I've just set up a brand new Dell XPS 8700 desktop. All uneventful except the Dell (wired) mouse didn't work - no problem, I have several wireless ones and they do work <G>. The Dell is now online via WiFi; I will connect it to the router by cable in due course (I am fussy about cable quality so will wait till the new ones arrive <G>). I am typing this now on the new Dell.
This initially set up Windows 7 Professional. It says that Win 8.1 Pro is built in, I take it that is the Anytime Upgrade mentioned in several places. I intend in due course (that is, almost immediately) to proceed to Windows 10 (can't see any reason not to?). Question arising, should or must I first upgrade to 8.1, and from there to 10?
On starting up, the Win 7 wanted a whole mess of updates - more than a hundred. Those are all now downloaded and installed. I have not yet installed any software, other than Google Chrome as default browser.
For most of the past two years I have been using a Dell laptop, running Windows 8.0, as my main computer. I now want to move most of my "stuff" - bookmarks, E-mail (and the rest of MS Office 365) etc., over to the desktop machine. The laptop will then start living as a laptop, going to meetings and so on.
This machine (like all Dells AFAIK) came with a one year subscription to McAfee Live Safe. I will eventually want to replace the McAfee with Avast Internet Security Premium (unless someone has a good reason for using something else) but don't see any hurry about that. I've done it on other machines, so I do know how to do that, and in general how to change AV programs. I like the Avast software, but their marketing is terrible, they can't keep track of who has what and have double and triple billed me in the past.
I am in the habit of using MBAM and several other malware prevention tools - SpywareBlaster, WinPatrol, the MVPS hosts file, Web of Trust - to help keep my computer clean. Am I correct in thinking I'd best complete the updates all the way to Win 10 before installing all that stuff - which might quite possibly interfere with the upgrades?
As always, thanks for enlightenment.
EDIT 9/6 10:35 or so:
After browsing the Win 10 forum, etc., it appears I could upgrade directly from Win 7, or first upgrade to 8.1 and from there to 10. If I have understood correctly, it would be hard or impossible to go back to Win 7 from Win 10, but easier to go back to 8.1. I also got the impression that Win 10 is still a work in progress and rather buggy. So would it not be smarter to upgrade to 8.1 and sit there for a while, watching how things develop with Win 10? I don't want to go to Win 10 and then find out that half my software doesn't work! I gather the free upgrade to Win 10 will be available up to July 29 2016, is that correct?
This machine is currently running Windows 7 Professional, and has the upgrade to 8.1 Pro built in. Am I correct in thinking that whichever upgrade path I choose, I will end up with Windows 10 Professional?
Edited by hamluis, 08 September 2015 - 06:32 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Win 10 Discussion- Hamluis.