Windows 10: Best to Upgrade Win 7 or a new installation of Win 10 Pro?

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  1.    07 Dec 2017 #1

    Best to Upgrade Win 7 or a new installation of Win 10 Pro?


    I did pass on the free upgrade to Win 10 last year or so. But now feel it might be best to upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10. At this point in time I would like to do 3 computers. And 2 others after the first of the year. Each has Win 7 Pro (64 bit). Also after reading a lot of the thread, many people are having problems with both ways of going to Win 10. My thought is to purchase 1 Win 10 DVD and then purchase additional keys as needed. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       07 Dec 2017 #2

    Hi cficare. Welcome to the Tenforums @cficare

    I would head to the Windows media creation tool, download the tool, execute the tool. Answer do not upgrade this PC rather create a USB Key. (Need 8GB key).

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/soft...load/windows10

    Create a backup of your Win 7 environment using a tool like Macrium Reflect.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect

    I would even ensure I had a clean backup of data, I like to be sure.

    With backup done insert USB key. Navigate to key to double click setup.

    You should not have to enter key, it should activate based on win 7 product key.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    Once installed and confirmed working if you want to clean install use same USB key but this time boot from key.

    Here is the Clean install tutorial

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect


    Ken
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  3.    07 Dec 2017 #3

    And I would do all the computers before December 31. There are statements from Microsoft floating around out there that they may stop the free upgrades from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10 on December 31.
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  5. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       08 Dec 2017 #5

    All those links seem to take me to same place.

    First you download the tool. Once downloaded you double click on the file you downloaded. It starts, you click on Create installation media .... , you confirm it is the right bitness (32 or 64), then language, then click on USB. Need 8GB key. Once it is done you navigate to key and double click Setup.

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
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  6.    08 Dec 2017 #6

    I bought a copy of windows 10 home from Microsoft a couple of weeks ago. I paid them with Paypal.
    Microsoft sent me an email with a License number, and a link to click on.
    I clicked the link, it took me to Microsofts download tool, before I downloaded it asked me if I wanted to burn win 10 to a disk or usb.
    I chose disk. Then download the tool, it downloaded everything to a folder it created on my computer. Then it went thru a check over of the fresh download and OK'd it. That took about 20-30 minutes.
    Then it asked me if I wanted to burn it to a disk and clicked yes. It burned it. Thats it, it burns a boot up tool and the OS to the disk, everything is taken care of.

    I then put a brand new blank hard drive into my computer along with the disk. Restarted the computer and the dvd player took over and the install was very easy. I have the latest copy of win 10 on a new speedy drive.

    I also used that disk to install it on my other older win 7 machines, but I wiped those drives clean so no win 7 files/errors were left.
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  7. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       08 Dec 2017 #7

    CannonRebel said: View Post
    I bought a copy of windows 10 home from Microsoft a couple of weeks ago. I paid them with Paypal.
    Microsoft sent me an email with a License number, and a link to click on.
    I clicked the link, it took me to Microsofts download tool, before I downloaded it asked me if I wanted to burn win 10 to a disk or usb.
    I chose disk. Then download the tool, it downloaded everything to a folder it created on my computer. Then it went thru a check over of the fresh download and OK'd it. That took about 20-30 minutes.
    Then it asked me if I wanted to burn it to a disk and clicked yes. It burned it. Thats it, it burns a boot up tool and the OS to the disk, everything is taken care of.

    I then put a brand new blank hard drive into my computer along with the disk. Restarted the computer and the dvd player took over and the install was very easy. I have the latest copy of win 10 on a new speedy drive.

    I also used that disk to install it on my other older win 7 machines, but I wiped those drives clean so no win 7 files/errors were left.

    Excellent success story there, so simple to do, wish more people reported results like yours :)
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  8. Layback Bear's Avatar
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    Windows 7/64 Professional
       09 Dec 2017 #8

    My Windows 10 installed so quick I didn't have time to go to the kitchen and get more coffee.
    I also used a DVD.

    Jack
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  9.    09 Dec 2017 #9

    Hi there
    If you currently have W7 do the upgrade so you will get a digital Licence -- then depending on your hardware do a CLEAN install --licence is preserved even if you totally wipe and re-format the HDD/SSD.

    BACKUP W7 first though with Macrium or similar.

    In some cases it might be worth just doing the upgrade --if you have types of hardware where W10 drivers are non existent the devices might continue to work after the upgrade.

    Otherwise a clean install can remove any bloatware etc.
    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10.    10 Dec 2017 #10

    I just tried to upgrade on my Windows 7 Pro 32bit through the Windows 10 upgrade using the "assistive technologies" and it did not work for some reason. It said it failed after about 45min of downloading and starting the install. I've done this before with another computer and it worked fine.

    I also read here that I could do a Clean Install and use my Windows 7 Pro Product Key and it would Activate it after the Clean Install, is this true?

    The laptop is also not updating. The updates were broken when I got it and have not fixed it because I was going to install Windows 7 Pro again, but in 64bit. But now I'm thinking it may be better to have Windows 10. I foget how far back the Updates stopped working, would this matter?

    Any suggestions, and should I go ahead and start my own thread?

    Thanks, FunkMaster
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