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Windows 7: Windows 10 versus Windows 7: Whose numbers do you trust?

07 Feb 2017   #21
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I think we're talking at cross purposes. There's nothing wrong with my computer. I was thinking ahead to when I have to buy a new laptop, which will inevitably have Win10 on it, whether you were saying there was a way of copying the entire Win 7 structure from my current laptop onto a disc or hard drive, store it away and when I get new laptop I can install Windows7 on it. I do have an actual retail disk.


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07 Feb 2017   #22
dustymars

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I changed over to Win 10 a year ago and after tweaking it to work more like Win 7 I like 10 now. Even IE 11 works again after some time in the bit bucket. It seems like MS just made up fake Windows.
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07 Feb 2017   #23
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LevelBest View Post
I think we're talking at cross purposes. There's nothing wrong with my computer. I was thinking ahead to when I have to buy a new laptop, which will inevitably have Win10 on it, whether you were saying there was a way of copying the entire Win 7 structure from my current laptop onto a disc or hard drive, store it away and when I get new laptop I can install Windows7 on it. I do have an actual retail disk.
Now if you were referring to my post I think I got a tad confused about what you wanting to do - so my bad

So I think what I would do if I understand it correctly now use the retail copy to create a dual boot on the machine and then transfer over the stuff on the old drive/system to it. It does seem to me to be an awful lot of work and time to actually try and use the old system. Is that because you do not want to do a dual boot straight up/ because unless I am terribly wrong it will use up one of your number of times that you can use that retail code and it does mean that you will be attempting to run that copy on two machines at once which Microsoft will balk at. Having said that the original machine it was activated on will you be disposing off it?
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08 Feb 2017   #24
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dustymars View Post
I changed over to Win 10 a year ago and after tweaking it to work more like Win 7 I like 10 now. Even IE 11 works again after some time in the bit bucket. It seems like MS just made up fake Windows.
I'll probably do what dusty has done (when the time comes to buy a new laptop) and get Win10 and then set it up so it works like windows 7. It obviously can be done. But hey ho, in the meantime, I'll stick with 7 and see what happens in 2020.
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08 Feb 2017   #25
marsmimar

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The following information is not meant to start any arguments. It's offered so people can hopefully make more reasoned decisions in the 7 vs. 10 debate. I also want to point out that many people who use computers are not as knowledgeable as the people who visit Seven Forums regularly. So please don't think I'm "talking down" to any of you.

One of the more compelling reasons to use Windows 10 is its enhanced security. Microsoft is at least trying to make it safer for people who might fall into the "novice" category and whose security skill sets might be lacking.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...security-guide

A lot of people don't seem to like how 10 looks because they're more comfortable with how 7 presents itself. For these folks a pretty straightforward solution is to use the free Classic Shell. Users can take advantage of the enhanced security features of 10 while making things look like the more familiar 7.

Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

Finally, one of the arguments I hear from people who don't like 10 is its intrusive behavior in trying to collect personal information and send it back to Microsoft. Anybody who has tried 10 knows how deeply buried some privacy settings can be. Another free program that gives users more control over their personal information is DoNotSpy10.

pXc-coding >> DoNotSpy10

I think it's pretty obvious that Microsoft is slowly scaling back support for 7 and concentrating on 10. Even though 7 is supposed to be supported until January 2020, can any one of us guarantee that the type of support in place now will still be in place 2 years from now? Or even next year? Maybe these free apps will make the transition to 10 a little less traumatic.

Full disclosure: I've used Classic Shell and DoNotSpy10 for several months. They work flawlessly on my test machine. YMMV.

Also, I have no financial interest in either product and mention them only in the hopes they might help some people who are afraid to make the transition from 7 to 10.

As always, if anybody decides to give 10 a test drive, please make a full System Image of your 7 machine!
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08 Feb 2017   #26
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Thanks marsmimar, that is really helpful. I like the sound of the classic shell so 10 can look like windows 7. I suppose I am getting on a bit and can remember the buzz I felt getting my first laptop complete with all new shiny windows 7 back in 2012. It seems like five minutes ago and am still very happy with my set up. But thanks for giving me some hope when the time comes.
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08 Feb 2017   #27
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

I turned down 'Get Windows 10 free' on two devices, when I learnt the small print. I would consider Windows 10 on new hardware, now that I know more realistically about computing power needs.
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08 Feb 2017   #28
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep LevelBest the classic shell is good have used it myself. What I did find with one of my machines in 10 is to get rid of of all those irritating apps at the Start screen and just type in the search bar for items such as This PC (Computer in 7) and right click it and then attach it to the start menu. You can get all the usual most used features like that like Control Panel, Pictures, Documents, Command Prompt, etc etc regedit is the only one I have yet to work out.
If I were at home I would attach a pic of that computer but am stuck in hospital right now.
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08 Feb 2017   #29
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Great post marsmimar.
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09 Feb 2017   #30
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I've already had Four Laptops upgraded to 10: Two Laptops from 2008(Pentium Dual Core), A laptop with a 3rd gen Core i3 Processor and a laptop with a Haswell i3 chip. So far no problems occured.

My point is, if your device has drivers for 10 then go for it, If not then it's better to stay in Windows 7.
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