Windows 8 Upgrade Paths from XP, Vista and Windows 7 are leaked

Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNET has surprised us with the skinny on what the upgrade paths will be for Windows 8.

From her contacts, here’s what the deal is:

  • Users running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium can upgrade to Windows 8 with their system settings, personal files, and applications in tact.
  • Users running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, and Professional will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro with system settings, personal files, and applications in tact.
  • Customers running Windows 7 Pro or Enterprise editions can update to Windows 8 Enterprise with system settings, personal files, and applications in tact.
  • Vista users without SP1 can upgrade to Windows 8, but only personal files will be preserved. Customers that do have SP1 will have their system settings transferred as well.
  • XP users with SP3 can upgrade directly to Windows 8, but only personal files will be preserved.
  • Cross language upgrades will not be possible but cross language installs will.
  • 32 bit to 64 bit upgrades (and vice versa) are out as well.

Windows 8 should hit RTM next month (July).

This should be interesting.

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