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      • #2153611 Reply
        John782
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        I just upgraded my older PC , which is a Toshiba Satellite from W7 to W10 OS this morning. Everything transferred and went well, with all apps (with the exception of those not compatible with W10), and everything working correctly. I didn’t need those two apps that didn’t transfer anyway.  It did update me to build 1909 , with the February updates (with no choice),  but I have had no issues so far. It took a little over 2 hours, but no hiccups (issues) during the process. I had debated on keeping the W7 OS and micro patching, but I thought hackers may be more prone to trying to get in W7 systems more so than W10 since MS had ended the W7 support ( could be wrong there).  I had previously purchased a Lenovo Yoga C-740-14, back during Black Friday and it had build 1903 on it, and the format wasn’t that difficult to learn. I still like the format of W7 a lot better but not a deal breaker on switching OS’. If you do consider doing this free upgrade, you need to male sure that you had validated your W7 product key because this needs to be done, prior too, to make sure the the free upgrade will go through.

      • #2153692 Reply
        anonymous
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        If you have any complaints about system performance, look into using an SSD.  If you are on 64-bit Windows 10 and you have less than 8gb of ram you could consider a memory upgrade as well.

        • #2153772 Reply
          JimT777
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          If you have any complaints about system performance, look into using an SSD.  If you are on 64-bit Windows 10 and you have less than 8gb of ram you could consider a memory upgrade as well.

          If it is an older Toshiba Satellite, it may not accommodate 8GB of RAM.  I have a Satellite Pro that goes back to 2009, and came from the factory with 2GB of RAM, which ran Win 7 fairly well.  I upgraded to 4 GB, which was the maximum RAM supported by my particular model.  After upgrading to Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, I discovered It could run with the 4GB RAM, but VERY slowly.  I finally had to invest in a more up-to-date laptop a couple of years ago that came with 8GB, which has since been upgraded to 16GB RAM.  For those who preferred the look and feel of Windows 7, I highly recommend Open Shell, which restores the classic Windows 7 look to the Windows 10 desktop and taskbar.  https://open-shell.github.io/Open-Shell-Menu/

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          John782
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          The only other issues I incurred, after posting this, on the upgrade from W7 to W10 was that I had to uninstall Bitdefender and reinstall it for it to function properly. Also I could not play videos when using Firefox. I unchecked the hardware accelerator box and that solved the problem. Video on Firefox had previously worked on W7 with the box checked.  For some reason, boot up and start up is a lot faster on build 1909 than it was on W7.  If I had known the Toshiba Satellite was going to transition this well over to W10, I would probably not have purchased a new pc. It does have only 6 GB of ram but that has not been a problem so far.  Now the Lenovo Yoga C-740-14 ( build 1903) is lighting fast on boot up and startup. Only a few seconds using the fingerprint reader. The Yoga has 16 GB of Ram and a 1 TB, SSD NVMe storage drive.

          Thanks anonymous and JimT777 for your responses and info.

           

           

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      • #2174251 Reply
        Seff
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        I upgraded from W7 to W10 yesterday (x64 Home) on my main desktop (AMD Phenom II X4 955 with 8GB Ram, theoretically it’s over 10 years old but in practice there’s not much apart from the case that hasn’t been replaced at some point), also in a fraction over 2 hours and without any issues.

        I have to say I’m surprised by how similar it all is, no sign of any tiles etc and everything much as it was but with a lot of smartening up and modernising of displays. I’d uninstalled MSE beforehand, and it set Windows Security up ok including Defender. I had also uninstalled MBAM (which I only used manually, and version 2.x as I never wanted the all-singing-and-dancing versions that tried to do everything) and haven’t yet decided whether to add it back or just rely on Defender.

        I’m still using Chrome, and it also retained Windows Live Mail 2012 which surprised me. Both seem to be running a little faster.

        I deliberately left updates on automatic so it could install anything considered necessary for the upgrade, and today it installed the February updates ok but after which I set Pause to 28 days.

        I’ll see how that machine goes, and then my other machine which is broadly similar vintage and spec but also with Office 2010 on it will be upgraded too.

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          joep517
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          I use MBAM (free version) to periodically scan as a second opinion to Defender. I also periodically randomly pick one of the free online scan services from one of the major a/v vendors. The scan engines are all slightly different so can produce different results. I don’t think it is wise to rely on just one source.

          --Joe

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          • #2174313 Reply
            Seff
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            Yes, that’s always been my approach too, but saying that neither MSE nor MBAM has ever spotted anything – but I’m not complacent! I’m just keeping things basic at the moment while I get used to W10, then I’ll start installing a few extra programs – I mean apps.

        • #2176840 Reply
          John782
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          I upgraded from W7 to W10 yesterday (x64 Home) on my main desktop (AMD Phenom II X4 955 with 8GB Ram, theoretically it’s over 10 years old but in practice there’s not much apart from the case that hasn’t been replaced at some point), also in a fraction over 2 hours and without any issues……

          I got a lifetime paid subscription way back when to MBAM, and it was working with Bitdefender pretty well until a Bitdefender update, and then the two didn’t get along. I’m now using MBAM as a scan only on the Toshiba.  I never had any issues with MBAM Pro in live mode when I had Norton, which I had used prior to even getting the paid version of MBAM.  Some highly recommend that you not use the two together. So it may be a good thing the update caused that issue.

      • #2174267 Reply
        lee469
        AskWoody Lounger

        I still have windows 7 pro on my computer. How do I upgrade to win 10 pro for free?

      • #2176851 Reply
        John782
        AskWoody Plus

        There’s a useful guide to the upgrade process here:-

        https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/139745-upgrade-windows-10-windows-7-free.html

        I believe that the free upgrade is available to both Home and Pro (but not Enterprise) with the proviso that you’ll get the same version of W10 as you have with W7.

        That is correct and it should upgrade W7 to Build 1909 ( I had no choice between 1903 and 1909).

         

         

      • #2176855 Reply
        John782
        AskWoody Plus

        I still have windows 7 pro on my computer. How do I upgrade to win 10 pro for free?

        Seff had a really good link on upgrading. I think it’s very important too that you activate your W7 version prior to starting the W10 process (if you hadn’t already done so ),  because Microsoft should then recognize your Windows7 product key, and that should make the upgrade procedure go more smoothly (JMO).  Good luck if you pursue the upgrade.

      • #2199803 Reply
        anonymous
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        Will any of the old win7 program like excel and word 2003 still work with the win10 upgraded version

        Joe

        • #2199830 Reply
          Paul T
          AskWoody MVP

          Yes, they still work, but it’s worth having a copy of the installation files and license details in case you need to re-install.

          cheers, Paul

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      • #2209055 Reply
        MHCLV941
        AskWoody Plus

        If you have any complaints about system performance, look into using an SSD.  If you are on 64-bit Windows 10 and you have less than 8gb of ram you could consider a memory upgrade as well.

        If it is an older Toshiba Satellite, it may not accommodate 8GB of RAM.  I have a Satellite Pro that goes back to 2009, and came from the factory with 2GB of RAM, which ran Win 7 fairly well.  I upgraded to 4 GB, which was the maximum RAM supported by my particular model.  After upgrading to Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, I discovered It could run with the 4GB RAM, but VERY slowly.  I finally had to invest in a more up-to-date laptop a couple of years ago that came with 8GB, which has since been upgraded to 16GB RAM.  For those who preferred the look and feel of Windows 7, I highly recommend Open Shell, which restores the classic Windows 7 look to the Windows 10 desktop and taskbar.  https://open-shell.github.io/Open-Shell-Menu/

        Stardock’s Start10 is another very good shell.  It’s not free – a massive $5 – but well worth foregoing a Big Mac to have.

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