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Windows 7: Should I upgrade to 10, or keep 7?

28 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Should I upgrade to 10, or keep 7?

So tomorrow is supposed to be the last day for getting the "Free 10" upgrade?

Ok, well I gave two separate PC's... actually 3 if you count my girlfriends; but I want to focus on mine.

One has Windows 7 Home Premium. Its used primarily for things like email, browsing the internet, and video streaming. Sometimes I'll do some gaming on it...

Its an i5-2500K, with 8GB DDR3-1600 and a Radeon HD6950 2GB; with an older model Plextor 256GB SSD alongside an old WD 1TB HDD. I have no money for hardware upgrades at this time.

Second PC is my main rig, used primarily for Gaming.

Its an i5-4690K overclocked at 4.7ghz; with 8GB DDR3-1600 OC'd at 1866. eVGA GTX 770 4GB FTW; two Samsung M.2 series SSD's (500gb 950 Pro & 512gb 850 Evo) along side a Black Edition WD 1TB HDD and a high end Sound Blaster card...

This one is running Windows 7 Ultimate.

I know absolutely nothing about Windows 10.

I work for an I.T. company who deliberately steers its customers AWAY from Windows 10 on the excuse that "its still not finished/its still got bugs/its not user friendly/etc etc etc" while our tech manager keeps arguing that 10 is flawed, full of security concerns and that it gives out users personal info, etc, etc...

So instead my company pushes our customers to keep using Windows 7.

But in the past couple of months we've had more and more customers start coming to us with legitimate desires to upgrade to 10 or just flat out purchase a new PC with 10. We just had a client upgrade their entire business to Windows 10 last month.


I still don't know squat, about Windows 10...

I don't want to have to go and redo my entire PC (either of them)... its just too much hassle to go through the whole format/reinstall process at this time. For starters, my gaming rig has too many heavily modded games that I just don't want to risk messing up cause then that would just completely corrupt all my save games, etc...

Then there's my girlfriends computer, sitting in the same room as mine. I don't want to risk her missing a chance for an free OS upgrade if it'll actually benefit her... but at the same time, she won't know how to use it.... and she'll beat the living crap out of me if it involves wiping out all her "precious stuff"; and having to reinstall all her favorite games, etc etc etc...

But if the upgrade can be done in a way that keeps all our data and installed programs intact?

Is it actually going to be worth it for me to give up my Friday night to do this? Cause I don't think I'll have time to do it tonight but I just haven't had the time to really look into it until today...

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28 Jul 2016   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Actually today is the last day I believe
Upgrade or not :/
This is SevenForums not TenForums so take a wild guess
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28 Jul 2016   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


Google and says its July 29th.

Did they change it to the 28th?

Yes, this is Sevenforums.

I am a Windows 7 user.

Hence why I'm here? I thought this was the place for 7 Users to ask their questions?
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28 Jul 2016   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

The 29th could be true but could also mean it expires that day :)
Today would be a safer bet as the last day.

For a secondary machine 10 would be fine.
I personally would not upgrade if I only had one machine and actually relied on it daily :)
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28 Jul 2016   #5

Windows 10 Workstation x64

I'm using 10 in a production environment and think it's great, a few bugs at first but everything works great now.

Why not upgrade and try it, if you don't like it you have 30 days to roll back.
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28 Jul 2016   #6

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring

Hi Nyar,
Well as you work for an IT company, you'll possibly know about Acronis or Macrium?, create a system image.
Then take the plunge, it'll certainly make sure you DONT get girlfriend hassle
Either way to get your FREE W10 it needs to be up and running BEFORE the deadline.

Yours could take a fair bit of effort as you've HEAVILY modded it, and it might not be perfect from the go.

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28 Jul 2016   #7

Windows 7 HP x64 / Windows 7 Pro x64

Hmm.. I'm sticking with Windows 7 purely on the basis I KNOW EVERYTHING WORKS! that I need to use.

I do have windows 10 on an old HP G60 Test laptop and to be honest, I dont like it and much prefer LXDE but, I can keep it if Windows 10 changes for my better in the future.

It really is a bit late in the day to be deliberating whether you should upgrade or not considering that if you do not like windows 10 after activating with your windows 7 license you may not get the 30 day option to rollback to previous OS and even if you do will the license activate under windows 7 when allocated to windows 10?? Perhaps others can clarify for sure.. cut off date 29th July??

It's your choice an no-one elses.. I downloaded the 'media creation tool' to download windows 10 onto a bootable 4Gb USB flash drive and installed it from there. Then activated it using my old windows 7 Home Premium key once installed.

There's a walkthrough somewhere on the forum to assist you should you go that way.

Heard so many horror stories on the upgrade side, better to clean install IMHO

( I prefer LXDE due to me as the end-user having far MORE control over Windows 10's telemetry/ reporting/ locked in apps etc..)
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28 Jul 2016   #8

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

on creating a system image well before upgrading
The roll back process has a horrible success record :)
Imaging with free Macrium
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28 Jul 2016   #9

Windows 7 HP x64 / Windows 7 Pro x64

oh the microsoft servers are going to be HOT over the next 28 hours or so..98% of downloads halting etc..

Agree with imaging the drive first (backup/backup & Backup, 1st rule of thumb)
but my concern is, does the 30 day grace period still work after July 29th? or is that only for Pre-Anniversary editions?

Once a Windows 7 key is activated in 10, can the user revert back and use the key in 7 after 29th July??

(apologies for the off topic)
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28 Jul 2016   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

The only way to ever know is to try W-10.
Some like W-10 and some don't.

I would recommend trying W-10 on its own drive. Giving it a fare chance to do it thing without being encumbered with any thing else. Install the programs you normally use and see how things work for you.

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