Windows 8 upgrade failed

So my ill-considered attempt to upgrade my desktop machine to Windows 8 failed. The computer seemed to blue-screen after the install finished (showing the silly new Win 8 error screen), then rebooted to a screen telling me that the upgrade failed, and that it was restoring my previous Windows version. Surprisingly enough, that worked well, and I’m right back where I started.

I had originally only intended to run the upgrade advisor, and not actually do the upgrade. But, when I ran setup.exe from the DVD, it went straight into the upgrade, without giving me any indication of software incompatibilities or anything like that. I was going to cancel the install, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. I guess that wasn’t really a good idea.

So, with the computer back to Windows 7, I started poking around on the DVD to figure out how to run the upgrade advisor. I didn’t actually find it on the DVD, but I managed to download it from Microsoft and run it from there. There are actually a number of things on the computer that won’t work in Win 8, and that need to be either removed or upgraded. I’m not sure which of those might have been serious enough to have screwed up the install though, or if the problem might be with something else entirely.

Well, I’m going to try to take care or removing and upgrading stuff, then maybe take another shot at the upgrade next weekend.

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