UNsure of upgrade path, want some advice


  1. Posts : 43
    win 10 x64
       #1

    UNsure of upgrade path, want some advice


    I'm currently running Win 10 pro.
    But I'm in a 7th gen cpu. My MB can get the tps(?) 2.0 security, but it is not installed yet.
    I have had this install of Win 10 from the beginning. I have not had to reinstall win 10 during it's life time on my machine.
    I have it set up just right form years of tweaks, reg hacks, software installs, all the apps I want and need. The desktop is just the way I like it. The system is still very fast. I do not game at all.
    But win 10 will be retired in a year and a half or so.
    I do not think there is a way to find all the software, keys, hacks, internal settings for WIN, & apps, & drivers, etc then try to replicate all that on a fresh install of WIn11. It took me years to get it this way and may take years to to replicate. I know a fresh OS install is the best way to go, but ......
    I think what I should do is do an in-place upgrade to win11 in a year or so. I know how to bypass the win11 hardware checks on the upgrade.
    Use it for a while and make all the changes it will need. Then do a full backup to another drive.
    Then build a new system. Then reinstall from the backup from a win11 boot disk.
    I can't just move the boot drive as it is a hardware raid0 setup.
    I'll keep the win10 system side by side for a while until I'm satisfied with the win 11 install.

    Does this sound like a good plan?
    Any further suggestions or ideas that might make this a better upgrade?
    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 43,356
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, one possible option to transfer your account/programs/settings (but not system hacks) to a new PC would be to
    a. create a 3rd party disk image of what you have now.

    (In fact I assume you have one already, given the way you describe your system and how painful its loss would be to you).

    b. With your new PC running Win 11 (clean installed), install e.g. Laplink PCMover (or Easeus toDo PCTrans).

    c. With the disk image of your Win 10 Windows partition as source, use that program to transfer your account/programs/settings/ to Win 11. Do not attempt to transfer very large games/programs or security software. Install those individually.

    d. Check all works.
    (In my experience, transferring several hundred programs like this some years ago, only a very small percent need relicensing or reinstalling).

    You would then be left with adapting Win 11 to your needs.

    Note: I've taken care to ensure the modifications I've made all survive updates and upgrades, running SFC /SCANNOW or an in-place upgrade repair install - bar one registry change which is easily reproduced.

    Caveats:
    a. Not seen any discussion of doing this with RAID- you'd need to check.
    b. Not seen reference to these programs used in moving from Win 10 to 11. Again, you'd need to check.
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  3. Posts : 8,205
    windows 10
       #3

    A lot depends on what hacks you have done. If you login with ms account and set it sync then take an image so you could roll back if needed run the update from in windows. Chances are most hacks will still be there along with all files games etc
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  4. Posts : 6,643
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #4

    Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums


    My suggestion is to clone the Raid 0 array into a single SSD (or HDD), detach both Raid 0 array drives and then upgrade the SSD (or HDD) to Win 11 and see if you like it.
    If you do you can clone the SSD (or HDD) to the Raid 0 array.
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  5. Posts : 43
    win 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks everyone for all the extremely helpful replies!!!

    Megahertz said:
    Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums
    Done, but it not pick up number of ram sticks and speed, also did not see all HD's and BD's. But no big deal.

    Megahertz said:
    My suggestion is to clone the Raid 0 array into a single SSD (or HDD), detach both Raid 0 array drives and then upgrade the SSD (or HDD) to Win 11 and see if you like it.
    If you do you can clone the SSD (or HDD) to the Raid 0 array.
    The RAID is two VME M.2 drives on the MB. It is a hardware RAID so Windows10/11 has no knowledge of it. I also have spinning drives that get a raid0 backup once a week.
    Oh, things like this auto backup program I purchased years ago, and I think has a key that I no longer have, has it's settings for when, where, how, and what so I do not need to worry about it.
    I have lots of things in this win10 rig that just take care of themselves for me. Like this backup program. Many of which I have forgotten about the details, program names, setting in the programs etc.
    Stuff like that I would like to have just carry over to the win 11 system automatically when the time comes.
    This is why I thought I'd start getting advice long before the deadline.

    Any further suggestions?
    Again thanks everyone!
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