Before upgrading to Windows 8, we recommend that you run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It scans your current PC to see if it is ready for Windows 8 and then provides a compatibility report and optional steps for you to buy, download, and install Windows 8.

  • You can run Upgrade Assistant without purchasing or installing Windows 8.
  • To check if your peripheral devices like printers or monitors will work with Windows 8, be sure they're plugged in and connected to your PC before you run Upgrade Assistant.

What does Upgrade Assistant do? There are four main things that Upgrade Assistant does: Learn more.