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My Dell computer which I bought in 2012 came with Windows 7 Home Premium. In the last year or so it's gotten unstable as far as booting and rebooting, sometimes it gets stuck on a black screen and doesn't get to the log in screen. I have to unplug it and then it USUALLY boots up but once it didn't and I needed MAJOR help. Since then I have disabled the Windows 7 automatic updates since they often require reboots.

I have tried using utilities including the Windows 7 startup repair on the CD, it found nothing and suggested System Restore which failed and I have no old restore points anyway. Various registry repair tools did nothing, neither did various virus and malware scans.

I have created a Windows 7 emergency boot CD and backed up my data but I am worried that the next crash might be worse than the last. I am wondering if at this point I should try the free Windows 10 upgrade which I've been putting off. Any advice?

Hello Theo

Yes yes yes! Absolutely.. reading what you have been going through, I would have suggested to simply reinstall windows anyway so the fact that you can upgrade to windows 10 for free, you will want to take advantage of it.  I suggest creating a media flash drive so that you have the ability to repair your computer as well as reinstall windows 10 from it if you do have troubles in the future. Once you have created the flash drive, go back and do the procedure again, only this time choose to UPGRADE your pc option.. Visit my blog post here:
This will provide you with the instructions and download link to create the media flash drive and proceed.  Note, this is the preferred method, even if you already have the windows upgrade icon on your system tray stating you are available to upgrade. This method works all the time.

I hope this helps


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