Additional notes on Windows 8:
you can keep:
Software programs, Windows settings, personal
Windows settings, personal files
upgrade from a Windows operating system older than
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
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?
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?
- 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.