Before buying Windows 8, use Upgrade Assistant

It is here. After months of waiting, beta releases and consumer previews, Windows 8 has finally hit the shelves and download servers. If you’re considering upgrading the next thing you need to consider is whether your computer is up to the task, whether all of your hardware is going to be compatible and how many of your applications are going to need to be upgraded. These are all questions that can be answered by the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

As Windows 8 is the first version of Windows to be made available as a download, it should come as no surprise that once you have run through the Upgrade Assistant you will be invited to purchase the latest version of the operating system. Compared to previous versions of the assistant, the Windows 8 specific release seems to take rather more time over system analysis during which all of your hardware and software will be checked.

The assistant will then let you know what is deemed fully compatible with Windows 8, what is not going to work and highlighting anything that needs your attention -- this includes pointing out that if you currently use Windows to watch DVDs you’re going to need to install a suitable app if you switch to Windows 8.

The final stage of the assistant asks whether you would like to transfer all of your files, apps and settings, just your files or nothing, and it will then suggest which version of Windows 8 is most suitable for your needs. More than this, you are able to order and download your copy so you can get started with Windows 8 straight away. Clearly this is a great marketing ploy by Microsoft, but it is also very helpful for consumers who just want to jump and get started right away.

You can find out more and download a free copy of the program by paying a visit to the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant review page.

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