Upgraded from Win 7. This is the first MS OS update I have ever done as an upgrade. All other prior moves were clean installs all the way back to Windows 3.1. This has actually gone fairly well. Just a few little things but most seem related to the graphics drivers. I do see some folder permission issues that some apps have given that the OS forced me into using my LIVE account as the user on my PC.
- create a Windows 10 installation USB stick or burn it to DVD
- disconnect all your harddisk in the PC
- only connect the spare harddisk
- clean install your Windows 7 on this disk with the key you own
- no need to install any updates ! (takes so much time)
- run the setup.exe from the Windows 10 USB stick / DVD you made
- When this clean Windows 10 is running use Produkey to find your Windows 10 key and write down this key.
- Disconnect the spare harddisk
- reconnect all your normal harddisks
- activate with the key you just got
This procedure works for me :-)
Preview build previous to upgrade
Upgraded from 8.1
In-place Upgrade (to repair issues with the clean install from July 29th)
I upgraded from 8.1 on day one and everything has been fine so I see no need to do a clean install.
BTW: the key that fakemoustache mentioned for Windows 10 is the exact same key that millions of people have gotten when they upgraded. It's useless. Windows 10 will activate either when a purchased retail key is entered - or when it finds your hardware ID previously activated from an upgrade on the Microsoft activation servers.
I'm a non savvy senior and Must have done something wrong. My Windows 7 Pro desktop had two HDD's. One was formatted the other boot drive. I received the free upgrade invitation and when ready I installed it. Windows 10 got properly installed, but three observations. (1) The apps do not work (2) Both HDD's boot to Windows 10 (Is it because the Bios designate the 2 HDD's as Raid 0 and Raid 1?) (3) I am being asked to activate Windows 10. Confused. I have a Windows 8.1 mini media center PC and it upgraded without asking me to activate.
What sort of mess am I in? or is there something I can do short of paying for a retail license? I ran an app that tells me the Product numbers for my Apps. It came up with a product number for my Windows 10 Pro. Can I use this for activating my Windows 10 OS?
Any guidance on recovering in a timely way, as I assume there is an activation deadline. Thanks
I did 4 ea. desktops, W7 -> W10 home,
1ea notebook, W7 Pro -> W10 Pro.
No problems/troubles/show stoppers overall. On 1 pc, I stripped out a video card & reverted to the mb Intel graphics. I did have images of all the hd's, just in case.