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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro
       30 Aug 2015 #1

    Problem with installing W10


    Hi

    I'm having problems with installing W10.

    First of all, for some reason, I'm still waiting for the upgrade to commense automatically.

    When checking the PC, via the installation tool, I'm told that there's a problem with the driver for the network card.
    Maybe this is why the installation dosn't autmatically start.
    I have been in contact with Asus support, which says that they are not shure wether a W10 driver will be created for this 2-3 year old motherboard ...
    Do you think there's a generic driver which will work?

    Second, when running the 'MediaCreationToolx64.exe', where I can choose to upgrade or create an installation media, this fails, telling me that the reserved system partition coundn't be reserved. Click image for larger version. 

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    But as you can see, eventhough it's in Danish, there's lots of free space on the SSD. Click image for larger version. 

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    Any ideas for a solution for these problems, would be greately appreciated.

    Thanks
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 84
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       30 Aug 2015 #2

    Your System Reserved partition is separate from the partition that is your C: drive, so it doesn't matter how much free space you have on C:.

    I'd be very surprised if there isn't a driver packaged with Windows 10 that won't work with your network card. I've seen Windows 10 work perfectly on machines that were much older than yours.

    The error message that says it can't update your System Reserved partition is a new one to me. It looks like your only course for updating to Windows 10 will be to fix that issue by doing a complete reinstall of Windows 7.

    1. Get a copy of all of your data. That means documents, music, pictures, and anything else you want to keep.
    2. Start the Windows 7 install by booting from your install DVD. Delete all partitions during the install.
    3. Make 100% sure Windows 7 is activated with Microsoft.
    4 Use the Media Creation Tool to make a Windows 10 install DVD or USB flash drive. Make sure the Win10 install you make matches the Windows 7 install. 32/64-bit and Home/Pro.
    5. Run the Setup on the Windows 10 install media to start the in-place upgrade to Windows 10.
    6. After the Windows 10 upgrade is finished, make 100% sure that Windows 10 is activated with Microsoft.
    7. Boot to the Windows 10 install DVD/USB flash drive. During the install delete all of the partitions. Do not enter any Product Keys during the Windows 10 re-install. Just click Skip.
    8. After Windows 10 has done the fresh re-install, check to make sure it's activated with Microsoft.
    9. Copy your data back to Windows 10.
    10. Enjoy your completely stable, fast, and bug-free install of Windows 10.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro
       30 Aug 2015 #3

    Hi
    I really appreciate your help.

    Just a few follow up questions:

    I have prioritized to install the software I use on an other physical harddrive.
    Is there anyway to back up the settings, so I can continue using these settings, after having done all this?

    -and why do you recommend that I reinstall W10, once again after the first installation? -is it to get a completely fresh install??
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 84
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       30 Aug 2015 #4

    Sredna said: View Post
    Hi
    I really appreciate your help.

    Just a few follow up questions:

    I have prioritized to install the software I use on an other physical harddrive.
    Is there anyway to back up the settings, so I can continue using these settings, after having done all this?

    -and why do you recommend that I reinstall W10, once again after the first installation? -is it to get a completely fresh install??
    Yes. A completely fresh install is the best way to get a fast, trouble-free install. Since you're going to have to wipe out your existing install of Windows 7 anyway you might as well take the little bit of extra time to get a completely fresh install of Windows 10. You have to do an in-place upgrade from 7(also 8.1) to 10 get the free upgrade, but after that you can do a fresh reinstall of Windows 10. That's why I said to reinstall Windows 7.

    If I understand your first question, you can't keep the software you've installed on that other physical hard drive. You'll need to reinstall all of those software packages after you get the fresh reinstall of Windows 10 working. You should also wipe out all of that so you can start your software reinstalls fresh as well. This is a long process, but you'll be very happy with how well your system runs once you get to back the way you like it.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro
       30 Aug 2015 #5

    Ok, thank you for your help.

    Have a nice day
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  6. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 841
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       30 Aug 2015 #6

    It looks like your only course for updating to Windows 10 will be to fix that issue by doing a complete reinstall of Windows 7.
    A complete reinstall of Win7, to a blank drive, will recreate the current 100MB System Reserved partition -- it does that by default when installing to a blank drive. There's no reason to believe that the new System Reserved partition is going to be any different than the existing System Reserved partition.

    What a clean install does do, which might solve the problem, is install a new set of drivers and only the default apps that come with MS WIndows. In some cases, drivers and/or apps have caused problems with the Win10 Upgrade.

    However, BEFORE you do this, you need to do the following:
    1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR) on your PC
    2) Use the MR option to create an image backup of your install, being sure to include the System Reserved partition, to an external drive
    3) Use the MR option to create a boot USB stick or CD.

    NOW, you have a way to restore your working system -- should anything go wrong during the Upgrade, or if you find you simply don't like it and want to return to your current working system.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 84
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       30 Aug 2015 #7

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    A complete reinstall of Win7, to a blank drive, will recreate the current 100MB System Reserved partition -- it does that by default when installing to a blank drive. There's no reason to believe that the new System Reserved partition is going to be any different than the existing System Reserved partition.
    The error message he's getting makes it sound like he has something wrong with his existing System Reserved partition, not a driver/app problem. Wiping out all partitions and letting the Windows 7 install recreate this partition should fix the problem.
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  8. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,358
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       30 Aug 2015 #8

    The Reserve partition needs to be at least 350MB. The installer should handle this but doesn't.
    Some people have fixed this problem using EaseUS Partition Manager to shrink the OS drive and expand the Reserve partition. Can;t be done using Disk Management.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 841
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       30 Aug 2015 #9

    Ztruker said: View Post
    The Reserve partition needs to be at least 350MB.
    That's generally true, but as with nearly everything else associated with the Win10 Upgrade, it's not always the case. I thought it was always the problem until after I visited the HP Support forums and found out that lots of other folks with Win7 machines with the existing 100MB System Reserved partitions upgraded without problem.
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  10. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,358
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       30 Aug 2015 #10

    Hmmm, would that be because to 100MB partition was not set as active and the boot files were actually in the OS partition?

    If so that might work as a fix too, transfer the boot files to the OS partition and mark it as active and not the reserve partition.
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