A friend wants to upgrade the PCs in his company from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Small company, some 15 machines, so consumer off-the-shelf setup.
Is there an updater, do you do fresh install? I haven't updated between Windows versions since XP Service Pack 3...


Beginning in 1995 and for many years thereafter, I kissed the ring of Bill Gates and although was never assimilated, did join the Borg collective as an MCT teaching their MCSE program.

The *official* position in their curriculum, as well as on TechNet, was always, "Never upgrade, always fdisk, partition, install from scratch (although on the marketing side they would say anything to sell an OS, and even had special upgrade versions.

I myself held the official party line of fdisk/partition/install until Win10 came along and took the opportunity to u/g Win7 boxes free of charge - I've heard of very few problems, and most of those were by boneheads - it was/is officially supported.

Now, just about two days ago, and I forget where, but as you may be aware, the initial free upgrade period ended some time ago.


A couple of folks on some IRC chan were talking about it and I guess it still works. Like I said, I can't remember the chan.

Let's say an OEM license is only a hundred bucks - that's $1500 for the machines you're talking about and Microsoft's license actually graces everyone out of any fees just to get them onto the Win10 platform by grandfathering them in for free, for at least Win7 and Win8 people anyway. XP is EOL'd.

So find one of those disks or packs or whatev. I know I've got one somewhere, but I'm on limited bandwidth up here on the mountain, but I'll check to see if I've got one laying around on one of my NextCloud servers I can share out to you (If I don't get back to you in a couple of days Morten, I didn't find it).

Anyway, that's about all I can tell you, but the FREE upgrade path definitely gets a nod from me as viable and from every machine I've done it on or seen it done to, stable afterward.

I hope that helps :)
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