Upgrading from Win7 to Win10 - on a dual-boot laptop

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  1. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #11

    It's on one of Brink's tutorials.
    Step 5 or 6 Upgrade to Windows 10
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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19043.1055 (x64) [21H1]
       #12

    Megahertz said:
    It's on one of Brink's tutorials.
    Step 5 or 6 Upgrade to Windows 10




    Like I said...it's possible. It's just not a smart move IMO.
    When you switch Operating Systems... do a clean install. <---- smart move.


    ...and, unhook all the other drives as well.
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #13

    Ghot said:
    Like I said...it's possible. It's just not a smart move IMO. Agree
    When you switch Operating Systems... do a clean install. <---- smart move. Agree
    ...and, unhook all the other drives as well. Agree

    Agree
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  4. Posts : 79
    Windows 7, Windows 10, Linux Mint
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       #14

    Upgrade successfully done....


    Thanks to those who commented. There seems to be a consensus that a clean install is better than an in-place upgrade, and I'd agree.

    However..... I thought I'd try the direct upgrade from Win7 to Win10 first, keeping settings and programs, just to see whether it worked. Having made a disk image, I always had the fallback of reinstating the previous configuration if things went wrong, and could then do a clean install.

    So before the upgrade process, I uninstalled Linux Mint, deleted its partitions and extended the Win7 partition to fill the whole disk. I also uninstalled the additional security and AV software (MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware) which I had in my Win7 setup. I then launched the upgrade, using the Media Creation Tool, as in this excellent tutorial.

    All went as expected, though it took longer that expected to complete. Thankfully (and despite the cautionary warnings) there were no significant problems. When I logged in to the successfully installed Win10, I got a couple of notifications that some of the OEM Lenovo programs (Rapid Boot and Power Manager) were not compatible with Win10 and had been removed. I simply updated programs and drivers as necessary, and all seems to work well.

    After checking the other user accounts as well as my own Admin account, I did have a problem over logout and shutdown (where a popup appeared saying - inaccurately - that other users were still logged on). This turned out to be an issue over logout settings which is well described in this thread, and post #22 provides the solution.

    So now all that remains is to reinstall Linux Mint and set up dual booting again using EasyBCD - which is a very straightforward task.

    Thanks to all who offered comments and advice. I plan to mark this thread solved.
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