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  1.    09 Nov 2015 #1
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    Recommended Win 10 Install Path - Vista Installed - Want to Go To 10


    Greetings,

    New to this forum....hope it's OK to post this here.....relates to installing Win10....

    Have a little Fujitsu U820 laptop (from around 2009 I think...)

    Has Atom Z530 CPU and 1GB RAM.

    Had a 60GB HD in it but just replaced it with a 128GB SSD.

    So, thought it a good time to start a new fresh OS install and then figure out best approach to moving to Win10.

    I just used the Recovery disk to reinstall Vista on it.

    Now my question is whether to go straight from here to installing Win 10 (just bought the disk...) or should I first install Win 7 or Win8 and then go to Win10?

    [UPDATED INFO: Please note I do have Win7 & 8 install disks. Although I have used the keys already on other machines ]

    What do you guys recommend?

    Thank you for your input.

    Mark
    Last edited by ArchiMark; 09 Nov 2015 at 20:42. Reason: Added info about Win7 & Win8 disks
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  2.    09 Nov 2015 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchiMark View Post
    Now my question is whether to go straight from here to installing Win 10 (just bought the disk...) or should I first install Win 7 or Win8 and then go to Win10?
    Did a product key come with the disk? If so, then I would go straight to a clean install of Windows 10. You can upgrade Vista to Windows 7 - but you will need both the install media for Windows 7 and a product key. I can't remember if you can upgrade Vista to Windows 8 - again you would need a product key, the install media for Windows 8.1 is easy to get.
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  3.    09 Nov 2015 #3
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    Are you sure Windows 10 will install and run on that computer?
    1GB is really not enough memory for it to run decently, even if it does install okay.
    Try it then if it does install, can you up the memory to 2GB?
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  4.    09 Nov 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Did a product key come with the disk? If so, then I would go straight to a clean install of Windows 10. You can upgrade Vista to Windows 7 - but you will need both the install media for Windows 7 and a product key. I can't remember if you can upgrade Vista to Windows 8 - again you would need a product key, the install media for Windows 8.1 is easy to get.
    No, it's one of those Recovery Disks that you use to recreate the factory like OS install and setup....

    Understand that I can do upgrade from Vista to 7.....have done that before on other machines....

    My question is about whether there is any advantage or disadvantage by taking an upgrade path to Win 10 or by going straight to Win 10 clean install from a Win 10 install disk.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Are you sure Windows 10 will install and run on that computer?
    1GB is really not enough memory for it to run decently, even if it does install okay.
    Try it then if it does install, can you up the memory to 2GB?
    Understand that ideally Win 10 should have more than 1GB.....

    And unfortunately, this machine is limited to 1GB. No upgrade possible....


    * Thanks to you both for your help and input!

    ** Please note that I updated my first post above to clarify that I have Win7 & 8 install disks besides the Win 10 disk I bought today. However, I've used the Win 7 & 8 keys already on other machines....
    Last edited by ArchiMark; 09 Nov 2015 at 20:55. Reason: Added info about Win7 & Win8 disks
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  5.    09 Nov 2015 #5
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    So the first step that you will have to do if you want an activated Windows 10 is to purchase a product key.
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  6.    09 Nov 2015 #6
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    Sorry don't understand.....

    I bought the Win 10 install disk today as noted in my posts #1 and #4....while I haven't opened the package yet....(I left it in my office...), I assume like all other Windows install disks it comes with product key....if not, I'll be very unhappy.....
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  7.    09 Nov 2015 #7
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    I asked, did the disk come with a product key. You answered:
    "No, it's one of those Recovery Disks that you use to recreate the factory like OS install and setup...."

    so, now I don't understand. Did you purchase a retail version of Windows 10 or not? If it is a full retail version, then there will be a product key. Your only option, since you don't have a useable Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key is to clean install Windows 10 with the product key that you purchased - if you purchased one.
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  8.    09 Nov 2015 #8
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    Will try to clarify things again....

    Sorry, thought you were asking me about the Fujitsu Recovery Disk that I used to get Windows Vista onto the new SSD that I just installed in my U820. I used this disk as it formats, partitions disk, then installs OS, drivers, and Fujitsu apps. So, you get machine back to state where it was when the box was opened....

    A. I just purchased a retail version of Windows 10 today from the store. Left it at office (I'm at home now..). So, have not opened the package yet. I would hope there's a product key in the box after spending $120 plus sales tax....

    B. I have a retail upgrade version of Win 7HP, but I've used the key on other machine.

    C. I have a retail upgrade (I think....disk is at work) version of Win 8, but I've used the key on other machine.

    Thanks for clarifying about my option to install Win 10 is to do a clean install. Actually, this is the way I typically have installed Windows on other machines in the past. Always seemed like the best way to do an OS install.

    My question was really just to confirm whether or not going straight to Win 10 via a clean install is the best approach with this 'old machine' versus going through some sort of upgrade install process.

    Hope this is clearer now.....

    Thanks!
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  9.    09 Nov 2015 #9
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    I have not used this myself - but you might want to consider saving hardware specific drivers from Windows Vista using DriverMax:
    DriverMax

    Not all that old hardware may have drivers in Windows 10 and you can at least try the drivers from Vista, if the Fujitsu website does not have updated drivers for Windows 7 or 8 (that will usually work in Windows 10).
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  10.    09 Nov 2015 #10
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    Thanks for your help and the tip.....

    Just checked Fujitsu support page....Win 7 drivers are available to download....
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