Windows 10: Questions About Upgrading: Win7 -> Win10

  1.    05 Mar 2016 #1

    Questions About Upgrading: Win7 -> Win10

    I'm thinking of upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but I have a few questions regarding the process and result. Essentially, my questions revolve around if I should be expecting that all my settings, applications, and documents remain identical after the upgrade process? What sort of changes other then a change in the UI and other OS related ness should I be expecting?

    1. Would I need to reinstall any of my applications? I have some older applications where I don't have the install (Adobe CS, older video games). These applications are located across different partitions (C is my main, D is for games, E is for other applications...).
    2. Do my application settings (Photoshop, games) get carried over after upgrading?
    3. What should i backup, and what will get replaced? I will be backing up My Documents, and fonts. Will my Windows 7 settings (desktop wallpaper, startup list, files in recycling bin...) get carried over to Windows 10?
    4. I currently have 30GB free on my main partition. This partition has Windows and my most used applications. Will upgrading to Windows 10 replace the files inside my Windows 7 folder? Will the Windows 7 folder automatically get deleted? Will Windows 10 create a backup copy of my Windows 7 folder so I can revert if needed? If so, will it be using the space in my main partition?
    5. What is the application compatibility for Windows 10 like? I think the oldest applications I have are from about 2008-ish. Will that be fine?
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  2. Posts : 1,892
    Win 10 X64 Pro 1803 17751.1
       05 Mar 2016 #2

    1) Maybe.
    2) Mostly.
    3) Probably.
    4.) If you install 10 as an upgrade, a windows.old directory will be created, allowing you to revert to 7. That is only good for 30 days, though.
    5) Varies.

    Two recommendations:

    1) Don't upgrade to Windows 10 if you have critical applications for which you lack installation media.
    2) If you upgrade anyway, image your Windows 7 installation first. (I haven't used it personally, but Macrium Reflect Free is popular.) That will save you a lot of trouble if the upgrade goes wrong. Especially if you have no means of clean installing 7.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    06 Mar 2016 #3

    Yeah - definitely use Macrium Reflect Free.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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