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Should I upgrade my Sisters Windows 7 to 10?

by edwardnav / August 5, 2015 7:23 AM PDT

I upgraded my windows 8.1 to 10 without much issue. I had to fix a few minor things but otherwise everything seems fine. Back to my original question, my Sister primarily uses her windows 7 computer to do email plus a little surfing, buying stuff and such with Internet Explorer. I use Firefox. Since she is so adverse to change, I haven't tried to install Firefox on her computer. I opened Microsoft Edge on my computer and here is where the issues begin.

1. Should I upgrade her computer, just because windows 7 will at some point be unsupported?
2. Right now her home page is Yahoo, where she can easily get to her email account. Is there a way to when she clicks on the Microsoft Edge 'icon', that it takes her directly to the “” website? I saw that you can have 'another' tab, and set it for whatever 'site' you want. But the “Microsoft Edge” page opens as the 'home page'.
3. I have gotten her used to using the 'Favorites' in Internet Explorer, now I see that you have to “click” on that 'symbol' to get to 'Favorites' to the side of the screen, not a big thing I suppose, but still different.
4. Is Internet Explorer now “gone” if your using Microsoft Edge? I ask because, when I went to the “Dell” website, for my computer, it stated that I needed to use Internet Explorer. I'm assuming that Dell will get with the program regarding Microsoft Edge, but is this the thing to look forward too? If so, I'm sure that my sister will run into this sort of issue at some point.
5. There were a few 'apps' that I had to reinstall on my computer after the 'upgrade', so I'm inclined to believe that will also happen on my sisters HP computer as well. Creating more work for “me”. LOL
6. If the upgrade does not include all necessary drivers, I assume I will have to visit the HP website to get whatever is necessary, maybe also for her printer. Could take some time to set up.

I did make a DVD disc of Windows 10 to maybe make the process faster.

Anyway, thanks for any suggestions.


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If it ain't broke...
by wpgwpg / August 5, 2015 8:27 AM PDT

I'd leave your sister in peace. If she'd object to Firefox, she'd probably never forgive you for an OS change. Windows 7 will continue to be supported until 2015 and the odds of your sister needing a new computer by then are pretty high.
Internet Explorer is still in 10. It's under Windows something - I'd put an icon to it on her desktop and set the home page to Yahoo like she's used to.
Good luck.

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It is 2015 wpg
by itsdigger / August 5, 2015 8:33 AM PDT
In reply to: If it ain't broke...
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(NT) It's not 2020 Digger :-)
by wpgwpg / August 5, 2015 9:07 AM PDT
In reply to: It is 2015 wpg
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So since I have the DVD disc
by edwardnav / August 5, 2015 10:40 AM PDT
In reply to: If it ain't broke...

would I be correct in thinking that later, if "she" wanted it or "needed it" for that matter, that I could install windows 10 on her computer? Still free, since I have the disc. Because, bottom line, I agree with the "if it ain't broke don't fix it". Also, I just went to her home, and the icon to install windows 10 is on her taskbar. So I should remove it, or uninstall it or whatever it takes to get rid of it. So that she doesn't accidentally install windows 10. Oh, Oh, will windows 10 install automatically anyway because the icon is there. Oh no.

Thanks for any suggestions

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Of course you can always...
by Oldartq / August 5, 2015 10:12 AM PDT

DLand install firefox on 10, I am not saying go ahead and upgrade to 10. Why not give yourself a little and test 10 out and decide.

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we don't know your sister
by James Denison / August 5, 2015 10:35 AM PDT

Do so at your own risk. Wink

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User Agent Switcher Add-on for Firefox
by James Denison / August 5, 2015 10:42 AM PDT
" Is Internet Explorer now “gone” if your using Microsoft Edge? I ask because, when I went to the “Dell” website, for my computer, it stated that I needed to use Internet Explorer. "

There's a popular add-on for FF which gets you past those "IE only" screens by spoofing the "http referer" sent to the server so it believes FF is actually IE.

IE is also in windows 10 and you may be able to make it the "default" browser if wanted, but I've not tried it yet myself.

Homepage can be changed in a browser. My favorite home page is usually "about:blank" or the google search page.
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My sister, (in her late 50's) if this might help
by James Denison / August 5, 2015 10:55 AM PDT

has always expected her older brother to fix things gone wrong for her. I sent her some images of W10 and asked if she'd tried it yet in lieu of her W8. Why yes, it seems she'd already installed it and she was only too willing to send me a scathing review of everything she didn't like about W10. Glad I was that she did it to herself. I will share it.

" Well, I went ahead and installed it last night. No, I liked win 8 MUCH better than win 10.... I don't like Edge at ALL. I especially don't like the way it puts your favorites in the LARGE letters, rather than the smaller letters that IE uses. I don't like that my control panel no longer has all my options and I have to go to different places to do what I used to do on the win 8 control panel in one place. I don't like having to ask Cortana to take me to the old win 8 control panel (which no longer has everything.) I don't like having to ask Cortana to take me to the downloads spot or to the uninstall spot. I don't like it that all my desktop icons are now for Edge rather than internet explorer!!!!!!!
The ONLY thing I REALLY like about it is I can update my league's home page (I have a new league now, just had first tours on Saturday....) without having to put it into compatibility mode as I do with I.E. cause when I don't do that, it strips some of the code (like the background image codes) off the page when I save it in I.E. and its not in compatibility mode.
I don't actually HATE win 10, but I don't like it nearly as well as win 8.1 Why would I want to create a VM to run it when its already installed on my computer???? that makes NO sense to me, but I appreciate the work you've done to send this.
I have found where I can back it out if I want to, but I only have 30 days to make up my mind. At this point, I've decided to just try to get used to it and its gross idiosyncracies..... I will just use I.E. for most of my browsing and use Edge for updating my league page."

As you can see, she's a complete Microsoft user so she's also more familiar to feeling the difference than I am since my main OS is Linux Mint. I gave W10 a far more favorable review than she did, LOL.

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Well I will answer part of the
by orlbuckeye / August 6, 2015 5:27 AM PDT

question and IE is still in Windows 10. If you upgrade and you have a IE shortcut on the desktop it will remain on the desktop. Edge was added to Windows 10 and it is a new browser using a new browser engine. Edge is designed to handle websites that use new technologies (HTML5) but MS left IE in Windows 10 to handle legacy websites. Also their is an option in Edge that opens the website in IE if it fails to load properly in Edge.

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Also the Control Panel can be set
by James Denison / August 7, 2015 9:26 PM PDT

to appear with all the icons like previous windows editions.

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