Updating ought to have been easy, but I found it incredibly frustrating.
First, I went to the upgrade site, but after getting all the way through the purchase process, it stated that the upgrade wasn’t for commercial use.
OK. Off to Curry’s to reserve a DVD which also prevents me having to download the whole thing: Get Windows 8 upgrade on DVD from Currys at £49.99 and apparently doesn’t have the commercial restriction, a premium of £25.00.
When I got there I started looking at a new laptop as well, but that’s another story.
So, I’m now installing from the DVD I purchased.
The first thing I need to do is uninstall the incompatible apps (some Dell stuff, an Intel USB3 driver?, and Security Essentials!?) followed by a reboot.
I chose to keep my existing, files, programs and settings.
After quite a long delay, my machine installed devices, then spent quite awhile longer preparing.
Another reboot, and “Moving your settings” was the next task.
Following that, a personalize choice, followed by connecting to the network via wireless (I’ll do that later). I then chose express settings, and entered my previous admin password, and chose sign in without a Microsoft account. After “Finalising your settings” a disconcerting black screen before “Hi” Finally appeared along with the W8 intro stuff.
It eventually booted into W8, so after the initial confusion about licensing, not too bad.