Windows 10 upgrade (from Windows 7) - Surprisingly smooth

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Mrkvonic, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    What does the future hold? I don't know, but at least you'll know where you stand if you decide to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I've written a long, detailed review of the upgrade process from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool with apps and data preserved, covering desktop configuration and tweaks, hardware and software compatibility, drivers, issues with audio, stability, performance, some errors and warnings, other observations, and more. Take a look.

    https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-10-upgrade-from-windows-7.html


    Mrk


    Mods: If you think this better fits under the Windows 7 eol thread, please merge.
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Mrk,

    When you used the Media Creation Tool, did you choose...

    Upgrade this PC now
    or
    Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) for another PC

    I chose the latter as I wanted the ISO for several PCs. But my Win7 had an issue mounting the ISO.
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Upgrade this PC now - I wanted to see how the in-vivo upgrade works.
    Mrk
     
  4. huntnyc

    huntnyc Registered Member

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    Thanks for your thread here and post. Looks like it is too late for me to do this on my Windows 7 Thinkpad. Tried to upgrade this PC now and it asked for Product Key with no way to skip. I had not previously installed Windows 10 on this laptop. Just discovered the interface would be okay for my poor vision but now looks like at least for this laptop will have to pay for a key. Not complaining just stating my experience. Would love to hear if anone else has tried this also and got same result? Or, if there still is a way to get free upgrade legally, would love to hear it and thanks again.
     
  5. stapp

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    Was there an option near the bottom of the box when it asked for a product key, for you to select ''I do not have a product key''?

    Did you do the ''upgrade this PC now'', or use the Media Creation Tool to make a DVD or USB and select to do an upgrade from that?

    I did a Win 7 to 10 upgrade today on a machine without any problems.

    (I am of course presuming you have a valid Win 7 key :))
     
  6. huntnyc

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    Thanks. My eyesight is very poor but I think I saw two options at the bottom. I am not sure if it said I do not have product key. I believe one option was about reinstalling but not sure. Will need to try this again to see. My laptop had Windows 7 straight from Lenovo from the time I purchased it new in 2015. No other operating system has been on it. Might try this again. I did use the Updgrade this PC option. I believe there was option to purchase ate the bottom and also option to reinstall Windows 10, but I did not see option saying I have no product key. Maybe I need to reduce my scaling from 150% and then I might see the option. Thanks again again and if anyone else has input, would be appreciated.
     
  7. huntnyc

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    just a followup to my post above. I redownload the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and all worked well and I was able to upgrade my main laptop to Windows 10 and activate without any cost, for free.

    However, after just a little while playing around with it having all my older programs loaded like Office 2003 Pro and others, I decided for now on my main computer, I would not continue using it. When I made the user interface of Windows 10 large, it messed up how Chrome displayed, too large to display toolbars and extension icons properly. Also, when I tried to make the text larger for apps for my old programs, this caused other problems in Chrome displaying properly and in Windows 10.

    Also, there were sound problems like Mark mentioned. My mic was not working at all and also the Dolby Home Theater program that enhances sound on my laptop was completely gone.

    I made two images, one external and one internal of Windows 10 with Macrium 6. Then, I restored an earlier image from today of Windows 7 Pro. I know I will have to get used to Windows 10 or what comes after someday but for now, will stick with Windows 7 on my main laptop. As for Windows 10, I will load my main older programs on my backup laptop which has Windows 10 and try to get used to it bit by bit. Eventually, I may go ahed and get back to Windows 10 on my main laptop. Thanks again for all help in this.
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2020
  8. NormanF

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    Dedoimedo is right about Windows 10 being awful on non touch PCs. The form factor doesn’t feel right on them. However, it works beautifully on a touch tablet. After testing the Surface Pro 3, I was impressed. Boots up in like ten seconds! He’s never tested it and in my opinion, this is the finest 2 in 1 convertible PC ever made. Microsoft showed how to integrate Windows 10 with hardware.

    It gave Apple a run for the money! People think of Microsoft as a software company but it showed us it can build world class hardware, too. I needed to change nothing on my Surface Pro 3 and Windows 10 Pro just works on it and its blazing fast, too.
     
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