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Windows 7: Should I upgrade to Windows 10 from 7, or risky?

23 Jun 2016   #1
Jon12345

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Should I upgrade to Windows 10 from 7, or risky?

I have Windows 7, some data backed up but not all. Its asking if I want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

1. Will this kick out some of my programs like MS Office etc, or will all programs work fine as before?

2. Can it go faulty half way through the upgrade, or are there very good safeguards against this built into Windows 10 upgrade?

I fear I could have a system that doesn't restart then I am buggered!

Thanks,

Jon


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23 Jun 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you like Windows 7 then stay with Windows 7

1) Usually not, but a program could be incompatible.

2) As long as your power does not go off you should be fine, and if it did, the install would just resume.

If you do not want to install Windows 10, then have a look at these.

Ultimate Outsider - Software Downloads

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVC_g3wRP48

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pcmDTDRGgA
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24 Jun 2016   #3
Taplice

windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

People: Backup important files a memory stick costs a couple of dollars. Always do backup.
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24 Jun 2016   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Create a system image to a totally separate hdd before you upgrade because yes it could hang......
Without a system image you would be up a creek
Imaging with free Macrium
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24 Jun 2016   #5
Jon12345

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I have a 128mb SSD drive with my Windows stuff on it. If I did a system image, it would go to a external drive. How long would something like that take, approx?
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24 Jun 2016   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jon12345 View Post
I have a 128mb SSD drive with my Windows stuff on it. If I did a system image, it would go to a external drive. How long would something like that take, approx?
How many minutes? Likely less than 30 minutes, assuming you have at least a medium-powered CPU. Quite likely less than 15 minutes, unless that 128 GB drive is nearly full.

Your system specs tell us nearly nothing, so you may have a puny CPU?

But I'm unclear why you think the time required would be of much significance.

Much more important is how to make the image, how to restore it, and an overall understanding of the process--beyond what you'd get in a 2 or 3 paragraph summary.

There's certainly no over-riding reason to accept Windows 10, unless you are the type who believes that anything free is worthwhile and irresistible---millions of people do think that way and will line up for it.
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24 Jun 2016   #7
Jon12345

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I figure backup is step one, so I want to get started. Would something like free Macrium Reflect be suitable? Time required determines when I get started without interrupting my schedule.

I got a 4 year old quad core PC with about 4gb of free space left. Plenty of room on the external drive.

I tried to upgrade components of Windows 7. When I selected them and went to update as normal, the only button available was one saying get Windows 10, or something like that. So I aborted the updates and investigated Win 10.
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24 Jun 2016   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jon12345 View Post
I figure backup is step one, so I want to get started. Would something like free Macrium Reflect be suitable? Time required determines when I get started without interrupting my schedule.

I got a 4 year old quad core PC with about 4gb of free space left. Plenty of room on the external drive.
Macrium Reflect Free would be fine.

You should use images even if Win 10 did not exist.

I'd probably use something else to back up personal data.

You may need to make an image of C and other partitions or maybe just C alone. Or you could make a single image file of each and every partition on that 128 GB drive.

At that point, you'd have an image file with an mrimg extension that is largely useless as it sits.

A 4 year old quad core can probably make an image of a nearly fully occupied 128 gb drive 25 or 30 minutes, give or take.

I'd be concerned about having only 4 GB of free space out of 128. That's a problem. I'd do a "Disk Cleanup" from within Windows and/or consider uninstalling apps, moving data, or somehow getting more free space.

If you can't or won't do that, then shop for a larger drive and restore your Macrium image to that larger drive.
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24 Jun 2016   #9
Jon12345

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

It was only 500MB left. I've been removing what I can. One reason that Win 10 appealed was its smaller footprint. Might leave me a bit more data. I could really do with a new PC!
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24 Jun 2016   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Have you done a formal Disk Cleanup?

Have you turned off hibernation?

Have you reduced the size of your page file?

Have you adjusted the amount of space devoted to System Restore?

All of those things will recover space.
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