Install over Windows 7 has problems - can I reinstall over Windows 7

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  1. essenbe's Avatar
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       #171

    @Nisko, a VM is quite easy to set up and run. You would need VMWare Player (free) unless you want to use Virtual Box or something else. I like VMWare player. When you set up the Hardware, the more CPU cores and ram you give the VM, the better it will run, but what you give the VM will be taken away from the physical machine. So, it is a balance, you can't give it so much that it hurts the performance of the physical machine.

    Another issue is getting a physical install into a Virtual Machine or converting a VM install to a physical machine. It can be done, I am told, but I have never tried it and my guess is it would be pretty 'geeky'. This is a video of how to install Windows 10 in VMware player. It is exactly the same for any OS you would like to install. Be sure to install the VMWare tools after the install of the OS. It will make your life much easier.

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  2. essenbe's Avatar
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       #172

    If you enable Virtualization, you have to have it enabled in bios if you have that setting. If not, don't enable it. It will still work just fine.
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  3. simrick's Avatar
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       #173

    Correct me if I'm wrong @essenbe, but I think the VM can eventually be sysprepped, and deployed to hardware, right? As long as he's working with a RETAIL key, right?
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  4. essenbe's Avatar
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       #174

    It is difficult to convert a VMX (VM file) file to install on a bare metal install or to convert your current install to a VMX file.. It can be done, I understand, but I would think it would be very technical. For that reason, I think you would need to do a clean install of Windows 10 on a hard drive and set it up that way without dual booting, which has problems of its own when breaking a dual boot. I would think you would be better served just wiping the drive of Windows 7 and doing a clean install of Windows 10.
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  5. simrick's Avatar
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       #175

    essenbe said:
    It is difficult to convert a VMX (VM file) file to install on a bare metal install or to convert your current install to a VMX file.. It can be done, I understand, but I would think it would be very technical. For that reason, I think you would need to do a clean install of Windows 10 on a hard drive and set it up that way without dual booting, which has problems of its own when breaking a dual boot. I would think you would be better served just wiping the drive of Windows 7 and doing a clean install of Windows 10.
    Agreed.
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  6. Nisko's Avatar
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       #176

    If I wipe the drive clean, I won't have access to my old settings. Suggestions?

    Also, I couldn't find the free VMWare Player on VMware Virtualization for Desktop Hybrid Clouds. Is there another name for it? Please help.
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  7. essenbe's Avatar
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       #177

    You only need VMWare player 12.5 for Windows Try VMware Workstation Player. Deliver a virtual desktop to your employees.

    You're going to have to apply the settings to Windows 10. Many of your settings wouldn't transfer anyway, some would but not all. Windows 7 is a different animal. If you set it up in a VM, you won't be able to transfer it to a bare metal install.
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  8. simrick's Avatar
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       #178

    Nisko said:
    If I wipe the drive clean, I won't have access to my old settings. Suggestions?

    Also, I couldn't find the free VMWare Player on VMware Virtualization for Desktop Hybrid Clouds. Is there another name for it? Please help.
    Please don't go down the VM route - it won't accomplish what you are looking to do. It's too involved, and too risky for what you need.

    In your case, the best thing is to write down anything you need to do from the W7 install, then wipe the drive and clean install W10. :)
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