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#192107 27-Feb-2016 09:10
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Hi all,


I'm installing a new hard drive into my Dell laptop this morning, after re-installing Win 7 to fix some problems (unsuccessfully!).  As i will install Win 7 onto the new HDD, is it worth just going straight to Windows 10 after that, or do I need to do all the updates etc?

Really, my question is I guess, is does Windows 10 need to previous OS patches etc, or is it standalone?



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  #1500282 27-Feb-2016 09:13
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Must be running the latest version of Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) to receive the free upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update




Personally I would use this tool to do the upgrade

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  #1500284 27-Feb-2016 09:16
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Thanks Nathan, I do have the latest version to install, but as I bought the laptop in 2012, it won't have all the latest patches, so I just wasn't sure whether I would need to download and install all of those too?


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  #1500286 27-Feb-2016 09:21
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you need SP1, then run the upgrade

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  #1500287 27-Feb-2016 09:25
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  #1501265 29-Feb-2016 10:10
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to fix some problems (unsuccessfully!).


So , since you had issues . why not just a clean Win10 install (without Win7).
Download & burn the Win10 ISO , do a clean install of Win10 to the new HD, (use your Win7 key)

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  #1501270 29-Feb-2016 10:15
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Hi 1101. Well, the problem was that the HDD would blue screen as soon as I tried to do anything which required a little bit of processing power - like look at Facebook AND YouTube at the same time, so downloading and burning an ISO would probably be way past it.

I have installed new hard drive, installed windows 7, upgraded to 10 and now I seem to be having all sorts of problems with internet connectivity - the chrome diagnostics took seems to think my DNS has been poisoned, whatever that means.

Other than that, all is great.

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