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Windows 8 upgrade (from Windows 7)

Post by brawnymike » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:10 am

:!: Let the Buyer Beware:

I've just spent a miserable two days ... first, attempting (but failing) to successfully upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and then, undoing all the unnecessary paring-down of apps, etc., which were my attempt to make my Windows 7 layout as vanilla as possible. The problem, ultimately, was that the BIOS of my processor (which, apparently, is a little old) didn't allow for security requirements of Windows 8. One would think that this BIOS issue would be one of the fatal roadblocks which the Windows 8 Upgrade Tool (the app for letting one know if their current setup can be upgraded) would identify should upgrading be attempted. But ... it didn't :evil: and, based on a clean pre-upgrade report on my PC, my beneficent friend purchased the upgrade for me.

Each time I got the error screen (at the end of each 2-hour install attempt), I would discover potential "fixes" on Microsoft's forum--some dating back as far as two months. Those fixes called for disabling this or uninstalling that, all to no avail. Finally, more than a day into this exercise in futility, I stumbled across the discussion of what the error message REALLY meant, and saw that this old BIOS issue has been a known problem since the moment they rolled out the upgrade executable. :evil: :!:

First thing this morning, I contacted Microsoft and demanded my friend be reimbursed. Officially, they have authorized a credit back to him, to be received in about 2 weeks. We shall see ... [-o<

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Re: Windows 8 upgrade (from Windows 7)

Post by AXEMAN » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:06 pm

Wow bummer man was that on a windows 8 upgrade disk i also have win 7 and my bud said stay away from win8 :think: :wave:

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Re: Windows 8 upgrade (from Windows 7)

Post by brawnymike » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:51 pm

AXEMAN wrote:Wow bummer man was that on a windows 8 upgrade disk i also have win 7 and my bud said stay away from win8 :think: :wave:
No, this was the cheap-until-Jan. 31st ($39.99) instant download from Microsoft, although I suppose the same problem would exist even if one used an upgrade disk to install the upgrade, as long as one's processor is too old to support certain security protocols.

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Re: Windows 8 upgrade (from Windows 7)

Post by AXEMAN » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:44 pm

Hello again what if you bought the windows 8 complete disk this puter i just bought last year had it made just for the way i like it it is a quad core processor and 8 gigs of ram . I am not buying win8 now what is your processor and computer :)

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Re: Windows 8 upgrade (from Windows 7)

Post by brawnymike » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:14 pm

AXEMAN wrote:Hello again what if you bought the windows 8 complete disk this puter i just bought last year had it made just for the way i like it it is a quad core processor and 8 gigs of ram . I am not buying win8 now what is your processor and computer :)
I don't fee qualified to give an informed answer to your question (whether you should buy the Windows 8 full-install disks). I believe I read that if the processor was built after 2004, its BIOS are likely to support the security requirements of Windows 8.

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