my experience upgrading Win7 box to build 9926


  1. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    my experience upgrading Win7 box to build 9926


    I tried it an old PC that has lots of software and has some low-level things like Boxcryptor (which creates a virtual drive) and software that requires activation. I first took a backup using Macrium Reflect so I could restore if possible. The system has an old Intel Core Duo 3.0 GHz E8400 and 8 GB of RAM. It's not exactly a screaming PC.

    The upgrade itself went smoothly. I chose the Windows Update option. While I haven't tested the functionality of all apps yet, especially some older stuff like Nero 10, i've only noticed a few issues so far:

    1) Kaspersky Anti-Virus 15 MR1 (15.0.1.415b) was disabled entirely -- it even removed the service. I had disabled it for the upgrade so it wouldn't cause problems, but MS removed it. MR2 is done with beta-testing, Kaspersky just hasn't publicly released it yet. So I'll try installing it when they do, & I'll stick with Windows Defender for now.

    2) WebMinds' Easy Duplicate Finder v.4.7.0.391 got deactivated. Of course, this software has the most flawed activation system on the planet. Changing the amount of RAM, even upgrades of the program itself can deactivate it. Literally any change breaks this. Of all the software I have that requires activation, this is the only one I've had issues with, and I've had several. It's so bad it's hard to believe. When I tried to activate it, it said I had reached the maximum activations. I have 3 paid licenses of this & 3 PCs. So I sent their support an email but haven't heard back yet.

    3) Other software that requires activation came thru with no issues -- UltraEdit, UltraCompare, GoodSync, RoboForm, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Office 2013, ExamDiff Pro, SecureCRT. In all cases but Acrobat (where I'm still on 10.1.13), I'm running the latest releases as of 2015-01-24, the day I upgraded.

    4) Macrium Reflect v.5.3.7256 (i use the paid version) requires activation, & it went thru the activation process again but it worked. But a backup attempt failed, so I have to look into that.

    5) Boxcryptor 2.0.437.408 didn't work -- it failed to create the virtual drive. I was able to change some advanced settings within Boxcryptor to resolve this.

    performance-wise, the PC seems a bit faster than it did under Win7. IE loads noticeably faster. For whatever reason, it had gotten where IE took about 5-6 seconds to load under Win7 and now it's about one second.
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  2. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
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    kjlkjadfasdfasd said:
    performance-wise, the PC seems a bit faster than it did under Win7. IE loads noticeably faster. For whatever reason, it had gotten where IE took about 5-6 seconds to load under Win7 and now it's about one second.
    That's likely because your temporary internet files are clean after the upgrade. As that grows, IE takes longer to load as it has to scan the cache looking for local versions of files. Ironic that the cache actually slows things down after a certain point.
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  3. Posts : 550
    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
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    Which versions did you upgrade from and to, x86 or x64?
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  4. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
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    banger said:
    Which versions did you upgrade from and to, x86 or x64?
    Win7 Pro SP1 -> Win10 Pro
    x64

    I was surprised at how smoothly it went given they don't even support upgrading 7->8.1, only 7->8. Glad to see they're finally listening to customers and not telling us what we should have or do.
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  5. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    Mystere said:
    kjlkjadfasdfasd said:
    performance-wise, the PC seems a bit faster than it did under Win7. IE loads noticeably faster. For whatever reason, it had gotten where IE took about 5-6 seconds to load under Win7 and now it's about one second.
    That's likely because your temporary internet files are clean after the upgrade. As that grows, IE takes longer to load as it has to scan the cache looking for local versions of files. Ironic that the cache actually slows things down after a certain point.
    nah, i'm one of those guys who regularly (several times a week) deletes all files associated with all three browsers I use. I know they can still piece together who I am, but I'm going to make it as difficult as I can. :-/
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  6. Posts : 67
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    one more very cool thing about it, too: with Win 8.x, if you want to use OneDrive, you must log in with a Microsoft account -- you can't use it all with a local account.

    It appears they've heard the complaints about this & now you can use OneDrive with a local account. I verified by creating files on this upgraded PC and on another & the syncing is good.
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
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    Mystere said:
    kjlkjadfasdfasd said:
    performance-wise, the PC seems a bit faster than it did under Win7. IE loads noticeably faster. For whatever reason, it had gotten where IE took about 5-6 seconds to load under Win7 and now it's about one second.
    That's likely because your temporary internet files are clean after the upgrade. As that grows, IE takes longer to load as it has to scan the cache looking for local versions of files. Ironic that the cache actually slows things down after a certain point.
    The IE cache is, IMO, not worth using. Web pages change too often - it always has to download something. Checking the cache to see what has changed and what might be changed is just a waste of resources.

    If there are large static files on the website, that cache is certainly useful. Most site designers keep to text and small images so their pages load fast.
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  8. Posts : 11,176
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi there

    You actually don't need to run ANY 3rd party AV software on W10 - it's built in to the OS as a "re-vamped Windows defender". Don't confuse with the version in W7 (Ms should have given it a new name IMO). It's actually very good and the engine is based on the robust server system MSE (Microsoft security essentials) but significantly improved. 3rd Party AV software has now "passed it's sell by date" on any OS after W7.

    You don't need any Virtual DVD mounting software either. W8 onwards can mount isos directly and handle with explorer or dvd playing software or whatever just like physical DVD's.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. Posts : 5,460
    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
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    Mystere said:
    kjlkjadfasdfasd said:
    performance-wise, the PC seems a bit faster than it did under Win7. IE loads noticeably faster. For whatever reason, it had gotten where IE took about 5-6 seconds to load under Win7 and now it's about one second.
    That's likely because your temporary internet files are clean after the upgrade. As that grows, IE takes longer to load as it has to scan the cache looking for local versions of files. Ironic that the cache actually slows things down after a certain point.
    I always set it to delete ie temp file on shutdown Attachment 11370
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