For the most part, you shouldn’t lose any programs, files, photos or documents when upgrading from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. (Still a good idea to back everything up first.)

However there will be a few things that won’t survive the upgrade.

Media Center

Users of Window 7 Home Premium, Window 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, and Windows 8.1 Pro  who use Media Center will probably be disappointed to see that it is removed.


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Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Desktop Gadgets will be removed when you install 10.

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Windows 7 Games

Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed. But you can get free versions of Minesweeper and Solitaire for Free in the Windows App Store.

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USB Floppy Drive Support

If you’re using an external floppy drive plugged in via USB, it’s not going to work unless you are able to download a driver from the manufacturer’s web site.

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Windows Live Essentials One Drive App

If you have the OeDrive app installed as part of Windows Live Essentials, it will be replaced by the integrated version of OneDrive that shows up like another drive on your computer.

Windows 7 DVD Playback

If you want to watch a DVD movie on your computer, you’ll need to install separate playback software.

There’s one more big change coming to Windows 10.

Updates Will Be Automatic

This is part of the push to keep everyone on the same page and part of Microsoft’s desire to do smaller, gradual updates to the operating system.

~ Cynthia