Solved Upgrade from Win10 Pro to Win11 questions


ljdarby

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Am thinking about upgrading to Win11- have 2 questions:
1- must I change file system on all 3 of my drives or just on my boot drive from MBR to GPT status?
2- I installing Win11 & finding I do not like it- can I change my GPT drive(s) back to MBR without any problem?
Thanks in advance for your response.
 

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You opened a thread on Tenforums with same subject

@ljdarby
Please edit your profile with ALL your hardware specs. It will help us to help you
System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

If your computer meets the hardware requirements, you can convert your Win 10 drive from Legacy-MBR to UEFI-GPT and then upgrade to Win 11.
Convert Windows 10 from Legacy BIOS to UEFI without Data Loss

As things can go wrong, we recommend that you create a drive image backup from the current Win 10 drive and save it on another drive.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Win 10
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
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    Windows 7 Pro
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    Asus Q550LF
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    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
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    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
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    350 Mb/s
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    Firefox 64

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Same answers here that you got on Tenforums (why were you expecting different answers?)
1. On the drive the computer boots from needs to be converted to GPT and UEFI booting.
2. You do not need to return the drive to MBR in order to restore Windows 10. You just need to switch to booting Windows 10 in UEFI mode. But, if you really want to go back to MBR, you will need to make a system image backup of the MBR drive before you convert it to GPT. If you want to go back, then restore the system image backup you created.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!

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