Questions about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 15,951
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3324

    Acronis TI discussion

    Thanks for explaining the types of updates. It helps to know what's expected. It seems as I mentioned above, the biggest complaints are in the Version Update/Feature update category. At least I know what to expect. I think Windows 7 had the monthly/cumulative updates, and then the small ones, of course.
    Windows 10 Version/Feature updates are like Windows 7 SP1.

    I have Acronis True Image 2020 now, but I have no idea on how to do it or if I should put it on their site (I have a subscription that allows 250 GB of storage) or my external drive. I've never done that before. I'm willing to learn, however, and I would prefer to do it if I can figure out how to do it. How involved is it as my libraries are pointed to my external drive? Does the system image include that or just the Windows system? Could you help walk me through that as we have the same program?
    - I use older, limited versions of Acronis TI [free versions]. So I can explain what to do but the UIs will be a bit different. You also have additional capabilities that I do not - for example, you will be able to choose folders for an image but I cannot and I know nothing about this topic [I can only choose whole partitions/drives].
    - I use system images just for my OS drive. My own files are backed up by other means [straightforward file copies]. Both my system images and my own file backups are on external drives.
    - My user folders [Document, Music, ...] are 'relocated' to a separate drive within my computer. If yours are not [i.e. if they are all within C:\Users\%UserName%\Documents etc] then they get included within the system image and they can make it very large.
    - Your reference to your "libraries" might mean different things. Do you mean external drives that you have set up for convenient access by using libraries {i.e. you used the term "libraries" correctly} or do you mean user folders?
    - - Please post a screenshot of your libraries.
    - - I might also need to see a screenshot of a Registry key to understand your setup - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    - I do not suggest saving system images in the cloud unless you, 1 trust the privacy & security they provide, and, 2 are happy to have that amount of data tying up your internet connection.

    Your Acronis TI Help tells you how to use it. You will have a page equivalent to this one.

    Questions about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10-backing-up-partitions-disks.png

    You click on the Disks & partitions symbol to choose what you want to image,
    you click on Select destination to set up where on your external drives you want to save the image,
    you click on the Backup now button to make the image.
    That's all folks.

    You must also make & test an Acronis boot disk.
    Acronis True Image 2020: how to create bootable media

    This is what you will boot your computer from to restore a system image.
    - Image restoration overwrites the whole of the target disk/partition. So anything new on it will be lost.
    - This is why it is worth splitting off your own files ['relocating' them] onto another disk/partition within your computer because you are not going to make a new system image every time you write a ketter.

    You will also have an Acronis TI user guide installed along with the software or available on their website. Their 'KnowledgeBase' also has explanatory articles.
    Acronis True Image 2020 KnowledgeBase
    Acronis TI 2020 user forum

    Last edited by Try3; 21 Jan 2020 at 02:43.
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  2. Posts : 18
    Windows 7 Professional
    Thread Starter

    dalchina said:
    - no license required.

    - read the article, the link is in the article. DIY version available in different thread at the top of the Software and Apps section in tenforums. The article is the older simpler to get version.

    The method depends on your manufacturer; visit the download site and see the BIOS link there- hopefully there's enough info there. No, if you have legacy now, it remains that.

    - do you mean the MS media creation tool to get an iso or bootable disk for Win 10?
    MS media creation tool

    Use the tutorial section here if you need more: searchable list for you
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index
    from which
    Download Windows 10 ISO File
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
    Note to upgrade to Win 10 you do not need a bootable disk- and you must log in to your existing Windows to upgrade.

    You can use the bootable disk to upgrade- simply log in as usual, open it in file explorer and double click setup.exe. Booting from it can start a clean install, and it can also be useful for certain repair actions.

    Yeah, that's what I meant: the MS Media Creation tool It said you need your product key. I have it, but I wanted to sample it in the virtual machine with 4 GB of memory before installing it but after getting my System Image and System Restore, and I need a USB for the latter, so still need to get it. I'm not exactly in a real hurry I want to take my time with it.

    On Microsoft's page in order to get the ISO or media creation tool I have to put in my product key. That's what I meant Any ways to get the media creation tool to make an .iso that I can burn without giving my key?

    Thanks, Katherine "Maghdalena" Logan
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  3. Posts : 40,568
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, I've never needed to enter a product key when using the MS media creation tool.
    Questions about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10-untitled.png
    Click Download Tool

    You can also download it here:
    Microsoft Windows 10 Installation / Media Creation Tool Download - TechSpot
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  4. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro

    Never had to enter a key either, I`ve had the 1909 ISO and MCT for over 2 months now.

    You should be able to tick I do not have a key.
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  5. Posts : 15,951
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3324

    The MCT page does a Genuine Windows check before it starts and demands a product key only if the check fails.

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 - TenForumsTutorials

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  6. Posts : 40,568
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    You may be able to use the
    Heidoc iso downloader
    to get an iso without a key, or
    UUP Dump Downloader: download Windows 10 ISO images - gHacks Tech News
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  7. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro

    Try3 said:
    The MCT page does a Genuine Windows check before it starts and demands a product key only if the check fails.

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 - TenForumsTutorials

    She`s running W7, isn`t that genuine enough ???

    And I agree with an earlier W7 comment, you do not have to update to W10 if you don`t want to, it`s perfectly fine to keep using W7, it`s the best OS ever made. And no more updates..... WOOOO HOOOO

    But don`t let W10 scare you, it`s just another OS, and 10x better than W8 or W8.1, you`ll just have to get use to the look and learn where everything is, but it`s a snap
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  8. Posts : 15,951
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3324


    Have you found any other HP Compaq 6000 Pro Microtower user reports of Windows 10 upgrades yet? Since this model started out with WinXP, I really think you should get some reports of success before deciding to proceed.

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  9. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro

    Great advice

    I`d concentrate on seeing if the Core 2 Duo and Graphics are supported by W10

    And I suggest you get a SSD for windows, you are using a God knows how old 5400 RPM Spinner hard drive
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  10. Posts : 13,170
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home

    Using the current MCT I always check the item for creating the files, .iso and Bootable USB, for a different computer, never get asked for a key. Then when installing from either media I just click that I don't have a key, can always deal with activation after Win10 is working. The Build I got last week was for Version 1909 was 18363.418 which after rebooting updated to Build 18363.592.
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