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tonyacardo

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I am thinking of upgrading to Windows 8.
I have 3 questions about it.

Will it automatically find the programs I have installed on my D: drive or will I have to install them again?
Does it have a good emulator for Windows 95? I still have some programs designed to run on Win 95, they are programs I use and I do not want to abandon them.
Also, will Windows 8 allow me to use an interface that is point and click with a mouse. I do not have a touch screen.
 

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As you are running 7 Ultimate 64 bit you can upgrade to windows 8 Pro 64bit and keep more or less everything see this


Upgrading from Windows 7
This is the simplest upgrade path of all. You can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from any version of Windows 7, and you can choose whether you want to migrate files, settings, and programs, just files, or nothing. Be sure to pay close attention to the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which will alert you to any programs or drivers that must be uninstalled before the upgrade or updated afterwards.
quoted from this link
http://www.zdnet.com/article/everything-you-need-to-know-about-windows-8-upgrades-faq-part-2/


Here is the official Microsoft upgrade doc
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/jj203353.aspx


so you cannot upgrade and keep all to OTHER than windows 8 Pro


Yes it does have compatibility going back to win95 but that does NOT mean that the program will run without problems please see screenshot


Before you start run the windows 8 upgrade assistant
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8


and the 8.1


You cannot upgrade to 8.1 from 7 and keep all. I do appreciate that you said to 8 however.
You can of course later on go from 8 to 8.1


Please ensure that you have all backed up - it can go wrong just like any other install.


Yes you can use it with a mouse and keyboard just as 7. It is not the OS itself that enables touch.
 

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Thanks for the lightning fast response. I will look into this carefully and get back if I have questions.
 
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