Sunday, November 11, 2012

Migrating to Windows 8: First Steps

I’m about to migrate my main computer to Windows 8, and I thought it would be good to share my experience and the workflow for the migration. As usual, the first thing to do is to organize and backup your files.

I have two external hard drives, and two partitions in my system. I have to admit that I have been a bit lazy setting up a proper automated backup plan, but hey, it is never late to start doing things right !

The first thing I need to do was cleaning up and organize my main PC files. For now I’m doing this in a manual way, since I want to clean and organize my folder structures a bit better. Once this was done, I needed a simple and fast tool to help me synchronise my files across my external drives.


For this, I headed to the web and looked around to see what I could find. I ended up downloading and installing the free version of SyncBack (SyncBack Freeware v3.2.21). Easy to install and it lets you set up automated backups and also sync files between source and target locations.


Here’s an article on LifeHacker for a quick tutorial. Additionally, you should check this post from Scott Hanselman about backup strategies.

I have done this on both of my drives to make sure I have a bit of local redundancy. Make sure to check your data partition and also your main partition for files to backup (favourites and bookmarks, Windows documents, pictures, music, projects, code, etc., games save files and such).

Once you have your local backups in place, you might want to create a full image of your main system so you can go back if you really need it.

When you have completed all this steps, then you are ready to insert your Windows 8 Pro media and click on the setup executable!

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