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When do you plan to migrate to Windows 8?

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  • May 18, 2012
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  • Nikita M.

    Nikita

    Nikita M.

    Objective-C Developer, A+, MCITP, MCSA, ITIL, IT Analyst (Help Desk, Support, Assets Management), PC Technician

    I don't think that someone already scheduled migration before RTM.
    But I have one on my home PC, and like it :)

  • Bill R.

    Bill

    Bill R.

    Developer/Analyst at Segall Bryant & Hamill

    We just migrated to Windows 7!

    No time soon, after the problems we had with Windows 7 (Dev Tools, Legacy apps that weren't going away, security), Microsoft has A LOT of work to do for the business community.

    People at home can migrate, but not businesses - unless something radical changed in 8, it's no way/no how.

  • Michael

    Michael H.

    Retired 1/31/2011 at Purdue University

    Will there be a migration path from XP to Win8? Win7 was hurt by not providing such a path. There are lots of XP users still around - and if MS wants people to migrate, they need to make it easy to do.

  • Sean D.

    Sean

    Sean D.

    Technical Director, IT Group at Penton Media

    Michael,
    I'm not sure what Microsoft is calling it, but I'd call it a "limited" upgrade path. Upgrading from Windows XP, you can only keep personal files. This isn't much different than what was supported in Windows 7 - and I'd be surprised if it were.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/11/21/improving-the-setup-experience.aspx (see "choosing what to keep")

  • Michael

    Michael H.

    Retired 1/31/2011 at Purdue University

    Will Microsoft provide a compatibility tool as they did with Win7 to examine hardware/drivers/applications and report compatible items or suggested ways to become compatible? That was very helpful.

    Also, from your comments I take it that installed applications and perhaps also the registry entries will not be upgraded/compatible? I have lots of software installed and do not look forward to having to reinstall it.

    Third question, if I do a full backup from XP will I be able to do a full restore to Win8 (except for just the newer files)?

    Thanks for you assistance.

  • Ben S.

    Ben

    Ben S.

    Technologist, Author & Speaker...a little obsessed with productivity and communication.

    I just ordered a 256MB SSD hard drive and when it arrives I'll install it as my C: drive and do a clean install of Windows 8 on it. I'll leave my current Win7 install on my 1TB conventional hard drive which I'll use primarily as a data drive (though I should also be able to dual-boot if I want to.

  • Ali A.

    Ali

    Ali A.

    IT Manager at Shaheen Group

    Personally using windows 8 but wondering if level entry users could shift very soon

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