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Well my curiosity is peaked. I've been tweaking my W10 system for a week and like/dislike some things. I have 2-3 W7 systems I could use to upgrade gratis but was going to buy a key for this fresh install.

Darkbreeze, any negatives to upgrading from a W7? I didn't think of doing that and then doing a clean install. Obviously I want a fresh registry. Also want to install only a few programs, to begin with. AFAIK the upgrade would bring all those old program installs with it.

On another note I've seen when I click on a folder, W10 opens the parent folder. Odd. Also hoping W10 doesn't auto install any downloaded drivers unless I want it to. But I especially like that search seems fixed. Also they finally finally gave users a solution for long file names.
if you do the upgrade within windows 7 the install wizard will notify you of any incompatible programs first before proceeding with the upgrade. i upgraded an old W7 PC on the weekend because of the zero day vulnerability found in windows 7

once it is upgraded and activated you can do a fresh install of windows 10 and once you are back online it will automatically reactivate without entering a key (as long as your key was legit)

and there is a way to disable automatic driver install in windows 10
 
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Darkbreeze

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once you are back online it will automatically reactivate without entering a key (as long as your key was legit)
Not always. If you do it this way, you need to make sure you attach your digital entitlement to a Microsoft account. If you simply do a clean install from the start, you can cut out a big waste of time by going through the installation process twice. I don't know of many programs that aren't compatible and the ones that aren't are typically pretty old and sketchy anyhow. But I get that some folks have old programs they NEED to be able to run, in which case running in compatibility mode for those apps is always an option.


 

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Many folks will not enter into a Microsoft Account. It's only a trap to monetize as much personal data as they can poach and tie it in to a user's personal details.

I've made many fresh installations and activation has been a routine matter, lastling only a few seconds from first boot.
 

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That might be true, but if you plan to not pay for your Windows license over and over again, it is, unfortunately, required, if you ever have to reinstall or you change the motherboard whether on the same system or a new one. It is, what it is. They collect your data anyhow. Creating a Microsoft account has absolutely NOTHING to do with them collecting data. You can change your account type to local at any time you wish to AFTER you've created an account and linked your license to it. You don't have to continue logging in with a Microsoft account you just need to do it initially, one time. I don't see the problem. Maybe you need a bigger tin foil hat SL. LOL.
 
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Hey thanks Darkbreeze. Appreciate the heads up re: entering your W7 key. Too many features to like in W10, for instance gaming, built-in hyper-V. So glad I skipped some hiccups but time to move forward.

So classic shell will give me more control over drivers, etc.?
 

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Not drivers. It will give you control over the start menu, task bar and many of the shell options. You can make Windows look mostly like Windows XP, 7, 8.1 older versions, or any combination of the various versions, based on your choices. There are also a vast number of shell modification settings you can opt to change. Too many to list.

 
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