Windows 10: Will Win10 upgrade install follow Win7 redirects? Solved


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       23 Jul 2016 #1

    Will Win10 upgrade install follow Win7 redirects?


    I've received conflicting info on this point, so I thought I would ask the experts here:
    Will the Windows 10 "free" upgrade follow any redirects I have added to my Win7 Home Premium installation?

    When I installed Win7 on my 250GB SSD, I used an XML script to relocate the Profiles Directory and Program Data folders from my SSD to my hard drive. This saved space on the SSD and simplified future program installs, since they followed these redirections. However, I am concerned that the Win10 upgrade may not do so. Thoughts?

    On a related note, I also use OneDrive for multiple users -- a different login for each Windows user account. I understand that Win10 is tightly integrated with OneDrive, but is limited to accessing one login.
    Must I use just a single OneDrive login across the entire machine (i.e., all Windows user accounts)? Or does each account get to login to its own storage on OneDrive?

    Thanks, in advance, for any enlightenment.
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  2. Posts : 11,224
    W10Prox64
       23 Jul 2016 #2

    RiverCityTen said: View Post
    I've received conflicting info on this point, so I thought I would ask the experts here:
    Will the Windows 10 "free" upgrade follow any redirects I have added to my Win7 Home Premium installation?

    When I installed Win7 on my 250GB SSD, I used an XML script to relocate the Profiles Directory and Program Data folders from my SSD to my hard drive. This saved space on the SSD and simplified future program installs, since they followed these redirections. However, I am concerned that the Win10 upgrade may not do so. Thoughts?

    On a related note, I also use OneDrive for multiple users -- a different login for each Windows user account. I understand that Win10 is tightly integrated with OneDrive, but is limited to accessing one login.
    Must I use just a single OneDrive login across the entire machine (i.e., all Windows user accounts)? Or does each account get to login to its own storage on OneDrive?

    Thanks, in advance, for any enlightenment.
    Hi and welcome to Tenforums.

    I have sometimes seen in the past, problems with relocated user directories. You can try the upgrade, and if it fails, set the pointers back to default (you don't have to actually move the data).

    Each user account can have an MS login. Or, you can have local accounts, and only sign into MS apps as required. That's what I do.

    Since you have a W7 machine, you might want to read this post:

    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Page 16 - Windows 10 Forums

    Good luck.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Thread Starter
       23 Jul 2016 #3

    simrick said: View Post
    Hi and welcome to Tenforums.

    I have sometimes seen in the past, problems with relocated user directories. You can try the upgrade, and if it fails, set the pointers back to default (you don't have to actually move the data).

    Each user account can have an MS login. Or, you can have local accounts, and only sign into MS apps as required. That's what I do.

    Since you have a W7 machine, you might want to read this post:

    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Page 16 - Windows 10 Forums

    Good luck.


    Thanks for the speedy response and awesome guide (link). That's exactly what I needed!

    I was leaning toward the second scenario in that guide -- doing a clean install on a bare drive and reinstalling all programs -- but I may have to do the upgrade in place to get it done before the 29th.

    Just to clarify:
    There's no way to have different user accounts on the local Win machine access different OneDrive logins? That's my current setup, and it works great for the [ahem] less savvy users in the family. I don't know if they could handle another login each time they start up.

    Thanks again for the quick reply and thorough upgrade guide!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 11,224
    W10Prox64
       23 Jul 2016 #4

    RiverCityTen said: View Post
    Thanks for the speedy response and awesome guide (link). That's exactly what I needed!

    I was leaning toward the second scenario in that guide -- doing a clean install on a bare drive and reinstalling all programs -- but I may have to do the upgrade in place to get it done before the 29th.

    Just to clarify:
    There's no way to have different user accounts on the local Win machine access different OneDrive logins? That's my current setup, and it works great for the [ahem] less savvy users in the family. I don't know if they could handle another login each time they start up.

    Thanks again for the quick reply and thorough upgrade guide!
    Yes, you can login with local accounts, then setup OneDrive in each account, entering their MS login credentials. You may find that every once and a while MS will want them to verify their credentials, but it's no big deal. Either way, upgrade or clean install, (both take about the same amount of time, but the prep work for an upgrade takes a while), the system will get the activation and you won't be rushed to get programs installed if you do the clean install. You could throw a bare drive in, install clean and use the W7 key to activate it, then take your time installing all your programs.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Thread Starter
       23 Jul 2016 #5

    simrick said: View Post
    Yes, you can login with local accounts, then setup OneDrive in each account, entering their MS login credentials. You may find that every once and a while MS will want them to verify their credentials, but it's no big deal. Either way, upgrade or clean install, (both take about the same amount of time, but the prep work for an upgrade takes a while), the system will get the activation and you won't be rushed to get programs installed if you do the clean install. You could throw a bare drive in, install clean and use the W7 key to activate it, then take your time installing all your programs.
    If I am reading you correctly, I think I like the idea: Activate Win10 on the system with a new drive, then fall back to the old Win7 system drive for day-to-day production work, until I get the programs moved over to the new setup.

    Right??
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 11,224
    W10Prox64
       23 Jul 2016 #6

    RiverCityTen said: View Post
    If I am reading you correctly, I think I like the idea: Activate Win10 on the system with a new drive, then fall back to the old Win7 system drive for day-to-day production work, until I get the programs moved over to the new setup.

    Right??
    That would work.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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