Clean install or update?


  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 7
       #1

    Clean install or update?


    Getting everything ready to update from Windows 7 Ultimate to 10.

    Question is, which method to follow?

    Clean installation as per this guide. Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

    Or just follow this guide: Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    What are the pros and cons?
    Obviously I want to do this once and do this right first time.
    Cheers
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  2. Posts : 8,005
    windows 10
       #2

    A clean install is alway the best as its a brand new systen any upgrade can have loads of rubbish and bad things to slow down the system or give problems
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  3. Posts : 2,799
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #3

    Brendan M said:
    Getting everything ready to update from Windows 7 Ultimate to 10.

    Question is, which method to follow?

    Clean installation as per this guide. Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

    Or just follow this guide: Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    What are the pros and cons?
    Obviously I want to do this once and do this right first time.
    Cheers
    Update first from win 7 t0 10 to get activated. Once activated, save all personal Data then install FRESH with win10, does not take long to install Win 10.
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Clean install completed and activated.
    Now I just need to learn how to use Windows 10.

    Any tutorials?
    Any way to make it like Windows 7?
    Any hints, tips tricks I should know like turn off auto update etc?
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  5. Posts : 41,326
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #5

    Brendan M said:
    Any hints, tips tricks I should know like turn off auto update etc?

    See this link:
    Stop Windows 10 Updates Properly and Completely
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  6. Posts : 42,534
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    Hi, you (should) have the Pro version so you have more control. With Pro you should not have to use a 3rd party tool (there are some good ones generally for people with Home) unless your PC is old and incompatible with Win 10 after a certain build.

    Windows Update:
    Group Policy editor- set updates to Notify - this lets you choose when to apply an update.
    Defer feature updates (upgrades) for up to 365 days (Settings or Group Policy).
    MS sometimes makes a mess of upgrades. For example the current 1909 build is suppposedly being fixed for a widely reported bug in the changed file explorer search. I reverted to 1903.

    Active hours- set as needed in Settings to avoid restarts when you don't want them.

    Start Menu- use Open Shell (free) - best features of Win 7 and XP menus and much more. Used by many here. (And you can still use Win 10's).

    Note I've used Win 7's orb with that.

    Clean install or update?-untitled.png

    Note the Win 7 icons - imageres.dll modified using 1 program.

    Aeroglass (low cost) provides configurable translucent borders.

    Qttabbar (Quizo)- free- to colour explorer related backgrounds: registry key mod for others.
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  7. Posts : 7,254
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #7

    What I did when I upgraded from 7 to 10 was to do an upgrade from within 7 and so that 10's key was associated with either the hardware or or my MS account, then I did a clean install so there wouldn't be any potential conflicts.
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  8. Posts : 16,592
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #8

    Brendan,

    Before you tinker with anything, you can start making system images. So if any tinkering messes things up you can get back to a good condition reliably.

    There are several decent system imaging applications. Macrium Reflect Free is often recommended in this forum and there is plenty of help available here for it.
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - TenForumsTutorials
    Macrium Software Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium USB - TenForums
    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - user guide [version-independent link]
    I use Acronis TI not Macrium Reflect so I cannot provide any help for MR.

    Denis
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  9. Posts : 31,238
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #9

    Brendan M said:
    Now I just need to learn how to use Windows 10.
    Any tutorials?
    There's a pdf from Microsoft to get you started. See here for a link.

    Apparently Microsoft has released a Win 10 Quick Start Guide....
    Windows 10 Quick Start Guide
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