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Windows 8 beta to Windows 8 real

by AaronRicci / January 3, 2012 2:51 AM PST

I currently have Windows 7 installed on my computer, I plan to beta test Windows 8 when it is released for the public, on a hard drive partition. What should I do if/when I decide to purchase the final version of windows 8, to transfer all my settings from windows 8 beta and Windows 7 (documents, pictures, music, bookmarks etc..._

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Not what I've heard so far.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2012 3:04 AM PST

Due to lessons from the prior BETAs the last report I read was that the move from BETA to real was going to be a clean install.

Besides, anyone that plays with BETA versions would not use such on a machine with their last copy of documents, pictures, music, bookmarks etc.. Unless they had never suffered BETA failures before.

Besides, as a BETA tester they give you some forum to ask this. Be sure to ask there.

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I would be cautious.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 3, 2012 3:17 AM PST

It depends if you intend to retain Windows 7 as a separate OS on this system as dual boot. If not, then there will be methods to "Upgrade" Win 7 to Windows 8 although I doubt full details have yet been released.

The Windows 8 beta is only for testing purposes and feedback to Microsoft, so I shouldn't expect to save anything from that when it's done. It's a 'throw away' install, and if I remember rightly, the Win 7 beta was time limited anyway. It stopped working after a certain date. I expect Windows 8 beta to be the same.

But the caution is this;

We know that, when installing a newer OS onto a system as dual boot where there is an existing older OS, (example, XP already installed, then install Win 7 as dual boot), the boot file for the older OS gets replaced by the newer versions boot file.

In my example above, older XP already installed then you install Win 7 on a different partition or hdd as dual boot. Win 7 replaces XPs boot.ini with it's own BCD (Boot Configuration Data). The boot.ini file on the XP partition/drive is BCD

If that XP install is then removed/reinstalled, or the partition/drive is reformatted, or access to the partition/drive is lost, then you also lose access to the Win 7 OS, because the BCD has gone. It is often very difficult to recover from that and sometimes the only recourse is to reinstall Win 7 from scratch.

So you need to think about this if and when you begin testing Win 8.

And as Bob says, there will be Microsoft forums dedicated to Win 8 testing.

As to transferring settings and personal files, the old maxim is true. We lose what we don't backup.


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