Automatically check compatibility off ALL software used in Win 10 PC


boflusr

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Is this possible? I'm getting tempted to upgrade but I'm concerned about compatibility issues with software I'm using now. Generally, I avoid upgrading unless there is a compelling reason to upgrade (a free upgrade is a good reason). Some of the legacy software in my Win 10 PC that are running now but I don't know if they'll run without issues in Win 11:

1. Games such as Red Alert 2, Forged Alliance, FSX Steam, and DCS.
2. Programs such as Word 2013 and old versions of Reflect, Shadow Defender, and SnagIT.
3. Utility programs such as legacy drivers for printers (at least 5 years old, maybe even 8-10 years old), joystick (approaching 10 years old), and old versions of iTunes.

These programs are so old that some of the developers no longer support them and most of the current users using them now have yet to upgrade to Win 11 or plan to just stick with older versions of Windows.

Thank you.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
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    Microsoft
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    1 Gps
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Create a system image before upgrading, then you can test everything out, and if you run into unsolvable issues that are a deal breaker, just restore the Win10 image.
You get 10 days to roll back the upgrade by default without having to use imaging apps, you can extend this period, but it involves editing system files (registry).
Macrium Reflect is commonly recommended by the users of both this and Tenforums and there are lots of good tutorials on how to image your drives, backup files etc, Aoemi and Acronis also are viable products, and there are others.
Most older apps/ drivers etc should work with Win11 (if it works with Win10) although some won't, mainly due to unpatched security vulnerabilities more than any other reason.
Search the forums here or for the apps you are interested in to see if there are any major issues being reported.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2, build: 22621.521
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Scan 3XS Custom 1700
    CPU
    Intel i7-12700K 3.6GHz Base (5.0GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Asus ProArt Creator B660 D4
    Memory
    64GB DDR 3600Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Tuff RTX 3080 10GB OC
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gigabyte G32QC 32inch 16:9 curved @2560 x 1440p 165Hz Freesync Premium Pro/ Dell SE2422H 24inch 16:9 1920 x 1080p 75Hz Freesync
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p & 1920 x 1080p
    Hard Drives
    WD SN570 1TB NVME (Boot), Samsung 870QVO 1TB (SSD), SanDisk 3D Ultra 500Gb (SSD) x2, Seagate 3Tb Expansion Desk (Ext HDD), 2x Toshiba 1Tb P300 (Ext HDD)
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000X Modular
    Case
    Corsair 4000D Airflow Desktop
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H150i RGB Pro XT 360mm Liquid Cooler, 3 x 120mm fans, 1x Exhaust
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Ergonomic
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    800Mbs
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Defender, Malwarebytes
Thanks. I am hoping that there's a centralized compatibility resource or list in the web that can provide the info without everyone having to test it out.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1 Gps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
The problem is that there are 100s of 1000s of applications, drivers, games and so on, from many decades and 1000s of hardware combinations that people use, it would be a mammoth undertaking to list everything and every combination, that probably would not be completed until way after Windows 11 is a distant memory.
A centralised compatibility list that happens to include all the items you use is not very likely, especially the older or niche your items are.
It is also possible that someone has tested a printer you want to use with Win11, for example, and it works, but you try it and it doesn't work due to your USB ports/ WIFI adapter being different from the testers.
Not saying what you are after is not possible, just highly unlikely and with certain pitfalls. At least making an image and testing for yourself will give you a definitive answer based on your circumstances. :)
But good luck whichever way you go.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2, build: 22621.521
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Scan 3XS Custom 1700
    CPU
    Intel i7-12700K 3.6GHz Base (5.0GHz Turbo)
    Motherboard
    Asus ProArt Creator B660 D4
    Memory
    64GB DDR 3600Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Tuff RTX 3080 10GB OC
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gigabyte G32QC 32inch 16:9 curved @2560 x 1440p 165Hz Freesync Premium Pro/ Dell SE2422H 24inch 16:9 1920 x 1080p 75Hz Freesync
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p & 1920 x 1080p
    Hard Drives
    WD SN570 1TB NVME (Boot), Samsung 870QVO 1TB (SSD), SanDisk 3D Ultra 500Gb (SSD) x2, Seagate 3Tb Expansion Desk (Ext HDD), 2x Toshiba 1Tb P300 (Ext HDD)
    PSU
    Corsair RM1000X Modular
    Case
    Corsair 4000D Airflow Desktop
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H150i RGB Pro XT 360mm Liquid Cooler, 3 x 120mm fans, 1x Exhaust
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Ergonomic
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    800Mbs
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Defender, Malwarebytes
Hmm.... I thought I saw a wiki or a post in one of the forums for a prior Windows version which allowed users to self-report their compatibility experience with software they were using. I wish I saved the link to show as an example to post here.

Anyway, thank you for the reply. Hopefully, someone who has seen that wiki or post can provide the link here.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1 Gps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
1.
With all Software, it's the version of the .NET framework that usually matters. While the current .NET framework is version 4.8, older software like Office 2013 runs on .NET versions 3.5, 4.0 or 4.5. To date, any 4.xx will run all previous 4.x versions of the NET framework. So, your Office 2013 should still run on Windows 11. Also see:
If you have a program that only runs on .NET 3.5 then you can enable the feature. View:
For very old software, there can be issues with memory protection, otherwise known as Data Execution Prevention (DEP). However, you should be able to disable DEP for selected programs after watching this tutorial:
For any outstanding OS or GUI/monitor issues, it is best to run the program in compatibility mode. You can access the programs compatibility mode (or run the compatibility troubleshooter) by first selecting the programs Properties window (right-mouse click on program icon) then click on the compatibility tab.
Note: There is currently no "Windows 10" compatibility mode in Windows 11. So if the program is designed to work on Windows 10, it should follow that it works on Windows 11, too.
2.
With games, there is an online Wiki for bugs, patches, workarounds. View:
3.
Most older drivers get replaced by a Microsoft generic driver, whenever a newer Operating System is released. That could mean your device works properly albeit with the loss of some customisation features.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600
    Motherboard
    MSI B550-A Pro
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon RX 6500XT (8 GB version)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ Mobuiz EX2710Q QHD, Iiyama ProLite X23377HDS
    Hard Drives
    MSI Spatium M461 4TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer A114
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4020
@iko22 Excellent reply. Thank you! I'll follow-up on the links.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1 Gps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
Everything I used in windows 10 worked well in 11, no program gave me any issues. However, it is really down to your machine rather than Windows 11 as if you have made a lot of changes, that may cause compatibility issues. I would suggest creating an image (with Macrium or similar) then you can easily go back to 10 if it doesn't work out for you. You also have 10 days to roll back to 10 as well, this can be extended for up to 60 days DISM, links are under tutorials
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
The core of both OS's is so similar that I can't see many if any apps not working in both.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home(Beta) - 23H2 - 22635.3495
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Banana Junior 5600- G Series
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Strix B550-F
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB 4x16
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viotek 32", 28" ASUS VP28U
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    Primary SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus
    PSU
    EVGA BQ 700w 80+ Bronze
    Case
    Zalman i3 NEO
    Cooling
    ARCTIC Freezer 7 X
    Keyboard
    Corsair
    Mouse
    Amazon Generic with Cord
    Internet Speed
    Download: 295.11 mbps Upload: 65.35 mbps T-Mobile Internet
    Browser
    Firefox and Edge
    Antivirus
    MS - Defender
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1
Thanks. I may have to upgrade to Win 11. I'm currently trying to solve a problem in WIn 10 whose solution may require a lot of work ie. repair install or repair upgrade. Is it possible to upgrade to Win 11 when Win 10 was upgraded from a prior version of Windows (7 or 8.x)?
(Btw, I have an unused license for Win 10 but I don't think I ever used it since the free upgrade to Win 10 from the prior version of Windows worked.)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1 Gps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
Upgrading shouldn't be a problem from version to version to version, remember you can always roll back. Maybe an upgrade to 11 may sort out some of the problems for you
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
Hmm.... I thought I saw a wiki or a post in one of the forums for a prior Windows version which allowed users to self-report their compatibility experience with software they were using. I wish I saved the link to show as an example to post here.

Anyway, thank you for the reply. Hopefully, someone who has seen that wiki or post can provide the link here.


I'm running games on Win 11 from 2000-2003. I'm running Paintshop Pro 7.04, which is from around 2005.
Generally... if it runs on Windows 10, it'll run on Windows 11.

As someone mentioned above... just make a full backup of Windows. Then you can do an In-Place upgrade to Windows 11.
An In-Place upgrade will leave all you files and programs intact, so you won't have to re-install.

But... making a backup of Windows 10, before you upgrade is the "easiest" way to cover your... butt. ^^


As for your backup software... you can get Macrium Reflect 8 (free), now... so you'll have working backup software, guaranteed.




Here's a quickie guide to Macrium Reflect 8...

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Macrium Reflect 8 User Guide: https://updates.macrium.com/reflect/v8/user_guide/macrium_reflect_v8.0_user_guide.pdf
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3447 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
I'm running games on Win 11 from 2000-2003. ....

...
As for your backup software... you can get Macrium Reflect 8 (free), now... so you'll have working backup software, guaranteed.
Thanks. For what it's worth, I still have Wordperfect 5.1, Lotus 123 v2.01, and dBase III+ running in a Dosbox in Win10 just for the heck of it. It would be interesting to know if they'd still run in Win11.

Yes, I like Macrium too. But I wish the software would allow access to back-up notes compiled chronologically for subsequent incremental and differential backups. That is, make backup notes easily viewable from back-up to back-up (like a running journal of backup notes)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1 Gps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
The core of both OS's is so similar that I can't see many if any apps not working in both.
No reason why they won't work as @BunnyJ said.
I believe if it worked in 10 it'll work in 11 despite how old it is
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
For what it's worth, I still have Wordperfect 5.1, Lotus 123 v2.01, and dBase III+ running in a Dosbox in Win10


Windows 11 is 64 bit only.
I have no idea if that will affect
Yes, I like Macrium too. But I wish the software would allow access to back-up notes compiled chronologically for subsequent incremental and differential backups. That is, make backup notes easily viewable from back-up to back-up (like a running journal of backup notes)


For that, I have no idea. I just make full backups that are note-less.
When I name the backup, I included any note, in the name.

Something like... JAN 13 - 22000.434 - FF96 - MR8
Or... JAN 13 - 22000.434 - Dis de bestest backup.
Personally, I try to keep things simple. I realize that not everyone has the latitude to do that.
Aka, your company or system setup may require a more complex method.


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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3447 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Thanks. I may have to upgrade to Win 11. I'm currently trying to solve a problem in WIn 10 whose solution may require a lot of work ie. repair install or repair upgrade. Is it possible to upgrade to Win 11 when Win 10 was upgraded from a prior version of Windows (7 or 8.x)?
(Btw, I have an unused license for Win 10 but I don't think I ever used it since the free upgrade to Win 10 from the prior version of Windows worked.)

If your Windows 10 installation is corrupt, upgrading it to Windows 11 may not be a good idea. There is even some slight chance that the upgrade will fail. It may also proceed without a hitch. If you have your Win10 installation imaged, there will be no risk.

A clean install may give the best result, but it's a lot more work. It's not too bad if you prepare for it in advance.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
Windows 11 is 64 bit only.
I have no idea if that will affect



For that, I have no idea. I just make full backups that are note-less.
When I name the backup, I included any note, in the name.

Something like... JAN 13 - 22000.434 - FF96 - MR8
Or... JAN 13 - 22000.434 - Dis de bestest backup.
Personally, I try to keep things simple. I realize that not everyone has the latitude to do that.
Aka, your company or system setup may require a more complex method.
I like to keep it simple too ie. kiss. But I also like good info especially with regards to backups. An example of backup notes might be:

"The following software or drivers were updated .... to versions .... The following system changes were made... This is the last backup before the upgrade to Win11...A copy of these files are located in.... No virus, sfc ok, etc. etc. etc."

Sometimes, in an incremental backup, the notes would be very short. But there are so many incrementals and differentials sometimes that it gets confusing as to how one might be different to the other when trying to figure out which incremental backup to restore and figuring out when the error started to show itself and the date is unknown.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1 Gps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
If your Windows 10 installation is corrupt, upgrading it to Windows 11 may not be a good idea. There is even some slight chance that the upgrade will fail. It may also proceed without a hitch. If you have your Win10 installation imaged, there will be no risk.

A clean install may give the best result, but it's a lot more work. It's not too bad if you prepare for it in advance.
That's what I fear. The upgrade might fail. So I'll make sure I have a back-up first.

I agree that a clean install is best. But, I'm very reluctant to do that though. The error in Win10 started right after I re-installed Microsoft Flight Simulator which is a 150+ GB download. Also, I have another game, P3D, which with add-ons is more than 250 GBs.

I'm at a fork in the road. I'm weighing between "repair installing/upgrading" Win10 in-place or upgrading to Win 11.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    i7-8700k
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte DS3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070ti
    Sound Card
    none
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560-x 1440
    Hard Drives
    NVMe and SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic
    Case
    No name.
    Cooling
    Watercooled
    Keyboard
    Generic
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    1 Gps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
That's what I fear. The upgrade might fail. So I'll make sure I have a back-up first.

I agree that a clean install is best. But, I'm very reluctant to do that though. The error in Win10 started right after I re-installed Microsoft Flight Simulator which is a 150+ GB download. Also, I have another game, P3D, which with add-ons is more than 250 GBs.

I'm at a fork in the road. I'm weighing between "repair installing/upgrading" Win10 in-place or upgrading to Win 11.
Yikes. Too bad that downloadable installers for some programs are of the past.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
There is more likelihood of games having issue with a new OS than office / Productivity software. This is due to the simple fact that Games developers are more reliant on speed of operation, they need to push the envelope to it's maximum .

Because of the needs to accelerate the way the games routines work, it is sometimes a fact that the developer will directly manipulate the operating system code rather than rely on the OS built in routines.

This can mean that when changes are made to the OS where storage areas change then the shortcut coding the developer used will no longer work, and could cause issues or even total failure.

This can also apply to low level system utilities that are accessing registers at specific locations, any OS update can also break these links
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview] [Win11 PRO HighEnd MUP-00005 DD]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Scan 3XS to my design
    CPU
    AMD RYZEN 9 7950X OEM
    Motherboard
    *3XS*ASUS TUF B650 PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    64GB [2x32GB Corsair Vengeance 560 AMD DDR5]
    Graphics Card(s)
    3XS* ASUS DUAL RTX 4060 OC 8G
    Sound Card
    On motherboard Feeding SPDiF 5.1 system [plus local sound to each monitor]
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD 32 Bit HDR Monitor + 43" UHD 4K 32Bit HDR TV
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3XS Samsung 980Pro 2TB M.2 PCIe4 4 x 8TB Data + Various Externals from 1TB to 8TB, 10TB NAS
    PSU
    3XS Corsair RM850x 850w Fully Modular
    Case
    FDesign Define 7 XL BK TGL Case - Black
    Cooling
    3XS iCUE H150i ELITE Liquid Cool, Quiet Case fans
    Keyboard
    Wireless Logitec MX Keys + K830 [Depending on where I'm Sat]
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitec - MX Master 3S +
    Internet Speed
    950 MB Down 55 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security [Latest]
    Other Info
    Also run...
    Dell XPS 17 Laptop
    HP Laptop 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64 HP 15.2"
    Nexus 7 Android tablet [x2]
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Blackview 10.2 Tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    Samsung S9 Plus Smartphone
    Wacom Pro Medium Pen Pad
    Wacom Pro Small Pen Pad
    Wacom ExpressKey Remote
    Loopdeck+ Graphics Controller
    Shuttle Pro v2 Control Pad
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro x64 [Latest release]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 17 9700
    CPU
    i7 10750H
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Stock Intel + GTX 1650 Ti
    Sound Card
    Stock 4 speaker
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock 17" + 32" 4K 3840 x 2160 HDR-10
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2400 HDR touchscreen
    Hard Drives
    2TB M2 NVMe
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock Aluminium / Carbon Fibre
    Cooling
    Stock + 2 fan cooling pad
    Mouse
    Stock Trackpad +Logi Mx Master 3 or MX Ergo Trackball
    Keyboard
    Stock Illuminated + Logi - MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    950 MB Down 55 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021
    Other Info
    Also use an Adjustable Support for Laptop and Adjustable stand for monitor
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