I want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 (Not Clean install)

Discussion in 'Windows 10 Upgrade and Installation' started by silverman, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. silverman

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    I am almost ready to install Windows 10 on my PC that’s currently running Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)

    I have only installed Windows 10 on one computer this was a Toshiba laptop. At the time I would have liked to have done a fresh install (deleting all the previous Windows 7 and more importantly all the Toshiba features that seemed to causing me so much trouble).

    During the installation that went on for several hours, I never saw anything that gave me a choice for Clean install or Upgrade. Perhaps I missed it.

    I have to say I was surprised that it did an upgrade and as a result all my settings, email set-ups remained untouched. The computer worked better that it did when new.

    Now my question, this time I wish to do an Upgrade (as it did with my Laptop). I want to upgrade and NOT Do a fresh install. How can I be sure it does that!

    I am a little apprehensive about the whole procedure as this is my main computer. I have several email accounts and losing all them alone will give me hours of work, something I don’t want. I have done loads of backups, just in case.

    I was disappointed with the process before, Windows did not seem to give any indications as to the progress of the installation. It just completed (I think in about 5 hours) and it worked well, very fast and I was very relieved.

    Anything I need to know before I start?
     
  2. Neemobeer

    Neemobeer Windows Forum Team
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    With the free upgrade there is no option to do a fresh install, so there is no way to screw it up. Once the upgrade is done you can do a fresh install if you want. There is a media creation tool on Microsoft's site.
     
  3. Ralph Bromley

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    It should upgrade rather than fresh install, however do be cautious and back everything up.
    Failures do happen so backing up all your data (the OS included!) is a recommended step.
     
  4. silverman

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    Thanks for that Neemobeer & Ralph I will start the process shortly and try and keep an eye pout for any questions in the process.
    I will report back when completed
     
  5. silverman

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    One question, over the last few months Windows has been asking me to upgrade and the box that shows this message gave me two options. i think from what i remember it was 1. download and install later or 2. install now. I have just started the process from "Windows update" and it's currently "Downloading Windows 10. Will it at some stage ask me to install?

    I have other computers to do (before end of December) , would it be better to download first then update later. How long does each stage take? it would help me on future updates if I did them separately, I have allocated myself about 5 hours for today's upgrade. It difficult for me to get the time in a normal working day?

    For interest it's been running for about 25min ((downloading windows 10) and showing 33% done!
     
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  6. Ralph Bromley

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    Well it should have installed by now
     
  7. silverman

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    Fantastic, it completed in 2 Hrs and 17 min. A much better experience that before. Show progress all the way through (0 to 100 with download). I have a few odd things to sort out, mainly to do with the UK English Language (can't seem to get it to download and Cortana, I expect they are related.

    I will perhaps do another PC computer and see how that goes.
     
  8. silverman

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    Sorry Ralph, Just went to the forum website to see what happened and my forum message was still sitting there - un-sent. (see above).

    A further update, after completing the above I moved on to a third computer, this time I just downloaded it and left it till the following morning to do the installation. I did not keep an accurate time but it was slightly quicker than the other one.

    I spent more time messing about with Cortana, the only way I can get it to working is my not selecting UK English, so I am currently setting my computers to US English. I did download the UK English but that still did not work. I will have to have a look at the forum pages to see what the problem is.

    I noticed today that an icon has apprered on my desk top that I think would change my installation to a "Clean Install" I certainly don't want to do this on all my computers as many of my programmes are not suitable for Windows 10. A clean install would make them unusable. How can I protect things so this does not happen.

    I will do another computer this weekend (if I can get away with it) Happy Christmas to you all.
     
  9. Neemobeer

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    Cortana should support UK English. You may need to download the speech download for UK it is separate from the basic language pack.
    • WinKey + i
    • Time and Language
    • Region & language
    • Click on the installed language you want the speech pack for
    • Select Options
    • Download the language pack and the speech pack
    • Go under speech tab and see if you can set speech to UK then
     
  10. silverman

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    Thanks Neemobeer, that for that I will give it a try tomorrow and report back
     

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