Version 5 on Windows 7 PC

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Version 5 on Windows 7 PC

Post by Mikeuk » Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:42 am

Hi I am currently running Blues Iris on a Windows 7 pc, I am eligible to upgrade to Version 5 I just wondered if anyone is using version 5 on a windows 7 PC.
Is it easy to upgrade or are they issues I need to lookout for will it keep all my settings.
Thank you
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Re: Version 5 on Windows 7 PC

Post by TimG » Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:57 pm

Hi Mikeuk,

There was talk at the BI4 to BI5 transition that Win7 would no longer be supported, but I think it was decided to keep it going. I guess that info disappeared with the great forum crash when all posts were lost.
I think you have a few options:
1. Send an email to support.
2. Start another thread with an even more direct title like "Does BI5 work on Win7".
3. Back up pc, then try it and see but look for posts about doing it. I think it involved exporting settings etc. It was a long time ago. I think Redawg did some posts about it.
4. Why not update to Win10? Is it still free from Win7?
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Re: Version 5 on Windows 7 PC

Post by Matts1984 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:14 pm

Microsoft still permits free upgrades from Win7 to Win10 assuming your Win7 license is legit. They have intentionally not shut this ability down even after the time window expired because they'd rather have the Windows 10 users than the end of life systems out there. Not knowing your hardware, though Win10 does tend to run pretty well on systems, I have to recommend doing that upgrade first. It's time to make the leap. ... -to-get-it ... 7-is-dead/
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Re: Version 5 on Windows 7 PC

Post by Mikeuk » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:37 am

Thanks for all your advice looks like windows 10 first then
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Re: Version 5 on Windows 7 PC

Post by IAmATeaf » Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:15 pm

I’d definitely upgrade to W10 first just to get that over with. After upgrading and assuming it activates with no issues I’d then download the current version of W10 using Microsoft’s Media Creation tool to get it into a USB stick and then trash the upgrade and do a clean install of W10. Some people will say this is not necessary but you’ll end up with a clean install.

Then download the latest version of the VC combined runtimes which is a combined library spanning I think 2015-2019. Then install BI.

Make sure before you do any of the above that you have all the required keys for BI and also an export of your settings and a registry export of the BI registry key. These will help if you need to revert or need to import BI settings.

I also reconfigured BI from scratch including motion detection setup, people have upgraded without any issues from v4 but equally many have had issues and then had to start from scratch so you might as well do this from the onset.
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