Upgrading to Windows 10? My Experience

Have you received that notice from Microsoft: "Windows 7 has reached its End-of-Life... " or something similar?

That prompted me to reluctantly upgrade my HP Elite desktop from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

You may find my experience amusing.

While we're admonished to "Please copy ALL of your files before proceeding.', not only do I do exactly that, employing a program like Acronis True Image, but I also do one other thing: I buy a replacement HDD or SDD, and clone the first mass memory device before upgrading.

In other words, I clone my HDD, then upgrade the cloned disk, saving the pristine original because the ultimate backup.

I had previously upgraded my computer from a 1Tb HDD (Toshiba) to a 1Tb SDD (SanDisk Plus). Using my BYTECC cloning machine, the method was easy, no problems. Went smooth as glass.

Then once I visited use my cloning machine to clone that 1 Tb SanDisk Plus SDD to a different 1Tb HDD, I got the error message, "Source is larger than Target."

Unfazed, i attempted a pristine-out-of-the-box 1Tb WD drive. Got an equivalent error message.

Concerned that my duplicator was on the fritz, I bought another SanDisk Plus 1Tb and inserted it in my duplicator.

Alas, got an equivalent error message.


So I went back in my HP Elite archives, found a previously cloned HDD Win 7 disk for my P Elite from last April and successfully cloned it onto that fresh SanDisk.

The cloned disk installed and worked with none problems.

The upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10 was accomplished successfully.

My HP Elite desktop is now at Win 10 and all's well with the world!

But now, I even have an older version of my desktop.

Well, perhaps that's not a problem: I even have a secure storage of all installed programs, and also all of my work: i exploit an external WD MyCloud memory device on my LAN. Any missing applications, I can just re-install.

Theoretically, the 'original' HP Elite SDD only has copies of downloaded stuff (in its "Download file"), and zip of any real consequence on the desktop or in local memory.

But there's still that niggling fear that somehow, somewhere, there's something thereon original SDD that I just might need.

What to do?

I have a KingWin EZ-Connect device that connects a SATA disk to my computer's USB port.

Perhaps that would be wont to check out then copy over files and such are thereon original SDD Win 7 installation to the HP Elite's current Win 10.

Hooking up the SanDisk SDD to the EZ-Connect, then hooking the EZ-Connect to the pc ,!Viola! I can see all of the files on the SanDisk!

Then it had been a simple thing to look and poke and prod to seek out whatever I wanted to transfer to the new installation!

Fortunately, nothing of any real consequence had ben left behind. Now my new Win 10 installation is fully up and running and my 'lost' files are restored!

Assembling and upgrading personal computers is one among Norm Huffnagle's passions. Whether its adding drives, memory, or installing a replacement OS , Norm loves getting his hands into the bowels of a machine. Specializing in PCs, he hasn't found a machine that he didn't like. He consults with an honest friend of his, Jason Jenkins, who has published a numerous books on the topic of computers and operating systems on Amazon/Kindle. Jason's trade book is "Installing Linux", https://amzn.com/dp/B07743NP8F

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