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#1 OFFLINE   pc-tecky

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:34 PM

Psst, so is anyone home? It almost doesn't look like home, it's been so long.

Well, I've managed to get myself into trouble.
I pulled a hard drive from a Core 2 Dou and put it into a (Sandy Bridge) Core i5 computer, swapped out Win7 product keys (I think), upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, tried to change user name and related registry settings, and Windows 10 then wiped out all of the user's data .

So I have a few options:
1. Cut losses and move on.
2. revert/restore back to Windows 7 (using an available HDD)
3. try to recover files from previous folder/file versions option (I now know where to go, just not sure how to extract the "shadow" copy)
4. make full raw copy of HDD (prior to reverting back to Windows 7)
  -a) what's a good means to make full raw copy of HDD commercial or open/free options?
DriveImage XML, Acronis, etc. I learned the Ghost 15 doesn't/didn't work well with EFI/UEFI based systems, which is what I'm working with.

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 09:03 AM

4. Macrium Reflect has a free disk imaging program: http://www.macrium.c...eflectfree.aspx I use the Pro (paid) version on both PCs here at the house. Image each to the other over the network, then image each to a USB portable HDD. Wish I could help you on the WIN10 problems, but I haven't dipped my toes into that water yet.

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 03:33 AM

Clonezilla does a good job. :fish:
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Posted 20 August 2015 - 10:52 PM

Hello,

I always like to do a clean install of Microsoft Windows, so I would suggest a disk wipe, followed by a clean installation of Microsoft Windows 10.

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 07:26 AM

Clean installs generally work so much better than upgrades.
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Posted 23 August 2015 - 03:36 AM

View PostLilBambi, on 22 August 2015 - 07:26 AM, said:

Clean installs generally work so much better than upgrades.

Typical woman's outlook, go for the new and shiny rather than make do and mend :harhar:  How are you doing Fran we ain't seen you around a lot lately. B)
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Posted 28 August 2015 - 12:23 AM

Life is different and very busy ... doing OK but been so busy!

Clean installs of Windows have always been better for full version changes. But a lot depends on many factors.

My sister's computers were all upgrades; desktop computer ended up with driver issues. Both laptops had sound/microphone issues. One needed configuration, another needed installation of sound drivers and then configuration and then all was well on those two laptops.

But they did work after upgrade.

I just don't wish to do an upgrade till I know how it will do on my Optiplex 2008 BIOS before attempting the upgrade.
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Posted 28 August 2015 - 06:27 AM

View PostLilBambi, on 28 August 2015 - 12:23 AM, said:

Life is different and very busy ... doing OK but been so busy!

Clean installs of Windows have always been better for full version changes. But a lot depends on many factors.

My sister's computers were all upgrades; desktop computer ended up with driver issues. Both laptops had sound/microphone issues. One needed configuration, another needed installation of sound drivers and then configuration and then all was well on those two laptops.

But they did work after upgrade.

I just don't wish to do an upgrade till I know how it will do on my Optiplex 2008 BIOS before attempting the upgrade.

Glad to hear you are on the up and up. :hug:

I know a lot of folk will have to do the upgrade to 10 for work related stuff but me I think I will not even bother to look at 10 till next year about May time. If it is stable and can run Steam with no problems I probably will make the change so that I do not have to spend any loot. If 10 turns out to be a can of worms then I will stick with 7 till death do us part and keep me fingers crossed that penguin gaming has become mainstream. :pirate:
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