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It is finally here, Windows 8!
 
OK, now what?
 
Windows 8 / Windows 7 Customization Service
 

After many calls from customers and after a lot of research and testing, I now offer a new service, Windows 8 / Windows 7 Customization that will get your Windows 8 to look more like Windows 7.

I can eliminate booting into the so-called 'Metro' screen (now called Modern UI) and instead boot right into the desktop.

I can now also bring back the Start button as well as place a new Power Off and Restart button directly on to the task bar.

There are a lot of other modifications/tricks I can make to the Windows 8 experience as well; Application shortcuts, Gadgets redeployment, lock screen elimination and adding the ability to play DVDs (missing now in Windows 8) etc.

This service is a direct result of folks recently buying new desktops or laptops that now come pre-loaded with Windows 8. Many of them have called me to re-load Windows 7 on these systems. I can do that but it is costly.

Rather than eliminate some of the good things in Windows 8, this customization makes the Windows 8 experience look and feel more like what they are used to. Clearly a Win/Win scenario for my customers.

 
Upgrading to Windows 8 from a previous version of Windows.
 

First of all we need to look at the requirements for Windows 8 if you are going to upgrade an existing PC or Laptop. The requirements are as follows:

 
System Requirements
 
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Windows Vista and Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 8
 

This is a relatively straight forward upgrade as Windows Vista/7 migrates/upgrades quite nicely to Windows 8

The Customer must provide a copy of the Windows 8 Upgrade Software

 
Windows XP to Windows 8
 

This upgrade is dependant on you running a program called 'Upgrade Assistant' which can be downloaded directly from Microsoft by clicking HERE and will open in a new window. This utility will analyze your system's current configuration and advise what is needed in case something is missing or needs to be upgraded. The System also must be running Windows XP with Service Pack 3.

The Customer must provide a copy of the Windows 8 Upgrade Software

 
Dual Booting Systems
 

In my preparation for creating this new service, I configured one of my laptops here to a dual boot system running both Windows XP and Windows 8. I have had quite a number of my customers asking for the same thing, sort of a 'Try It Out First' scenario.

Requirements: The system you are going to make dual boot must have at least 16GB of disk space for a 32 Bit install and 20GB of disk space for a 64 Bit install that must be allocated for the Windows 8 Partition. If you plan on installing any applications, this partition space is going to have to be larger in size.

Note: On my laptop I allocated 20GB for the 32-Bit installation, because after I installed Windows 8 on the Microsoft recommended size of 16GB I was left with 487MB of space on the partition.

So I would recommend doubling Microsoft's partition sizes to 32GB for a 32-Bit install and 40GB for a 64-Bit install.

The Customer must provide a copy of the Windows 8 Full Install Software

 
Windows Data Migration to Windows 8 (In effect to a new PC or Laptop)
 
This service is for folks that have bought a new desktop or laptop that is running Windows 8 and need to move their data files over to the new system from their old system. This service includes moving all data files and if need be, all e-mail files as well as setting up/verifying the new internet connections.
 
Pricing
 
$ 60.00   Windows Vista Upgrade to Windows 8 - Customer supplied O/S
     
$ 60.00   Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 8 - Customer supplied O/S
     
$ 70.00   Windows XP Upgrade to Windows 8 - Customer supplied O/S
     
$ 40.00   Windows Data Migration to Windows 8 (In effect to a new PC or Laptop)
     
$ 80.00   Windows 8 Dual-Boot Configuration and Installation - Customer supplied O/S
     
$ 20.00   Windows 8 / Windows 7 Customization - $15.00 for service, $5.00 for software
    This service can be done remotely if you want.
 

Additional notes on Windows 8:

Upgrading from:

What you can keep:

   
Windows 7 Software programs, Windows settings, personal files
Windows Vista Windows settings, personal files
Windows XP Personal files

 

FAQ

Can I upgrade from a Windows operating system older than Windows XP?

If you want to upgrade from an earlier Windows operating system than Windows XP (for example, Windows 95 or Windows 2000), you'll need to purchase the Windows 8 System Builder. You won’t be able to keep any files, settings, or software programs when you install the new operating system.

Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 8?

If your PC has a 64 bit-capable processor (CPU) but is currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install a 64-bit version of Windows 8. You also won't be able to keep any files, settings, or software programs when you upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit version.

If I upgrade and select "keep nothing," how can I restore my files after the upgrade?

If you're running Windows Developer Preview or Windows 8 Consumer Preview when you upgrade, or if you choose the option to "keep nothing" when you upgrade, your files won't come with you to Windows 8. However, you might still be able to copy your files over after you upgrade. If you don't reformat your hard drive during installation, your files are saved to the Windows.old folder, where you can retrieve them after the upgrade.

If I change my mind, can I uninstall Windows 8 and go back to a previous version of Windows?

Not exactly - To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to format your hard drive and then reinstall the previous version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC. Typically, this is on a DVD. If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more info. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

 

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