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WinToHDD Professional 3.8 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — WinToHDD Professional 3.8

Install, Reinstall, Clone Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista not using a CD or USB.
$29.95 EXPIRED
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WinToHDD Professional 3.8 was available as a giveaway on August 9, 2019!

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WinToHDD allows you to install or reinstall Windows without a CD/DVD or USB drive. With this All-in-One Windows Deployment Tool, you can easily reinstall Windows, install Windows onto disks other than the one where your Windows OS is installed, or clone current Windows OS installation to other disk. Furthermore, you can use it to create a Windows Multi-Installation USB flash drive to install any version of Windows on both BIOS and UEFI computers.

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NB: Lifetime license; no free upgrades.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

Hasleo Software

Homepage:

http://www.easyuefi.com/wintohdd/index.html

File Size:

8.8 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#23

I tried to install this program onto a USB drive, but it just doesn't "take." The only way I could install it is on my C: drive. This is a disappointment to me. I know I followed all directions to try to install it to my USB stick, but it just didn't work for me.

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

M. Aronson, There are two programs by this company - WinToHDD and WinToUSB. This program could probably do both, but its in the interests of the company to sell the program to you twice.
I've used both (obtained by the usual means) and its a useful program to have in your arsenal.

Reply   |   Comment by chrissssss  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

The blurb here doesn't say that this software only supports home versions of Windows which is what it says on the home page after you install it. Would have been nice to get a heads up on that. I have Win 7 ultimate N which I assume it doesn't work with? I won't uninstall until I hear that that is correct.

Reply   |   Comment by M Hoyle  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

M Hoyle,
On the home page it says it supports professional and Enterprise also

Reply   |   Comment by Gordon White  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#21

I crashed a laptop with a 2T SSD drive installed . The drive is fine. I purchased almost the same laptop. Will I be able to put this drive in my new laptop and be able to reload windows with all my software on the 2Tb drive intact?

Reply   |   Comment by Starchild  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Starchild, nobody knows! The phrase "I crashed a laptop" does not describe in ANY detail what went wrong. And this comments section is certainly not the place for an accurate professional quality diagnosis and walk through of this or any other software to repair a "crashed" laptop what ever you mean by that. FOR starters if windows got itself into such a state that it will no longer boot and that is what you mean by crashed then the contents of the hard drive are in some way bad so you would not want to clone that drive to a new laptops drive as that will just wreck the new laptops drive!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

TK, Correction to my question: I fell on my laptop and cracked the screen to all to bits and bent the frame in one minor area. Nothing that would affect the internal components. I am disabled and always have fall risks. Unfortunately, this fall was pretty bad and I deemed the laptop un-repairable vs. buying a new one. The system did not crash, but with the cracked screen, I could not make anything out on it but light on the screen. I seriously doubt that my SSD drive was damaged. Really what I wanted to know was would this software allow me to install my SSD drive in my new laptop and be able to reload Windows on the SSD drive and be able to get the new license key validated with it and save my vast amount of expensive software that I own. Sorry for the lack of detail. I decided not to download this software because I did not think that it would meet my needs.

Reply   |   Comment by Starchild  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Starchild, I'm pretty sure you won't be able just to swap disks like that. But you can just reinstall windows and during installation choose the upgrade/repair option? That should leave your documents and programs intact with the new machine. It's not the perfect solution but probably the most usable one in your situation.

Reply   |   Comment by mimo  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Starchild, The issue with Windows is that it gives each machine a unique 'fingerprint'. By taking the drive out and putting it in a new machine, the licence is now against a different machine. Windows will detect this, and moan that its not licenced (it detects originally it was on machine ABC and now its on machine XYZ)
It might simply take a quick phonecall to Microsoft to resolve (if you explain the previous machine got damaged) BUT if Windows came pre-installed on the previous laptop, that copy of Windows is only licenced for that machine. You can't move it to another laptop. Depending on which support representative you speak to at Microsoft will determine whether you have to pay for a new licence or whether they'll be gracious. Pot luck. If you fail, it can sometimes work ringing them up again, but they'll have records of previous interactions...

Reply   |   Comment by chrissssss  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

Haven't had a chance to study this much but seems to me that it will also be great for backing up my entire windows drive. Either on a portable external drive or second drive mounted in the PC. If you've ever lost data on a bad drive or had a motherboard fry you know the pain.

Thanks for any feedback.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

Worked like a charm, download the program, extract zip, read readme, copy the registration number, run setup.exe file, minimize the Webpage that is generated, Click "About" in the software (Upper Left Top), Click Register, input the copied registration number from the Readme, Registered - Done.

Thanks, GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Pablo  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#18

When you create the iso file, does it also copy all of the Windows settings?

Reply   |   Comment by Lobos  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#17

Too bad = finally something that I could use - EXCEPT it won't work on XP
though XP according to published records there are STILL nearly a Million users world wide...........sad day.

Reply   |   Comment by iwontell  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#16

Same thing here. When trying to install thee GoD download it says the giveaway period for the software is over. I installed the .exe file from the website and the license code with the GoD download does not work. Please advise. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

It lo9os like the GOTD package has been changed as I just redownloaded it and does not contain a .gcd file. I used the registration code provided and all is well. I have not tested the program, however.

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

I had to uninstall previously installed version, and after installation this GAOTD version I can't register it (problem with connection to server - but "internet works" and I have to enter the activation code provided from the site that doesn't launch from the dialog).
I lost my installation and have no WinToHDD software activated.
Harmful software :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Stef  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

Works great, thanks for the give away worked like a charm.

Reply   |   Comment by Vashta  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

Installed, activated/registered, and created a Windows v10 Install USB drive painlessly in less time than it took to read the comments here (read them first though).

Reply   |   Comment by casperimproved  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

I have an .exe file but no readme file for the reg. number as in #2 so I cannot enter a reg. #. Alternatively on the website about How to Register, it says go to About, then Activate by entering the email address but there is no field to enter an email address. How do I get the reg. # if neither of these 2 methods work?

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Chris,

When you extract the zip file there is a readme inside the zip.

Open readme on then copy and paste the code into program and then restart WintoHDD.

Reply   |   Comment by Vashta  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Chris, from the "activation guide": Enter your email address (some earlier versions might need it).
that ver dont need eml
but...
key is invalid. lol

Reply   |   Comment by Bream  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Curious how this works:

Does it only clone a disk for the same computer?

Does it reinstall the OS to the same computer with the installation from the current working hard drive or a backup drive?

Does the system clone include applications?

Does the system clone allow for migration to another computer? desktop to laptop for example?

How is the multi-installation USB different from a windows copy on a USB?

thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Spam Sorenson  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

Not a complaint whatsoever regarding WinToHDD Pro, but rather a suggestion to Google on what Microsoft & others have to offer as well. I wouldn't have any problems or 2nd thoughts about using WinToHDD Pro for win10 installs for example, but I'd hesitate if you're doing several installs of win7 or 8... because of the number of updates that will be installed once you get things running, & the amount of time that would take, you'd be better off using Microsoft's tools to update an image once, then use that, including with WinToHDD Pro if you wanted, to install win7/8.

You might also want to check out the free app, Rufus. It doesn't do as much as WinToHDD Pro, but it does have some nice options and may provide what you need.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

Claim:

"... WinToHDD allows you to install or reinstall Windows without a CD/DVD or USB drive. With this All-in-One Windows Deployment Tool, you can easily reinstall Windows, install Windows onto disks other than the one where your Windows OS is installed, or clone current Windows OS installation to other disk. Furthermore, you can use it to create a Windows Multi-Installation USB flash drive to install any version of Windows on both BIOS and UEFI computers ..."

Actuality:

Not for me 0 it has never ever been able to actually do anything, always getting to some critical point and then asking me for the original Windows CD/DVD/USB/file ... if I had the original Windows installation desource, I wouldn't need whatever this program is promising ... so, no, it can't take a working WIndows system and make a copy/clone/reinatall resource form it, it cannot even assist in gathering the resources needed in makign such a resource.

Question:

Has ANYONE ever gotten use out of this program, if so, what use, and how did you do it, what resources did you have beyond a working Windows computer?

Thanks.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Doesn't seem to work.
When I click on System Clone and then Next the drop down box "Please select the destination disk:" is empty.
I did a reinstall but the same.

Reply   |   Comment by lnn  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

lnn, click on the down arrow of the selector and IF you have a second drive connected it should show in the drop down list of choices. For me it did NOT auto-populate the box with the available second hard drive. I had to choose it manually.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

TK, Still empty and I can't find out how to manually choose another drive.

Reply   |   Comment by lnn  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#7

Need some expert advice before trying to use this GAOTD. I bought a computer with Windows 10 Home. The OS is in Spanish which I can barely read so I want to install Windows 10 Pro for which I have a license key so I can have an OS that is in English plus the additional features that come with Windows 10 Pro.

Will WinToHDD Professional 3.8 allow me to make this transition to Windows 10 Pro. Is it even possible to upgrade without reformatting the HDD to install Windows 10 Pro? I've read a lot about this and there is no consensus on how to do this and I've got some programs I do not want to lose.

Thanks in advance for your expert advice.

Reply   |   Comment by Raymond  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Raymond,

Google "change Windows 10 language" [w/out quotes] and you'll get loads of hits telling/showing you how to change the language of the existing copy of win10. Then Google "change Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro" [again w/out quotes] & you'll get loads of hits telling/showing you how to do that simply entering your pro activation key.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)
#6

Here you can find the differences between v3.0 alrady proposed here at the present one (change logs): https://www.easyuefi.com/wintohdd/change-logs.html

Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

PaulF, Thank you, saved me searching for it!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#5

Czy można sklonować partycje systemową na dysk zewnętrzny USB ?

Reply   |   Comment by Salwa  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

Translation: "Is it possible to clone the system partition to an external USB drive?"

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#4

Not receiving E-mail please Help!.

Reply   |   Comment by Hal Jordan  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Hal Jordan, You have unsubscribed from our emails. Please try again.

Reply   |   Comment by Alexa  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hal Jordan, apparently they only maintain a single do not mail list so if you unsubscribe from ONE type of email they block all outbound emails to your email address rather than simply removing your email address from the speciific mailing list.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

TK, Are you saying that if someone unsubscribes from the daily emails, they won't be able to get a download link if they click to request one?

Reply   |   Comment by Bebop17  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Bebop17, Yes!

Reply   |   Comment by Alexa  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Alexa, May I respectfully suggest that that is not in anyone's best interest? If someone comes here daily, the reminders are a waste of bandwidth. So unsubscribing would be a courtesy for both the site and the Internet at large. And how on earth would someone be expected to know that unsubscribing to your list would blacklist them from getting links? That could only lead to frustration and ill will toward the site. Please rethink this policy.

Reply   |   Comment by Bebop17  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

Bebop17, I know they can selectively disable links emails while still sending comment reply notifications as they did that to me with the email address I use normally ... I never subscribed to any mailing list like their newsletter and randomly I'd get spam anouncing sporadic giveaways... knowing their faulty unsubscribe mechanisim that blacklists your email if you unsubscribe from the newsletter with it I did not unsubscribe to stop the spam since I never subscribed in the first place... but they ceased sending emails for personalised download links to my normal email address. I had to use a different email box with the same email provider and then the personalised link arrives practically instantly. When we subscribe to a mailing list our chosen email address should be added to that list via an opt in confrimation link to prevent someone for subscribing someone else to their mailing list without the owners consent and when unsubscribing from the newsletter mailing list the email address to be unsubscribed should be removed from the mailing list not added to a do not send anything list! Every opt out operation should only opt out of the particular service being opted out of and not force the end users email address to be added to yet another list but this one blocks outbound emails.... GAOTD should not still be attempting to send them once the end user has opted out of a service. Not all outbound mail being scrubbed after the fact!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

On how many computers can I use this installation deployment software (WinToHDD)?

Reply   |   Comment by Dan Cour  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Dan Cour, the site says 2 installations

Reply   |   Comment by Kalyanaraman Subramaniam  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Dan Cour, officially because its the Pro edition it is supposed to be subject to those sort of restrictions BUT due to the practicalities of using the same license code for all giveaway participants no such restrictions can be enforced.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

I cannot figure out how to enter my e-mail address to obtain license code to register. Please help!

Reply   |   Comment by ANTHONY MORRIS  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

ANTHONY MORRIS, You'll find the license code in the Readme file.

Reply   |   Comment by dirkje  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

ANTHONY MORRIS, Got to the readme file the license is there. then go to 'about' and click on register copy&paste it into there and click apply.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Daniel, thanks. I do not know why I forgot about that as I have done it on so many other occasions.All good now!

Reply   |   Comment by ANTHONY MORRIS  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

ANTHONY MORRIS, I'd be astounded if you managed to figure that out!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

Daniel, under About, mine had Activate or such. Put in the readme file's code & accepts ok. Says rerun app. Then in About just 2 choices & the one shows registered into w/ a machine code that suggests they bind app to specific PC.
No idea if this app is as solid as some other leading ones often here at GOTD but worth a shot since don't seem to need to use any phony email addy to get a license code. Most of these work about the same. Thanks GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by beergas  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Hello Hasleo Software developers. Does this software restore OS on a new HDD if i am in a dual boot system. Like for eg:
Primary partition is: XP
Secondary parition is:Win7
Does it restore the Dual boot OS on its own partition, despite the partition size being different; just in case i decide to increase partition size slightly more.
U see, in dual boot the Boot Manager which assigns the different boot entry is stored in WinXP; but the process of assigning the boot entry of Winxp and Win7 is primarily done in Win7 (from command line as Administrator). I hope it does that since it can clone too.
My question is would the boot entry be restore in XP (Primary Partition). Also Win7 would be in its own partition(Secondary). Its a lot of head-ache to maintain and prepare a dual boot system.
I am hoping it can; because it can clone and restore.
The prospect of restoring a Windows OS to a new Ext HDD, i think is brilliant.
And i am also in a need to get a new HDD. Just about time, i have these kind of tool.
Thank you for the Giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Snakeman  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Snakeman, too bad it doesn't work with Win7 let alone WinXP.
It says "Unsupported file system".
Win10 is something i not interested at the moment. Perhaps i would have it when purchasing a new pc and that too would be after 4-5 years. I am quite happy with Win7 and Xp at the moment.

Reply   |   Comment by Snakeman  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Snakeman, You dont know what you are missing. Windows 10 is, by far, the best O.S. that we've experienced in the last 25years. Even in old machines like Toshiba Satellite L40-18E PSL48E; No doubt. Try it. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mac  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-29)

I was hoping this would support Windows 95. I don't see any reason to upgrade. I really like Microsoft Paint 95 and my Netscape browser.

Reply   |   Comment by Roy  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Snakeman,
I know how you feel.
I have a 1946 Packard and it is getting tough to find parts for it.
I bought it when it was only 23 yearsold and I've been driving it for over 50 years now and it is my daily ride to the seniors centre for nearly 25 years now.
If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Snakeman,
It should work with win7. Read System Requirements:
Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/ 10 (x32/x64)

Reply   |   Comment by Takeshi  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Roy, Wow!

Reply   |   Comment by Technics  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Snakeman, It seems to happily proceed through all the clone operation under Vista right upto the prompt to format the destination drive (which I did not want to do at this time) Is it possible you used a FAT32 file system for your XP or windows 7 installations? as "unsupported file system" is not the same as "unsupported operating system" if it turns out you do have a FAT 32 file system on one of the drives partitions and do not have a concrete reason for using it like needing a win 9x system to be able to read and write to the partition... you could try converting the FAT 32 partition/s into NTFS partitions and testing the clone operation again. Unless you are using a non-microsoft dual boot solution like GRUB to boot to XP or Windows 7 it is possible that even the XP partiton culd be cloned as bootmgr emulates the legacy OS boot envirnment but remains the boot manager of the system.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Roy, It doesnt seem to work on my ORIC 2. Any chance of getting this program on a cassette tape?

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Mac, how do you know Snakeman has never tried Windows 10? It most certainly is NOT the best OS I have experienced! Without the built in antivirus and firewall it most certainly is the most insecure microsoft operating system I have ever used and with the built in antivirus and firewall it is the least private windows operating system I have ever used. Not sure who the "we've" you are refering to but it is certainly not a group of well informed people

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Snakeman,

Hope this helps...
You've got win7 booting in Legacy mode [because XP], so the boot files are stored in a C:\Boot folder on the XP partition, & you have a C:\Bootmgr file that's also used. [That's assuming you had XP installed 1st, & later added win7. Win7 installed on it's own adds a hidden partition to hold the boot folder/files, or you can put the boot files on the win7 partition & it'll work just fine.] Use the free EasyBCD, which works portably, to edit/change/create the boot loader -- it works with 7-10, Legacy & UEFI. Using EasyBCD you can add/subtract Windows installs & otherwise manage the bootloader in one or two minutes -- it's a piece of cake -- *As Long As You're Not Booting To An NVMe Drive*.

That out of the way, the boot loader I'm assuming is on the XP partition will work fine if you shrink or enlarge the XP or win7 partitions. Personally the way that I do it would be to do a partition image backup of both XP & win7 partitions, because you should backup before changing a partition anyway [stuff happens]. Then I'd delete the win7 partition, change the XP partition size, then restore the win7 backup in the now unallocated hard drive space.

"restoring a Windows OS to a new Ext HDD"

Both XP & win7 will only boot on an external drive if it's eSATA or Windows itself has been modified. XP & win7 also have problems if you try to run them on different/new hardware -- you might check out alternatives using universal drivers at reboot[.]pro. Win10 does work fairly well, though you want to use an SSD in a USB 3 housing, preferably one that does uasp if your devices support it -- on a USB stick you might want to go have lunch while win10's loading. For many [most?] purposes win10 works fine unactivated.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Snakeman,

"Win10 is something i not interested at the moment. Perhaps i would have it when purchasing a new pc and that too would be after 4-5 years. I am quite happy with Win7 and Xp at the moment."

Purely FWIW...
New hardware will not support XP -- the BIOS won't support it. Also, fewer apps support XP as time goes on. Otherwise, if you research the number of active exploits targeting XP, you might be pleasantly surprised... maybe cybercriminals figure: "Why try to rob a pauper?" -- I don't know -- but there seems to be less targeting XP than any newer version of Windows.

Windows 7 won't work on new motherboards, because Microsoft does not include/supply the new USB drivers those motherboards use/need. Some motherboard manufacturers do provide a hack where you can add those drivers to win7 setup files to install win7 fresh. A second hack is needed to get Windows Update working, but another few months & that won't matter, with Microsoft support ending 2020. Considering the number of active win7 installs, it's unlikely there will be too many problems with software not supporting win7 anytime soon.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Bob ........... same same with my 67 goat

Reply   |   Comment by ogrule  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

TK, Windows 10 needs to have it's inquisitiveness disabled. The basic OS is nice if you uninstall all the stupid apps and other crap and stop it updating nosey stuff without your permission, so annoying when rebooting to find they've lumbered you up with more useless junk.
I've disabled updating service on mine (but update virus protection manually) and backed the OS up in case they work around that! Never use Edge or Cortana If I knew how I'd save space and delete 'em both. Revert to Windows 7 at will, sorry to see support ends in 2020!

Reply   |   Comment by Sim  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

ogrule, had a 67 Goat once . Then I was drafted. Red, black convertible top , 360 hp, FOF, 3:90 gears. Great car

Reply   |   Comment by Fishwish  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Snakeman, I have the same configuration as you. Here's my suggestions. First, buy a Western Digital Black HDD (it's fast and has a 5 year warranty). I have bought several from Microcenter. Anywhere you can buy it for no more than $70 - $75 for a 1TB.
Download the free version of EaseUS to do backup from their website. Than clone your present HDD to your new HDD. My storage needs do not require more than a HDD over 1TB, but I do not believe you will have any problem with a 2TB HDD. I love WIN 7 because it runs mostly all of my legacy software and gives me no problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Robert, Forgot to mention - Perform your EaseUS or whatever software cloning from your boot partition, which is XP in my case even though I mostly then have it go to the WIN 7 partition which is setup as the default process in my boot.ini of my XP boot partition.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Sim, by disabling windows update service you are making your windows 10 far more vulnerable to worms, trojans and any windows 10 targeted malware and for you any automatically patched vulnerability has an extremely hi probability of practically being the equivilent of a zero day vulnerability because you refuse to allow microsoft to apply security fixes. Sometimes when you run an operating system that is well targeted by malware writers you have a choice accept the pain in the neck operations of updates in order to get the essential security hotfixes to minimise the exposed surface area to criminal hackers and state sponsored cyber attacks.

Put it this way disabling windows/microsoft update on windows 10 is far more dangerous than running windows XP or Vista even if one does not manually apply the security hotfix than can be massaged to patch them up to date because the Win10 user base numbers attract the malware devlopers more than the much older systems that are likely to be on slow internet connections if at all compared to Win10 machines that are more likely to be on fibre conections or LTE or early 5G adopters and provide much more powerful zombie connections to be pwned.

There are sections of windows 10 it makes sense to disable or remove but go too far and you damage the operating systems resiliance and security. Remember in the past year or so it had a zero day security vulnerability in windows defender itself and no amount of pattern updates could mitigate the vulnerbility because the program had to be updated by windows update to fix the bug.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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