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I would really like to upgrade but I do not want to lose my data. I do not have enough memory to back up to on my devices. So would i lose it?

asked Jun 01 '12 at 15:55

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Daniel Colthart

closed Jun 02 '12 at 08:05

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DJ Scooby Doo

What are you upgrading from?

(Jun 01 '12 at 16:48) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

consumer preview

(Jun 01 '12 at 17:16) Daniel Colthart Daniel%20Colthart's gravatar image

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by DJ Scooby Doo Jun 02 '12 at 08:05

I'm not sure if windows 8 has the "upgrade from previous os" feature integrated yet, but you can still try download the iso file, mount it as a virtual drive and start the setup. If the setup shows two options; custom and upgrade (I think it is?), then obviously choose to upgrade, as this will keep all your old files and rename the old system files to .old. However I highly recommend doing a custom/clean install once you move to a new OS as upgrading will leave a lot of useless files on your disk.

However, if you know how to partition a drive, you can easily run the setup and install it on the second partition (name it D for example), this will make you able to choose from your current OS and w8 when your computer boots up.

answered Jun 01 '12 at 16:04

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edited Jun 01 '12 at 16:06

No, you won't. It asked me if I wanted to upgrade when I installed Release Preview. I did a clean install, as I believe in clean instead of an upgrade.

answered Jun 01 '12 at 17:21

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DJ Scooby Doo

thanks Dj scooby doo

(Jun 02 '12 at 03:35) Daniel Colthart Daniel%20Colthart's gravatar image

trying it does not cause a problem, deleting it on the other hand caused my system to crash and then it refused to do all sorts of stuff, I ended up having to re-load windows 7, why? you may ask I did not like 8 at all!! It did not suit me so I deleted it off my system, but because I did I found that deleting 8 off the system took some programs with it that were required for 7, so 7 fell down.

answered Jun 01 '12 at 21:08

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8 has too many new features. you are better off installing in vm or a separate partition.

answered Jun 01 '12 at 21:13

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Dr Giggles

if you are thinking of installing the windows 8 pre release do your self a favor and install it on a separate drive or partition because it expires on January 31 2012 when that happens unless you buy windows 8 you will have to do a full reinstall of windows 7 either from recovery partition or CD this the warning right on the page where you get the down load ..

in short the answer is yes you will loose all and any data when it expires , it is all part of what you are agreeing to in the user agreement before you can down load and install..

even if this was not the case there is a rule of thumb any time you plan to update or upgrade your OS always wlays back everything up if its not worth the time or cost to back up then its not worth worrying about looseing :)

answered Jun 01 '12 at 21:29

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edited Jun 01 '12 at 21:30

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