Upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows 7 is not difficult due to streamlined transition process that Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant provides. With this application, users can check whether existing software and devices are compatible with Windows 8, and select to keep personal files during the upgrade process.

With digital version of Windows 8, Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant provides an option to burn the necessary installation content to a DVD or make a bootable USB drive. Alternatively, the upgrade process should continue automatically by downloading the necessary files from the Internet. Once the upgrade process finalizes, users have the option to personalize the look of Windows 8, customize system settings and sign in using a Microsoft account.