- 48 months ago
I did a quick search and ... well, there's a lot of varying info out there and most of it is from right when it launched, so I figured this would be the best place to ask and get info on what I should know about upgrading from Win 7 Pro to Win 10. Plus, considering the deadline to upgrade is approaching (well, unless they move it...), this might be helpful to others in similar situations.
So, figure I should give my situation...
I am finally at the point where I can dedicate a week to upgrading to 10 and learning how it works since it came out, but haven't followed the news about it as closely as I should have... My Build and what I have: Win 7 Pro, Office 2013, Avast, Firefox, Steam, Origin and R Studio, along with some other programs I'm not really worried about. I have 3 drives, a SSD C drive for OS and two HDD drives for Personal (D) and Work (E). I can... well, limp along with the loss of my D drive, but cannot lose any data on E.
Is it required that I do a clean install after upgrading, or can I get by with just the upgrade?
If I must do a clean install, will that affect my D & E drives? Can I unplug them before the clean install and then plug them in afterwards and have them work as if nothing happened? And would just the upgrade affect anything on the D & E drives?
How do I ensure the best privacy practices? Link 1 tells me some stuff, but is there anything else I should know?
Office 2013: I know I have to update that, but is there anything else I should know?
Steam... I know Steam will work, and that some games might not, but will everything (saves, adjustments to game files/settings...) get transferred properly? Anything I should know about?
A. Origin. Same thing, though I only have one game really (Sims 4)...
Video Card drivers: Since I don't have an IGPU for backup, is there any chance upgrading will bork the drivers and turn this into a nightmare? I figure I'll have to upgrade them after Win 10, but should I also make sure they are upgraded before Win 10?
How do I get Win 10 to act/look more like Win 7/XP? And, well, does anyone know of a simple tutorial to Win 10 so I know what I'm getting into?
Anything else I might be missing?
Thanks in advance for everyone's help.