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Specific upgrade paths to get to all versions Windows 10

  1. #21


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    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    One possible 'semi clean install' route via the upgrade path might be for those that have a retail version of 7/8/8.1 to make a duplicate system image of just the basic OS with absolutely nothing else added. Just let Windows update the OS to whatever it thinks is correct. Don't install any drivers, don't go online etc etc. Just leave it as Windows + updates (because I'm assuming the upgrade will require an updated version of the OS it is to replace). I would think that would then give the cleanest 'upgrade' possible because there is nothing to carry over.

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  2. #22


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Well, I can confirm that Windows 8.1 (Core) now gets you Windows 10 Home Technical Preview. And that Windows 7 Ultimate gets you Windows 10 Professional Technical Preview. I don't think it did that in the past. You just got Windows 10 Technical Preview, which I believe was the equivalent of Pro. These were both online upgrades to 10074 via the Insiders page. Then upgraded again to 10122.

    Interesting note: On the Windows 7 upgrade it never prompted me to setup a live ID. It just let me long on with a local account on the first boot into Windows 10. No nag screen to switch either. I had to manually do it. It may have prompted me to switch eventually, I don't know. I switched to the Live ID after my first log in.
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  3. #23


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    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    I'd honestly rather buy a full retail copy in store if needed and keep both licenses- I bought Windows 8.1 for my new custom build desktop in January precisely because I wanted to use the OS for years, full well knowing Windows 10 is getting released later this year. I wanted the freedom a retail copy gave and I'll deal with a new OS later by getting a retail copy in store, without any strings.
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  4. #24


    when you install the technical preview, on a current win 7 pro setup, do your "main" programs, like office 2013 and Evernote, and such continue to function as before, and things like your newer printers and such continue to work, or does everything except the built in window 10 stuff just sort of die?
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  5. #25


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by wase4711 View Post
    when you install the technical preview, on a current win 7 pro setup, do your "main" programs, like office 2013 and Evernote, and such continue to function as before, and things like your newer printers and such continue to work, or does everything except the built in window 10 stuff just sort of die?
    They should? I'll have to go poke around on my other PC to see if anything got broken. I don't think I have office installed on that PC. Office 2013 kept working when I upgraded from 8.1 to 10. Outlook still worked anyway.
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  6. #26


    thanks; I have been holding off on testing this on my win 7 machine, but so many folks are reporting that this latest build works good enough for a daily, that I am really tempted to take the plunge..As long as office 2013 still works when you install the latest preview, I would be good to go
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  7. #27


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I've done a few clean installs of some of the previews and one of the first things I install is office 2013. No issues that I am aware of. Activates fine.etc. I'm just careful to keep track of what keys are used on what PC. I've never had an issue reinstalling office on the same PC it was originally activated on, even with a different OS installed. I've gone to 10 and back to 8.1 several times on my laptop and office still works.
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  8. #28


    would you say the latest release is good enough to use as a daily, or is it still really rough around the edges?
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  9. #29


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It didn't work out for me on my laptop due to AMD graphics driver issues. Also couldn't get my external USB 3 monitor to work. I went back to Windows 8.1. I have 10 installed on my spare desktop but have hardly used it, yet. I personally wouldn't use it as my daily OS if I only had one PC. I won't put it on my main desktop PC at this time. Some have no real issues though. You may want to create an image of your current setup in case you try it and want to go back to your current OS. Or at least make sure you have everything you need to reinstall it if need be.
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  10. #30


    well, I have an AMD graphics card in the desktop I was going to install it on, so maybe I will hold off until that part of win 10 is up to snuff
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