Win7 Professional Upgrade RETAIL --> Windows 10?

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  1. sn00ker's Avatar
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    10 pro 64
       #21

    You're right he still can try. Though, I do remember a while back years ago were one was able to install a 7 upgrade version without having a prior windows version. I can't remember where I saw it, but I remember it did past the activation part. If he can install the upgrade version on new MB and afterward upgrade to 10 pro it might still work
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  2. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
       #22

    I have seen it too. Windows Upgrade DVDs can also do a clean install, so if you have a problem with your PC you won't have to install an earlier Windows version and then upgrade. If the license has been activated on the PC it should activate again (at the same hardware) without any issue. In worst case you can contact Microsoft to assist you.
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  3. Posts : 57
    Windows 10 Pro
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       #23

    So I got everything set up last week. Win10 installed with no issues at all onto the brand new, clean NVMe SSD. I entered my Win7 Upgrade retail box serial code, and no errors or warnings came up. System has been working fine for almost a week now. And boy is it FAST compared to my old system!
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  4. spapakons's Avatar
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       #24

    SSD is always much faster than common mechanical hard disks. I work at a Computer Store and I frequently recommend installing an SSD to old computers or laptops rather than adding RAM. To see the difference with RAM you must have had as low as 1GB or 2GB and double it, while the difference in speed with SSD is much more evident. It makes you think you bought a new machine!
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  5. Posts : 57
    Windows 10 Pro
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       #25

    spapakons said:
    SSD is always much faster than common mechanical hard disks. I work at a Computer Store and I frequently recommend installing an SSD to old computers or laptops rather than adding RAM. To see the difference with RAM you must have had as low as 1GB or 2GB and double it, while the difference in speed with SSD is much more evident. It makes you think you bought a new machine!
    I had 16GB DDR3 (installed in 2013) and went to 32GB DDR4. Also changed from Core i5 to Ryzen5 processor. I edited a 4 minute 1080p60 video for YouTube that before would take over 15 minutes to render, or ~15 FPS. Now it takes less than 4 minutes to render a similar video, which is faster than 60 FPS!
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  6. spapakons's Avatar
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       #26

    Editing video is a special case. The average user (surfing the internet, using office applications etc) will not be able to tell the difference from 4GB to 8GB or higher, let alone from 16GB to 32GB. Only a gamer that would play a REALLY demanding game could tell the difference. And that is an exception too. Try replacing a mechanical hard disk with an SSD and the difference is huge!
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  7. Posts : 57
    Windows 10 Pro
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       #27

    Well sure, but I'm no normal user. I use my machine for video editing and also to run my company's 3D architectural design and rendering software so that I can do work at home.
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  8. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #28

    In your case, there is no such thing as too much memory. 64GB would be even better if the PC supported it.
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  9. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 202H (Nov 2020 build 19042.867)
       #29

    Some years ago I was editing two different standard definition videos at the same time while capturing another movie from a TV Tuner card on a Pentium 4 with 2GB RAM computer. To do that I reduced the process priority to minimum in Task Manager so the editing took more time but would not slow down the computer. So unless you edit more than one high definition or 4K videos at the same time RAM will make a little difference. Of course the more the better, but this is not absolutely necessary with 16GB plus.
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  10. Posts : 470
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 18363 Multiprocessor Free
       #30

    I will give you an unpopular opinion here, but there is nothing wrong at all with Windows Seven, other than MS dropping its support. I have Seven on one of my machines. Nothing wrong with it at all. Win 10 is a solution to an non-existing problem.

    I would just keep Seven without any upgrade headaches. I don't really understand what 10 gets you that Seven does not have. You get all this Cortana worthless BS and telemetrics, I've had to disable both.
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