Need a secure way to upgrade my computer

Harry Hooper

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These might help:

www.howtogeek.com/225048/how-to-upgrade-from-windows-7-or-8-to-windows-10-right-now/

www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-clean-install-windows-10/



Before you start the upgrade process, you can download a program like Macrium Reflect to make an image of your PC as it currently exists. The free version of this program allows you to make the image backup onto DVDs or an external USB hard drive. If something horrible happens in the upgrade process to W10, you can use the image you made to go back to your current W7 setup.
 

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I will only mention it once because it will be too controversial here, but IMHO no hardware that can run 7 should be upgraded to 10, upgrade to 8.1, add Classic Start/Classic Shell freeware to retain all the features you desire from the 7 interface. You get a faster more stable system, all the dubious and problematic patches and updates your heart desires for several more years, but you control when and how that stuff gets added, you never lose control of your OS, unlike 10 where your ability to control your hardware is illusory. Via https://www.askwoody.com/ and several associated sites you can find out which updates are legit security issues and not problematical as opposed to tracking/telemetry and other crap that just gives MS unwarranted ability to control and snoop on the users.
 

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I will only mention it once because it will be too controversial here, but IMHO no hardware that can run 7 should be upgraded to 10, upgrade to 8.1, add Classic Start/Classic Shell freeware to retain all the features you desire from the 7 interface. You get a faster more stable system, all the dubious and problematic patches and updates your heart desires for several more years, but you control when and how that stuff gets added, you never lose control of your OS, unlike 10 where your ability to control your hardware is illusory. Via https://www.askwoody.com/ and several associated sites you can find out which updates are legit security issues and not problematical as opposed to tracking/telemetry and other crap that just gives MS unwarranted ability to control and snoop on the users.
I completely agree with this. I despise Win 10 and suggest that people avoid it unless they have an absolute hardware or software need to run it. Besides the reasons Couperin mentions, for longtime Windows users the interface in 7 or 8.1 (with Classic Start/Shell) is probably going to be more comfortable. I have found Win10 a bit of a struggle after having been nearly a full time Windows user since Windows 3.0 (notwithstanding my simultaneous Mac usage, which has pretty much supplanted most but not all of my Windows usage in the last 5 years).
 

Harry Hooper

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I will only mention it once because it will be too controversial here, but IMHO no hardware that can run 7 should be upgraded to 10, upgrade to 8.1, add Classic Start/Classic Shell freeware to retain all the features you desire from the 7 interface. You get a faster more stable system, all the dubious and problematic patches and updates your heart desires for several more years, but you control when and how that stuff gets added, you never lose control of your OS, unlike 10 where your ability to control your hardware is illusory. Via https://www.askwoody.com/ and several associated sites you can find out which updates are legit security issues and not problematical as opposed to tracking/telemetry and other crap that just gives MS unwarranted ability to control and snoop on the users.
Not controversial at all. W8 gets extended support {updates & patches} through January 2023, so 3+ years to go.
 

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I use Classic Start/Shell on W10. It works pretty well, though there is some occasional weirdness. Highly recommended for 8.1 too.
 

cgori

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Understandable, in 8.1 it's completely stable and the changes since the original author gave up Shell don't really matter, with 10 they are dealing with a constantly moving target...
Yep. I was really sad when I saw he gave it up, but completely understand. It's a really nice piece of software - the weirdness is as you say, because of the moving target of W10. (Plus MS' need to put settings in totally different places from version to version, but I digress.)
 

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These might help:

www.howtogeek.com/225048/how-to-upgrade-from-windows-7-or-8-to-windows-10-right-now/

www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-to-clean-install-windows-10/



Before you start the upgrade process, you can download a program like Macrium Reflect to make an image of your PC as it currently exists. The free version of this program allows you to make the image backup onto DVDs or an external USB hard drive. If something horrible happens in the upgrade process to W10, you can use the image you made to go back to your current W7 setup.
If something horrible happens in the upgrade process to W10,will i have any losses?
 

Harry Hooper

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If something horrible happens in the upgrade process to W10,will i have any losses?
Not if you make the image first of all your data as I described. If the upgrade is unsuccessful, you restore the image back to the computer's Windows 7 starting point.