Upgrade From Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 LTSC

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  1. zero50

    zero50 MDL Novice

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    Hello!
    I'm thinking of moving on from Windows 7.
    Is it possible to do an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC and keep my software?
    Is there some kind of exploit/utility that can achieve this?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    No, you can only keep your files on this upgrade path.

    More info:
    https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/newbie-needing-help-with-ltsc.80990/#post-1572124
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    https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/newbie-needing-help-with-ltsc.80990/#post-1572127
     
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  3. shhnedo

    shhnedo MDL Addicted

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    You back your stuff up on another partition/drive and perform a clean install.
     
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  4. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Expert

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    If you currently have genuine Windows 7 Pro activated, it would be wise to pack your stuff and upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, get a genuine digital license, and once it's done, go wherever you want. Of course, it makes sense to do so, if you have a decent enough computer.
    I hope you know that it is quite easy to upgrade/go from the pro version to any other version. And if this computer is enough good, I'd recommend to stay on pro.

    But just take it as my personal opinion and do exactly what you want.
     
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  5. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    #5 Joe C, Jan 20, 2020
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    LTSC would be a much better way to go. Windows 10 pro is not much different than home version, it is full of advert crap, and many other annoyances.
    Unfortunately you can not do an upgrade from 7 to Enterprise LTSC or from 10 Pro to Enterprise LTSC, you have to do a clean install of Enterprise LTSC and run KMS_VL_ALL and then re-install your software
     
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  6. zero50

    zero50 MDL Novice

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    Hey, guys, thanks for the replies!
    I understand it's not possible. That's a pity.

    So, if I do W7 Pro -> W10 Pro -> W10 LTSC, Will I keep most of my settings and installed software?

    I've backed up all my data and even made a VM out of my machine as a second backup.

    I'm also thinking of trying out the Laplink PC Mover software (Can't post links yet!)

    Seems legit and is even recommended by MS.

    I could do some experimenting on my VM clone, but it would take forever and I've already wasted a week preparing...

    EDIT:
    Just realised Joe C wrote that I still can't keep my software with W10 Pro -> W10 LTSC!
     
  7. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Actually I am in the same process that you are....
    I installed Windows Enterprise 10 LTSC on an older laptop to see if my software I am using on my Windows 7 Pro would be compatible and so far everything is good, even the check print software from 2000. Using Firefox sink I can transfer my current Firefox profile to the Windows 10 LTSC. I have a couple of licensed software's that I am currently waiting for responses about switching from 7 Pro to 10 LTSC
     
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  8. DaE2

    DaE2 MDL Novice

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    I spent sooo long trying to do a legit upgrade from Windows 7 to either 10 LTSC or Pro for my nephew's gaming build that I did for him. After all this frustration and giving up, I discovered eBay and one- or two-dollar legit product keys and bought one which worked as advertised :D

    That said, for my own new gaming PC, I did go with the LTSC VL hackity thing which can be found here on the forums instead of buying a key for it (out of principle — MS is not getting a single dollar from me for any of these monstrosities that are Windows 10 editions, even for LTSC, which is arguably the least s**tty one of the bunch).

    Works great so far, except at least last I checked, there weren't any official NVIDIA drivers, so you'll have to make do with the ones that are provided via Microsoft's own servers, which AFAICT don't include PhysX software. YMMV.
     
  9. shhnedo

    shhnedo MDL Addicted

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    You just install the regular nvidia driver from geforce.com. Simple as that.
     
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  10. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Afaik, with the Geforce 1650 OC i installed last week, only the nvidia config panel needed to be installed from the store (was 18363.535).
     
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  11. zero50

    zero50 MDL Novice

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    #11 zero50, Jan 21, 2020
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    Guys, what's the difference between running the setup.exe and installing from there and booting from the usb drive on startup and doing a custom install?
    I decided to try it out first on my gf's W8.1 laptop (Go from Windows 8.1 Pro to W10 LTSC) and ran the setup but it's taking extremely long. Like, it took 10 hours to go from 9% to 20%!
     
  12. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Running setup.exe is upgrading, when set to keep files, it will keep the files, when set to keep files and apps, it will keep files and apps (7/8 > LTSC no option to keep apps) and depending on the hardware and the amount of files to keep, it can take a while.

    Booting and clean installing will need you to save the files manually before installing the new OS.

    10 hours sounds to me as a very slow laptop.
     
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  13. Dude Guyman

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    Two things to keep in mind for compatibility with older Windows programs on Windows 10. You may or may not need these, I did. But just so you're aware...

    1. Enable .NET 3.5 in control panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on or off = check the box. Lots of older programs need it, even one of the DirectX installers I had with a game. This one will want to go to Windows Updates to get files.
    2. Enable DirectPlay in control panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on or off > Legacy Components > DirectPlay = check the box. Old game Freelancer needed this one.