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Old 13-10-2013, 14:05
Sandgrownun
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Is it possible to upgrade an OEM version of Windows XP to Windows 8, on the PC that the OEM XP came with? It's XP Home and the upgrade is this one at Amazon.

The XP PC is currently dual booting to 8.1 Pro Preview, so I assume it would be able to run Windows 8 Pro.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 13-10-2013, 15:04
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Yes but the best thing I would suggest is Wipe and Load. Copy all your important files onto a spare HDD and then wipe the machine and reload with windows 8 then upgrade to 8.1 as upgrading from XP might lead you to problems.
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Old 13-10-2013, 17:21
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No, you can't do a direct upgrade from XP to Windows 8.

The setup program will save all your data in an 'old' folder, but you will need to reinstall the applications. I would strongly suggest doing a separate manual backup of all your personal data.
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Old 13-10-2013, 20:13
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Thanks for the replies. So it'd probably be best to spend a bit more, buy the full version (possibly OEM) and start fresh?

It's my parents PC, they don't have much to back up, just a few photos and videos. They only really use it for the internet and storing photos, but they bank and shop online so are worried about when MS stop supporting XP. I'm trying to find the cheapest way for them to upgrade.
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Old 13-10-2013, 20:50
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i'd head for win 7 if they aint the most technical and like what they see as its pretty much skinable back to xp with a small amount of effort and by the time they fancy win 9.3 (tee hee) their machine will need replacing anyway
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Old 14-10-2013, 00:51
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i'd head for win 7 if they aint the most technical and like what they see as its pretty much skinable back to xp with a small amount of effort and by the time they fancy win 9.3 (tee hee) their machine will need replacing anyway
Well the OP says they already dual boot with the 8.1 preview, so they must be fairly technically competent?
Unless that's the OP messing around with their parents' computer?
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Old 14-10-2013, 03:08
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Thanks for the replies. So it'd probably be best to spend a bit more, buy the full version (possibly OEM) and start fresh?

It's my parents PC, they don't have much to back up, just a few photos and videos. They only really use it for the internet and storing photos, but they bank and shop online so are worried about when MS stop supporting XP. I'm trying to find the cheapest way for them to upgrade.
You can buy whichever version you want. The issue is that you can't do an in-place upgrade from XP to 8, whereas you could from Windows 7 for example.

You shouldn't worry about MS stopping support for XP IMHO. It won't stop working. If they are 'safe drivers' and don't expose themselves to too many security risks, and use a modern browser (not IE6!) they will be OK. I would be more concerned with the age and performance of the hardware. It would be a shame to buy an OEM version of 8 and for the hardware to then fail.
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Old 14-10-2013, 12:04
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Well the OP says they already dual boot with the 8.1 preview, so they must be fairly technically competent?
Unless that's the OP messing around with their parents' computer?
I put a skin on it to give them the start button and menu back, I doubt they've ever used (or seen) the Windows 8 start screen

You shouldn't worry about MS stopping support for XP IMHO. It won't stop working. If they are 'safe drivers' and don't expose themselves to too many security risks, and use a modern browser (not IE6!) they will be OK.
They're convinced they need to upgrade. They were using IE8 but I have finally, after years of trying, persuaded them to use Firefox, they like the addons like Speed Dial and AdBlock.

I would be more concerned with the age and performance of the hardware. It would be a shame to buy an OEM version of 8 and for the hardware to then fail.
That's a good point. I don't want them buying a new OS and then have the motherboard fail on their computer.

Well, they have until April to decide. But I think if they do buy a new OS it should be the full retail version (or maybe better still just a new computer )
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