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Old 07-12-2016, 02:46 AM   #1
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Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

Just a reminder. If you haven't already done so, you have until July 29, 2016
to upgrade Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 free of charge.

I know I still have my son's laptop to upgrade.

The end of free Windows 10 upgrades may prop up PC shipments | Computerworld
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:41 PM   #2
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

Tell me again why I want to replace win7 with win10.


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Old 07-18-2016, 04:15 PM   #3
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

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Tell me again why I want to replace win7 with win10.


I'll second that, although I feel there is a depressing inevitability about it.
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Old 07-18-2016, 04:30 PM   #4
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

I'm wondering how many will not update? Personally, I simply don't have the time, plus I have a feeling that something will go wrong. A couple months ago, I started to have those "Upgrade now for free" popups, so I figured oh well, can't be avoided. I clicked to download, and it showed the download progress bar. Went in the other room for maybe 2 minutes, when I came back in my office, download progress bar was gone, download option disappeared, and it's not in my downloads.

Ideas?
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Old 07-19-2016, 02:28 AM   #5
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

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Tell me again why I want to replace win7 with win10.


New pieces of hardware will require new drivers.
Ultimately only put out on the latest O/S's

Games typically will be developed and tested for the most recent O/S's

Like it or not, the web you visit every day...changes.
Those web pages will run and expect you to have a recent version of Java runtime, Net Framework, JScript or Flash.

As time goes on, your antequated browser is gonna get slower and more crash prone as it trys to interperate a page that it was never developed for.

I hear you, in wanting to run a system without the Man looking over your shoulder.

If I could I would run Windows 2000 now, but it won't load even this site.

Eventually, your system will become more of a pain, and you probably will want to upgrade. If it were me, I would want to upgrade and not have to pay MS an additional $100
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

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I'm wondering how many will not update? Personally, I simply don't have the time, plus I have a feeling that something will go wrong. A couple months ago, I started to have those "Upgrade now for free" popups, so I figured oh well, can't be avoided. I clicked to download, and it showed the download progress bar. Went in the other room for maybe 2 minutes, when I came back in my office, download progress bar was gone, download option disappeared, and it's not in my downloads.

Ideas?
Go to this site and get the Media Creation tool then you will have a option to upgrade in place and you won't lose any data I've done 4 machines and all went well....

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Old 07-19-2016, 03:14 PM   #7
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

Thanks for the tip, fvbounty. How long does it take to do the full upgrade?

I'm still very much hesitating. My computer is 3 years old and has had issues since the day I took it out of the box. I am thinking that maybe I should just keep running win7 on this one, and then buy a win 10 computer in a couple years.
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Thanks for the tip, fvbounty. How long does it take to do the full upgrade?

I'm still very much hesitating. My computer is 3 years old and has had issues since the day I took it out of the box. I am thinking that maybe I should just keep running win7 on this one, and then buy a win 10 computer in a couple years.
Should only take about 1 hour, I did it on my laptop on my boat when I was coming in from fishing last year, from my mifi hotspot and worked just fine....the only thing I've ever had to do was getting newer video card drivers from Nvidia!
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:04 PM   #9
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

I had mentioned in a post a couple of months ago that I purchased a new Clevo-based laptop customized and supplied by Eluktronics, which came with Windows 10 Home installed. After spending a few hours going through every available control panel setting, tweaking numerous default settings (many of them completely ridiculous), installing various programs I use, deleting most of the garish links and ad type things that appear under the start button, and customizing the desktop, I was so delighted with the result that I upgraded the other four computers in my house from W7 to W10, with equally pleasing results.

In addition to the things that have been said about W10 above, it seems a bit snappier, a bit more refined in various ways, it utilizes significantly less hard drive space (once the 30 day period in which one is allowed to revert to W7 expires, at which time it deletes a very large Windows.old folder it creates at the top level of the c: drive to make that reversion possible), and a couple of older programs I have that were written for XP that had performed in a flaky manner in W7 (even when run in compatibility mode) actually work much better in W10.

I did the updates using the Media Creation tool FV linked to, creating it on a flash drive.

Also, in addition to the provision that is provided to revert to W7 within 30 days or so, I've retained the ability to go back at any time in the future via drive images I create regularly (I use Terabyte Unlimited's Image for Windows program for drive imaging).

I'll mention also that there were a couple of programs I use (Hypersnap and SmartFTP) that I either had to reinstall or uninstall and then reinstall following the upgrade, to get them to work properly.

Also, in doing the update I would definitely choose "custom install" rather than "express install," and then take the time to go through a few screens that will appear on which various default settings can be changed. Most of us will want to set every one of them to "off" or equivalent, as I recall. (One setting, unbelievably, by default allows Microsoft to use our computers to distribute and receive updates to and from other computers via the Internet). Although if "express install" is chosen I believe that all of the settings that can be changed under "custom install" can be accessed subsequently under the Start Button/Settings, which should be gone through in detail anyway, as I said.

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P.S: But for another potential cause for concern, see my responses earlier today in Zap's thread on "Windows 10 Automatic Updates."

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Glad it worked out for you!
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

ctal you almost make me want to do this, though I'm still heavily leaning towards keeping win7. How many people here are not taking the free win10 offer I wonder?
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ctal you almost make me want to do this, though I'm still heavily leaning towards keeping win7. How many people here are not taking the free win10 offer I wonder?
Everyone that still posts here is on W10...except traveler...
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:52 PM   #14
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

All of my machines are on Win10. If you do a custom install and tweak all the privacy and other settings to your liking, it is a very good OS. And, it supports all the new hardware, software and security.
I don't like the 'look' of the UI very much. I think Vista was the height of 'pretty' OS UIs for MS and it's been down hill since then. But, form is not as important as function.
And, it's a free upgrade.
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Re: Time running out for free upgrate to Win 10

Hi Peter,

Just wondering what you don't particularly like in the W10 UI. I customized mine to look very similar to what I had in W7. The most notable differences being that the search box in W10 is in the taskbar instead of under the start icon, which is a nice if minor convenience IMO, and the ability to call up various control panel functions by right-clicking the start icon while also being able to call up programs and other functions by left-clicking it is a nice feature as well. Otherwise I haven't really seen much difference in the UI relative to W7, once I finished tweaking it.

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