1.    27 Jun 2016 #1

    from W7 pc to new W10 pc What to expect & how to migrate my data


    Have read much about updating to W10 but nothing found about abruptly changing to the current W10 OS

    My W7 laptop crashed after 4 years, so I'm in a position being forced to buy a new laptop that comes with W10

    Many changes since W7 so Im trying to prepare for the learning phase of now being forced into using W10.
    I know that old terms like "My Computer" etc have changed and there will be a small learning curve in learning to navigate.

    Any help or web sites that could help me learn the new W10 and how I can migrate my data from the old laptop's HDD would be greatly appreciated from someone who has been through this already. Thanks for your help.
    Looking forward to the new experience
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  2.    27 Jun 2016 #2

    If you used Win 7 long then you won't have any problems. 10 is a lot more like 7 than 8 was. I hated 8 , like 10 so far, really liked 7 a lot.
    After logging into 10;
    If you look at the picture; on the task bar you will see a folder icon. (click the picture to enlarge it.) That is your file explorer
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Click on it and you will see the next pic. The "recent files" grows as you use your computer. You can delete them from the list at any time. You know, maybe you don't want other users to see what you've been looking at. It is a quick access to those files if you leave them there.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    You will see in the list on the left; "This PC" That is the same as "Computer" in Win 7, or "My Computer in previous versions.
    Click on "This PC" and you will see:
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    All your drives are listed. If you have a thumb drive, camera, or external hard drive hooked up, it will show here. Click on them to access them.
    Have fun exploring.
    Hope this helps.
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  3.    28 Jun 2016 #3

    Chezler said: View Post
    If you used Win 7 long then you won't have any problems. 10 is a lot more like 7 than 8 was. I hated 8 , like 10 so far, really liked 7 a lot.
    After logging into 10;
    If you look at the picture; on the task bar you will see a folder icon. (click the picture to enlarge it.) That is your file explorer
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture.PNG 
Views:	6 
Size:	1.18 MB 
ID:	87158
    Click on it and you will see the next pic. The "recent files" grows as you use your computer. You can delete them from the list at any time. You know, maybe you don't want other users to see what you've been looking at. It is a quick access to those files if you leave them there.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture 4.PNG 
Views:	3 
Size:	93.6 KB 
ID:	87160
    You will see in the list on the left; "This PC" That is the same as "Computer" in Win 7, or "My Computer in previous versions.
    Click on "This PC" and you will see:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture 3.PNG 
Views:	3 
Size:	61.8 KB 
ID:	87159
    All your drives are listed. If you have a thumb drive, camera, or external hard drive hooked up, it will show here. Click on them to access them.
    Have fun exploring.
    Hope this helps.
    Thanks for your quick reply
    Is that the W10 default desktop bacground image? Can I personalize with my own as in W7
    Also can my sektop be personalized with shortcut icons of folders of my choice as in W7?
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  4. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 133
    Windows 10 Ent, Pro & Home
       28 Jun 2016 #4

    provlima said: View Post
    Thanks for your quick reply
    Is that the W10 default desktop bacground image? Can I personalize with my own as in W7
    Also can my sektop be personalized with shortcut icons of folders of my choice as in W7?
    Yes, that is the default image. You can personalize 10 as long as Windows 10 is activated. Shortcuts are the same as in 7.
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  5. Joined : Mar 2015
    Philadelphia
    Posts : 1,072
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       28 Jun 2016 #5

    There isn't much of a learning curve at all. Most of my users take a day or so to get used to 10, and then they are off and running.

    As for your data, normal options work if you are able to access the files on your old computer. You can copy them to an external drive, flash drive, etc. If you can't, then you may be able to pull the hard drive from the old and hook it up to your new laptop with a cable or external housing.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,842
    Windows 10 Pro
       28 Jun 2016 #6

    The best way to retrieve your data from the old laptop is to purchase a SATA to USB cable. For one time or infrequent use just a cable adapter is between $5 and $10. I prefer to put my old laptop hard drive in SATA to USB enclosures for more permanent use as external hard drives. The enclosure will be between $10 and $20.

    Amazon.com: Inateck USB 3.0 to SATA Adapter Cable for 2.5 Accessories

    Amazon.com: Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-free External Hard Drive Enclosure [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] Black (EC-UASP): Computers Accessories
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