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I have an HP Pavilion model a6712f that I would like to upgrade from windows vista to a newer OS.

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I believe that I cannot upgrade directly to Windows 10, and the free upgrade to windows 7 is not available any longer.  I am wondering if it tis worth it to go ahead and upgrade to windows 7 and then to windows 10?

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Tom

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I have an HP Pavilion model a6712f that I would like to upgrade from windows vista to a newer OS.

From: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01619680

your computer (6GB RAM, dual-core 2.5 Ghz CPU) is "beefy" enough to upgrade.

 

How old is the disk-drive?  Vista was released in 2007.  So, your disk-drive could be almost 10 years old.

Would you drive an automobile with ten-year-old, almost-bald, tires?

I suggest that you replace the disk-drive, i.e., install a newer version of Windows onto it,

and reattach the "old" disk-drive as a "slave" drive, and copy your files from "old" to "new".

 

Do you have the Installation Media and a license-key to install Windows 7?

It's no longer available through "retail" channels.

 

It's not necessary to upgrade to Windows 7 as an "intermediate" step to get to Windows 10 -- you can download Windows 10: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10  and install it *without* entering a product-key, to install a "short-term-trial" version.  After installing, open "Device Manager" to see if all the correct device-drivers have been installed.  If not, try Windows Update, to see if those "missing" device-drivers can be installed.

If Windows 10 works for you, then purchase a license-key and "activate" Windows.

 

 

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