Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade Experiences



  • I have to ask a dumb question, sorry.

    I work on my own and just need to throw some stuff out there to get some general thoughts.

    A client has about 15 W7 PCs, they can't afford to replace the PCs so I'm just going to upgrade them to W10.

    Just imagine that the upgrade went fine, the hardware is fine, drivers are OK etc, should programs that are running happily on these Windows 7 PCs still run happily on/in/under Windows 10?

    I know we can't give an iron clad guarantees and know how everything will end up, but what have others found that have done this?

    Have you found it's been a nightmare or have programs just continued to run properly?

    I'm not after specifics, just an in general type conclusion.
    Thanks or any help.

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  • From my experience they will generally work fine on Win10. I've upgraded a couple hundred win7 machines in the last 3 years. Most of the time things actually work better.



  • @jmoore said in W7 to 10 Upgrade. Experiences.:

    From my experience they will generally work fine on Win10. I've upgraded a couple hundred win7 machines in the last 3 years. Most of the time things actually work better.

    Thanks jmoore, that's exactly the type of reply I was hoping to get. Much appreciated.

    I've done 2 upgrades, one on a very old laptop, which went very well & one on an old but newer desktop which took ages, so I don't have any history to call on with this task.

    thanks again.



  • @siringo Should all be fine. I can give specific examples of problems, but they have all been one off issues. I would say that 99.9% go flawlessly and the user sees no issues or degradation at all. Log in as admin ad run the decrappify script talked about here: https://www.republicofit.com/topic/19157/script-to-clean-up-windows-10-start-menu and they'll even have a very clean start menu and a decluttered OS as much of the Windows store crap is removed.



  • @JasGot said in W7 to 10 Upgrade. Experiences.:

    @siringo Should all be fine. I can give specific examples of problems, but they have all been one off issues. I would say that 99.9% go flawlessly and the user sees no issues or degradation at all. Log in as admin ad run the decrappify script talked about here: https://www.republicofit.com/topic/19157/script-to-clean-up-windows-10-start-menu and they'll even have a very clean start menu and a decluttered OS as much of the Windows store crap is removed.

    I have not tried a new upgrade from 7 to 10 with the 1903 ISO. But I know a clean install of 1903 has no crap.



  • Tagging @MC_Bol who is NTG full time Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration project manager.



  • @siringo said in W7 to 10 Upgrade. Experiences.:

    Just imagine that the upgrade went fine, the hardware is fine, drivers are OK etc, should programs that are running happily on these Windows 7 PCs still run happily on/in/under Windows 10?

    Almost always. It is very rare for something to be Windows 7 compatible, but not Windows 10.



  • @siringo said in W7 to 10 Upgrade. Experiences.:

    Have you found it's been a nightmare or have programs just continued to run properly?

    I've done some company migrations this year and knock on wood, no issues with application compatibility yet. Including lots of legacy client/server crap that is amazing that it even ran on Windows 7!



  • @siringo said in W7 to 10 Upgrade. Experiences.:

    I work on my own and just need to throw some stuff out there to get some general thoughts.
    A client has about 15 W7 PCs, they can't afford to replace the PCs so I'm just going to upgrade them to W10.
    Just imagine that the upgrade went fine, the hardware is fine, drivers are OK etc, should programs that are running happily on these Windows 7 PCs still run happily on/in/under Windows 10?
    I know we can't give an iron clad guarantees and know how everything will end up, but what have others found that have done this?
    Have you found it's been a nightmare or have programs just continued to run properly?

    In general Windows 10 really handle very well the upgrade process (even better than Windos 7)... I remember Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrades, mostly need a new fresh installation. Said that, the short answer is yes... it´s easy and relatively fast, but as you said, there are not guarantees, there may appear some issues or delays, and there is an universe of situations: Hardware/Software compatibility, etc. The good news is that with Windows Update Tool may help you to prevent of most of the issues related to HW/SW compatibility. My best suggestion is to order all devices, grouping them based on similirities, such as HW and/or age. Test the upgrade in one of each group, see how it run, and then apply to the rest of the group. After the upgrade, take a moment for a restore point and proceed with last windows updates (for some reason some updates may generate some conflicts with old HW). My final advice, once finished, free space on your HDD deleting temp files... Windows 10 has some easy options to perform that.



  • Thanks everyone for all the input, it's been great to hear that real world experience.

    It's a great boost to my confidence, thanks again.



  • @MC_Bol said in Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade Experiences:

    @siringo said in W7 to 10 Upgrade. Experiences.:

    I work on my own and just need to throw some stuff out there to get some general thoughts.
    A client has about 15 W7 PCs, they can't afford to replace the PCs so I'm just going to upgrade them to W10.
    Just imagine that the upgrade went fine, the hardware is fine, drivers are OK etc, should programs that are running happily on these Windows 7 PCs still run happily on/in/under Windows 10?
    I know we can't give an iron clad guarantees and know how everything will end up, but what have others found that have done this?
    Have you found it's been a nightmare or have programs just continued to run properly?

    In general Windows 10 really handle very well the upgrade process (even better than Windos 7)... I remember Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrades, mostly need a new fresh installation. Said that, the short answer is yes... it´s easy and relatively fast, but as you said, there are not guarantees, there may appear some issues or delays, and there is an universe of situations: Hardware/Software compatibility, etc. The good news is that with Windows Update Tool may help you to prevent of most of the issues related to HW/SW compatibility. My best suggestion is to order all devices, grouping them based on similirities, such as HW and/or age. Test the upgrade in one of each group, see how it run, and then apply to the rest of the group. After the upgrade, take a moment for a restore point and proceed with last windows updates (for some reason some updates may generate some conflicts with old HW). My final advice, once finished, free space on your HDD deleting temp files... Windows 10 has some easy options to perform that.

    Some very good advice in there, thanks @MC_Bol



  • Assuming that the HW is powerful enough the only problem that I've had is my own ProBook with the intel/ATI Hybrid graphics.



  • @JaredBusch said in Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade Experiences:

    @JasGot said in W7 to 10 Upgrade. Experiences.:

    @siringo Should all be fine. I can give specific examples of problems, but they have all been one off issues. I would say that 99.9% go flawlessly and the user sees no issues or degradation at all. Log in as admin ad run the decrappify script talked about here: https://www.republicofit.com/topic/19157/script-to-clean-up-windows-10-start-menu and they'll even have a very clean start menu and a decluttered OS as much of the Windows store crap is removed.

    I have not tried a new upgrade from 7 to 10 with the 1903 ISO. But I know a clean install of 1903 has no crap.

    yeah - I've been noticing that as well - hell, 1903 doesn't even whine when you change the default browser away from Edge anymore.



  • The last upgrade I did (8.1 -> 10) worked great except that Webroot got uninstalled. Which takes 90 seconds to fix, so no biggie.