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  1.    31 Jul 2015 #21
    Join Date : Jan 2015
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    Win 10 Pro 64 bit

    Don't do everything over. I did the same as you. I upgraded from 8.1 pro. Used the Micro Media tool and downloaded the .iso. Used Rufus and did a clean install. Couldn't get it to activate but someone on this forum had a script (I believe) that I ran and it activated right away. Look for a thread called activation where everyone was having issues on day one. I can't remember the script right now.
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  2.    31 Jul 2015 #22
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    Oops.

    To get the free Win 10 upgrade to activate, it has to be installed as an upgrade over an installed, and activated, qualifying OS (7 SP1, 8.1). I believe that you also have to do the kind of upgrade that preserves files, settings, and applications (keep everything) to get 10 to activate.

    If that is done once, then you can use the free upgrade to clean install on the same hardware. No license key is needed, and you won't be given one.

    I hope that you can find a way to restore 8.1. (Did MSI include some sort of recovery disk? The laptop's manual mentions it as an option.)

    You could buy a key from the Microsoft store (in the USA, at least), but it ain't cheap.
    Yep, I upgraded first with no problem. Was running Win10 for two days before I decided to do a clean install.

    By the way, how did you know my laptop was an MSI laptop? :-)
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  3.    31 Jul 2015 #23
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Texas
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    Win 10 Pro 64 bit

    Did you find the thread I was talking about? Activated mine in a few seconds. It was on the 29th when tons had trouble activating their clean install after they upgraded.
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  4.    31 Jul 2015 #24
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by stealth2920 View Post
    Did you find the thread I was talking about? Activated mine in a few seconds. It was on the 29th when tons had trouble activating their clean install after they upgraded.
    I'll look now for this thread. Thanks!
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  5.    31 Jul 2015 #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javarox View Post
    I'll look now for this thread. Thanks!
    It was in the update and activation section
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  6.    31 Jul 2015 #26
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  7.    31 Jul 2015 #27
    Join Date : Feb 2015
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    Windows 10 Home Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Javarox View Post
    I'd love to roll back, but it appears that Windows 10 install overwrote my recovery partition and replaced it with a Windows 10 recovery partition.
    Blessed are the pessimists, for they shall make backups.

    Seriously, I would wait a day or so and see if Activation kicks in, as suggested by Mort. Otherwise I think that the only recourse you have is to call Microsoft and explain the situation.
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  8.    01 Aug 2015 #28
    Join Date : May 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javarox View Post
    Yep, I upgraded first with no problem. Was running Win10 for two days before I decided to do a clean install.

    By the way, how did you know my laptop was an MSI laptop? :-)
    I assumed that it was the laptop in your System Specs.
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  9.    01 Aug 2015 #29
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Germany
    Posts : 146
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit

    You did it all wrong, as simple as that. There is no need to do a clean install with Windows 10. Why? Because using the refresh mechanism is the same as a clean install. It was changed how it works compared to how it was in Windows 8.

    Not a lot of people know about this, and it was bad publicized by MS. If you use the refresh mechanism in Windows 10, it will kick in a clean install, without keeping anything, no own files, but more important, also no drivers. It will do the same things a clean install would have done, but with keeping your Windows 10 activated.

    The only disadvantage is, you have no option to change the partitions during install. So the best way, if you want to change partitions is:

    1.) Install Windows 7/8
    2.) During setup change partitions (keep boot and OEM partition) (or before setup) (optional)
    3.) activate Windows
    4.) Upgrade to Windows 10
    5.) Start refresh mechanism (keep nothing option)

    This also has the advantage, that you dont need a recovery partition anymore, as wanted by MS. So if your laptop or tablet came with a recovery parition, do the steps above, and youll have lots of more space afterwards.
    Last edited by mkdr; 01 Aug 2015 at 02:35.
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  10.    01 Aug 2015 #30
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10

    I am in exactly the same position as thread starter with a new MSI laptop & can't fix.

    Any help appreciated.
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