Cannot Install Win10 on older system

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    Cannot Install Win10 on older system

    So I have an older system that has a BIOS and not a UEFI. The mobo is an Asus P6T Deluxe v2 with an I7 920. Read at some places that they got Win10 installed on this board, but no clear guide on how they did it or if they ran in to any issues during install. Currently it has Win7 Pro installed.

    I used Rufus along with the Win10 1903 image and all went fine. When I booted the Win7 system with the thumb in a USB slot I went to the BIOS and selected the USB to boot from. All I get is the installation where it shows the Microsoft flag and that's it. Normally I would see below it the dots that go in a circle and then the installation questions begin. But here just the flag. I left the system like this and came back 8 hours later and still like this. So digging around I saw a part about turning off the vt in the BIOS so I did that, but same thing. I tried different versions of Rufus and still same thing.

    Coming here to see what else I can try or what I may have missed.

    Thank you
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  2. Posts : 6,963
    windows 10

    The simple way is goto the media creation tool web page but update and do it that way. If there is a problem it will tell you
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  3. Posts : 35,412
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Are you trying to do a clean install (deleting all your existing Windows partitions) or are you trying to upgrade manually?

    The first requires you create a bootable medium, and boot from that- losing all programs and any data on your system partition. As Samuria said, Google Microsoft Media Creation tool and use that to obtain a reliable iso or bootable disk as you choose.
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

    The second requires you log in, then upgrade. Upgrading only needs you to download an iso file.
    Upgrade to Windows 10

    Assuming your Windows update is working, have you ever received a prompt to upgrade to Win 10? If not, that indicates your system is not compatible.

    Before attempting such a change, consider making a disk image of your existing system. That way, if you clean install to your existing system disk, you can recover any files you need from the image file.

    E.g. Macrium Reflect (free/paid) + external storage for image files.
    It is equally important to create an image before attempting to upgrade. Things can go horribly wrong.

    If you have a spare disk you could try installing Win 10 using that in place of your existing system disk, of course.

    useful tip for your MBO here:

    Note: upgrading any system for which drivers are not officially available for Win 10 is at your own risk, of course. Make sure your BIOS is fully up to date.
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    Thread Starter

    @ Samurai - I will try that @dalchina - yes. I already have a recent image as well as backed up all the data. I have a list of programs that I need to re-install once I get Wind10 on it. I was trying to do clean install which I normally do with O/S's, but in this case if the easier way is to do an upgrade then I can do that. I'll read up on the link

    Thank you everyone.
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  5. Posts : 6,963
    windows 10

    Its safer to do the upgrade if your having problems then if required once you know t works you can refresh to et a clean install or do clean install knowing it will work. If you update from 7 it keeps all your files and programs
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    Windows 11 Pro

    How were you going to activate the clean install of Windows 10?
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    Thread Starter

    OK, so strange things but working now. I read the links and I also remembered that uninstalling the A/V also helped so I did that. I did turn off the VT-d, but still did not work. I kept looking around and I found a note from my archives where this happened to me once with Windows XP. Uninstall the LAN drivers. I did all that at the same time so not sure, but after about 7 reboots it finally worked.
    @navyCLDR - I used my Windows 7 license key to activate. Works, I have done 5 system clean installs that had Windows 7 and they are 10's. Entered the key and viola!

    Thank you again everyone. Got one more old system to do, but for another time
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  8. Posts : 7,116
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Use the Media Creation tool to create a bootable USB stick, boot from that then upgrade. That should give you Windows 10 with a digital licence. You can then clean install if you wish once you have that licence.

    Check your CPU meets the requirements for 64 bit Windows 10 else you will need to install the 32 bit version.

    I had problems booting from a USB stick on my old 2006 PC which I upgraded to Windows 10. I had to boot to a Windows 8 DVD I had, run the DOS command window then run the setup file on the USB drive form there!
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    I tried to install Windows 10 1809 64 bit on a Dell Dimension 9150. The DVD kept rebooting. When I changed to a 32 bit image it worked. I already had Win7 and 8.1 activated so Win 10 activated.
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