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  1.    09 Feb 2015 #1
    Join Date : Feb 2015
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    Windows 10

    I Did a Silly Thing


    I was too eager to try out Windows 10 and before doing my research and backing anything up I have now switched my main computer to 10. As I understand it there is no way of going back -- am I going to be okay? On a scale from 1 - 10 how likely am I to experience something traumatic like a loss of files? I'm no computer expert and am worried I've really screwed myself over.

    So far my experience has been good so I'm hopeful Windows 10 will be steady and reliable... any thoughts?

    thanks!

    - Caleb
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  2.    09 Feb 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 27,997
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Caleb, there's a good chance you can put Humpty-Dumpty back together again!

    First, fill out your system specs here in the forum. Be specific. OS, hardware (include any external drives, etc.), OEM machine like Dell or HP. Spellout what type of backup procedure you were using prior to Win 10 install; 3rd party like Macrium, Acronis or native (Windows Backup). Files or files and image or image only.

    Be as specific as you can be. Also, if you can post a snapshot of Disk Management screen. Has valuable info on it.

    There are some good recovery knowledgeable people on this forum, they will help I'm sure.

    BUT, info about what you had and what you have now is very helpful.

    I would suggest you do not do any cleanups (i.e. Windows Disk Cleanup) or otherwise change the picture too much during analyzing all this.

    Good luck!
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  3.    09 Feb 2015 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,137
    Windows 10 Professional

    This might be just what the doctor ordered:

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html

    (Check everything out carefully, don't rush into anything!)
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  4.    09 Feb 2015 #4
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Posts : 804
    10 Pro Preview x64

    but, but, but, you could just carry on using it and hope for the best. I upgraded my 8.1 to 10 in October and have taken all the subsequent ones with no real problems. Microsoft have said that their intention is you can upgrade from 10 preview to RTM.

    Maybe not the best option but it is an option

    It would be an idea to do a backup now in any case and then you can think about it later.
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  5.    09 Feb 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,424
    win 10 Insider

    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    but, but, but, you could just carry on using it and hope for the best. I upgraded my 8.1 to 10 in October and have taken all the subsequent ones with no real problems. Microsoft have said that their intention is you can upgrade from 10 preview to RTM.

    Maybe not the best option but it is an option

    It would be an idea to do a backup now in any case and then you can think about it later.
    Yep, why panic. I intend to go through to RTM with my preview-ed system. I always have all my data backed up so a re-install would be no disaster but I am confident my system will 'survive' subsequent updates!
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  6.    09 Feb 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 27,997
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    This might be just what the doctor ordered:

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html

    (Check everything out carefully, don't rush into anything!)
    Edwin, that's a ! That's why I suggested no clean-ups for now. We should have a Happy Caleb! Cheers!!!
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  7.    09 Feb 2015 #7
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,137
    Windows 10 Professional

    Quote Originally Posted by f14tomcat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    This might be just what the doctor ordered:

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html

    (Check everything out carefully, don't rush into anything!)
    Edwin, that's a ! That's why I suggested no clean-ups for now. We should have a Happy Caleb! Cheers!!!
    Hopefully!
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  8.    09 Feb 2015 #8
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by f14tomcat View Post
    Caleb, there's a good chance you can put Humpty-Dumpty back together again!

    First, fill out your system specs here in the forum. Be specific. OS, hardware (include any external drives, etc.), OEM machine like Dell or HP. Spellout what type of backup procedure you were using prior to Win 10 install; 3rd party like Macrium, Acronis or native (Windows Backup). Files or files and image or image only.

    Be as specific as you can be. Also, if you can post a snapshot of Disk Management screen. Has valuable info on it.

    There are some good recovery knowledgeable people on this forum, they will help I'm sure.

    BUT, info about what you had and what you have now is very helpful.

    I would suggest you do not do any cleanups (i.e. Windows Disk Cleanup) or otherwise change the picture too much during analyzing all this.

    Good luck!
    Thank-you Tomcat and everyone else for your kind advice! It seems like tenforums is a good place to be

    So given what the majority of you are saying I'm thinking of staying with Windows 10 Preview for now (I am enjoying it after all) and backing up my stuff just in case. Again though my noobiness becomes quickly apparent: what's the easiest/ cheapest/ quickest way to back up my files? Should I just take the files I absolutely need and upload them to something like GoogleDrive / put them on a memory stick? Or are there options to backup my entire system?

    thanks again!

    - Caleb
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  9.    09 Feb 2015 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,424
    win 10 Insider

    You can just copy your data files to 'the cloud', memory stick or an external USB drive but you can also backup your entire system, programs and all. I use Macrium Reflect to do this. There is a free version that is adequate for most uses.

    Leo Notenboom describes how to use Macrium here:-http://ask-leo.com/macrium_reflect_1_downloading_and_installing.html

    But, whatever you do, make sure you have your documents, photos etc saved, preferably off-site.
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  10.    09 Feb 2015 #10
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 1,305
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    You should have installed on a different hard drive.
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