Tips to Know While Upgrading to New Version of Windows: Before moving on to the next version of Windows, always be clear why you want to upgrade and make sure that you are not upgrading just for the sake of doing it. If you are dissatisfied, it will not only be wastage of money, but also downgrading to the previous version will be difficult. Don’t be worried! The features of the latest version of Windows are not only amazing and fun, but are also intended towards providing you a different user experience, all for the best, and you will never want to downgrade to the previous version anyway. Windows 7 is a highly successful OS for business users and the 8 version is even more innovative. With Windows 8 already getting laurels from home users for its never-before-experienced features, we can expect that its popularity will ensure its steady increase of adoption in other segments also.
Microsoft aggressively campaigned their product by offering the upgrade for a throw-away price of $40 up to March 1, 2013, but now the price is 120$ for the Standard edition and 200$ for the Pro edition of Windows 8. In this article, the basic tips and measures that need to be followed while upgrading the OS are discussed.
Back up: Take a backup of all your personal data in a removable storage disk to prevent it from getting erased during the update.
Update procedure: Go to Microsoft’s web site and select the option for upgrading your PC. Enter your credentials and model number of your machine that the website asks for along with your date and place of purchase. Once the information is verified to be accurate, you will get an e-mail (with a web link and a promo code) to the e-mail address that you have entered previously. Click on it and you will see the upgrade doing its work. It is a simple procedure that was inspired by the method that Apple used previously to upgrade the Mac OS (which was more convenient for the users).
Another way of upgrading is to download ‘Windows 8 upgrade Assistant’ which scrutinizes your PC and tells if it is ready for the upgrade.
You can also upgrade with the help of a bootable media like set-up DVD disk or USB drive or else you can start setup from the older version of Windows. If you are running the setup from the previous version of Windows, you will be asked whether you want to keep personal files, Windows settings and apps but, if you are upgrading from XP, you might be asked only about personal files. However, the upgrading process through the Microsoft website is rated to be better than the other two methods. Finally, make sure that the power supply to your PC does not go off during the upgrade.