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Introduction

Windows offers an Upgrade Assistant program that helps in easy migration from an older version of Windows to Windows 10. This upgrade program makes sure that your files and programs are not deleted but instead backed up and placed back once the upgrade process is complete. All files are backed up in Windows. old folder, which is still available after the process is complete.

There is an additional hiccup. It is possible that some of the third-party programs, files, settings will be removed. It is primarily because of compatibility, and after upgrading, all those need to be restored manually. It usually happens with Windows 8/7/XP/Vista.

Windows 10 Upgrade will not delete your files and programs, but there are specific scenarios where there can be data loss, and if that happens, there is no way to bring it back. It usually occurs when the upgrade fails abruptly, a BSOD, or any sudden crash.

So, upgrading is usually successful, but it is equally vital to backup your data before doing it. You can manually copy files to an external drive or use professional software to backup or create an image to restore later.

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Preparation Before Upgrading to Windows 10
How to Backup Your Programs, Files, and Settings
How to Upgrade to Windows 10

Preparation Before Upgrading to Windows 10

The two most important things you need to do before upgrading are—taking backup of your programs, files, settings via the third-party software and making sure you have enough space on the installation drive.

Taking a backup of the first part will need software or a program that can create an image of the system drive. Make sure to have a flash drive or an external drive with enough space. You can calculate based on how much space is occupied on your system drive and make sure you have the same amount of space.

check storage space system drive

Windows Upgrade needs to copy the file to the system drive before upgrading. Ideally, you need to have at least 30 GB of free storage space free for an upgrade to start. If you are already short of space, it's time to find out what is occupying space on your computer by looking at the download folder, large-size applications that are not needed, and more.

How to Backup Your Programs, Files, and Settings

Taking backup of your programs, file, and settings is essential both after the upgrade and in case you need to roll back and restore to the old OS. It would be best to use professional software like the EaseUS Todo PCTrans for his purpose.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans offers a lot of features around file transfer and Backup/Restore. It can also perform system cleanup, extensive file cleanup, app management, and product key scanning.

Along with everything else, the Backup and Restore feature can come in handy when you need to make a copy of your data and later restore it to the same PC or another one. Here is the list of features:

  • Restore application of old PC to new PC.
  • Supports applications, pictures, music, document, user account, and settings.
  • Compression technique to save space usage.
  • Create a System image that makes the restore process a breeze.

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Step 1. Create a backup file. 

1. Connect your USB (flash) drive/external hard drive to your source computer. Launch Todo PCTrans, click "Backup & Restore > Start" on the main screen.

Transfer files via backup and restore - step 1

2. Select "Data Backup" to move on.

Transfer files via backup & restore - step 2

3. Click "Edit"  at Applications, User Accounts, and Files columns to choose the specific data, applications, etc. to create a backup file. 

Transfer files via backup and restore - step 3

Step 2. Recover via the created backup file.

1. Plugin your USB drive which stores the created backup file to the target PC and open EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Click "Backup & Restore > Start > Data Restore".

Transfer files from PC to PC via backup & restore - step 1

2. Click "Browse" to locate the Image file. Then, choose "Restore" and go to the next step.

Transfer files from via image - step 2

3. Now, you can select Applications/Files/Accounts you want to restore.

Or you can click the "Edit" button to choose the specific data to be transferred flexibly. Click "Finish" to confirm. Besides, you can also click the edit icon > "Submit" to change the target path to recover and save the files.

Transfer files via image - step 3

Few things to note that when upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit, a reinstallation is needed, applications that are not compatible might need to be downloaded and installed again during file transfer. If the destination file already exists, then the folder will be named accordingly.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10

Step 1. Take a backup of all your files and applications using backup software or create a system image that you can use to restore in case of any failure. Ensure you have enough storage space in the system drive. A warning message will be displayed if the storage space is not adequate.

windows upgrade assistant

Step 2. Download the Upgrade Assistant or Media Creation Tool from the Microsoft website. You can then start the upgrade wizard, which will check for system compatibility and take the backup of existing files and folders. You can also choose to clean install. However, in this case, the wizard will not take any backup of the existing files.

windows installation process

Step 3. Once the check is complete and everything is compatible with the upgraded OS, the wizard will restart the PC, followed by the upgrade. The progress will be visible on the screen as the overall process completes. Once done, you will be able to log in using the same account credentials.

Make a final check if everything is all right, including files and programs. If you feel anything is missing, explore the Windows.OLD folder in the system drive for those files.

Bottom Line

Upgrading to Windows 10 is not rocket science anymore. The process has been streamlined for years, and for most of the part, it just works fine. However, there are specific scenarios where it fails because of hardware issues, driver problems resulting in rollback, BSOD, and sudden crashes. That's where data backup and system image are essential. EaseUS Todo PCTrans offers easy and effective.

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Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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Does Upgrading to Windows 10 Delete Programs | Prevent Data Loss Now

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