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  • Started 1 year ago by Dazzy257
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Dazzy257
Posts: 4

Hi guys,

I'm looking to upgrade my W7 PC to W8, but I haven't been the most conscientious computer user. I'd like to trim some of the unnecessary programs and other stuff I've built up without removing all of my installed programs (some of which are very large and may have misplaced discs), or losing all of my files.

Because I don't want to lose *all* of my programs, I'm reluctant to go with the upgrade option to keep personal files only, but I'm concerned that taking everything will just lessen my W8 experience by starting off with clutter.

Any tips for reducing the fat before I go ahead with the upgrade?

Thanks

Posted 1 year ago
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gedstar
gedstar
Posts: 521

First thing I would do is run this
http://windows.microsoft.com/e.....-windows-8

I'd recommend doing a fresh install of Windows if you can, tried the upgrade option myself and didn't work out the best. You should always have a backup of your files on a separate drive for safe keeping.
You may find that the upgrade goes OK, but I would recommend running the Upgrade Assistant first, it will tell you what Programs are compatible with Windows 8.
If you don't like the Start Screen as was my case you can use something like this.
http://www.classicshell.net/

Also run these, just to make sure there's no nasties hanging around, all free
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
http://www.superantispyware.com
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Posted 1 year ago
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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Don't know if this would work, but maybe worth a try,
http://www.vlite.net/about.html

Posted 1 year ago
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germ-x
germ-x
Posts: 5310

Suggest you make a backup image for safe keeping while your attempting to upgrade just in case things don't go as planned.
Use this free utility
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

Posted 1 year ago
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ispalten
ispalten
Posts: 6259

I had NO PROBLEMS upgrading from W7 to W8. That worked fine. Problems were 'old' drivers that the Upgrade Advisor DID not identify. Same goes for programs it said would work. Same for the need to re-install some apps/drivers that were NOT identified as being needed.

My Network built-in RealTek NIC 'worked', but didn't connect all the time on boot. Found I had to disable it, and enable it, and it connected then. Discovered a W8 release of the driver that didn't work either. This was an older DELL, and DELL did NOT have W8 files for this model. Eventually tried a newer DELL model of this computer (XPS 435T, newer is XPS 8500, which my wife has) that had a RealTek W8 file. That file was older than the latest RealTek one but once installed works like a charm.

Norton Ghost 15 DOES NOT work, although the Advisor said it did... and I'm waiting for a fix/update or the need to buy SSR 2013 which was just released for W8 but costs almost twice as much... may switch back-up image programs, not sure yet.

Had to re-install my HP wireless printer apps and driver. Only on my computer, on my wife's it wasn't necessary.

A lot of 'bumps' along the way as you discover programs that don't work. First thing to try, re-install and/or check to make sure you have the latest. Wife has discovered MANY GAMEHOUSE games are not working and GAMEHOUSE may not update them either.

One thing, actually two, I'd do before doing the upgrade, run the ADD/REMOVE programs and TAKE OUT (DELETE/REMOVE) and app you DO NOT want. Also run DISK CLEANUP as well, and make sure you take out SYSTEM FILES too... less there the better off you will be. Upgrade makes a WINDOWS.OLD folder and it can be large, maybe 20GB's or more, so make SURE you have at least that much or more FREE SPACE on C:. After you've run the ADD/REMOVE I'd run CCLEANER and clean the apps that are left and the Registry. Then MAKE a back-up in case the UPGRADE should fail, then UPGRADE.

Irv S.

Posted 1 year ago
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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

The best advice I can give you is not to upgrade.

Posted 1 year ago
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Dazzy257
Posts: 4

Hi everyone thank you so much for the feedback.

Clearly I need to do a bit more research to make sure doing the upgrade is the right thing for me, so thanks to whs and ispalten for their cautionary messages.

As for everyone else, thanks for being so helpful, I'll almost definitely follow your advice even if I don't upgrade in the end.

Cheers all.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Forgot this,
http://www.vistax64.com/vista-.....rrott.html

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