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What should I do when the Developer Preview ends?

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  • When the Developer Preview expires do I insert the disc of the original Windows that I had when the computer was bought and install it again, as if it was just the same way as installing a newer version of Windows?
    Monday, October 24, 2011 10:18 PM

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  • When the Developer Preview expires do I insert the disc of the original Windows that I had when the computer was bought and install it again, as if it was just the same way as installing a newer version of Windows?

     

    You will have to install another OS when the Developer Preview expires next March.

     

     

    If you bought retail Windows :
     
    If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     
    How to replace Microsoft software
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/326246


     


     
    If Windows came with the computer - Reinstall Windows Preinstalled On Computer
     
    OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows if you buy a computer with Windows preinstalled - your computer should have included either a restore partition on your hard drive, or Windows install/restore disks. Most computer manufacturers also have a feature to make your own install disks.
     
    If the restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows 7. There is usually a prompt when you first start the computer telling you what key to press to start the restore - check your manual if you're not sure how to. If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     

    If you don't have the restore partition or install disks:
     
    Contact the OEM computer manufacturer and ask them to send you an install disk for your computer - they may or may not do it. If they agree to send you one they may charge a small fee. Contact information for the manufacturer of your computer can be found here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/oemphone/

     

    Monday, October 24, 2011 10:33 PM
  • If you already installed Windows 8 Developer Preview and replace with your old OS, you have these options:

    1) If new beta version been release, you could download and install that and continue for testing

    2) Reinstall your old OS again and start from begining

    Since you are doing testing and it is pre-Beta , make sure you get regular backup of your PC , to avoid data lost.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:17 AM

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  • I've been a beta tester for every Windows version since XP. I can only speark from my previous experiences. By the time this pre-release expires which is March 11th, 2012, i'm quite sure Windows 8 Beta will fall some time next year Jan/Feb.

    Monday, October 24, 2011 10:24 PM
  • When the Developer Preview expires do I insert the disc of the original Windows that I had when the computer was bought and install it again, as if it was just the same way as installing a newer version of Windows?

     

    You will have to install another OS when the Developer Preview expires next March.

     

     

    If you bought retail Windows :
     
    If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     
    How to replace Microsoft software
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/326246


     


     
    If Windows came with the computer - Reinstall Windows Preinstalled On Computer
     
    OEM computer manufacturers are required to provide at least one way for you to reinstall Windows if you buy a computer with Windows preinstalled - your computer should have included either a restore partition on your hard drive, or Windows install/restore disks. Most computer manufacturers also have a feature to make your own install disks.
     
    If the restore partition is still there and was not removed, it will reinstall Windows 7. There is usually a prompt when you first start the computer telling you what key to press to start the restore - check your manual if you're not sure how to. If you have install disks - insert them, restart and boot from them to start the reinstall process. Reinstalling will remove any personal files on the computer, back them up first.
     

    If you don't have the restore partition or install disks:
     
    Contact the OEM computer manufacturer and ask them to send you an install disk for your computer - they may or may not do it. If they agree to send you one they may charge a small fee. Contact information for the manufacturer of your computer can be found here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/oemphone/

     

    Monday, October 24, 2011 10:33 PM
  • If you already installed Windows 8 Developer Preview and replace with your old OS, you have these options:

    1) If new beta version been release, you could download and install that and continue for testing

    2) Reinstall your old OS again and start from begining

    Since you are doing testing and it is pre-Beta , make sure you get regular backup of your PC , to avoid data lost.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:17 AM