Windows 10 Upgrade

  1. Posts : 115
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with May 2020 update

    Windows 10 Upgrade

    I have been asked to upgrade a Lenovo desktop computer which is currently running W 10 version 1709. I want to upgrade to the latest version i. e. 1903. Do I have to progressively upgrade through the previous versions or can I go straight to 1903?
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  2. Posts : 25,110
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    You can jump straight to the latest version, 1903. No need for any intermediate steps.

    Bree said:
    ...At various times I have used the 1903 ISO made using the Media Creation Tool to perform a successful in-place upgrade to 1903 direct from 1507, 1511, 1709, 1803 and 1809 (the only reason 1607 & 1703 are missing from that list is that I haven't bothered to test them (yet)).

    Recently I tested the 1709 to 1903 upgrade here...
    Okay to skip older Feature updates and just install the latest?

    Before any significant upgrade I always recommend making a system image with something like Macrium Reflect Free, just in case.
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  3. Posts : 35,622
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Has build 1903 - or any other build- ever been offered via Windows Update for this PC? (Assuming WU is working...).

    if not, that could be because MS deems it incompatible with later builds.

    You don't state the exact model. Suggest you check on Lenovo's site and check for evidence of any such machines having been upgraded.

    Take due precautions, therefore, if you try the upgrade using an iso as Bree has mentioned, as this bypasses any checks by MS.
    Last edited by dalchina; 28 Sep 2019 at 12:46.
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  4. Posts : 39,997
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    Unless the end user had manually blocked upgrades it is likely that Windows had found problems which prevented the automatic upgrade to Windows 1803.

    It is not necessary to upgrade to each version.

    To improve the likelihood of success it may be useful to perform an in place upgrade repair using Windows 1709.
    Iso are available for free for the Windows version.

    This is a check list that you can run through to improve the likelihood of success with an upgrade.
    If these routine steps work then you are set.
    If the routine steps fail then the Panther logs can be scanned for possible specific troubleshooting steps.

    Run through this check list before the next upgrade attempt:
    1) remove nonessential hardware
    USB devices
    portable optical drives (CD, DVD)
    bluetooth devices
    USB drives (other than a windows 10 iso if used for the upgrade)
    USB Wireless Mouse or Keyboard Receiver, USB Wireless Network Card
    secondary monitors
    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 /r /v 
    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 
    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) List and uninstall all non-Microsoft antivirus software
    (This includes always on and manual software.)
    (This includes running the applicable antivirus uninstall tools for any AV that could have been incompletely uninstalled)
    7) List and uninstall all non-Microsoft firewall software
    8) List all Microsoft and non-Microsoft drive encryption software. 
    Uninstall all non-Microsoft disk encryption software
    9) Run disk cleanup to clean temporary and system files
    10) Verify that the drive has > 30 GB free space (At least 25 GB is needed for creating dumps)
    11) Place the computer in clean boot:
    How to perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki
    12) Detach all SATA devices other than the disk drive that has the Windows operating system
    (Make sure that the only disk drive that is attached to the computer at the time of the upgrade attempt is the disk drive containing Windows)
    (Other disk drives may be able to be detached by disconnecting cables or if necessary to remove the drive from the computer)
    13) Make sure that there is no metered connection:
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  5. Posts : 115
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with May 2020 update
    Thread Starter

    Hi All,
    Many thanks for all your replies. The computer is now happily running the latest version of W 10. I upgraded using Windows Upgrade Assistant and then saved the Media Creation tool to the hard drive rather than a USB pen drive as there was plenty of room on the hard drive. It all went very smoothly and I did not do any back ups before as there was virtually nothing that needed backing up. The whole process took about 2 to 3 hours which was quicker than my own computer. So there you have it job done perfectly.
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  6. Posts : 39,997
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit

    Glad to read that it was successful.
    You are welcome.
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