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Windows 10 upgrades on top of Windows 7 - success report

Published: Monday, January 20, 2020 written by Andy Flagg
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Keywords: Windows 10, Windows 7, Upgrade, Success



In the past two weeks, we have been upgrading specific business machines from Windows 7 to Windows 10 because of fair wear and tear of Windows 7 for some users and just more and more cloud based permissions errors and Windows updates.
 
I did analyze the risk profile for Windows 7 hold outs in the business and personal space after the January 14th, 2020 cutoff date from Microsoft and knew there would be a huge scuffle in the Microsoft ranks on how to deal with zero day attacks that even Microsoft cannot deny they will be regressed back to code released prior to the cutoff date that Microsoft cannot ignore and must release rolling updates for the foreseeable future (2-3 years). That's just life, facts.
 
In lieu of Windows 10 upgrading, we found that Microsoft has done something special: eased the burden of the upgrade to be rather complete and thorough, and faster than before. 1-2 hours instead of 3-4 hours. The popups and windows screen flashes are interesting, and makes one nervous to watch, yet in the end if works.
 
I repeat, instead of 3-4 hours, its now down to 1-2 hours to upgrade an existing Windows 7 computer - plugged into the Internet or not using an 8GB USB drive formatted with Windows 10 v1909 using Microsoft media creation tool. We made 4 each of these USB drives to simultaneously upgrade or install onto 4 workstations.
 
We have tested v1909 with and without Internet access to determine updates and either seems fast and fine.
 
A month or two prior, this was an absolute nightmare and chaotic at best and one had to really babysit the upgrade. Now you can rest assured, at 2 hours, that is the magic time it takes for an i5 or i7 with 8GB of RAM, and a platter SATA III drive with or without Internet to complete the upgrade, on or off a domain controller.
 
Now, what we have to do is roll this out steadily.
 
caveat: Oh yeah, Windows 10 activates freely. We have seen one error where the Windows 7 product code was argued with as invalid, and when we plugged the network cable back in and retried, it was accepted.
 
more to come...
 
 

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