And so it begins…

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…and “it” is the apparently inevitable upgrade/migration to Windows 10.

Yes, it’s true: support for Windows 7 is quickly nearing an end (January 14th, last I heard) and I’m having flashbacks to when I went kicking and screaming from XP to 7.  Of course, that migration was helped along by the fact that my XP computer literally died about 2 days before the end of software support.  Hmmm….

Well, the hardware side of my machine seems to remain sound, thanks in no small part to the fact that it was built by my amazing son.  But alas, we’re going to have to do something about the Windows 7 operating system which it currently runs under and has done so since 2015.  Yes, that’s 5 years of history, tweaking, customizing, installing and whatnot that I will have to once again attempt to mimic as I move to the latest OS.

I have two machines to hit – my main machine on which I do pretty much “everything” and a secondary machine that performs a number of tertiary functions.  Obviously, I will probably be hitting the secondary machine first and hopefully identify all the “gotchas” I can prior to moving on to the “money maker”, as it were.  The process will begin by taking a trip to our local Micro Center, where I plan to purchase a 1TB SSD for my main machine (which will be an upgrade from its current 500GB SSD) and either a 1TB SSD or 1-2TB HD for the secondary machine.  I haven’t definitively decided on which way I’m going to go on that machine yet, but its current system drive is a 1TB HD, so I want to at least equal that in space.

Following those purchases, the fun will begin.  I’m going to use this post to centralize all the relevant information I can find on the subject, starting with the first article below on the whole “Microsoft Account” ridiculousness that I’m hoping to avoid.  Expect the list below to grow as I move along in the process, and learn with me, won’t you?

Oh, and a reminder to myself – install Win10 Professional!

13 thoughts on “And so it begins…

      1. AvatarPhil

        I’m going to try it on my new home pc I’m building too, hope it works out. I found an old retail copy of 8.1 in my junk pile that I know is not installed on anything so I am hoping it will transfer to a clean install of 10. If not I guess my build just got $150 higher, boo. That would stink because I’m at a great price-point right now, then it would be just “OK.”

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        1. AvatarMike Post author

          Well let me know how it goes! If it doesn’t work out, I know a guy who has used a site to purchase valid keys for discount prices, although I’m not sure if that has included Win10. If the need arises, I’ll ask him.

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  1. AvatarPhil

    Well so far it activated without so much as even having to go through the phone call bit. Been two days now, I’m holding out hope.

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    1. AvatarMike Post author

      Well that’s good news as I’m downloading it as we speak.

      Did you upgrade or fresh install? I’m on the fence as to which way I should go. I usually take these opportunities to swap in a new hard drive, install fresh and therefore clean up years of registry crap and other lingering things that I don’t need anymore. But, all that said, I’m entertaining doing an in-place upgrade on my secondary machine to see how it goes. I probably won’t do that on my primary but who knows at this point.

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      1. AvatarPhil

        Clean install, for the same reasons you listed. Nice to have a fresh start now and then!

        Mine was working great, fast as crap. Then I updated my bios yesterday and now I have a shiny new brick. Why do I fix things that aren’t broke….

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        1. AvatarMike Post author

          BIOS upgrade? What were you possibly thinking??? 😛 Do you think you can resurrect it or is it toast?

          I did an in-place upgrade on my secondary machine and am seriously considering doing the same for my primary machine, but in that case I need to clone the existing C: drive (500 GB SSD) to the new 1 TB SSD I purchased as I need the additional space. So more to come on that.

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          1. Avatarphil

            Yes, got it fixed, that was a very stressful weekend. Just dropped 5-hundo on this thing. Turned out to be my video driver wasn’t compatible with the new bios. I would re-install windows, it would run it’s updates, and put the same driver back on. About the fifth time through this cycle, I noticed my screen would flicker about a minute before everything froze up. Did a fresh windows install without network, and manually loaded the video driver from a thumb drive. AAGGHHHH. I think it’s the first problem I’ve ever had that I couldn’t just google and find 100 other people with the same issue, and a fix. Hope yours is going smoother!!

  2. AvatarMike Post author

    Wow, that’s impressive. What’s not as impressive is it appears WordPress will only nest replies so far, and then it doesn’t give me the option to reply directly to a comment. Oh well.

    Glad you got it back up. What all did you buy?

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    1. AvatarPhil

      Hahaha, never had that many replies on one post so I wouldn’t know! I got an Intel NUC. That’s what I had before (for the last five years) and was very happy with it, so I bought a more current one. I guess my days of fancy builds are over; Slap a drive and some ram in it and go. Biggest “want” was four cores. I’ve been trying to run vm’s for quite a while and it just wasn’t working out on my dual core. It was definitely an impulse buy, I should quit reading those Newegg ads every morning.

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      1. AvatarMike Post author

        You really need to look into building an UnRaid server. $1K or less depending on what you want to do with it.

        I’m getting ready to play with some VPN stuff next I think, but I’ve got all sorts of stuff running on it right now and it’s amazeballs…

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  3. AvatarMike Post author

    Looks like I can bump the nesting level up to a max of 10 (it’s currently 5) but if I do that, the problem just reappears after the 10th comment. Oh well.

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