Microsoft has been promising an economical upgrade path to Windows 8 for those who buy new PCs. But what about that five-year-old PC that many people still have? There are some tipsters who predict that the upgrade path will go further back — much further. Although upgraders will still want Windows 7 if they need to carry over absolutely everything, tipsters claim that settings can transfer from releases as old as Windows Vista SP1.
Those with truly ancient PCs (as with many corporate customers) can even bring over personal files from an OS as dated as Windows XP SP3.
The extra-long olive branch will be slightly unusual for Microsoft if it’s confirmed, but then the company is also trying to move along a user base that in some cases has clung to XP for more than a decade.
Tipsters say that Microsoft may take this upgrade path to get as many consumers as possible for the Metro apps Windows 8.
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