Your drive has plenty of space - that's good.
Your machine does not have the System Reserve partition, but that really shouldn't cause this issue, at least I don't think it should. I know MS has been working in this area throughout the Preview so I could have outdated information (I hope that's not the case - there are many machines setup the same as yours).
The one attempt to upgrade got to 99% and 'hung' - is that correct.
The only thing I can think of trying is to manually create the System Reserve partition with the size Win10 wants. This take a bit of time and there is no are guarantee.
'm basing this on (post# 44 where you said
When i refreshed Windows 10 it got to 99% refreshed but stopped at 99% and then developed into a nonstop loop that said no boot device detected
You'll use a bootable Minitool Partition Wizard to
shrink C: by 500 MB
move C: to the right
create a 500 MB partition as the first partition on the drive (to the left of C
set the new partition as active
remove the active flag on C:
Once that's done, you'll need to move the boot information to the new partition.
The easiest way is to boot your Win7 repair disc and run repair three times (fixes the mbr, boot files, and bcd).
Test the changes - does the machine boot?
Then try the upgrade - launch setup on the install media from the running Windows.
I have some instructions, give me a little bit of time to find them and confirm that's what you need to do (too many partially complete instructions on my machine )
I'm wondering if the 2 MB of unallocated space on your drive is the real culprit. That would be a real shame if Windows saw that and thought it could use it - I don't know if that is the case though ... just a thought that occurred to me when I saw your disk schema.
I still have to look at your Speccy - there might be something there. I just wanted to let you know what I'm considering as of now.
Don't do anything mentioned in this post at this time. These are only an outline of tasks.
I'll post real instructions later
A quick look at Speccy ... the update section shows Windows 10 updates ??????
When was that reported generated?
WU won't offer Win10 updates to Windows 7.
You went back to Windows 7 - right?
It might be better to run Speccy again to make sure.
Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs
Your BIOS is 213, but the date doesn't match Asus support - not sure that matters as much as the version though.
To eliminate all hardware driver issues - use the Asus Live update utility (if you already have the version on your machine, no need to download it). It's a zip file, so you'll have to extract the contents, install the utility, and run it.
Description: ASUS Live Update Utility
File Size: 3.69 MBytes
Download from: Global
Asus reference: U56E | Notebooks | ASUS Global
Aside from that, there were some issues with battery in the Preview. I noticed yours is 86% and the AC is not connected.
The solution in those cases were to power off the machine, remove the battery, connect the AC power and restart the machine on AC power without the battery. I don't know if 86% is a threshold that might trigger this anomaly, or if the issue exists in the Retail version, but it's an easy test and worth a shot.
The only real drawback is that to test these things requires you to attempt the upgrade - that takes time to do and time to recover if it fails.
Here's what I suggest to minimize the time
- Make sure the drivers are up-to-date
- run the Asus Live update utility
if a driver is offered - install it
restart your machine
- turn on Device installation settings in Windows
Control Panel > Devices and printers - right click the computer icon and select Device installation settings
- pick Yes, do this automatically
Then manually run Windows Update and look in the Optional section (device drivers are in this section)
select any drivers that are offered, install them and
restart the machine
- Launch Disk Management
pick the 2 MB of unallocated space
create a simple volume and format in the process (NTFS is fine - this exercise is only to eliminate the unallocated space)
- Power off the machine, remove teh battery
Connect the AC power
Power up the machine
If you have any questions, ask away.
When all of the above is completed, try running setup on the install media when booted to Windows 7.
Seems like we are out of sync, I have Windows 10 downloaded now because I finally got a good ISO to download . Problem is it will not activate even though I had Win 10 installed successfully through Windows update notification .
I even checked in command prompt to see if it was permanently activated and it was but now it won't activate , annoying as hell.
Here is a new Speccy:
You went back to Windows 7 - right?
It might take a few days for it to activate.
With all of the gyrations this process put you through, the servers might be confused too
If it doesn't activate by Monday evening (four days from now) - then there is an issue. The free offer is for a year, so even if you have to roll back to Win7 and got through the upgrade process again (not the best choice, I know) there is plenty of time.
As soon as i upgraded to 10 for a second time i deleted all 7 files again because i never planned to go back to 7 . I did a Win 10 clean install the way i use to do Win 7 clean installs ( about the same ) but just avoided putting in any product keys (since i don't have any product keys for 10 which is a pretty good reason) , at least i think it is.
I thought Win 10 would activate instantly after it was up and running and thats not the case. Never heard of waiting a few days for activation but i guess Mr. Activation is older now and gets a little lazy like the rest of us, i suppose i can overlook his laziness but if i have to wait longer than a few days i will kick a_ _ because there's no excuse for me to wait longer than that .
I will pummel him about the face and head area for a good 15 to 20 minutes and if that doesn't get his a_ _ in gear i have no issues with slow dismemberment and discarding his remains in an abandoned mine shaft .
I'm a very level headed and reasonable person though and would much prefer a simple yet powerful blow to the head for a quick dispatch but not taking dismemberment off the table yet.
Oh by the way , you have been exceptionally helpful and your efforts are not going unnoticed , thank you so much for taking the time with this stuff.
This is probably where I got lost:
As soon as i upgraded to 10 for a second time i deleted all 7 files again because i never planned to go back to 7.
I did a Win 10 clean install the way i use to do Win 7 clean installs ( about the same ) but just avoided putting in any product keys (since i don't have any product keys for 10 which is a pretty good reason) , at least i think it is.
Yeah, not having a key is a good reason not to enter one. Some people entered the Preview key or their existing OS key - both were wrong choices.
Everyone expects instant gratification these days fred. On 29 July when systems weren't activating, someone came up with a script to try activating every second - this just compounded the problem as more and more people discovered the script, imagine 1 million people trying to activate every second - I'm surprised the Servers didn't burst into flames or the Internet didn't collapse.
I agree - wait no more than a couple of days (a few = 3 ) Then I'd Contact Support though the app of the same name.
This Win10 roll out was a massive undertaking of unprecedented proportions - everything was new - the distribution, the upgrade process, the activation technologies. There are issue, but on a scale of it, things went fairly well. I know that doesn't help those who are experiencing the issues, but give it a little bit of time.
I enjoyed your characterization of the battle that might come.
What I learn by helping other members are ways to help other member experiencing similar issues on their machines. Many members often stick around and in turn help other members.
You are most welcome fred.