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considering installing windows 8 does it have an option to keep everything install wise/files but upgrade the os only?

if I don't like 8.1 can I revert to 7??
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post #12 of 14
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can i change mobo/cpu without reformating?

    I have never encountered any issues when upgrading a CPU.  And, if the new motherboard's architecture is similar to the old one, it should just work if you connect the old HDD to the new board.  If the new motherboard's architecture is quite different and you get the BSOD "Windows has stopped booting to protect your computer" message, you can usually get around that by running the SysPrep tool from the old system.  An excellent tutorial on how to run SysPrep can be found here.
 
 
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considering installing windows 8 does it have an option to keep everything install wise/files but upgrade the os only?if I don't like 8.1 can I revert to 7??

    In most cases you can upgrade to Windows 8 and keep your files and programs.  This page has more information about upgrading to Windows 8.  If you have your Windows 7 installation disc, and are willing to format and reinstall, yes, you can revert back to Windows 7.  Alternately, if you image the drive, you could simply restore the image and you'd be back to your original Windows 7 installation. thumb.gif
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post #13 of 14
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how can I do this without buying some 50$ software? or which is the best programe to create the image?

I am going to buy a hard drive USB EXTERNAL from a Black Friday sale this week and would love to keep my current install.

so I want to image it over to the new external hard drive and then install windows 8 on my current drive.

if I don't like 8 I can simple use the image on the external drive and be back to my 7 install?!?!
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Generally speaking if you stay with the same platform (Intel/AMD) and then get a new mobo by the same manufacturer, Windows should fire right up and start detecting new hardware. You might have to start in Safe mode the first time to kick start the process.

However, this is not recommended. You will have a huge load of unused driver junk that could lead to issues down the road.

IMHO, clean install is the best way to go, unfortunately.
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