Previously we reported about Microsoft’s announcement regarding upgrade path to Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows. If you have a machine running XP Pro Service Pack 3, here’s how to do an upgrade install to Windows 8.
Note: When upgrading XP Pro to Windows 8, only your data files will be kept, some of your programs and drivers will need to be reinstalled and / or upgraded.
Prepare XP for Windows 8 Upgrade
Before trying to do an upgrade from XP to Windows 8, make sure your system has the hardware to upgrade. According to Microsoft, you’ll need the following:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
- To access Windows Store, you need screen resolution of at least 1024×768. To use the Snap feature for Metro apps, you’ll need a screen with 1366×768 resolution or higher.
Power on your XP System and make sure it’s running Service Pack 3.
Make sure all of your important data on your XP system is backed up either locally or in “the cloud” with a service like CrashPlan. In case something goes wrong with the install you’ll have all of your data still available. Only your files will be kept, some of your programs will need to be reinstalled.
Then head to the download page for Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.
Start Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant
After it’s done downloading double click to launch the executable file.
When upgrading XP to Windows 8, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant starts and checks your system to see what’s compatible for Windows 8 on your current system.
Then you’re given a general list of what is compatible and not. For more info click See Compatibility Details.
Review the list of what is compatible with Windows 8 and what isn’t. The first part of the list will display what isn’t compatible. This is an important list to review and print out or save, as you’ll be required to install different drivers and apps.
Keep scrolling down the list to see what is compatible with Windows 8.
Continue the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant wizard and it’ll get a product key automatically – for the Release Preview version.
Next, Windows 8 will be downloaded to your computer. You can continue to use it if you need to while the download takes place.
You’ll notice a series of messages while the wizard verifies the download and gets everything ready for the upgrade.