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Topic # 243820 3-Jan-2019 15:31
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My trusty Samsung Laptop is gradually dying on me and I have a two year old HP now in my possession.  Back in the day when I got the Samsung (2011 and Win 7) it was a very easy process to transfer all my personalised settings, apps, data etc from one laptop to another using tools from within Windows.

 

 

 

I can't find any such tool now and Mr Google recommends a variety of ways to achieve what I am after. Would appreciate GZ input into the best way to go about transferring everything from one to another. In effect I want everything to look the same as currently but on a different box.

 

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  Reply # 2153918 3-Jan-2019 15:38
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Personally I'd avoid a software package designed to move your settings and info from one OS to another. Especially MS has ended support for their only tool for it..
I am a strong supporter of starting new, You can always take data/documents with you, just spend the 30 minutes it takes getting all your preferred software from the web in the latest version and you will be back up to speed in no time.





 


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  Reply # 2153921 3-Jan-2019 15:49
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Start fresh.  Set everything up again as new.  You'll find out about the features of your new laptop, and you'll be able to take a minimal approach rather than bringing over a bunch of settings you may no longer need that will bloat the experience.  Bring your data for sure, but freshly install every app. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2153926 3-Jan-2019 15:54
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gehenna:

 

Start fresh.  Set everything up again as new.  You'll find out about the features of your new laptop, and you'll be able to take a minimal approach rather than bringing over a bunch of settings you may no longer need that will bloat the experience.  Bring your data for sure, but freshly install every app. 

 

 

 

 

I believe in that due to Indexing on the storage drive. Is it still true regarding the old ways of fragmenting data even with a SSD?






 


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  Reply # 2153932 3-Jan-2019 16:04
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Doesn't matter so much where the data is stored on an SSD as it's not having to spin a platter and move a physical arm to find the data.  Need to make sure a regular TRIM is happening though, but most OS's handle this automatically nowadays.  


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  Reply # 2153934 3-Jan-2019 16:07
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Speaking from very recent experience installing a few programs took me well under 30 minutes.   However, doing a fresh install of Windows 10 1803 onto a blank ssd, then getting all the updates including the big update to Windows 10 1809 took the best part of three hours with countless reboots.  Zero problems though so I am not complaining.

 

My tip is to have a good book or movie to watch on another device while all this is going on!


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  Reply # 2153938 3-Jan-2019 16:11
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amiga500:

Speaking from very recent experience installing a few programs took me well under 30 minutes.   However, doing a fresh install of Windows 10 1803 onto a blank ssd, then getting all the updates including the big update to Windows 10 1809 took the best part of three hours with countless reboots.  Zero problems though so I am not complaining.


My tip is to have a good book or movie to watch on another device while all this is going on!



Next time download 1809 directly instead :)

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  Reply # 2154104 3-Jan-2019 20:51
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nathan:
amiga500:

Speaking from very recent experience installing a few programs took me well under 30 minutes.   However, doing a fresh install of Windows 10 1803 onto a blank ssd, then getting all the updates including the big update to Windows 10 1809 took the best part of three hours with countless reboots.  Zero problems though so I am not complaining.


My tip is to have a good book or movie to watch on another device while all this is going on!



Next time download 1809 directly instead :)


I have a laptop that came with Windows ten pre installed and has no key sticker even under the cover. How do I get my key to then gain access to the download and also reactivate?




 


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  Reply # 2154116 3-Jan-2019 21:06
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Coil:

I have a laptop that came with Windows ten pre installed and has no key sticker even under the cover. How do I get my key to then gain access to the download and also reactivate?

 

 

 

You dont need it, its in the UEFI and will just work once booted up.





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  Reply # 2154176 3-Jan-2019 22:15
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richms: 
Coil: ... How do I get my key ...
 You dont need it, its in the UEFI and will just work once booted up. 

 

Correct, the Windows 10 Media creation tool will update the local PC, create a bootable USB drive or ISO for you. No key required for the download.

 

Considering you already have Windows running, you can view the BIOS embedded license key with various software or using the command line.

 

Please note that there will still be updates required after installing these major releases.

 

 





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