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Paper Tape
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HELP: upgrading Lenovo Y480 with clean windows 10 install and SSD

I have an older Y480 Laptop with the original hard drive (about 7-8 years old). We know that Win 7 support is closing soon. I need to upgrade to windows 10. While doing so I decided to move to a 1tb SSD since the original mechanical drive is about 7 years old and is likely to fail sooner rather than later. My original thought was to clone the drive to the SSD and then do an "upgrade" windows 10 option. Unfortunately, the way lenovo structures their installation prevents you from doing a straight clone of the drive. So, I'm down to a clean install. My issue is from reading the forums there have been lots of driver issues when upgrading older machines. Im still running an i7 with 8GB of ram and really dont see the need to buy a new machine just for windows support. So, I have a series of questions:


1. can anyone tell me how I might clone this drive to keep with the original plan? Or is there another "easy" option?

2. Any tips, shortcuts or pitfalls I can avoid?

3. I found the "Windows 10 Migration Assistant" on the website. Is this actually a useful tool? Does it really provide help?

4. clone or not, whats the best/easiest way to ensure my machine is up and running with all the devices operating correctly?

5. Lenovo has a lot of proprietary software on this like one key theater, one key backup, function keys, etc. How can i make sure these operate properly as well?


Man, my original plan seems like it would have been WAY easier!


Thanks for any help you lovely folks can give me!

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Re: HELP: upgrading Lenovo Y480 with clean windows 10 install and SSD


Welcome to the Community Forums LordZantar!


About your concern when it comes to cloning the drive, you can check out this link to see what other users who have the same issue like you have done to sort out their concern.


As for getting Windows 10 OS for your Lenovo Y480 laptop, the device itself isn't listed under Lenovo's list of tested devices for Windows 10 though there are some users who have still upgraded their devices into Windows 10 upon their own discretion.


Just to give you a heads up, you can try it on your end though it may or may not work properly/seamlessly upon completion and there might be some features that may or may not work as well upon upgrading to Windows 10.


For the Windows 10 Migration Assistant, it is a native update management tool designed to help individual users keep up with OS updates as Microsoft publishes them. 

This will also allow users to make sure that they'll be getting the latest Microsoft Windows update that might be missed or choose not to apply.


Hope this answers your concerns and clear things out.




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