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Windows 8 Technical Upgrade Step-by-Step Guide


Systems Upgrade List

  ESPRIMO Systems list:
  CELSIUS Systems list:
  STYLISTIC Systems list:
  LIFEBOOK Systems list:

General

Windows 8 provides upgrade paths from Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista® and Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 or higher.

Important Note:

Not all Windows 8 features may be available on all Windows 7 PCs. Your system may require additional hardware, software, firmware, and/or a BIOS upgrade to install and run Windows 8. The required drivers, BIOS and firmware will be available on the Fujitsu support website when Windows 8 becomes available.

Upgrade Installation

During an upgrade, existing user settings are retained, as well as installed applications. If you perform a clean installation, the operating system files are installed in a new folder, and you must reinstall all of your applications and reset user preferences, such as desktop and application settings.

  • Windows 8 Upgrade Options
    • Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium can upgrade to Windows 8 while maintaining their existing Windows settings, applications and personal files like photos, movies and documents.
    • Windows 8 Pro is available to those users running Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate. Again, upgrading will allow you to keep all your files and apps.
    • Windows 8 Enterprise (which typically is only available to Corporations with active Volume license and Software Assurance subscribers) is available via upgrade to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise installs.
    • Windows Vista (without SP1 installed) users can upgrade to Windows 8, however, only personal files (data only) will be kept through the upgrade. Windows Vista with SP1 personal files and system settings will be also maintained through the upgrade.
    • Users with Windows XP SP3 or higher will be able to upgrade to Windows 8, however, only personal files (data only) will be available after the install.

  • Non-Supported Windows 8 Upgrade Options
    • Cross-language installations are not supported if you plan to keep any, apps or Windows settings.
    • Cross architecture upgrades – 32-bit to 64-bit. You will need to do a clean wipe and install.
    • Upgrading from XP SP3 or higher is not supported if you plan to keep any apps and Windows settings. It allows keeping only personal files.
    • Upgrading from Vista is not supported if you plan to keep any apps and Windows settings. It allows keeping only personal files.
    • Upgrading from Vista SP1 is not supported if you plan to keep any apps. It allows keeping only Windows settings and personal files.
    • Cross firmware upgrades – BIOS to UEFI. You will need to do a clean wipe and install.

Clean Install

You need to choose a clean installation of Windows 8 in the following cases

  • No operating system is installed on the computer.
  • The installed operating system does not support an upgrade to Windows 8.
  • A clean installation is preferred.

The most basic advantage of a clean installation is that all of your systems can begin with the same configuration. All applications, files, and settings are reset. You can use a single disk image or answer file to make sure that all of the desktops in your organization are standardized. In this way, you can avoid many of the support problems that are caused by irregular configurations.

Windows 8 Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or better
  • RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
  • Hard Drive: 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit)

Windows 8 Upgrade Prerequisites

  • System back-up using Windows Easy Transfer to storage (e.g., external hard drive, burn to disk, network) - REQUIRED for clean installation
  • System Administrator permissions
  • Wired connection to internet
  • AC power (if upgrading a mobile device)
  • BIOS update
  • Application(s)/driver(s) update

Windows 8 Requirements and Limitations for Specific Features

  • DVD Playback
    DVD playback was supported by Windows 7 and is no longer possible with Windows 8 without additional software which can be acquired from a third-party. Alternatively, you can obtain the Windows 8 Media Center Pack or the Windows 8 Pro Pack post upgrade. Both Packs include Windows Media Center, including the ability to play DVDs.

  • Secure Boot
    Secure Boot is a new feature in Windows 8 and requires support in the system and add-in card firmware. See Windows Installation Methods for detailed info.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh824987.aspx

  • Measured Boot
    Measured Boot is a new feature in Windows 8 and requires support in the system and add-in card firmware.

  • Gadgets
    Windows 8 no longer supports Desktop Gadgets (e.g. Weather and Clock). This feature is now implemented via live tiles.

  • .Net Framework 3.5
    Windows 8 doesn’t have a .Net Framework 3.5 installed by default. Please download it from Microsoft website. Some of the applications which have dependencies on .Net Framework will not work.

  • Recovery Partition
    After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

Windows 8 Compatibility

Pre-upgrade Steps  

Windows Upgrade Assistant (WUA) checks for incompatible hardware and software and will ask you to uninstall them.

You cannot proceed with the upgrade when there are incompatible packages installed.
Software Packages that have to be uninstalled before starting Windows 8 Upgrade includes:

General

  • Upgrade Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology to version 11.5 or later
  • Upgrade Intel(R) Active Management Technology driver version 8.1 or later
  • 3rd party Bluetooth Stacks
  • Norton Internet Security® 2011
  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010
  • Intel® USB 3.0 extensible Host Controller Driver
  • Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software

STYLISTIC Q572 and STYLISTIC Q702:

  • Mouse emulate function of OnScreen Touchpad does not work on Windows 8.

LIFEBOOK and CELSIUS Mobile:

  • Update NVIDIA display driver to the latest version
  • Upgrade Intel(R) ExpressCache to version V1.0.86 or later
  • Upgrade Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology to version 2.1 or later
  • Shock Sensor Utility
  • Uninstall Omnipass Software
  • Uninstall fingerprint sensor driver
  • Uninstall “Infineon TPM Professional Package

How to install Windows 8 with the Windows Upgrade Assistant


The WUA offers the following functionalities:
  • Compatibility check of your hardware and software
  • Integrated purchasing process for the Upgrade License
  • Download Windows 8 for immediate or later installation by creating a media disc

You also can order a DVD or download an ISO image.

The easiest way to convert an ISO file to a DVD in Windows 7 is to use Windows Disc Image Burner . On a PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an ISO file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability. One option is the USB/DVD download tool provided by the Microsoft Store.

It is always recommended to backup your installation as well as your personal files before you start the (upgrade) installation.

For this purpose Fujitsu recommend:

Depending on your upgrade option, you have to do a clean wipe and install. You can use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer your personal files and settings.

When your upgrade option is supported you have to start the installation from your existing operating system.

For unsupported upgrade options you have to perform a clean install by booting from an installation media with Windows 8. Make sure that you select the correct boot menu entry for UEFI or BIOS installation.

Upgrade Installation from existing OS to Windows 8

  1. Insert the Windows 8 installation disc. (Installation via USB drive is another alternative. However, Disc Installation is highly recommended.)
  2. Run setup.exe from the media.
  3. Select “Go online to install updates now (recommended)” to retrieve any important updates for Windows 8 (Please ensure a stable connection to the internet to perform the required updates). Click “Next” to continue.
    (Note: This step is optional. If you choose not to check for updates during Setup, Select “No, thanks” and click “Next”)

  4. Enter the product key in the text box, and then click “Next”.
  5. Read and accept the Microsoft Software License Terms. Click “I accept the license terms” (required to use Windows), and then click “Next”.
  6. Choose the files that you want to preserve (option varies between different operating systems). Click “Next” to continue.
    (Note: If you utilise the installation media, start your PC from the media, and then install Windows 8. With this method, you will not be able to keep your files, programs, or previous settings. To retain them, you will need to install Windows 8 by starting your installation, i.e. setup.exe from your installation media within Windows.)
  7. Your chosen options will be shown. Please confirm the settings and click “Install” to proceed with the Windows 8 installation.
  8. Windows 8 installation begins.
    (Note: During the installation, Windows will automatically restart several times. The screen will be black for a while during the reboots, so please kindly wait patiently for it to regain to its installation screen.)
  9. Personalize your preferred Windows 8 color scheme, and then click “Next”.
  10. Click “Use express settings” to automatically customize your Windows 8 settings.
    (Note: This step is optional. If you prefer your own setting, click “ Customize” instead.)
  11. Click the text box below, enter your Microsoft email account with the keyboard, and then click “Next”.
    (Note: This step is optional. If you prefer signing in without your Microsoft account, click “Sign in without a Microsoft account” instead.)
  12. Click the text box below, enter your user name, password and password hint with the keyboard, and then click “Finish”.
  13. Your setup is completed. Please wait a while before Windows starts up.

Post-upgrade Steps  

After you upgrade, please visit Fujitsu Support Page for updated BIOS, drivers and utilities etc. You can use Fujitsu Software Download Manager (Deskupdate) from Fujitsu Support Page for automatic download of drivers and utilities for that model (if Deskupdate is supported for that model).

Afterwards you can restore your settings and personal file via Windows Easy Transfer if you stored them before hand.

Reference collection

Windows 8 upgrade offer page
http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-GB

Important Note:

Not all Windows 8 features may be available on all Windows 7 PCs. Your system may require additional hardware, software, firmware, and/or a BIOS upgrade to install and run Windows 8. The required drivers, BIOS and firmware will be available on the Fujitsu support website when Windows 8 becomes available.

Clean Installation Steps

You need to choose a clean installation of Windows 8 in the following cases
  • No operating system is installed on the computer.
  • The installed operating system does not support an upgrade to Windows 8.
  • A clean installation is preferred.

The advantage of a clean installation is that all of your systems can begin with the same configuration. All applications, files, and settings are being reset to default. You can use a single disk image or answer file to make sure that all of the desktops in your organization are standardized. In this way, you can avoid many of the support problems that are caused by irregular configurations.

Clean installation steps

  1. Boot up the system with Windows 8 installation disc. (Installation via USB drive is another alternative. However, Disc Installation is highly recommended.)
  2. Select “Install now”.
  3. Enter the product key in the text box, and then click “Next”.

    Read and accept the Microsoft Software License Terms. Click “I accept the license terms” (required to use Windows), and then click “Next”.
  4. Click “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)”.
    (Note: All user data will be deleted. Please ensure you have the corresponding backups.)
  5. Delete all partitions, select the unallocated space and click “Next”.
  6. Windows 8 clean installation begins.

  7. If “Sign in without a Microsoft account” is selected, click the way you prefer for signing in, either with your Microsoft account or Local account.