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  1.    11 Jul 2016 #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Do not confuse upgrade issues with hardware failure. You can protect against upgrade and drive failure using image backups.

    Virtually nothing you can do against cpu or mobo failure other than replace failed component.

    I can guarantee 99% of posts blaming Windows 10 for causing hardware failures stem from a lack of knowledge and bad user habits. Had it failed running Windows 7, would they blame Windows 7.

    If it failed after say 6 months, would you blame Windows 10?

    Basically, with 350+ million users, statistically some devices will fail shortly after installation - in short crap happens.

    The key point is if it is going to fail, then not much you can do about it other than have a good data backup policy.

    So stop worrying about something that you cannot control, and make image backup of current install, and upgrade.
    I agree 100 %.

    You can do this and there are people here willing to help you if you have question's.

    You need to have a positive attitude so everyone will feel comfortable giving you advice.
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  2.    11 Jul 2016 #32
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    If he's happy with what he has and doesn't want to upgrade then he shouldn't upgrade. The upgrade to Windows 10 does involve risk, and the OP clearly does not have the resources readily available to mitigate that risk.

    The only misinformation that needs to be corrected is that upgrading to Windows 10 will not cause hardware failure, nor will it make changes to the bios/UEFI firmware.
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  3.    11 Jul 2016 #33
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    The OP has two thread's open and both are about how to install 10.
    This to me says he want's to do the upgrade.
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  4.    11 Jul 2016 #34
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    I would LIKE to do the upgrade.... but I'm pretty scared now. Even someone in this forum, (I think it was this forum), said they've seen upgrades cause HD failure.

    Right now I'm thinking I should wait 'til this new OS is older, making sure no more computers appear to be getting trashed by the upgrade. I was hoping a clean install might be safer but I just don't know enough about all this to be able to take a chance on losing my computer. In this thread, did I mention that a friend of mine's computer no longer works after trying the upgrade? She's handicapped, poor, and can't replace it.
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  5.    11 Jul 2016 #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mag00 View Post
    I would LIKE to do the upgrade.... but I'm pretty scared now. Even someone in this forum, (I think it was this forum), said they've seen upgrades cause HD failure.

    Right now I'm thinking I should wait 'til this new OS is older, making sure no more computers appear to be getting trashed by the upgrade. I was hoping a clean install might be safer but I just don't know enough about all this to be able to take a chance on losing my computer. In this thread, did I mention that a friend of mine's computer no longer works after trying the upgrade? She's handicapped, poor, and can't replace it.
    If you do the upgrade now, it is Free, If you wait until after the 29th , you will have to buy it.

    If you want to try to get your friend's computer working again, start a new thread about it.

    There is a good chance it could be saved.
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  6.    11 Jul 2016 #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mag00 View Post
    I would LIKE to do the upgrade.... but I'm pretty scared now. Even someone in this forum, (I think it was this forum), said they've seen upgrades cause HD failure.

    Right now I'm thinking I should wait 'til this new OS is older, making sure no more computers appear to be getting trashed by the upgrade. I was hoping a clean install might be safer but I just don't know enough about all this to be able to take a chance on losing my computer. In this thread, did I mention that a friend of mine's computer no longer works after trying the upgrade? She's handicapped, poor, and can't replace it.
    At the end of the day you need to do what you feel comfortable with and if for any reason the upgrade process makes you worry,., I wouldn't do it. Win8.1 will be supported for a while.

    HTH
    Jeff
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  7.    11 Jul 2016 #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mag00 View Post
    I would LIKE to do the upgrade.... but I'm pretty scared now. Even someone in this forum, (I think it was this forum), said they've seen upgrades cause HD failure. ...
    No one stated the upgrade caused an HDD failure, what was stated was that some HDDs failed to boot due to a change MS did in a driver. That does not constitute a HDD failure, there was no harm done whatsoever to the HDD, updating to a fixed version or falling back to the previous version of the driver made things work again. That's NOT a hardware failure.

    As far as the OS "frying the cpu", as has been stated, not possible for the OS to actually destroy the cpu. However, I could imagine a computer illiterate person using that term to describe a situation where the computer no longer boots. It doesn't boot so therefore the cpu was fried.
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  8.    19 Jul 2016 #38
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    OK, I been researching, studying, and learning. What you guys are saying rings true now. I'm gonna attempt the upgrade... but now I have other questions. I want to make a disk image with Macrium Reflect. My external drive looks empty and OK in THIS PC, and COMPUTER MANAGEMENT. In COMPUTER MANAGEMENT, it says, "Healthy (Primary Partition). But in MACRIUM REFLECT, the external drive looks FULL... and it says, "Unformatted Primary." Can anybody tell me what's happening here? I just formatted that disk!
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