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Windows 7: How can I upgrade from Win 7 to win 10 safely?

09 Jan 2020   #1
netrate

Win 7 dual boot with XP
 
 
How can I upgrade from Win 7 to win 10 safely?

I have been reading that there is still a way online to upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10. I would like to do this, but I need everything on my system and cannot go without it (errors, crash etc).
Is there a step by step to upgrading that is safe?


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09 Jan 2020   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello netrate,

The method in the tutorial below is safe to use to upgrade to Windows 10.

Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free | Tutorials

Of course, I would always recommend to create a system image backup first to be safe.
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10 Jan 2020   #3
netrate

Win 7 dual boot with XP
 
 

What is the best way to do a system backup? To an external hard drive.?
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10 Jan 2020   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Correct. Saving to any separate hard drive would be best in case something should ever happen to the Windows drive.
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11 Jan 2020   #5
netrate

Win 7 dual boot with XP
 
 

When is the last date I can do this?
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11 Jan 2020   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The official free upgrade to Windows 10 for the public has already expired.

While Microsoft still allows the free upgrade unofficially, there is no set date. It could be stopped whenever Microsoft decides to.
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11 Jan 2020   #7
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by netrate View Post
When is the last date I can do this?

As Brink says, Microsoft have not officially said that the upgrade was still available, so they are hardly likely to officially announce its end.


If they're going to end it, then end of support for W7 on 14th January is a possibility.
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12 Jan 2020   #8
netrate

Win 7 dual boot with XP
 
 

What is the preferred backup method? I know I cannot just copy the files to an external harddrive, how do I make sure that the entire operating system is backed up as well?
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12 Jan 2020   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could use windows built in system image program or a 3rd party program such as aomei backupper ( free standard edition)
Type sdclt.exe in start search box for windows system image

Free Backup Software for Windows - AOMEI Backupper Standard


How can I upgrade from Win 7 to win 10 safely?-system-backup.jpg


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12 Jan 2020   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I like to use the free version of Macrium Reflect.

Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect | Tutorials
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