Windows 10: Upgrade Windows 7 to 10 Error 0x8007001f

  1.    31 Mar 2018 #1

    Upgrade Windows 7 to 10 Error 0x8007001f

    Hi Folks

    I've been trying to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for the last 2 weeks but to no avail. I will summarise below what I have tried to date. I purchased a Windows 10 Pro licence for this. I have tried to follow all of the various tips out there but I'm beginning to feel defeated.

    I would really appreciate if someone could help me understand better how to get around these errors. Last one was error code 0x8007001f but I believe this is a generic code.

    I would rather stick with windows 7 than go through a clean install. Aim of this is to do an upgrade install.7

    Preparation I have done before attempting the install:
    1. Uninstalled all external anti-virus software
    2. Placed PC in safe boot disabling all non-microsoft services
    3. Installed all recommended windows updates
    4. Run sfc /scannow with no errors
    5. Run windows installer cleanup utility with no errors
    6. Removed and deleted other user accounts on the PC
    7. After each attempted install, removed $WINDOWS.~BT, $GetCurrent and Software Distribution folders.
    8. Checked BIOS - have current version
    9. All drivers running current version
    10. Removed all external devices

    I have attempted to install via the following means:

    - Windows 10 Update assistant
    - ISO mounted to usb using media creation tool

    I would really appreciate any help you could give, as it's really starting to frustrate me.
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  2. Tews's Avatar
    Posts : 190
    Windows 10 Technical Preview x64
       31 Mar 2018 #2


    Unless you have a program(s) that you have to have, I would strongly suggest that you do a clean install... Doing an update from W7 to 10 is going to be problematic at best and impossible at worst.. Bite the bullet, do a clean install...

    Welcome to 10 Forums!
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  3.    31 Mar 2018 #3

    Are you updating to the right version ie pro home 32bit 64 bit are you using the latest iso and you are running in normal mode not safe mode and have you got plenty of disk space free
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  4. Posts : 20,885
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       31 Mar 2018 #4

    Open administrative command prompt and type or copy and paste:

    Open file explorer > this PC > C: > in the right upper corner search for:
    c:\setupdiag\results.log > post a share link into the thread

    Run the beta log collector and post a zip into this thread:
    log collector
    (extract > open)

    Run through this Upgrade checklist:

    Run through this check list before the next upgrade attempt:

    1) remove nonessential hardware
    USB devices
    bluetoot devices
    USB drives (other than a windows 10 iso if used for the upgrade)
    USB Wireless Mouse or Keyboard Receiver, USB Wireless Network Card,

    2) These should be the only attached devices:
    wired mouse
    wired keyboard

    Any of these that have been done in the past week are not necessary to repeat:

    3) open administrative command prompt and type or copy and paste: (repair file system)
    chkdsk /x /f /r
    This may take many hours so plan to run overnight
    Find the chkdsk report in the event viewer using the information in this link and post into the thread:
    Read Chkdsk Log in Event Viewer in Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
    Read Chkdsk Log in Event Viewer in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials

    4) open administrative command prompt and copy and paste: (repair operating system)
    sfc /scannow
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    When these have completed > right click on the top bar or title bar of the administrative command prompt box > left click on edit then select all > right click on the top bar again > left click on edit then copy > paste into the thread

    5) update windows (have all recommended updates installed) and reboot after updates

    6) uninstall all non-Microsoft antivirus software
    (This includes always on and manual software.)

    7) Verify that the drive has > 27 GB free space (At least 25 GB is needed for creating dumps)

    8) Place the computer in clean boot:
    How to perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki

    9) Remove all unused SATA devices

    10) Uninstall non-Microsoft disk encryption software

    11) Run disk cleanup to clean temporary and system files

    12) 1. Browse to "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download" and delete the contents of the folder.
    2. Press Windows key + X > Click Command Prompt (Admin) then type "wuauclt.exe /updatenow".
    Hit Enter
    3. Open Control Panel > Windows Update and Windows 10 should begin downloading
    Script Reset Windows Update Agent

    13) Delete the folder $WINDOWS.~BT

    Open disk management > post an image into the thread after widening these 2 columns: status and volume
    Make sure that the text in each row is in full view and nothing is cutoff:
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 Tutorials

    Download and install: Minitool partition Wizard:
    MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition - Free download and software reviews - CNET
    Post an image into the thread

    When chkdsk /x /f /r C: is run overnight find the results in the event viewer using the information in this link:
    Read Chkdsk Log in Event Viewer in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials

    C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk /x /f /r
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Cannot lock current drive.

    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
    process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
    checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

    Type: Y
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  5.    31 Mar 2018 #5

    I have to agree with @Tews

    All my upgrades (even those that were initially fine ) went tits-up eventually.
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  6.    01 Apr 2018 #6

    Thanks for the feedback folks. Like I said, clean install is my least favourite option, even though I fully realise and appreciate the benefits. I do have some software which really is just too difficult to start from scratch with.


    I've attached the info you listed.
    Upgrade Windows 7 to 10 Error 0x8007001f Attached Files
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  7.    01 Apr 2018 #7

    Screenshots of partitions and sfc/scannow results.
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  8. topgundcp's Avatar
    Posts : 2,438
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       01 Apr 2018 #8

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    The partition layout of disk 0 (shown as disk 1 in Partition Manager) is non standard and was customized by the manufacturer. A normal Win 7 installation will have a layout:
    1. 100MB System Reserved, NTFS format and marked as Active
    2. C drive.

    A normal Windows 10 installation will have:
    1. 550MB Reserved partition, NTFS format and marked as Active
    2. C drive.

    Since you know how to use Minitool Partition Manager. Suggest to use it:
    1. Create a bootable installation USB from the Windows ISO using: Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
    2. Delete the 1st 2 partitions (102MB, 15GB) then create a 550MB partition, format as NTFS, label "System Reserved", assign a letter R, mark as Active
    3. Move C drive next to the newly created 550MB. should look like the screen shot below, note H: drive should be C: in your case:
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    4. Boot up the USB created in step 1, on the first screen, press SHIFT+F10 to open the Admin command prompt then type:
      bcdboot C:\Windows /s R: /f BIOS =====> This will create the BCD to boot Windows and store in R: (550MB partition)
    5. Reboot the PC then try to upgrade again

    NOTE: It is advisable to create a backup image of the whole disk 0, just in case anything goes wrong then you can restore back before making any modification.
    To create a backup image Use:
    Macrium Reflect Free Edition x64
    Macrium Reflect Free Edition x86
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  9. Posts : 20,885
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       01 Apr 2018 #9

    Your report shows that you are using improperly activated software.
    This forum's Rules clearly state that help will not be provided to those using Non genuine software installations.

    Rule 4
    No piracy or discussion of piracy allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations (e.g. downloading youtube videos locally etc) - it is forum policy that no help shall be given to people who knowingly steal software or services.

    One of the main reasons for this is that the act of pirating the software will inevitably change the working of the software and make investigation and repair impossible. Please install a legitimate copy of the software and if you are still experiencing the issue we will be pleased to assist - No further assistance will be provided until we are satisfied that the software is genuine.

    No help will be provided whilst piracy is present.
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