The time has come... It is time for me to say good bye to my Windows 7 (Dear Windows 7, I will miss you ).
On my PC, I have Windows 7 (dual-booting with Ubuntu 15.10) installed. The current Windows has started giving me a lot of trouble recently (example: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/595226/windows-explorer-has-stopped-working/). I was wondering what to do when suddenly this idea came to me. I looked at a Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 comparison chart and found that 8.1 would be best for me.
I searched for a lot of guides on clean-installing Windows 8.1, but nothing was good enough for me.
I have already planned what I want to do, but I just need a guide to ensure that it goes smoothly.
This is what I want to do:
1. Back up all my programs on my C:\ drive (for example, the programs on the 'Program Files' and 'Program Files x86' folders).
2. Format the Windows Partition (C:\ ).
3. Install Windows 8.1.
4. Do some driver updates (if they are needed).
5. Install applications.
6. Copy the backed up files.
So, can anyone please give me a detailed guide of how I can accomplish this, and whether this is a good idea or not? If you can, please try to improve upon these ideas.
Also, check the speccy link in my signature for more details about my PC.
EDIT: Minor edits in this post.
Edited by awesomearc, 19 December 2015 - 12:09 AM.