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  1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       31 Jul 2016 #1

    Failed 7-to-10 Upgrade Attempt — Still Salvageable ?


    At around 23:22 EST on Friday, July 29th, I began the subject upgrade process, assuming I'd be able to “slide in under the deadline wire.” And perhaps I did . . . or could have. But somewhere along the line, something seems to have gone wrong. And I think it's probably my own darn fault — perhaps, what I deserve for being such a chicken s#%t and putting this off to the last possible minute. I was about to throw in the towel altogether when it occurred to me the situation may still be salvageable.

    To explain . . . After beginning the process at 23:22, the regular Windows Update dialogue window opened, telling me that it was downloading the upgrade code. Some 80 minutes later (now, around 00:40 EST on Saturday, July 30), I was presented with a dialogue saying that the process was ready to begin the installation and the choice to begin immediately or schedule it to occur sometime over the next several days.

    This is probably where my mistakes began . . . As mentioned, it was now going on one o'clock in the morning. At some point during the preceding 80 minutes, whatever energy and mental acuity I had going for me at 23:22 had since departed. So, I decided to put off any further action until after I'd gotten some sleep. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get back to the upgrade process until much later; i.e., Saturday evening. I'm not sure about this, but I think at some point in the interim, I had closed the Windows Update dialogue window (…and this may be where I specifically went wrong).

    In any event, when I went back to the ready-to-install dialogue and selected the option to install now (as opposed to a scheduled later time), I was presented once again with the familiar Windows Update dialogue window — this time with the {!} Restart your computer to install important updates displayed. So, I clicked the [·Restart now·] button and upon completion of the reboot process, the Windows Update dialogue window re-appeared — again with the {!} Restart your computer… message/prompt displayed. So, I repeated the reboot a couple more times before concluding that I'd gotten stuck in some kind of loop.
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    ### Relevant aside ### : I've embarked on this upgrade using more or less the approach outlined in posts 11 & 12 in this thread.
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    It was at this juncture that I was about to just forget about the free upgrade and restore the (pre-download) back-up image of my boot partition. But when I opened Macrium Reflect to begin the restore operation, it occurred to me to check the before-and-after sizes of my boot partition. Sure enough, there was enough (? : 6.95·GB) of a difference to confirm that the Windows 10 install code had been successfully downloaded. Confirming this (if, indeed it is confirmed) made me reconsider my decision to just forget about the upgrade. Perhaps, everything I need to proceed is already on my hard drive and all I need to do is find out how to jump start a resumption of the install process.

    So all of the preceding (hopefully, helpful background) info boils down to this question: Is there a way for me to effectively restart the upgrade installation process?

    I know this was more than a tad bit long-winded, so thanks for your patience . . . and thanks ahead of time for whatever guidance you may be able to provide.

    —Thri
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  2. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,142
    W10Prox64
       31 Jul 2016 #2

    Worth a shot, as long as you have a complete image to restore if things don't work out.

    Check in your C drive, with Hidden Items displayed, looking for C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources
    See if you have an install.esd file. If so, you can copy the esd file to another folder and create a W10 ISO from it using this tutorial.

    ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File - Windows 10 Forums

    Once the ISO is created, use 7-zip to mount the ISO, and run setup.exe from within your W7 OS. The upgrade will proceed from there.

    You can read the tutorial here and watch the video starting at about 22:00 to see how to mount the ISO using 7-zip.
    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

    The only issue is whether the system will be activated once W10 is installed. It's pretty far past the deadline, but some people were reporting activations earlier today.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       01 Aug 2016 #3

    simrick said: View Post
    … Check in your C drive, with Hidden Items displayed, looking for C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources • See if you have an install.esd file. If so, you can copy the esd file to another folder and create a W10 ISO from it using this tutorial. …
    simrick—

    Thanks for your help. Unfortunately, I think I may be SOL. Here's a directory listing for {…~BT}:
    _________________________________________
    Volume in drive K is System
    Volume Serial Number is 6373-3030

    Directory of K:\$WINDOWS.~BT

    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> .
    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> ..
    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> Sources
    0 File(s) 0 bytes

    Directory of K:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources

    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> .
    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> ..
    2016.0731 0104 <DIR> SafeOS
    0 File(s) 0 bytes

    Directory of K:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\SafeOS

    2016.0731 0104 <DIR> .
    2016.0731 0104 <DIR> ..
    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> SafeOS.Mount
    2016.0730 0129 305,204,925 winre.wim
    1 File(s) 305,204,925 bytes

    Directory of K:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\SafeOS\SafeOS.Mount

    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> .
    2016.0731 0105 <DIR> ..
    0 File(s) 0 bytes

    Total Files Listed:
    1 File(s) 305,204,925 bytes
    11 Dir(s) 36,078,227,456 bytes free
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    It looks like the only file I have is <winre.wim> and it's only about 291MB.

    What say thee?

    Thanks again for your help.

    —Thri
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    PS - Subsequent to my original post, I began to suspect that the difference in the before-and-after partition sizes had more to do with my Macrium Reflect operations than anything else.
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  4. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,142
    W10Prox64
       01 Aug 2016 #4

    That doesn't look good.
    You could try using the Media Creation Tool.
    Windows 10
    Again, not sure you will activate since it's so far past the deadline.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       01 Aug 2016 #5

    simrick said: View Post
    That doesn't look good. You could try using the Media Creation Tool: Windows. Again, not sure you will activate since it's so far past the deadline.
    Thanks. I shall explore. —Thri
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  6. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,142
    W10Prox64
       01 Aug 2016 #6

    thricipio said: View Post
    Thanks. I shall explore. —Thri
    Yes, please report back what happens. Will be interesting to know.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       01 Aug 2016 #7

    simrick said: View Post
    Yes, please report back what happens. Will be interesting to know.
    Will do. Thanks again for your help. —Thri
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,520
    Windows 10 Pro
       01 Aug 2016 #8

    Don't shoot the messenger now but terms of free upgrade were clear: Windows 10 must be installed and activated before the deadline. You had already missed it when you started, 38 minutes is in most case not enough to upgrade from Windows 7.

    Prepare to pay for your Windows 10 license.
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  9. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,142
    W10Prox64
       01 Aug 2016 #9

    thricipio said: View Post
    Will do. Thanks again for your help. —Thri
    It appears the rumor is true-the upgrade has been extended:
    Definitive Answer: Is the free upgrade really expired? - Windows 10 Forums
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  10. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 15
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       02 Aug 2016 #10

    simrick said: View Post
    It appears the rumor is true-the upgrade has been extended: Definitive Answer: Is the free upgrade really expired? - Windows 10 Forums
    simrick— Thanks for the info. I've followed the links and learned two things: (1) there's a report that someone at MS has stated that the available method for the extended upgrade window will be disabled within the next couple weeks; (2) there seems to be some spirited discussion regarding the ethics of using this method if one doesn't, in fact, qualify in terms of being a member of a user population with a legitimate need. Personally, I'm a bit ambivalent about these arguments, but in my case, were I to use this method, I could easily justify it predicated on the fact that, albeit at the proverbial "last minute," I did in fact begin the upgrade on July 29th. In any event, for now, I've decided to just stick with using Windows 7. Thanks again for this update, and for your previous suggestions. —Thri
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