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Windows 10 update

by rknester / December 20, 2015 7:45 AM PST

Back when the updates were first being scheduled, I scheduled one, but it never happened. Occasionally, I'm prompted to schedule the update, but it already has been, so I end up pushing the button that says "wait till you are prompted to update to Windows 10."
I am not sure what is wrong.
Also, I want to be sure I don't lose my Office 2010 or Kingsoft programs and files since I am a writer and all my documents are there.
The Office came with the computer, with Windows 7 installed. I have backed up the machine repeatedly and have much of this on Dropbox as well, but is there anything else I can do to be sure I don't lose my work?

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Re: Windows 10 update.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 20, 2015 8:01 AM PST
In reply to: Windows 10 update

Although technically, when done via Windows Update, it's an update, it's commonly referred to as an upgrade.

With an update you won't lose your programs. In fact, there should be no need to reinstall them from the disk you bought or the installation file you downloaded. The only risk of losing those programs is if something goes wrong and you don't have those installation disks or files anymore. But surely you made a copy?

Your documents are not in those programs, but in your My Documents folder or whereever you saved them. All you have to do to not lose them is backup and backup and backup. Backup In such a way that you're sure you can restore them even in a new OS or on a new PC. Backing up "a machine" might not be the right thing, unless you can restore individual files from the backup. That depends on the backup program you used.


Post was last edited on December 20, 2015 8:02 AM PST

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copying programs
by rknester / December 20, 2015 3:07 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Windows 10 update.

Hi. Office came pre-installed on my computer, so I don't have a disk. I don't really know how to copy it, but I do back ups on an external hard drive.
I don't know how restore individual files from the backup, but I can get someone to help me do that, I guess.

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It gets worse.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2015 3:17 PM PST
In reply to: copying programs

Even if you found every file, restored same you have registration to deal with and then activation.

Back to those that supplied Office for media?

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Several things to do. You can download Windows 10.
by wpgwpg / December 20, 2015 8:06 AM PST
In reply to: Windows 10 update

First, I'd back up my documents to a flash drive or external hard drive. Second, I'd make sure I had a MS Office install disc and the product key. You probably won't need these, but you asked what else you could do, and they are prudent things. Then you can download Windows 10 from here: .
However I have to ask why you want to update to 10. Is Windows 7 working satisfactorily for you now? Are you aware it's supported until 2020? Is there anything in 10 that you really want or need? Are you aware that some folks have had problems when they attempt to upgrade? Windows 10 seems to be OK, especially when factory installed on new computers, but just remember the old addage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and be sure you have the right answers to the above questions.
Good luck.

Typo in year corrected by moderator.

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downloading Windows 10
by rknester / December 20, 2015 3:09 PM PST

There's really no need to worry, I suppose, if Windows 7 is really going to be supported till 2020. I didn't think it was going to be supported much longer.
I will just leave it alone, and if Windows 10 downloads, it does.
But I don't want to lose my documents. That's the only thing I really AM worried about, since I have no disc and am not sure I can find the product key for Office 2010.

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The key for Office is easy to find.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2015 3:18 PM PST
In reply to: downloading Windows 10

I've used MagicJellyBean among other tools.

As to document loss, are you telling everyone these are not on backups?

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the office key
by renegade600 / December 20, 2015 4:35 PM PST
In reply to: downloading Windows 10

as previously stated, magical jellybean will show your office key. Or, since office on most computers are trial until purchased, your key should be in your microsoft account. You can always download the trial version of microsoft office you have from microsoft and enter your key to make it legit. You should be able to backup all of your documents either online or on any usb drive. If you forget, when you do the upgrade, there will be a windows.old folder that will have all your files.

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Backing up
by rknester / December 20, 2015 8:40 PM PST
In reply to: the office key

I have the key, but no disk. And I continually back up onto my external hard drive as well as copying documents and files onto a cloud service, such as Dropbox.
I also have an Office clone, Kingsoft, the Premium version. I'm sure that company will support it, since I got it recently.
I am backing those documents up too.

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Kingsoft sort of fell out of favor. Read link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2015 6:58 AM PST
In reply to: Backing up writes:
"Regular Cheapskate readers know that when it comes to Microsoft Office alternatives, I typically recommend WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office). But I was recently made aware that the free version now adds a watermark to printed pages, which is, of course, unacceptable."

If yours is the other version then you're fine. Be sure to know about NINITE.COM and how you can get Libre Office there without adware.

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