Windows 10 update to W 11


PennsyNut

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I apologize if this was posted before. I did simple search and that didn't help.
I have a laptop with W 10 that says it's ready for W 11. When I do Windows Update, it offers to upgrade to W 11. So I know it's ready.
My question, and I'd like a yes or no.
Can I do the upgrade that way - and not lose anything? i.e. Not lose add ons, like Foxit or LibreOffice?
I don't want to have to go through all those online addons after the upgrade.
If this is not possible, I will wait until W 10 is no longer supported/sometime in 2025?
With my new Desktop W/11, a brand new install was required. So with my laptop, if it requires all the extra work. But with a straight upgrade direct from Microsoft, I'd hope it would not require all that extra work - downloading everything all over.
Or should I post this on tenforums?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
I apologize if this was posted before. I did simple search and that didn't help.
I have a laptop with W 10 that says it's ready for W 11. When I do Windows Update, it offers to upgrade to W 11. So I know it's ready.
My question, and I'd like a yes or no.
Can I do the upgrade that way - and not lose anything? i.e. Not lose add ons, like Foxit or LibreOffice?
I don't want to have to go through all those online addons after the upgrade.
If this is not possible, I will wait until W 10 is no longer supported/sometime in 2025?
With my new Desktop W/11, a brand new install was required. So with my laptop, if it requires all the extra work. But with a straight upgrade direct from Microsoft, I'd hope it would not require all that extra work - downloading everything all over.
Or should I post this on tenforums?
The question posed, can I do the update and not lose anything, doesn't have a direct yes or no answer. The general answer is that usually it will complete the update without a major issue, but (of course, there is always a "but" with an upgrade) there is always a possibility of a flawed update. As a precaution, you could do a system backup prior to the update and have that as your safety blanket. You could, also, just wait as you mentioned.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Professional
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microcenter B677
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-9400
    Motherboard
    ASRock H310CM-HDV/M.2
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Intel Kaby Lake - High Definition Audio / cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech) [A0]
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Model: GSM59F1
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1080
    Case
    Lian Li 205M
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky AV
I think I understand. You are saying it might or might not be a problem.
But isn't there a way to know for sure? Since this is based upon the upgrade being offered direct via Windows update? My thinking is that it should be no problem because of that. But yes, we know that Microsoft don't always do what we think.
Another opinion, please.
I guess when I ask for a yes or no. It should get a response from someone that has already done it this way. And when done that way, did it require all that extra work or did it upgrade with Foxit and LibreOffice still on the laptop/PC.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
There are some partitions layout requirements.
Please post a whole window Disk Manager image of ALL your drives. Don't forget to expand the columns so we can read them. How to Post a Screenshot of Disk Management
If you have a MiniTool or AOMEI Partition use it instead or Windows disk manager.

If it does upgrade to Win 11 all your software will remain. Only old hardware can have drivers issues.
 

My Computers

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 Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    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
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    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
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
Is this what you want?
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
Whoops. Sorry. That was off my desktop. Laptop don't have email or such. I have to go to the laptop, scan the DM and bring it over to here to send. Ignore previous image.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
I tried. The laptop responds to "Disk Management.msc" with an error message:
You do not have rights to Disk Management on DESKTOP-24FIGOJ."
And of course, being a normal human being. I don't have the slightest idea of what that means.
That error message says "DESKTOP" and it's not, it's a laptop.
It also says something about a virtual disk management or disk manager.
I also tried to get Disk Manager like I did on this desktop, and that didn't work either. Again, something about no access to virtual disk manager.
i.e. NOW WHAT?
Also, I have no idea what "If you have a MiniTool or AOMEI Partition" is or are.
This is totally over my head.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
I guess when I ask for a yes or no. It should get a response from someone that has already done it this way. And when done that way, did it require all that extra work or did it upgrade with Foxit and LibreOffice still on the laptop/PC.
Yes, I have done it that way. I migrated my old 'main machine' laptop's Windows 10 to a new supported laptop to be ready to get the Windows 11 update when offered. It was offered on 20th October 2021 and I let Windows Update do the upgrade. Yes, all my previously installed software was still there and working after the upgrade.

I didn't have Foxit, and my LibreOffice is the Portable Apps version. What I did have was a collection of some quite old software I didn't want to loose, including PaintShop Pro 7.04, Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker 2012. All worked as well in Win11 as they had in Win10.

All the above could have been reinstalled if they hadn't survived the upgrade, but there was one in particular that would have been impossible to reinstall - that was Microsoft Office Starter 2010. That is a free version of Excel and Word that was only ever available on an OEM install of Windows 7. My old 'main machine' had retained it when upgraded from its original W7 to W10. That too remains present and working under Windows 11.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Did you run Disk Manager "as administrator"?
 

My Computers

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 Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    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
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    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
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
To clarify my previous message, here's the screen shot from the laptop.
More to follow based upon Bree's response.
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
My main concern is that I do NOT want to have to reinstall LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox, Foxit, etc. When I bought this new desktop with W11, I had to re-install everything. It took me over a week to get it the way I had it on W 10.
With the laptop, and the darn stupid awkward keyboard, plus needing to use a mouse. Just call me a klutz with a laptop. But it is very useful for reading and keeping files updated. It's just not good at updating or installing.
Windows 10 update on my laptop takes so long - overnight in fact. The same update for Windows 11 on my desktop takes 3 minutes.
That's why I'm so concerned about how this will work on the laptop.
So, to Bree. I thank you very much. I will wait until I have plenty of time to do that upgrade on the laptop from 10 to 11. And, just for curiosity, I will go back and try as administrator to see if that works. I'm not in a rush, so this will take more time. Thanks to all.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
can be BitLocker

have you turned it on?
If so, turned off 1st before any new OS install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP/Lenovo/Asus
    CPU
    Intel
    Hard Drives
    NVMe SSD/SATA SSD
I agree with siliconbeaver, it would probably be a sensible precaution to turn Bitlocker off if you have it turned on. My upgrade was W10 Home to W11 Home, so it didn't have Bitlocker.

My main concern is that I do NOT want to have to reinstall LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox, Foxit, etc. When I bought this new desktop with W11, I had to re-install everything. It took me over a week to get it the way I had it on W 10.
You should not have to reinstall anything, it should all still be there after the upgrade.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
My experience about the Subject. I got a new Notebook in Oct. '21 when Win11 was released because nothing I had would properly install and run Win11, it came with Win10 and after setup I got the offer to Upgrade to Win11 and works fine, on it now. In Apr. '22 got a new Desktop, same thing, came with Win10 and Upgraded to Win11, now my main Desktop.

Last year I was also given a Desktop and a Notebook for any parts I could use, both from 2019 and Win10 that were Upgraded to Win11. I wiped both and started over with Win10 factory reset, no issues with Win11 on them.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
I got the same message on my desktop a few weeks ago. I did the upgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 11 Pro last week. I had no real problems. 99% of the programs were unaffected. All my personal data was intact. However, a couple programs had to be repaired but that was expected. I also had to repair these programs every time Windows 10 had a major update.

BTW, I was offered an upgrade to Windows 11 22H2. However, the next day I was offered an update to Windows 11 23H2.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon 680M GPU (486MB RAM)
    Memory
    Micron DDR5-4800 (2400MHz) 16GB (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop (6GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6-inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 300Hz
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 (1TB M.2 NVME SSD)
    PSU
    n/a
    Mouse
    Wireless Mouse M510
    Internet Speed
    1200Mbps/250Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME X370-PRO
    Memory
    G.SKILL Flare X 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-RTX3060TI-08G-V2-GAMING (RTX 3060-Ti, 8GB RAM)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S23A300B (23-in LED)
    Screen Resolution
    1080p 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    2TB XPG SX8200 Pro (M2. PCIe SSD) || 2TB Intel 660P (M2. PCIe SSD) ||
    PSU
    Corsair RM750x (750 watts)
    Case
    Cooler Master MasterCase 5
    Cooling
    Corsair H60 AIO water cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech K350 (wireless)
    Keyboard
    Logitech M510 (wireless)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps down / 200 Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes (Premium)
    Other Info
    ASUS Blu-ray Burner BW-16D1HT (SATA) || Western Digital Elements 12TB USB 3.0 external hard drive used with Acronis True Image backup software || HP OfficeJet Pro 6975 Printer/Scanner
Here's Disk Management from laptop/W 10.
Does that help? Prove anything?
 

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
Here's Disk Management from laptop/W 10.
Does that help? Prove anything?


On my comp... I had Windows 10 running clean and tight, so I just did an In-Place upgrade to Windows 11.
Didn't lose anything.

But, as others have mentioned... whatever you do, turn off Bitlocker first.





Here is the short version of the In-place upgrade tutorial...

DISABLE non-Microsoft:
a) antivirus software
b) firewall software
c) drive encryption software


Make a full OS backup with a program like Macrium Reflect or AOMEI Backupper Standard
Making a backup is optional, but always a smart move.
Macrium Reflect
AOMEI Backupper Standard (free)


Get the Windows 11 ISO (Option #2), and save it to your desktop...


Right click the ISO image and choose: MOUNT
Open File Explorer and you will see a new drive letter. It will "look" like a DVD optical drive.
Double click the new drive letter to open it.
Find setup.exe and double click it to start the in-place upgrade.

Choose the Keep personal files and apps option.

After it's all done... to UNmount the ISO image, right click the new drive letter and choose: EJECT.




All I had to do was a few Personalizations. :-)

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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?
I see that your laptop has more than one Recovery partition.
What are the specs of your laptop?
 

My Computers

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 Win 11
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    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
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    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
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
Wow! A lot of what y'all are asking/recommending is way over my head. What's a Bitlocker? What's a recovery partition? What's an ISO? What's unmount the ISO? What's a program like Macrium Reflect or AOMEI Backupper Standard?
I do back up with flash drives. As many flash drives as necessary. I even have backups of some important files on more than one flash drive.
Do you try to back up the program files? I don't usually.
When I went from an old PC W 10 to the new PC W 11, I just used those flash drives and then with W 11, had to install all the software that was lost. Like Foxit, LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird. And that was what I'm trying to avoid with this laptop. Since it's showing that it's OK to install W 11, I thought it might be worth doing. Since I'm now used to W 11 on the desktop.
Do I really need to know all that stuff mentioned at the beginning?
Can't I just upgrade on the laptop by clicking Install and follow the prompts? Knowing that I have my personal files on flash drives?
Why should I have to use a 3rd party back up? Isn't using flash drives the same? Just as using the cloud redundant?
I sometimes feel as though y'all are so far over my head that I'm just an ignorant old fogy!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home 64-bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    AMD K19 12 core
    Motherboard
    HP 8906
    Memory
    2TB HDD + 238 SSD
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon
    Sound Card
    Realtrek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC WS20EZ..... & KBG50ZNV.....
    Cooling
    ? has a fan!
    Keyboard
    Lenovo
    Mouse
    onn optical
    Internet Speed
    15
    Browser
    default Firefox back up Edge/instead of chrome
    Antivirus
    ESET
Yes, I have done it that way. I migrated my old 'main machine' laptop's Windows 10 to a new supported laptop to be ready to get the Windows 11 update when offered. It was offered on 20th October 2021 and I let Windows Update do the upgrade. Yes, all my previously installed software was still there and working after the upgrade.

I didn't have Foxit, and my LibreOffice is the Portable Apps version. What I did have was a collection of some quite old software I didn't want to loose, including PaintShop Pro 7.04, Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker 2012. All worked as well in Win11 as they had in Win10.

All the above could have been reinstalled if they hadn't survived the upgrade, but there was one in particular that would have been impossible to reinstall - that was Microsoft Office Starter 2010. That is a free version of Excel and Word that was only ever available on an OEM install of Windows 7. My old 'main machine' had retained it when upgraded from its original W7 to W10. That too remains present and working under Windows 11.
Here's Disk Management from laptop/W 10.
Does that help? Prove a
Here's Disk Management from laptop/W 10.
Does that help? Prove anything?
I apologize if this was posted before. I did simple search and that didn't help.
I have a laptop with W 10 that says it's ready for W 11. When I do Windows Update, it offers to upgrade to W 11. So I know it's ready.
My question, and I'd like a yes or no.
Can I do the upgrade that way - and not lose anything? i.e. Not lose add ons, like Foxit or LibreOffice?
I don't want to have to go through all those online addons after the upgrade.
If this is not possible, I will wait until W 10 is no longer supported/sometime in 2025?
With my new Desktop W/11, a brand new install was required. So with my laptop, if it requires all the extra work. But with a straight upgrade direct from Microsoft, I'd hope it would not require all that extra work - downloading everything all over.
Or should I post this on tenforums

I see that your laptop has more than one Recovery partition.
What are the specs of your laptop?
The issue often occurs after a couple of Windows upgrades or in-place repairs. If the previous recovery partition doesn't have enough space for the upgrade, then Windows will create an extra recovery partition with several hundred MBs disk space.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Professional
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Microcenter B677
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-9400
    Motherboard
    ASRock H310CM-HDV/M.2
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Intel Kaby Lake - High Definition Audio / cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech) [A0]
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Model: GSM59F1
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1080
    Case
    Lian Li 205M
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky AV
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