Lost all installed programs after upgrading from Vista to Windows 8

Original title: Window 8 existing programes did not load.


I have loaded windows 8 over Vista. Windows 8 has loaded successfully but all my programmes such as Office 2010, Paperport, Adobe, etc.  are no longer available.

The used hard disc space is the same before and after loading windows 8. That would suggest  the programmes have not been wiped but I can not see them or access them. 

Any ideas on how I can restore?





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Last updated August 31, 2018 Views 2,394 Applies to:

Can you really upgrade?

In truth, Windows 8 does not support a direct upgrade from Windows Vista. This means you will have do a custom install, which means, any applications or drivers you currently have installed will have to be reinstalled. You might likely need updated drivers for some hardware. Windows 8’s built in upgrade compatibility wizard should help you determine what is compatible and needs to be removed before proceeding with the upgrade. Migrating from Vista to Windows 8 will preserve your personal files and settings though.


For more information about how to install applications Windows 8, see the following article:


How to install apps in Windows 8 | Teching It Easy: with Windows

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