Now it gets serious. The Windows 8 Pro - is being upgraded. The initial situation: An older PC (Intel Core Duo CPU 2.33 GHz, 3GB RAM) with Windows 7 and the free-90Tage Windows8 Enterprise version installed in parallel is to be converted completely to Windows 8. Canon PIXMA iP4500 printer and the ancient Scanner Epson Perfection 1640SU then possible to work too.
- Can you can with upgrading also install a completely new system without the old settings? Windows 7 had already worked with 64 bit, so I can install Windows 8 with 64 bit. After entering the license key you get to the point where like standard or custom is advanced. I wanted the old settings not and chose the custom installation. In the next step, it is possible to format the hard drive and create new partitions. Hurray - so I'll go the old settings and actually can install a totally virgin Windows 8!
- The second question: Does the hardware and my important programs?: The hardware first. With 'AdvancedDriverUpdater I had already gained good experience in the testing phase and installed the missing drivers. Windows 8 gave equal time to the correct printer driver. For the old scanner I got from the magazine 'CHIP' reporting the VueScan software. Which may cost $ 40, but that's still much cheaper than a new scanner. Now was the activation of Windows 8 over the Internet. The Start menu has been installed with the freeware StartMenuX 4.5.3 and then the free avast antivirus software! established. As burning software CDBurnerXP and was installed as a video player VLC. Now I got myself nor the Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite, and laid the first backup on it.
- My many important programs were to install without problems, and then it's all ok.
- Conclusion: With Windows 8, the PC starts up faster and you can work with it quickly. What more could you want? The new tile apps bring a little more variety and distractions of everyday life. Additionally equipped with the Start menu, it's fast as usual ...