There are many ways to migrate to Windows 10. One of the least used by companies is called “in-place upgrades”. This is just putting Windows 10 directly on top of Windows 7 for example.
Most of the time companies don’t want to do this because they feel it will cause unforeseen issues. This is true. I have seen that happen with upgrades of other OS. What also seems true is that Microsoft has gotten better with in-place upgrades, and it is much better than it used to be.
For example, this week I upgraded two computers that had almost 100 GB of programs installed. To reinstall those programs would take days, and those employees didn’t have a backup system with those applications. So since one member of their department had successfully upgraded several months ago with this method, I used it with them.
It was successful. It was wonderful to see Windows 10 come up and the short testing I did showed everything was working. I will test it further with the user on Monday. The alternative of using an image of their computer on another computer, joining it to the domain, changing the computer name, etc, would have taken far longer than the two hours.
What was neat is when I logged in to test it, Windows 10 told me that certain things were automatically disabled and deleted because they were obsolete. It also made the machine more responsive which was wonderful as well. It had 8 GB of ram and so the 32 bit windows 7 that was on it, wasn’t fully taking advantage of this.
Comparing this to my recent mac upgrade it was very similar. I went from a previous OS when I had apple reinstall it on my old macbook air, and then I upgraded it wirelessly. That took about two hours as well, which is acceptable considering the laptop was almost 8 years old and using a wireless connection.
Upgrading has gotten easier for users. I am glad Microsoft has improved the process.
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