Updating Windows 10 from Version 1607

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home 1607
       #1

    Updating Windows 10 from Version 1607


    Hello, newbie here. Since I got my PC in 2017 I have never installed a Windows 10 update. At the time I was on a limited data scheme and so used a program that turned off automatic updates. Hence, my system is still Windows Home 64-bit, Version 1607, OS Build 14393.969.
    I realise that this is now rather antiquated and so I would like to update my system to the latest possible (also with a view to installing Windows 11). What is the best way to achieve this and is it indeed advisable? Would a total update create a lot of problems? Is it possible to do with one single update? I remember a lot of the early Windows 10 updates creating numerous system issues and crashes.
    Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated. I'm also quite happy with leaving well alone if need be but I can't help but feel I'm missing out on various improvements.
    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    pec771 said:
    Hello, newbie here. Since I got my PC in 2017 I have never installed a Windows 10 update. At the time I was on a limited data scheme and so used a program that turned off automatic updates. Hence, my system is still Windows Home 64-bit, Version 1607, OS Build 14393.969.
    I realise that this is now rather antiquated and so I would like to update my system to the latest possible (also with a view to installing Windows 11). What is the best way to achieve this and is it indeed advisable? Would a total update create a lot of problems? Is it possible to do with one single update? I remember a lot of the early Windows 10 updates creating numerous system issues and crashes....
    Welcome to Ten Forums

    No, there should be no problem jumping straight to the latest build. A year back I upgraded one machine from an install of the original OS build 10240 direct to the then current build with no problems.

    Probably the best way would be an in-place upgrade using an ISO made by the Media Creation Tool. For a smooth upgrade it would be best to uninstall your 'update blocking' program first, and a good idea to uninstall any 3rd-party AVs too. The in-place upgrade process is described here.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    Before starting anything, it would be a wise precaution to make a system image of your PC. Then if anything did go wrong you could restore the image and get back to how it is now. Macrium Reflect Free is recommended by many here.

    Macrium Software | Reflect Free Edition

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
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    Bree gave you what I also think is the best solution (In Place Upgrade)
    If you don´t have yet an updated disk image, Macrium Reflect Free Edition is the best start.
    Disable or uninstall AV.
    Download the Win 10 installation iso using MCT, mount it and run setup.exe
    Last edited by Megahertz; 30 Nov 2021 at 13:45.
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  4. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home 1607
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Crikey, that looks a tad convoluted. I will digest your advice more thoroughly and then decide what to do. Will report back in due course.

    Thank you both for your help.
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    As advised above - take due precautions- create a full disk image of all O/S partitions (4 if yours is UEFI, fewer if legacy MBR), saved to an external disk.

    Ensure you have at least 30Gb free on C: before starting.

    Be prepared for it not to complete successfully. Hopefully it will.

    If you have the iso file as Bree recommended, you can readily reattempt the upgrade should it not.

    It is more likely to succeed if you choose, when prompted, NOT to install updates as part of the upgrade- you can do that later.

    Should it not succeed, make an exact note of any message you receive.
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  6. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Clean install W10 in UEFI mode if possble.
    Then see if it can be upgraded to W11.

    Download Windows 10 (microsoft.com)

    GitHub - rcmaehl/WhyNotWin11: Detection Script to help identify why your PC is not Windows 11 Release Ready

    I`d also buy a new Samsung SSD to install W10 on.
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  7. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home 1607
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks, I'm still plucking up the courage.
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 34,272
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Not too much courage needed once you've created a disk image of all O/S partitions... which is so often recommended here as routine practice. Many people have done this- it's considered relativel safe.
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    pec771 said:
    Thanks, I'm still plucking up the courage.

    This should help reassure you. I have just successfully completed an upgrade from 1607 to the latest version.

    Adventures in space and time - 1607 revisited, then upgraded
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  10. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home 1607
    Thread Starter
       #10

    I've done and saved an 'image' using that Macrium software (on an external hard drive) but am still wavering. I really can't afford my PC to 'break'. I've also downloaded MediaCreationTool21H2 and Windows10Upgrade9252 in readiness. What would be my EXACT next steps if I were to go ahead? Explain it to me as if I were a small child (c. Jeremy Irons).

    Thanks for all advice so far.
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