Should I upgrade Dell Optiplex Desktop to Windows 10 from Win7

I'm cloning a customer's sata drive to an SSD on a Dell Optiplex 3010 desktop computer -  Intel I5 with six GB of RAM running Windows 7 Pro.
I'm thinking of upgrading to Windows 10. With older computers I'm inclined to let well enough alone, but if Windows 10 is more secure I'll do it.  What do you think, should  I upgrade my client's computer to Windows 10?
Thanks,
Alan
Alan SilvermanOwnerAsked:
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Windows 7 will have extended support until January 14, 2020, however, I would recommend upgrading to Windows 10 Pro.

Only a couple of years left for Window 7 so it's worth the effort in my opinion.  6GB of ram should be plenty and it's touted as being more secure - just make sure you use a 64bit install of Win 10 to utilize the full 6GB of RAM
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
People with these machines have issues with Windows 10. Check the Dell site for Windows 10 BIOS, Chipset, Video, Audio, LAN, Wireless and so on. If not there, do not upgrade.

If you do upgrade, make sure you can roll back.

Better to replace the machine with one preloaded with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

Yes, Windows 10 is more secure. It is faster as well. But it cannot tolerate incompliant systems.
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CompProbSolvCommented:
Unless there's a really compelling reason, I'd stay with Windows 7.  The cost in time and software is not insignificant for the upgrade and, as John mentions, there may be driver issues.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I've got older machines than that on Windows 10.  You probably won't find drivers on Dell's site because they're likely built in to Windows 10.  

Of course 10 is more secure.  Newer technologies, better support.  Windows 7 is dying.  I'd say, clone it and then upgrade the cloned copy - as an SSD, it should upgrade as quick as possible AND if it doesn't work, you've got the source drive available and can do it again and then NOT upgrade.

The biggest question is, does the client have a license - otherwise, you're talking about a $100+ for an upgrade license - did the client authorize this?
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nobusCommented:
if you're unsure  - install annother drive with an image of the Original one, and update that drive
when all is well - image it to the SSD
you can use the paragon tool for this : https://www.paragon-software.com/nl/home/migrate-OS-to-SSD/
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Alan SilvermanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all for your opinions.  Whenever I start working on a client's computer I start by making an Acronis disk image and then work off that.  That plus the original hard drive gives me lots of security if I have to go back.  By now I've upgraded quite a few customers to Win10 and haven't had many problems.  I will make sure Dell says it's OK with this model.  My customers tend to be nervous about change (older folks not comfortable with computers) but they usually go along with my recommendations. Because I use Classic Shell I can make it look pretty much like Windows 7, so that helps.  All in All I'm inclined to upgrade to Windows 10. with security being the main issue.  If it's a more secure operating system, that's important. There's so much really bad stuff out there and more holes being found that can be exploited. But I'll talk with my customer first. Being supported isn't so much an issue.  If it works my customers will use it forever and complain if one icon is out of place.  By the way, I originally made flash drives with the upgrade code and those seem to continue to work on computers without having to buy a new license.  I'll see if this continues.
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
If it works my customers will use it forever and complain if one icon is out of place.

Ahaha!  Sounds like some of my clients :)
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nobusCommented:
>>  Because I use Classic Shell I can make it look pretty much like Windows 7  << i've stopped using it, since right clicking the start icon gives me enough options
did you try that yet?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I start by making an Acronis disk image and then work off that.

That sounds fine, and so there is no harm in trying.

Lee said "You probably won't find drivers on Dell's site because they're likely built in to Windows 10."

I see that with my Lenovo machines, but Lenovo has done a decent job of keeping all the main drivers on their site.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
By the way, I originally made flash drives with the upgrade code and those seem to continue to work on computers without having to buy a new license.  I'll see if this continues.

Working does not mean you are licensed.  Plenty of commercial and Microsoft products will work without keys and or install without any "proof" - it doesn't mean you licensed it and have a right to use it.
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Alan SilvermanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks to you all.
You've been a great help.
Alan
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and thank you for the update
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