1.    3 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    want to upgrade from 8.1 to 10


    I have a Dell Inspiron 3521. I want to upgrade to windows 10. Any reason I can't do this? What's the best way to get the upgrade? what should I expect to pay? etc. my comp skills are intermediate at best. TIA
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,928
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, before a big change which could be risky, if you are not already in the habit of creating a disk image, start doing so now. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) - option Backup Windows will automatically select all relevant Windows partitions.

    Why? A disk image gives you a second chance should things go horribly wrong.

    Note that major build releases of Windows (a full windows installation procedure underlies that) occur about twice a year. The latest has just been released and some are reporting teething troubles with it. Typically there will be a large update released 1-2 months after the major build. I'm waiting for that.

    The News section of this site has a thread per update and upgrade. You may like to look through that- and other threads on the latest build 1709 - the Fall/ Autumn Creator's Upgrade or 'FCU'.

    Check your manufacturer's compatibility list- has your PC been approved for use with Win 10. If not, it may well work.

    Do some checks on yours first:
    e.g.
    Hard Disk Sentinel (trial)
    chkdsk c: /scan
    or from an admin command prompt
    chkdsk c: /F

    See
    Upgrade to Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Oct 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, before a big change which could be risky, if you are not already in the habit of creating a disk image, start doing so now. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free) - option Backup Windows will automatically select all relevant Windows partitions.

    Why? A disk image gives you a second chance should things go horribly wrong.

    Note that major build releases of Windows (a full windows installation procedure underlies that) occur about twice a year. The latest has just been released and some are reporting teething troubles with it. Typically there will be a large update released 1-2 months after the major build. I'm waiting for that.

    The News section of this site has a thread per update and upgrade. You may like to look through that- and other threads on the latest build 1709 - the Fall/ Autumn Creator's Upgrade or 'FCU'.

    Check your manufacturer's compatibility list- has your PC been approved for use with Win 10. If not, it may well work.

    Do some checks on yours first:
    e.g.
    Hard Disk Sentinel (trial)
    chkdsk c: /scan
    or from an admin command prompt
    chkdsk c: /F

    See
    Upgrade to Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    hey Dal thanks for the great info. This might be out of my league( at least the amount of time I would need to put in to do the upgrade).

    The main reason I wanted to upgrade to 10 is because I can't get my passwords out of chrome anymore. I use to get prompted with a chrome window to give them my windows password(for my laptop). Now I am getting prompted by a windows security window to add my user name and windows password. I think I am putting in the correct windows user name and password but it still not allowing me access to my chrome passwords. I was hoping by installing 10 I could get all my passwords. Thanks again.
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,928
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, I'd say that's very unlikely. That's a feature of the program:
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    - and as you say, you have to be logged in correctly to Google services for that.

    To prepare for the upgrade and do the above once you have Macrium installed and have a suitable external storage medium is about, say, 2 hours.

    You then have eliminated some very basic causes of upgrade failure, and secured yourself against your PC becoming unbootable. (Yes, things can go wrong). We recommend the routine use of disk imaging... just thinkm your disk could start to fail at any point- and I've had threads here where the user's problem is exactly that - and no images, no backups.

    Upgrading- depends on download speed too.. could take an hour, maybe less.
    And if it goes wrong (see this forum) could be a long job.

    Further, The new Win 10 build just out is demonstrating some bugs for some people.
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