Windows 10: Windows 10 Install on a "dirty" Windows 7 - system.

  1.    03 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 Install on a "dirty" Windows 7 - system.


    If one has a Windows 7 system that has parasites (malware, etc.) and one is going to install Windows 10 while keeping data and apps:

    1) It will be more efficient to:
    - image the system (in case this was a bad idea)
    - install Windows 10
    - then look to see how things are.

    2) It will be more conservative to:
    - clean up Windows 7
    - install Windows 10

    Any idea if #1 might not only do the install but also clean things up? Any particular steps or methods suggested?
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  2.    03 Aug 2015 #2

    Clean up Win7.. then make a backup image and finally install/upgrade to WIn10.
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  3.    03 Aug 2015 #3

    OK. I left out the "make an image" step in #2.

    What I don't know is how much is replaced in the upgrade and whether it might not work just as well.
    Obviously, it's a risk but there are other considerations.
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  4.    03 Aug 2015 #4

    fred3 said: View Post
    OK. I left out the "make an image" step in #2.

    What I don't know is how much is replaced in the upgrade and whether it might not work just as well.
    Obviously, it's a risk but there are other considerations.
    You really should clean the virus and malware up before you upgrade. I don't think you want to carry that over.. do you?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    03 Aug 2015 #5

    1. Wipe the drive and install a clean Windows 7.
    2. Upgrade to Windows 10.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    03 Aug 2015 #6

    It seems that I didn't make my objectives clear in asking the question. It's not a matter of "what is best" i.e. *conservative* but what might be the results of doing something a bit riskier.

    If all the OS files are replaced then the risk is lower than if they aren't, etc.

    But, *of course* I don't want to carry bad things forward. The question is "would this happen?" "Is it more or less likely?" .... Probably too hard to answer.
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