It was a similar thing with Windows 7, if you were running XP you could not perform a simple upgrade to windows 7 even if your hardware could support it. In actual fact if you were going to move to 7 from XP you may as well move from 32 Bit to 64 Bit and add more memory. So if that is possible on a computer I am sure some bright software engineer will set up a step through routine to reload your operating system from scratch providing that the hardware spec is sufficient. It's not like it is only Microsoft that does this, RIM is did it with OS6 to OS7 and now BB10, Apple is not letting you have all the features of OS6, Microsoft is giving you a version close to Windows 8 but not calling it that, I have had countless programs over the years that have been built as totally new Platforms which are not upgradeable, I really do not see it as an issue. As I said earlier until Windows 8 was announced everyone was happy with Windows 7, the same goes for everyone running OS 5 on their IPhones, yes they have a few extra goodies but is it really enough of an issue for people to get so uptight about.
I ask another question, how many times have you rushed to upgrade your software then regretted that you have lost some little option that you found really useful but for some reason the developer thought was pointless and decided not to keep it?? You win some you lose some, but in the end you progress. I didn't upgrade from XP on one of my machines and Windows 7 on another, will I upgrade to Windows 8 probably not until I really see that it will be advantageous to my needs, the same with Microsoft Office I have about 3 different versions running, plus I still have a really old version of WordPerfect which I used to use on the early versions of Windows + a DOS version, on which I really loved being able to display all the formatting codes, took a lot of getting used to work around those options. So enjoy what you have and look forward to upgrading the hardware to run your new software!
Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we will change the world. - Jack Layton (1950-2011)
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