P150EM / XMG P502 advice needed

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  1. MrDJ

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    Hi All, long time no log in.
    reason for this is my 7+ year old Clevo P150EM/P502 has been running flawlessly since purchase so no need for advice.

    now thanks to win 7 eol updates its time to think about upgrading to windows 10
    my worry is drivers. sadly my driver disc just does not want to run anymore.
    i have reinstalled os a couple of times and had issues with bluetooth, fingerprint reader and a couple of other drivers so had to source them from elsewhere as the XMG drivers direct from their websiite did not work.
    ive messaged XMG Germany asking if the UK team i dealt with still work there but no reply.
    i have a win 10 official pro 10 key and wanted advise if it is worth the update and risk compatibility issues.
    no expert when it comes to this so can i just do a operating system update so as to keep all files or do i need a total clean wipe and install. tried a system backup and its failed each time.
    3720QM
    16gb ram
    GTX680M
     
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    Take an image of the machine beforehand and then experiment, the OS includes a lot of the base drivers, otherwise use the latest you can find for each piece of hardware.
     
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    Thanks Meaker. do you mean take an image with something like acronis. backups and experimenting is not one of my strong points.
    ive attempted backups using built in software but it fails every single time. when ive reinstalled in the past ive just started from scratch.
     
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    Yes a full image, that way you can restore it. A cheap usb3 external drive does this job well.
     
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    Hi guys

    upgrade to windows 10 went smoothly but there were a few issues.
    the most important two are no true cript fingerprint reader anymore and keep safe locker on desktop was deleted in the upgrade as not compatible. also it says this laptop does not support bluetooth but thats no biggie.

    my main question is is there anyway round using the fingerprint reader again and is there an alternative to keep safe which i would much prefer to have with a fingerprint access than a password.
    thanks
     
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    Do the drivers install for the fingerprint reader? Windows should be able to use it for logging in if so.

    The wifi card is easy to upgrade for cheap. Just make sure to get a mini PCI-e card.
     
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    Hi Meaker. thanks as always for replying.
    its a weird one as on login there is no option to use fingerprint. after searching through all the new things in 10 i found windows hello fingerprint. i tried adding a finger but it says already registered so i just deleted the settings and set them up again and on reboot it now works. thats one thing sorted.

    ive had a hunt around for my bluetooth spec and it shows centrino advanced N-6235 in device manager so ive just deleted and reinstalled the drivers. it doesnt show in top left of screen anymore using Fn + F12 but its showed up in active programs on taskbar, so tick, another thing sorted.

    so my only other real issue now is the Keep Safe where i kept all my banking info. ive searched the net and there is quite a lot of complaints about it being removed automatically on upgrading to windows 10. im not that bad and did do a full backup and also saved all the docs to my external drive so now not so secure. id like to lock them in some sort of safe with only access using fingerprint. any suggestions kind sir on a free or paid app i can use.

    just looked up my paperwork on when i bought this P150EM, jeez it was 8 years ago and its still blindingly fast thanks to the ssd. it replaced my m860tu which slowed down a lot and thats 13 years old and collecting dust now.
     
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    Bios password protection and drive encryption is the usual protection but you could also password protect the folder. Beyond that there is not much point.
     
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    ok mate, thanks for all your advice.
     
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