Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

Just a few short days away from the release of Windows 8 into the wild. With some trepidation, we wait and have bets on who gets the first call…  a failed upgrade, a printer that wont work, where the desktop is, where is the Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Dropbox, Angry Birds apps, etc…

So it got me thinking, where is the upgrade advisor that I can share with the users and show them that their system will work or will fail miserably on Windows 8.

Remember the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor? “To see if your PC is ready for Windows 7, download the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It scans your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.” 

It’s been replaced with the “Fast and Fluid Experience”?

In Windows 8, rather than having Upgrade Advisor, Setup, and Windows Easy Transfer as separate apps or features, we’ve folded them together into one fast and fluid experience in which we first determine if your PC, apps, and devices will work in the new OS, note which things you want to keep (apps, files and/or settings), and then install the new OS. (via Building Windows 8)

As you start to install Windows 8, the program scans the PC to determine compatibility, resulting in a summary report such as this one:

Here's what we found - You can get more info about each app and device in the compatibility report. 19 of your programs and devices will work. 4 items need your attention. See the compatibility report. Button: Next

Windows 8 setup compatibility summary

It provides information on the apps and devices that will work in Windows 8, those that won’t work, and any other system information that is useful to know when determining whether or not to  install Windows 8. A detailed compatibility report is also available if you want to print or save the information, or desire more detail about what to expect once you get to Windows 8, including which apps or devices will require updates.

Ok, well I guess that will work if I am a user and don’t review (or care) what you found and just happy ass click on Next buttons. It’s Windows reimagined, so we imagine its much better, right?

Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant:

The Windows8-ReleasePreview-UpgradeAssistant file is a small 5MB file which will download quickly and will check your system for compatibility with Windows 8. NOTE*** if you do not want to install Windows 8, close the window after it checks compatibility.

If some of your apps or devices aren’t listed, it might be because they haven’t received or determined compatibility info for that app or device yet. Surprise?! Your printer may not work.

Head on over to the Compatibility Center for Windows 8 Consumer Preview to see if there’s more compatibility info. The “Community” votes whether their device or app was or was not compatible.

576 votes compatible, 86 votes not compatible. (When their own product has “not compatibles” it makes us pause)

After running the UpgradeAssistant file on a 4 systems, the top 3 incompatibles were:

  1. Install an app to play DVDs
  2. Secure Boot isn’t compatible with your PC
  3. Your screen resolution isn’t compatible with snap

When you click on More info, they direct you to a generic answers to some common questions about Windows 8 Release Preview website. Here’s the information I found for you:

To play DVDs in Windows 8 Release Preview, you will need to install a third-party app that supports DVD playback. Microsoft has decided to removed DVD playback from Windows Media Player in Windows 8.

Secure Boot is a feature enabled by UEFI – which replaces the traditional PC BIOS and prevents “unauthorized” operating systems and software from loading during the startup process. Microsoft mandates specific implementations for x86 (Intel) and ARM PCs. Any computer with a Windows 8 logo sticker has Secure Boot enabled.

And on desktop PCs, we wont be “snapping apps” so no need to bump up the screen resolution.

As always, and to keep with the tradition, Vista, an Unwelcome Guest – Windows 7, Oh No You Di’Int, I will put Windows 8 into production next weekend.

5 Responses to “Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant”

  1. Annie B. Says:

    With 2 monitors and the Ctrl + Esc keyboard shortcut, it made the Windows 8 Consumer Preview passable.

  2. Batman Says:

    You are a brave individual.

    This is why i like my Lenovo with hard drive caddy. I run Ubuntu 12.04 full time and only have windows installed on a second drive for reference purposes and for some windows testing tools.

    • Annie B. Says:

      I am not looking forward to it, but it’s what I do. Tell me it wont be another Vista fail.

      • Batman Says:

        It won’t because Vista was more than a UI fail. We will have to see if that is the only problem with Windows 8. And if I hear or read one more person say just give it a few hours and you will get used to it you’ll have to come bail me out of jail.

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