With the general availability of Windows 8 is just a few weeks way, this is the right time to start preparing your computers for Windows 8. Existing Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users who have plans to upgrade to the newest version of Windows may want to check their hardware and software for any compatibility issues.
Users can download and run Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant on their PCs to get detailed information on compatibility issues. The Upgrade Assistant scans your PC for all installed programs and devices to make sure your computer is ready for Windows 8. It also provides detailed compatibility reports for installed applications and devices. You can also find any action you may have to perform before upgrading to Windows 8.
Download, run the Upgrade Assistant, and click Yes for the UAC prompt. The tool scans for installed programs and devices (this might take a while depending on number of installed software). Once done, you will see the report.
Click See compatibility details to get more information. Here, you will see what all programs and drives are compatible with Windows 8. Programs and drivers that aren’t compatible with Windows 8 or programs that require your attention appear under “For you to review” list. And applications that are fully compatible with Windows 8 appear under Compatible programs.
One can find more information about a non-compatible program by clicking on the More info link that appears just below the name of the program.
As you may know already, only Windows 7 users (using any consumer edition) will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 without losing files and installed programs (see how to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8). Vista users will be able to bring along only Windows settings and personal files while Windows XP users can keep only personal files during the upgrade (see how to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 8).
According to the official Windows blog, users who have purchased computers running genuine Windows copy prior to June 2, 2012 can download the upgrade directly from Microsoft for $39.99. That is, all Windows XP, Vista as well as Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99. And users who have purchased a Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and January 31, 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 for just $14.99. Users who have purchased a qualified PC between after June 2nd need to visit this official upgrade website for registration.
Can’t wait for the general availability? Download the 90-day trial copy of Windows 8 and start exploring new features included in Windows 8.