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  1.    18 Sep 2014 #1
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    Windows 7 to Windows 9 Direct Upgrades Tested by Microsoft


    The beta version of Windows 9, which could be called Windows Technical Preview when it hits the market later this month, could come with lots of changes not only in terms of features, but also as far as the upgrade from previous builds of the OS is concerned.


    New sources claim that Microsoft is currently testing a new upgrade system that would allow Windows 7 users to switch directly to Windows 9 Technical Preview without the need for downloading anything.

    The process would be fully automated and would support both Windows 7 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1, but it’s not yet clear whether the company is ready to debut this system or not.
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  2.    18 Sep 2014 #2
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    10 Pro Preview x64

    Can a technical preview of a beta version really hit the market?
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  3.    18 Sep 2014 #3
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    Wolves, England
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    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM

    My W7 install will remain completely untouched, M$ ain't reeling me in with that one. When I eventually feel like testing out 9 I'll have to sacrifice my W8 partition, at least that can be restored through an image pretty quickly.
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  4.    18 Sep 2014 #4
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    North West Indianapolis, Indiana
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
    My W7 install will remain completely untouched, M$ ain't reeling me in with that one. When I eventually feel like testing out 9 I'll have to sacrifice my W8 partition, at least that can be restored through an image pretty quickly.
    I'll try it 2 ways, I have a spare 149GB partition on my main PC and 2 other PC's that are capable of running a virtual machine so I'll be doing that too.
    If you have Windows 8.x it is imperative you have a complete back up if you intend to do a upgrade install to Nine as don't forget these are usually time limited and stop working after so many months. Windows 8.x ISO are not to easy to find, Windows 7 ISO are available but you should back up to. To coin a phrase of a Late Member Windows 7 Help Forums - View Profile: richnrockville BACK UP BACKUP BACK UP
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  5.    18 Sep 2014 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Can a technical preview of a beta version really hit the market?
    I sure there will be some "NICE" person selling them on Fleece Bay. Mind you if you have a limited or slow internet it may be cheaper.
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  6.    18 Sep 2014 #6
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    I only test "previews", Alphas, Betas and the like on VMs so I want an ISO I can use to do clean installs. I really don't care for upgrading, especially not for a "preview".
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  7.    18 Sep 2014 #7
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    Nope no upgrades for me.
    I want to install W9 on a separate ssd and give it a work out.
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  8.    20 Sep 2014 #8
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    Would you rather they didn't test it? Regardless of whether you personally would upgrade, I think the point is that they are testing it to see any potential issues. If problems are found they can fix them in the final release. And before anybody relies with "why use us as Ginny pigs", these are preview releases that you use at your own risk. What used to be called Alpha or Beta releases. One of the reasons for releasing test builds is to find bugs etc. If you don't want to be a Ginny Pig, then don't run it.
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  9.    20 Sep 2014 #9

    As always, the OS is being tested "on the run", by selected individuals and organisations around the globe. But, not to be too quick to blame MS, particularly remembering the pre release of Windows 8 and its feedback, with the enormous amount of different systems and third party applications, MS cannot cover all bases. The pre release, hopefully, is intended to snare some of those outside problems.
    Serious problems, if found, I would hope will be dealt with, but, essentially, whether it is regarded as a smug attitude or not, I don't believe that MS will, at this stage, be making any minor, or cosmetic changes, based on complaints they may read in the media (or forums)
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  10.    22 Sep 2014 #10
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    The first thing would be a compatibility test to see if your hardware and programs will run under W9. I am planning to replace W7 on my dual boot system so will give the upgrade a ride. If its not 100% then I will wipe it and do a clean install. Its a new toy so why not try it out and see how it works out. If this upgrade really works properly then look at all the time can be saved but I do suspect there will be some driver or program problems.

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