install desktop applications as it will only install ARM-specific versions of Office apps – but just Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, so if you want Outlook you need a PC running Windows 8 or lower with an Intel or AMD processor. Windows RT doesn’t include Media Center, or Windows Media Player; it will have updated version of the Music and Video apps
Ways To Upgrade To Windows 8 on Old or New Windows PC Running Windows 7, Vista or XP?
As far as the upgrade is concerned there are different ways to do it, depending whether you want to do it on old or new windows 7 PC or Laptop and upgrade cost also depend on which version of windows 8 you want to upgrade to.
Upgrade To Windows 8 From Windows 7 PC or Laptop for Just INR 699 [ For India Windows 7 PC or Laptops ]
If you bought a PC preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate on or after June 2, 2012, just go to windowsupgradeoffer.com and register. Microsoft will send you an email with your promotion code and purchase instructions when Windows 8 Pro is available. You can then download and install Windows 8 Pro on a compatible PC with Windows Upgrade Assistant.
Procedure To Download Windows 8 and Upgrade From Windows 7
Buy a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. *
Register for the offer at windowsupgradeoffer.com before February 28, 2013.
Microsoft will send you an email with your promotion code and purchase instructions when Windows 8 Pro is available.
Download and install Windows 8 Pro on a compatible Windows-based PC with Windows Upgrade Assistant.
Please Note: The estimated retail price for the promotion will vary by country and is dependent on a variety of specific factors including exchange rate, local taxes, duties, fees, local market conditions and other pricing considerations.
How to Upgrade to Windows 8 from Old Windows 7, Vista or XP Computer
You can also upgrade to windows 8 on a computer running windows 7, Vista or XP even if it is purchased before June 2, 2012 in this case you can either opt for electronic upgrade that will cost you around Rs. 1999 INR for a electronic version download of windows 8 [For a limited time, upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a special price of Rs. 1,999 INR ] or you can also opt for a upgrade to windows 8 pro upgrade for Rs. 3499 INR.