Upgrade problem w/ Windows 10, want to save all data

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  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
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    Upgrade problem w/ Windows 10, want to save all data


    Hello, I have purchased a retail Windows 10 USB to install it over a Windows 7 Dell. Whwn I get to the point of choosing to save my data or a clean install, it rules out saving my data. There must be someway around this. It is a very basic need for users.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Are you booting the computer from the USB flash drive? To upgrade you need to boot into Windows 7, then insert the flash drive and run setup.exe from it. Also, was there a specific for purchasing the retail Windows 10 when you can download it directly from Microsoft for free?
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  3. Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
    Thread Starter
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    I will try your suggestion. There was no specific instructions to download for free. I thought that was no longer available.

    Thank-you for answering.
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  4. Macboatmaster's Avatar
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    10, 8.1 and 7 all Professional versions, and Linux Mint
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    Hello, I have purchased a retail Windows 10 USB to install it over a Windows 7 Dell.
    As my colleague points out, there was no need to buy the windows 10
    You may wish to consider using the free upgrade and saving the windows 10 retail you have bought for use on another computer, that does not have a windows installation on it.

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    Hello, I have purchased a retail Windows 10 USB to install it over a Windows 7 Dell.
    As my colleague points out, there was no need to buy the windows 10
    You may wish to consider using the free upgrade and saving the windows 10 retail you have bought for use on another computer, that does not have a windows installation on it.
    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    Upgrade to Windows 10
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Carthago2 said:
    Hello, I have purchased a retail Windows 10 USB to install it over a Windows 7 Dell...
    Welcome to Ten Forums.

    As the others have said, you can still upgrade from Win7 to Win10 for free. This tutorial is specifically tailored for upgrading from Win7.

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    This question keeps being asked...

    Is the free upgrade from W7 to W10 still in place?

    ...with the OP of that thread reporting a successful upgrade on 17th March 2021 in post #20

    ....Thank you everyone! The tutes that were pointed out, the checklist, the general thoughts, everything contributed to me becoming confident that it would work, and it did.
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  6. Posts : 38,433
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    When performing a clean install all partitions are deleted making an unallocated drive.
    Windows is then installed creating default partitions.
    Drivers and applications are installed.
    Backed up files are restored.

    Clean Install Windows 10


    Windows 7 and 8 upgrades are still free.


    These are options:

    Consider making free backup images:
    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums


    Windows 10 - Test & Try with No Risk, No Install - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First
    Upgrade to Windows 10
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  7. Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
    Thread Starter
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    Win 10 Download Not Supported on Dell M4600 Workstation


    I ran into another problem trying to do this upgrade. Before trying to install I checked the Dell list of supported models for upgrading to Windows 10. My computer, Dell M4600 Workstation service tag 4PVMKQ1 is not supported and no install download documents are provided.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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  9. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,809
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Carthago2 said:
    I ran into another problem trying to do this upgrade. Before trying to install I checked the Dell list of supported models for upgrading to Windows 10. My computer, Dell M4600 Workstation service tag 4PVMKQ1 is not supported and no install download documents are provided.

    That shouldn't really be a problem. 'Not supported' just means it's too old a model for it to be worth Dell's time testing it for Windows 10.

    I have yet to find a Dell that won't run Windows 10. At least yours is supported with drivers up to Win8 x64, which is more than can be said for my Dell Latitude E4310. Mine's older than yours (OCT 2010 vs. MAY 2011) and only has drivers up to Win7. Doesn't stop it running the current Windows 10 though, 20H1 build 19042.870. The availability of Win8 drivers is an encouraging sign, if it can run W8 then it should be able to run W10 (and if needed, Win8 drivers can be used in Win10).

    Actually, I've yet to find any PC that won't run Win10. All six of my laptops from various OEMs do, the oldest being a Samsung from 2009. Of the six, only two are certified by their OEM as 'supported for W10'.
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Carthago2 said:
    ...Before trying to install I checked the Dell list of supported models for upgrading to Windows 10.
    If you want to see if your PC can run Windows 10, don't check on the Dell site. Just look on eBay and see how many are for sale with W10...

    https://www.ebay.com/b/Dell-Precisio...77/bn_98793199
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