What are the options to upgrade from XP to Win7/8 without data loss?

Chandrasekhar K March 3, 2014
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Hi I am currently using Windows XP and would like to upgrade to Windows 7/8. Can I do it from Windows XP (any option available) without losing all my data in drives?

  1. Oron J
    March 4, 2014 at 12:08 am

    1. You can't do a direct upgrade from XP to 8 (you can do a clean install in situ but it's still a new installation.
    2. You should never upgrade your system without backing up your data first, it's just too risky.
    3. Given points 1 & 2, the best option is to back up your data onto an external drive (perhaps even take a second backup), do a clean instal of Windows 8 and then recover the files from the backup drive to the new system.

    • Chandrasekhar K
      March 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

      thanks Oron will back up all my data and do a new installation of windows 8.

  2. Hovsep A
    March 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-from-windows-vista-xp-tutorial

    How to upgrade to Windows 8
    XP - Upgrading from XP is possible without a clean installation if you have Service Pack 3 installed, but even then, only personal files will be kept.
    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3357696/how-upgrade-windows-8/

    How To Clean Install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.htm

    • Chandrasekhar K
      March 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

      thanks i will have back of up all my data and do a new installation of windows 8.