Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Let’s Install it on an Old Laptop!

Windows 8The new version of Windows has been released to beta testing, except don’t call it that, it is a “consumer preview”.  I downloaded a 64 bit version (better have a real high speed Internet connection as it clocks at over 3GB) and burned the ISO image to a DVD, then it ran a compatibility check and said my Microsoft Office 2010 would be okay but not my antivirus software, MS Security Essentials.  Went ahead and uninstalled it and then after saying it was okay to check for updates, the installer asked if I wanted to keep my Windows settings, apps and files (upgrade) or not (clean install).  The laptop I am installing the Windows 8 Preview is just an old HP Pavilion dv2000 which originally came with XP.  I had done a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit on a fresh hard drive last year so I really wanted to see how an UPGRADE would work.  A source of constant frustration with the upgrade path from XP to 7? Well basically it is non-existent, though it does keep your files in that WindowsOLD folder.  After about thirty minutes since the install began, looks like I have the final reboot.  I’ll post later on the outcome…..

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