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  • Best way to transfer an old Win7 PC to a new Win10 VM?

    Posted on November 7th, 2018 at 07:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting question from an old friend:

    I’ve got a six year old Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 PC that’s getting kind of long in the tooth (though still working fine). I would like to upgrade it to a spankin’ new Win 10 desktop without the weeks-long pain of having to figure out how to migrate my applications and upgrade them, not to mention figuring out all the little Win 10 quirks.

    So I thought what might be slick would be to make the old machine a virtual machine and then transfer it whole hog to the new machine.

    I’ve already nudged him toward switching to a Chromebook 🙂 but regardless of how he goes, the proposal raises several interesting questions.

    • What’s the best way to get a “valid” version of Win7 running on a Win10 VM? Where’s the best place to buy a Win7 license?
    • If he can get a Win7 VM going, what’s the best way to transfer the contents of the old PC to the new VM? (Fully realizing that there will be lots of problems.)

    Anyone have experience with a brain transplant?

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