1.    16 Dec 2015 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7

    Is Asus K73e-BBR7 Compatible with Windows 10


    Hi Everyone! I have been told by Asus that, according to their chart, my Asus laptop (K73e-bbr7) with Windows 7, is not compatible with the Windows 10 upgrade, and that updating may render parts of my laptop unworkable. (In other words, upgrade at your own risk!)

    Does anyone have experience with my laptop's model when upgrading to and using Windows 10. If so, what are the known issues? My laptop works fine with Windows 7, but I am not sure how long before Windows 7 will stop updating. In fact, I am no longer notified when Windows 7 updates are available (despite my settings stating my computer to do so). I have to check manually every so often for updates to Windows 7.

    Asus rep said that Asus will not have any updates to their drivers. (They've stopped updating their web cam drivers, causing me to have to resort to using Windows Live Movie Maker in order to not appear upside down on the LifeFrame webcam software that came with the computer.

    Does anyone have any suggestions, or input? By the way, the Windows 10 popup asking me to install the upgrade/update tells me that my computer is compatible -- except that I won't be able to use the guest account.

    If you need any information on my computer, please let me know. I'm not sure how to find the motherboard or video/graphics card information.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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  2.    16 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,194
    W10 Insider + Linux

    Unlike ordinary, run off the mill desktops, laptops and brand name ready made computers were always tricky to upgrade. Manufacturers just have no real financial interest in keeping their computers updated forever. It's better for them to sell new one on every major OS change. There's no use saying that because of that you'll newer by same brand again because all do more or less same thing.
    Number one is problem with drivers that are mostly proprietary with those manufacturers. Lesser problem is with bundled SW, most of the time they can be replaced by third party SW and many are useless anyway.
    In my experience, most of drivers for W8/8.1 work on W10. Because of all those complications it's best to make full backup of system disk and try W10 for yourself, if it won't work right, you can always return to your old system pretty fast without loosing anything.
    Otherwise you can wait for somebody with exact same computer that upgraded and see if they had any success.
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  3.    16 Dec 2015 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7
    Thread Starter

    K73e-BBR7 Comments and More questions -- and a Thank You!


    Thanks, Mike!

    I think that I will wait before taking a chance on upgrading to Windows 10. By the way, I have Windows 7, and I was told by Asus a few years ago that it might have issues upgrading to Windows 8. Do you think that to avoid all the uncertainties of updates, it might be wise to stick with a desktop (especially since I use my laptop as a desktop anyway? Do you know of any good review sites of computers that work well with Windows 10 or who have updated drivers? It seems that every time I get a desktop or laptop, I find that there is one or two drivers (like my laptop's web cam) that hasn't been updated since before the purchase of my computer/laptop. (If this is off-topic, I apologize. You seem to know so much -- and explain things so well, I thought you might know.

    By the way, I created DVD backups of Windows 7 when I first bought the computer, and my personal files, along with being backed up, are also stored on a D sector/partition, created by a friend. Do I need to do anything with the files on the D sector? (The D sector/partition is a lifesaver. I have had to do a couple of complete computer reinstalls, without having to worry about losing the files stored on that partition.!)

    Have a great day!

    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Unlike ordinary, run off the mill desktops, laptops and brand name ready made computers were always tricky to upgrade. Manufacturers just have no real financial interest in keeping their computers updated forever. It's better for them to sell new one on every major OS change. There's no use saying that because of that you'll newer by same brand again because all do more or less same thing.
    Number one is problem with drivers that are mostly proprietary with those manufacturers. Lesser problem is with bundled SW, most of the time they can be replaced by third party SW and many are useless anyway.
    In my experience, most of drivers for W8/8.1 work on W10. Because of all those complications it's best to make full backup of system disk and try W10 for yourself, if it won't work right, you can always return to your old system pretty fast without loosing anything.
    Otherwise you can wait for somebody with exact same computer that upgraded and see if they had any success.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    16 Dec 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,194
    W10 Insider + Linux

    If you had a portable HDD of same size or a bit smaller than your main HDD, you could use a program like "Macrium Reflect free" to make full copy of your disk and put it back in if necessary without any OS or data loss. Much faster than having to reinstall windows and all the programs. That not only lets you experiment with another OS but also makes it easier and faster to repair your system.
    I prefer home grown desktop computers, those couple of older laptops I use I install Linux on them, they are just too old and slow for any windows. Desktop computers are so much faster than any comparable laptops (mainly because of power requirements). On laptops everything is made for low power and battery usage while desktops are more performance oriented.
    Brand name, ready made desktops have many proprietary parts not easily upgraded and serviced.
    There are many places where they would put together decent desktop computer with of the shelf parts you select and order from them. That way parts and whole thing is much easier to service, maintain and upgrade if necessary and so prolong it's life almost indefinitely.
    Like that, what you need is what you select as parts combinations depending on what your primary use would be.
    For home use and if you don't plan to play some newest and most complicated games and "APU" Amd processor like A10-7850K that has pretty good integrated graphics, a motherboard for it with 8GB of RAM + a good size SSD would make a computer that can run circles around any but best and most expensive laptop for much, much lover price. It could be small enough to fit any laptop's footprint.
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  5.    16 Dec 2015 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7
    Thread Starter

    Thank you -- and additional question


    Thank you again for all your help. I'm glad that you mentioned home-grown desktops. My friend makes them -- and we have a store that sells parts nearby! I'm going to consider that option for my next computer.

    I looked up the Macreium Reflect Free option on a YouTube video. If I do that, what template should I select. (I believe there was one called "The grandfathered..." (I'm assuming that one saves a lot more?

    Also, I've heard about people who have issues when upgrading to a newer windows, but they were able to resolve the issues by using drivers that were compatible (like a Lenovo mouse drive for a Dell computer). Do you know of a site or two that I could consider if I need to find a driver that is not available for my Asus? (Providing I'm brave enough to upgrade to Windows 10 and encounter issues!) I'd like to make sure I have the information available -- so that I'm not searching "blindly" for hours if something happens.

    Oh, if I do upgrade to Windows 10, do you have a recommendation for a free webcam software that will work with Windows 10? The one on my Asus is shaky at best. (I appear upside down when I access it through LifeFrame, the software that came with it.) Currently, I use Windows Life Movie Maker for video and snapshots. (Will that be available with Windows 10?

    Also, thank you for getting me on the right track with a customized computer that would meet my needs. I generally surf the net, download or upload pictures and videos, use Office 2010 and play Facebook games.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    If you had a portable HDD of same size or a bit smaller than your main HDD, you could use a program like "Macrium Reflect free" to make full copy of your disk and put it back in if necessary without any OS or data loss. Much faster than having to reinstall windows and all the programs. That not only lets you experiment with another OS but also makes it easier and faster to repair your system.
    I prefer home grown desktop computers, those couple of older laptops I use I install Linux on them, they are just too old and slow for any windows. Desktop computers are so much faster than any comparable laptops (mainly because of power requirements). On laptops everything is made for low power and battery usage while desktops are more performance oriented.
    Brand name, ready made desktops have many proprietary parts not easily upgraded and serviced.
    There are many places where they would put together decent desktop computer with of the shelf parts you select and order from them. That way parts and whole thing is much easier to service, maintain and upgrade if necessary and so prolong it's life almost indefinitely.
    Like that, what you need is what you select as parts combinations depending on what your primary use would be.
    For home use and if you don't plan to play some newest and most complicated games and "APU" Amd processor like A10-7850K that has pretty good integrated graphics, a motherboard for it with 8GB of RAM + a good size SSD would make a computer that can run circles around any but best and most expensive laptop for much, much lover price. It could be small enough to fit any laptop's footprint.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


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