Windows 10: W10 Reformats hard drive and reinstalls at least twice a day

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  1.    19 Apr 2016 #1

    W10 Reformats hard drive and reinstalls at least twice a day


    I upgraded to W10 from W7 several months ago. In the succeeding week, W10 reconfigured my hard drive at least twice a day and, in the process, deleted all my files. Fortunately, I had a backup, but I replaced W10 with W8 and have had no problems since. I don't care to try W10 again.
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  2.    19 Apr 2016 #2

    That's a pretty cool story.

    So what was the issue that you came to the volunteer general support forum for?
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  3.    19 Apr 2016 #3

    I guess Microsoft didn't share your taste in music.
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  4.    19 Apr 2016 #4

    Hydranix said: View Post
    That's a pretty cool story.

    So what was the issue that you came to the volunteer general support forum for?
    I tried to contact Microsoft back then about the problems, but didn't find this forum. Then today I got another popup, a somewhat more insistent one urging me to upgrade now or postpone, so I thought I'd post my experience and see if I was alone or if someone might have an idea what the problem was.
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  5.    19 Apr 2016 #5

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I guess Microsoft didn't share your taste in music.
    Probably true. Would that it were as simple as that.
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  6.    19 Apr 2016 #6

    All kidding aside, I can say that W7 upgrades to W10 tend to have a lot of problems that are cured with a clean install (Not so much with Windows 8 upgrades). I have never seen what you've described though.
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       19 Apr 2016 #7

    I've done nearly 30 Upgrades from both Win7 w/SP1 and Win8.1 without problem but will admit to getting the machines fully up-to-date and ran full antivirus and antimalware programs to assure they were as clean as possible.
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  •    19 Apr 2016 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I guess Microsoft didn't share your taste in music.

    But it left the Police's "Ghost in the Machine" album alone ... too Spooky !
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  •    20 Apr 2016 #9

    Berton said: View Post
    I've done nearly 30 Upgrades from both Win7 w/SP1 and Win8.1 without problem but will admit to getting the machines fully up-to-date and ran full antivirus and antimalware programs to assure they were as clean as possible.
    Hi there
    I must have done fairly similar too -- the VL license keys I got from the old TECHNET subscription are still valid and work for the upgrades. I've also installed into VM's running on both Windows and Linux hosts using vmware workstation and KVM (Hypervisor on Linux rather like Windows HYPER-V).

    Can't say I've ever had any instability problem with any W10 upgrade I've done.

    I've torn (what little I have left) my hair out with the randomness of Windows Networking at times - but that's par for the course with Windows -- a quick glance at the networking section on this Forum should just show people that Ms needs to work considerably on that area.

    I've never on any version of Windows seen a request to format an HDD other than at initial install time unless you specifically request a reset Windows.

    Cheers
    jimbo.
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  •    20 Apr 2016 #10

    hstahlke said: View Post
    I don't care to try W10 again.
    That's a shame, because your issue wasn't Windows 10. Again, not to sound like a broken record, but if Windows 10 was broken, we'd all have the issue or issues. Reconfiguring your hard drives would require access to the system volume with Windows 10 running. If the drive was being reformatted, how was Windows 10 getting reinstalled? If you weren't doing this on purpose, then it sounds like some malware was causing you to lose files. Honestly, I don't know what to say, because the OS doesn't cause or have the ability to do what you've said was happening.

    If you got to the point of activating Windows 10, a clean install would solve the issue.
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