I took another shot at upgrading my desktop PC to Windows 8 today. I first uninstalled some software that I thought might be causing problems, then ran the upgrade using the “just personal files” option. I figured this would wipe out the Windows and Program Files folders, and leave me with a clean Windows 8 install. The plan would then be to re-install all the software I would need, under Windows 8. Good plan, but once again, the install failed and rolled me back to Windows 7.
I’m really not sure what’s going wrong. I have a few ideas, based on stuff I’ve found in the Windows 8 install forums, but I’m not sure what’s likely to work and what’s not. Since the install/restore process takes about two hours, I think I’m going to have to wait a bit before trying the upgrade again.