If you didn’t do it yet, backup your PC so you’re ready for Win8
You must know that October 26 is the first day of availability of Windows 8 and I can’t imagine not downloading it immediately at the $40 price tag. Just a friendly PSA that you should backup your PC (or at least back up your media) just to be sure. It’s been well tested by why risk it?
And as a reminder, here are the terms of the $40 promotion. Yes it’s cached because MS is updating their site to be all Windows 8ish. Simply put, you’ll download the update assistant that will confirm your PC and software is good to go and then you can choose to auto-install or download it for creation of a USB or DVD (I’m going USB). Expect the upgrade process to take about 15 minutes if it’s like the betas. It’s unclear at what point you buy the license to Win8 but I’m sure we’ll all figure it out. I’m damn excited.
That would have been good advice two weeks ago when I tried to update the BIOS on my 8 year old XP. Most of my media is on a “not that fresh” backup on my External Drive. OneNote and some recent Word docs are on SkyDrive. I will need to re-download some purchased music via Zune or Xbox Music, or whatever. Some of my more recent photos are stuck on my L900, but I don’t want to bother syncing till I have a machine with a final version of Win 8. New desktop will arrive on Friday, so by Saturday I should be back in business with most everything I had prior to my XP desktop crash.
I have rebuilt my Notebook three times in the past four months so there is next to nothing to save. That will get updated to Win 8 as soon as I download the image file and have a DVD burner available (on my new desktop) to make a boot disc.
I will backup most of my Office PC content to the server, and probably to a thumb drive on Friday, just to be safe. But I probably wont upgrade to Win 8 until Monday, as I expect to be playing with my new Surface on Friday, and don’t want to be distracted with the update. Should be done before noon on Monday.
Still dual booting with the Office PC and I cringe when I need to go back to XP, primarily to run a program that I didn’t bother to add to the Win 8 partition. The plan there is to delete both partitions, create a single partition again, format and start clean with Win 8.
Actually looking forward to doing all this. It’s exciting, like Windows 8.