I signed up for the Windows 10 Upgrade program and it is clearly time to bite the bullet.
I put a good month into sorting out how to move from XP/Pro to Win7/Pro x64. I bought my copy of Win7 (7 Professional Upgrade [Old Version] SKU 882224883443) late in the game and paid dearly for my procrastination. In the end I downloaded an ISO file from
Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River
(Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 (old) X17-24281.iso) to match as closely the product I'd purchased. I did manage to get it activated. I did manage to get it activated. The resulting installation has worked fine...
I have concerns that running the Windows 10 upgrade may cause problems. Should I be concerned?
I have my 'data' files on a drive that is physically different from the SSD I use for the OS and program files, so I can unplug that one (and other unused drives) when I run the upgrade. I can run MozBackup and also save the critical bookmark, password, email, etc. files and reinstall them after the upgrade. Are there other critical files associated with other software?
I also use 'legacy' software, e.g., Acrobat 8 Professional, Autosketch 9, and MS Office 2000 (MS Word 2000 & MS Excel (9.0.2720) for example, and have no desire to abandon them since I know how to use them efficiently. I've been reassured that Windows 10 is 'just like' Windows 7 (only better) so I trust that these programs will still run under the new OS.
My system specs seem to exceed the minimum requirements by enough that I trust I will still be able to operate.
They are available below.
Do I need to take special precautions in upgrading? (When I went from XP to Win7 I spent at least a week swapping cables and BIOS settings between a HDD with the OS and programs on it and an empty SDD for the new installation which I believe would be considered a 'clean install.' That required me to spend another week reinstalling software and finding and installing drivers, etc. I still have an empty matching SDD. I could learn how to clone the one I'm using now onto the empty one and try to use that to upgrade to Win 10. That would leave me the fallback position of reinstalling the SDD with Win7 I'm now using. Do I need to be this paranoid and cautious?