Windows 10: How to upgrade W-7 laptop to W-10 without factory recovery partition?

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  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       18 May 2017 #11

    cereberus said: View Post
    This is the complicated procedure to upgrade from 7 pro to 10 Pro

    1) download iso

    2) mount as drive

    3) run setup.exe
    Thank you cereberus for your reply.

    I will purchase a copy of W-10 if I absolutely have no other choice. I would like to do this on the cheap if possible.
    Will installing from the .ISO disk work without the recovery partition?
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  2. Posts : 1,337
    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       18 May 2017 #12

    tlrsr said: View Post
    yes, the W-7 OS is working fine. I want to upgrade to W-10 because all my work computers are 10.
    I can copy all my data, yes, but I have many programs that would be lost and some I could not reinstall.
    Understood :)

    (The small 'Data' partition seems odd to me on your screenshot. Why is it called Data I wonder and why so small)
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  3.    18 May 2017 #13

    Before doing the upgrade to Windows 10, I recommend making a image backup of the SSD, and having a recovery drive that you can boot the computer from to restore the image, should something go wrong. I recommend making a bootable USB flash drive or DVD of Kyhi's Recovery Tools. His tools have everything you will need:
    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

    Boot into his recovery tools, and you can use Macrium Reflect to make a backup image of your SSD onto an external storage location such as a USB hard drive.

    The problem with your upgrade and reserved partition can be fixed by taking 50 MB (not GB!) from the front of the C: drive partition and adding it to the System Reserved partition. The System Reserved partition is the 100 MB partition at the front of your SSD that is labelled as "data". See here:
    Quickly Fix: Windows 10 Upgrade Couldn't Update System Reserved Partition

    Kyhi's Recovery Tools also has MiniTool Partition Wizard and AEOMI Partition Assistant installed, so you can use that to resize your partitions.

    If a simple resizing of the partitions does not work, there are other - more involved - actions we can do to get you upgraded. The most effective method would be to do an image backup of your C: drive. Wipe the SSD. Install Windows 10 to it. Restore the image of the Windows 7 C: drive partition over the top of the new Windows 10 C: drive partition. Fix the boot files to point to the restored Windows 7 partition, then upgrade the Windows 7 to Windows 10. Kyhi's Recovery Tools would be key to doing that as well.
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  4. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       18 May 2017 #14

    OK, this is getting complicated!
    I see I am in a very technical area and in over my head.
    I think the best solution is to hire a professional to do the upgrade.

    Thank you everyone for all the advice.

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