Windows 10: Problem with desktop screen Solved

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    7 and 10 on various machines
    Thread Starter
       13 Jun 2016 #11

    Thanks Bill I might have to just try that I am right now installing a bare bones 7 Pro to do just that.

    Problem is now for three months the national broadband provider has been just a nightmare of dropouts leaving me to rely at times on my expensive pre paid modem. My only alternative is to upgrade the original 7 Pro install spinner I suppose
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       13 Jun 2016 #12

    I'm sorry if I misled you, the post didn't mean to reinstall Win7 - it meant try upgrading the Win10 Home to Win10 Pro using the Win10 default key.

    Then Pro is on the machine, you would activate it using your Win7 Pro key.

    And yes, it has been a long time mate
    Hope things are well with you
    - don't ask me that question though, things were better before the stroke.
    Can't complain too much ... does no good - only time and effort help.
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  3. Posts : 525
    7 and 10 on various machines
    Thread Starter
       13 Jun 2016 #13

    ThanksBill right now I have installed the bare bones and found a link toupgrade it even without having to do all those updates for 7. Theupgrade is almost done and if this doesn't work I will try theother method.

    Ithink what did throw me a bit was that ther eare two clean installtutorials and I was n't real sure of which one to use and it wasthose missing points during the clean install.

    WellI spoke too soon it got to 95% and the broadband dropped out yetagain. So I shall have to clean the drive yet again and start formscractch using that first activation key the use the 7 Pro key afterthat .

    Honestlymate the broadband is a nightmare out where we live at the moment I'dgive anything for a decent connection.

    NowI shall PM you too.
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  4. Posts : 525
    7 and 10 on various machines
    Thread Starter
       14 Jun 2016 #14

    Ok I have given up I installed 7 Pro again and had endless problems with updates and then used the upgrade feature I had pop up it got to 99% and then just stopped.

    I am trying to install the 10 onto a cleaned disk now and then use that initial activation key then try the 7 Pro key afterwards if that doesn't work then it is back to the drawing board - what a waste of a day. I just don't know what to do now if the thing doesn't activate with the 7 Pro key - extremely frustrating.
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  5.    14 Jun 2016 #15

    Is there someone that can just give you/send you a good and verified Windows 10 USB flash drive or DVD to use?

    Also, what computer are you using to post here with and what version of Windows does it have on it?
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  6. Posts : 525
    7 and 10 on various machines
    Thread Starter
       14 Jun 2016 #16

    Hello Navy mate I had no trouble with my other machines - two in fact both had unallocated drives installed and the media worked perfectly so I don't think it is the media.

    It goes through the process reasonably quickly which is a blessing but I just don't get the option to pick Home or Pro versions and having the machine originally come with 7 Pro I just don't understand that as I used exactly the same method on them as this machine - that is what I just don't understand. It is almost like the old 7 install setup where it asks for a user name and password something I don't remember having to do as I had to use my Microsoft account to login ??

    The machine I am on right now has 7 Pro on it and I use it to clean the drive each time I have to install again is a new Asus the same brand as the machine I am trying to install on. Both machines are not that old the G750JM about a year old and this one a few months. The latest ISO I downloaded I did on this machine the P2520 and made a stick as well as the disk both I made sure would be verified by the burning software but each install went the same way.

    I am at the moment trying one last time and will try the activation code that Bill quoted then after that try the 7 Pro when changing the key.

    Anyway it has installed the same way again and I shall try using that key Bill quoted form one of your posts. Have just checked the activation and it is still the Home version ad it is telling me it is activated which is where I entered the 7 Pro key last time when changing product key and it told me it was not valid which I know it is because that is what I activated 7 Pro earlier with.

    If it makes any difference those other machines I did upgrade while 7 was still on them so I might still do another bare bones 7 Pro install if this doesn't work and install over them - any suggestions please as I am just about witless. My problem is that 7 takes so long to install compared to 10.
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  7. Posts : 525
    7 and 10 on various machines
    Thread Starter
       14 Jun 2016 #17

    Update have just reinstalled 10 and changed the product key using that generic key and the Home went to Pro. So have made some progress the only thing is my 7 Pro key didn't get through because of some problem with the Microsoft servers.
    But at least the install is now ready to go.

    Thanks for all the help from everyone I'm sure I will hit some minor hiccups and in the end the naswer was just a couple of key strokes away from me all the time.
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    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       14 Jun 2016 #18

    ICIT2LOL said: View Post
    Update have just reinstalled 10 and changed the product key using that generic key and the Home went to Pro. So have made some progress the only thing is my 7 Pro key didn't get through because of some problem with the Microsoft servers.
    But at least the install is now ready to go.

    Thanks for all the help from everyone I'm sure I will hit some minor hiccups and in the end the naswer was just a couple of key strokes away from me all the time.
    You're probably going to have to call MS to get it activated.

    My guess is that the digital entitlement on the MS servers are stuck with the Home edition. Don't have a clue why - maybe because of the original problems when you first attempted the upgrade... who knows?

    See what Showkey, winver, (Command Prompt (Admin)) slmgr /dlv, and slmgr /dli tell you.
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  9.    14 Jun 2016 #19

    If you are using an old USB flash drive, you probably installed build 10240 of Windows 10 and that would explain EVERYTHING. Build 10240 had different ISO's for Home and Pro - but build 10586 combined Home and Pro together. Build 10240 will not accept Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 product keys manually entered for activation, build 10586 will.
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  10. Posts : 525
    7 and 10 on various machines
    Thread Starter
       15 Jun 2016 #20

    No actually I was using the latest ISO that I downloaded fresh from the link in the tutorial "Clean install without having to upgrade"- which took me to another tutorial on how to download the ISO and then onto Microsoft tech bench - on that stick and to be honest I have never liked using sticks for this stuff. The install build I think is that 10586 or something I am not in front of that machine right now but will check tomorrow morning.

    I eventually ended up burning the ISO download to a disk as well and using it to install from.

    Everything seems to be going ok right now and I have installed some of my usual programs including my Kaspersky AV and email I didn't remember to recheck using the 7 Pro the activation key this morning but will do tomorrow.

    If by any chance I do not have the right build I might have to contact Microsoft and see what I can do or maybe I shall have to start all over again. My problem is there seems to be a lot of different tutorials on installing 10 which I find a bit confusing.
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