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Windows 7 Machine ==> Windows 10 Machine Migration

by NAuspitz / November 25, 2015 11:21 AM PST

I currently have a Widows 7 running on my laptop. My laptop is sufficiently old so that it will not support a Windows 7 ==> Windows 10 upgrade. I expect, when I am ready to go to Windows 10, I will need a way of migrating my files, settings, and applications from my Windows 7 machine to my new Windows 10 machine to be.

What is the best way to do this?

TIA & best regards... Norm.

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Clarification Request
Can a Windows 7 Backup be Restored to a Windows 10 Machine?
by NAuspitz / December 2, 2015 7:27 AM PST

As a supplementary question, I had a thought which may sound OK but be very naive. Would it be possible for a Windows 7 backup (done through the Windows 7 operating system from the control panel) be able to be restored on to a Windows 10 system via the Windows 10 analog of the backup/restore function?

I suspect the easy answer is NO, but I thought I would ask, anyway.

TIA & best regards... Norm.

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Re: backup
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 2, 2015 7:36 AM PST

Not sure about the Windows 7 backup. But the backup from Acronis or Easeus surely can.


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Don't use the Windows supplied backup!
by wpgwpg / December 2, 2015 7:43 AM PST

I use Easeus Todo Backup Free which will work and it's free for home use. The Windows supplied backup is buggy as so many folks have reported (me included), so I'd avoid it when there are other free ones that are so much better.

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Re: migration
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 25, 2015 11:34 AM PST

- Applications: reinstall from the most recent source.
- Files: copy (via USB-stick or external harddisk or from your backup)
- Settings: re-enter.


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Windows 7 Machine ==> Windows 10 Machine Migration
by NAuspitz / December 2, 2015 7:10 AM PST
In reply to: Re: migration


Thank you for the information, but I was hoping for something more automatic, especially for the applications.

Best regards... Norm.

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If it doesn't support the migration, why Win 10? 7 is...
by wpgwpg / December 2, 2015 7:25 AM PST

...supported to 2020, and you have an older laptop, so why try to go to 10? Don't you think you'll be ready for a new laptop before 2020? There's also Windows 8 which is supported until 2023. I have a 5 year old laptop with Windows 7 which IS eligible for migration, but I see no reason for me to go to 10. In another year or two I'll be buying another laptop and it will come with 10 pre-installed. There's nothing in 10 that I need. What's in it that you might need?

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Windows 7 Machine ==> Windows 10 Machine Migration
by NAuspitz / December 2, 2015 7:48 AM PST

Thank you!!!!!! I know I cannot migrate the Windows 7 on my current machine to Windows 10, so I will be buying a new machine at some point with Windows 10 already installed.

However, there will be a need to migrate data, settings, and pertinent applications form the Windows 7 machine to the Windows 10 machine. Once I have done it successfully, then I will do my wife's machine. I really do not want to screw that up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I appreciate the advice & best regards... Norm.

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OK, I understand now.
by wpgwpg / December 2, 2015 8:09 AM PST

Having been married for several decades, I know wives have memories like elephants when you mess something up! There are programs and places offering to migrate your programs and data for you. I've never had a problem migrating my own computers, but I have a neighbor who relied on a reputable dealer to do it for him. He had a months long nightmare as a result. If you backup with Easeus Todo Backup Free, you can selectively retrieve some or all of your data, but you'll still need to reinstall the software you have installed, and some older software may require upgrading. E.g. MS Office 2003 is no longer supported. And when it comes to email and contacts I've always exported from my email client, then re-imported on the new computer. If you have all your email and clients on your ISP's server, you might not have to do that.
By the way, I know a lot of folks like Acronis, but I had a very bad experience with it a few years ago, so I will never use or recommend it. It does come free with some hard drives you can buy, but generally you have to buy it, which is another reason I use the free Easeus backup.
Good luck.

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Windows 7 Machine ==> Windows 10 Machine Migration
by NAuspitz / December 2, 2015 8:19 AM PST
In reply to: OK, I understand now.

Thank you for your response. I was migrating a Windows XP machine to a Windows 7 machine and did my wife's first, which came out OK, but I know how bad it would have been had I screwed it up!!!!!!

Dell had recommended LapLink as a migration tool, and it flat out did not work. So, I ended up doing everything by hand. The good news was that much of the utility S/W which was needed by XP was no longer needed in Windows 7, so the reinstallation was much simpler.

Best regards... Norm.

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