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  1.    23 Apr 2016 #11
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    There's only one reason I'm thinking of upgrading - W7 support ends in Jan 2020. I'm very happy with W7 and it probably suits my ageing laptop better than W10. If I could be certain my laptop wouldn't make it to 2020 I wouldn't upgrade.
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  2.    23 Apr 2016 #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by safe01 View Post
    There's only one reason I'm thinking of upgrading - W7 support ends in Jan 2020. I'm very happy with W7 and it probably suits my ageing laptop better than W10. If I could be certain my laptop wouldn't make it to 2020 I wouldn't upgrade.
    If I was in your place I might want to add a little more ram ....if you can ...4GB is right at the bottom ....kinda
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  3.    23 Apr 2016 #13
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    One problem quite typical of upgrading older laptops to newer OS's for which they are not specified is that, although the OS runs, thermal management doesn't work properly. That reduces the life of the laptop.

    For example my HP laptop which came with Vista ran Win 8, then Win 10 32 bits and 64 bits, but from Win 8 up I experienced thermal cutouts very quickly in Safe Mode, and sometimes in other circumstances, e.g. a particular boot disk. (4Gb was ok - some people are upgrading netbooks with 1Gb- the min. in the spec. for Win 10).

    (Sure, there are other reasons for older laptops getting hot, but dust doesn't explain it cutting out so quickly in Safe Mode!)
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  4.    25 Apr 2016 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike65 View Post
    Hi safe01 1st off I would do a complete backup of your OS Before upgrading to Windows 10. I suggest using Macrium Reflect Free version, and keep this image backup on a 2nd drive. http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
    This way will make sure if something goes wrong you can restore your original Windows 7 back.
    Apologies for the simple question, but I have an external hard drive with plenty of space but it also has a lot of valuable files on it. If I use this drive to backup with Macrium Reflect, does it reformat the drive and delete these valuable files or can they be retained?
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  5.    25 Apr 2016 #15
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    Disk imaging programs will let you create a folder and name the file created which will contain your image. Other files and folders are untouched.

    A very useful trick is to plug in your external drive, run diskmgmt.msc, apply a drive letter like R (late in the alphabet) to your external drive.

    Next time you plug it in, it will be R.
    That way the path always matches your backup settings in the imaging program, making life easier.

    Macrium Reflect allows you to manage how many backups you keep for a given disk or partition, controlling the space used. You may prefer to do a system image for Windows, and image data partitions or disks separately.
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  6.    25 Apr 2016 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by safe01 View Post
    Apologies for the simple question, but I have an external hard drive with plenty of space but it also has a lot of valuable files on it. If I use this drive to backup with Macrium Reflect, does it reformat the drive and delete these valuable files or can they be retained?
    Macrium Reflect will not reformat your external drive safe01 It will just make an image file of your Windows OS and place the file anywhere you tell it too. Your external drive is a excellent choice.
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  7.    25 Apr 2016 #17
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    Again, thanks for the replies. Glad to hear those files won't get deleted. Still haven't decided what to do yet but if I have any problems I'll report back.
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  8.    25 Apr 2016 #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by safe01 View Post
    There's only one reason I'm thinking of upgrading - W7 support ends in Jan 2020. I'm very happy with W7 and it probably suits my ageing laptop better than W10. If I could be certain my laptop wouldn't make it to 2020 I wouldn't upgrade.
    By 2020 98% of the tech heads on this forum will have moved on to another system.
    It's the nature of technology.
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  9.    28 May 2016 #19
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    Hi Bob,
    I read that you were able to upgrade a CQ50 to Windows10. My setup sounds just like yours. I can never get a successful upgrade to 10 though. Last night it got to 99% install so I left it and went to bed and this morning it was rebooted back to Win7 64bit.
    Do you recall what steps you had to take in order to complete the win10 install on a CQ50? Thanks. -Jim.
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