I am a basic computer user that decided I should do a system image of my C drive in case of a failure and also because I would like to try Windows 10 with a backup of what I currently have that I can return to if I don’t like Windows 10. I am now running Windows 7 Professional, service pack 1, on an AMD processor (64 bit). It was recommended I use the free version of Macrium as it does a more complete system image than does the Windows system image version. So I downloaded Macrium v6. I then created a rescue media using a 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive formatted FAT 32, and it indicated a successful completion.
Using Macrium again I did a system image on a Bipra 100GB External Drive formatted NTFS and that also indicated a successful completion.
The forum on the Macrium web site recommended that I ensure that both the Rescue Media and the System Image are good before I try downloading Windows 10. The problem is that I do not know how to verify the Rescue Media or the System Image. I cannot post a question on the Macrium forum as I have used their “free” version, and I see no further reference in the questions already posted by others.
So here in a nutshell here are my questions:
- How do I verify that both the Rescue Media on the flash drive, and the System Image on the external drive are valid and will work to restore my Windows 7 if needed?
- I have heard some people indicate that there are problems with Windows 10 and that I should stay where I am at. What are your feelings regarding upgrading to Windows 10?
- If I upgrade to Windows 10 will my current files in Word, Excel, and pictures in Picasa still work?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: Moved topic from All Other Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal