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[OT] Not losing my sync'd files, I hope.   [OT]

By: Laurent Duchastel     Montréal, Québec  
Date: Aug 28,2015 at 16:34
In Response to: [OT] Not losing my sync'd files, I hope. (Leonard R. Miller)

> I want to retire my 6 yr old desktop, win 7. Please let me bounce my
> scheme against ya'll to see if it's sound.

Seems fair if desktop was old.

> My newer laptop is a 64 bit Dell and is faster and with more capacity.
> After I got the Win 10 update I copied all my personal files from
> desktop, syncing directories. Those folders are synced to cloud based
> servers Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive (now built-in to win10), and
> Dropbox.

> Before updating my desktop to win10, then selling it, I'm leaning
> toward reinstalling win7 (and reformatting) soas to not leave any
> residual stray programs.

Better: You update to Win10 for free FIRST. Then you can clean install Win10 *again* with a freshly reformatted hd. Unfortunately, you can't upgrade Win10 directly with a clean install, but in your case, that's a bonus.

> Not being familiar with the rules of syncing, my question: Will
> destroying my files on desktop threaten their copies on the cloud
> servers?

Beware. If you disassociate your PC from your cloud provider (by mistake, I suppose), all files on PC will be deleted. In any cloud scheme, the cloud is THE source repository, because you can have more files on cloud than on PC.

If you are careful, nothing to worry however.

This said, please please please consider seriously Crashplan, which has been a lifesaver for me and many more than once.
> To reinstall win7 on the desktop should I simply use the original disks
> or should I create a new recovery disk -- and by doing so would that
> create a more updated system since the desktop is current with win 7
> updates?

Update to Win10 from within Win7.
When in Win10, retrieve Win10 ISO or USB installation with MediaToolsCreator (tools given by MS). Google "clean install Win10" for more info.
Be sure that Win10 is activated. Activation is linked to PC (materially).
Then reinstall Win10 with Win10 ISO with fresh clean total reformat first.
You do not have to insert Win10 serial. When installed, Win10 will be activated by default because it would recognized this PC has already upgraded.
Fresh clean install of Win10 is a mere 5 G on a fresh hard disk.

Laurent Duchastel

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