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Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 - Problems & Questions

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  • I tried an upgrade from Windows 7 to the Windows 8 preview understanding that the preferred approach is to do a clean install.

    The installer is an improvement over previous versions and the process was without obvious problems. "User data and programs" are supposed to be preserved. This is true in that the data are stored in windows.old, but few of the programs were available for execution from the new user interface. It was not obvious as to why some programs were "transferred" for execution from the tiles and others weren't.

    A number of drivers and activations were lost in the upgrade and had to be re-installed and re-activated.

    As others have pointed out, there were problems executing from the tiles. None of the new apps executed properly. Interestingly, the transferred applications did work properly except for WebMD which failed with IE, but worked properly with SeaMonkey. It uses a Java run time which had to be re-installed but still didn't work with IE in spite of setting the security options correctly.

    There is no obvious way of terminating a program that has been launched from a tile other than usage of control-alt-delete and killing the task.

    One understands that "sleeping" an executable facilitates a fast re-start as compared with a re-load, but it probably wastes memory and some CPU cycles. Also, what happens when one wants an excutable not to "sleep", but to continue processing in the background ?

    There is no easy way to add a program tile to the display. I understand the procedure of adding a .lnk file to the accessories directory, but this is very awkward. There is also no obvious way to edit the contents of tile.

    One other apparent glitch is that some programs that are executed from a tile go through an intermediary step of briefly displaying the old Windows 7 user interface before the program's own interface is displayed.

     

    Overall, Windows 8 looks quite interesting and the preview works remarkably well for a "pre-beta".

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 2:32 PM

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  • "User data and programs" are supposed to be preserved. This is true in that the data are stored in windows.old, but few of the programs were available for execution from the new user interface.
    You can keep accounts, files, and settings when doing an upgrade tot he WDP, but programs (and drivers) should need to be reinstalled. It’s usually best to do a clean install with prerelease software.

     

     

    there were problems executing from the tiles. None of the new apps executed properly.

    Netbook Screen
    
    If you have a netbook with a 1024x600 screen Metro apps will not run. 1024x768 is the minimum for Metro apps.

    Several people have reported that they can be run in you connect an external display that is 1024x768 or larger.
     
    You can try this modification to allow higher resolutions:
    http://www.netbooklive.com/how-to-get-better-resolution-on-your-standard-10-inch-netbook-2772/

     

     

    I tried an upgrade from Windows 7 to the Windows 8

    You should not install Windows 8 Developer Preview on your main computer - it's not even a beta product yet and bugs are to be expected.
     
    From the main download page:
    The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment.
     
     
    Also, it is stated on the Windows Developer Preview download page that you must reinstall the previous OS:
     
    Notes about installing the Windows Developer Preview
    You can't uninstall the Windows Developer Preview. To reinstall your previous operating system, you must have restore or installation media.
     

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 4:05 PM