Why did my W10 upgrade revert back to W7 during installation?

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  1. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #21

    graywoulf said:
    When I first started the upgrade, I just assumed that the free upgrade was to W10 Home only. I had no idea that it would offer W10 Pro until today.

    I followed the instructions given in the "How to Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free" Tenforum's W10 help thread like I had done before. This time I did not make an upgrade DVD but just let it install from online. Maybe I need to burn the DVD instead.
    All you need to do is to run Setup.exe of a Win 10 installation files.

    - Download the iso file using MCT (media creation tool)
    - On win 7, use 7zip to extract the iso files to a folder.
    - Disable AV.
    - Run setup.exe
    - If asked the Win 10 key, skip it.
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  2. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT
       #22

    graywoulf said:
    When I first started the upgrade, I just assumed that the free upgrade was to W10 Home only. I had no idea that it would offer W10 Pro until today.

    I followed the instructions given in the "How to Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free" Tenforum's W10 help thread like I had done before. This time I did not make an upgrade DVD but just let it install from online. Maybe I need to burn the DVD instead.
    Ok, it was offering 10 Pro. I think I'm on the same page now.
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #23

    If you can't upgrade, do a clean install
    - Backup your data on an external disk
    - Generate a GenuineTicket.xml using gatherosstate.exe tool and save it on an external disk.
    - Do a Win 10 Pro Clean install on a blank drive and use the GenuineTicket.xml generated under Win 7 Pro and it will Activate the Win 10 Pro just installed.

    Clean Install Windows 10 without having to Upgrade First
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  4. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #24

    Megahertz said:
    If you can't upgrade, do a clean install
    - Backup your data on an external disk
    - Generate a GenuineTicket.xml using gatherosstate.exe tool and save it on an external disk.
    - Do a Win 10 Pro Clean install on a blank drive and used the GenuineTicket.xml generated under Win 7 Pro and it will Activate the Win 10 Pro just installed.

    Clean Install Windows 10 without having to Upgrade First
    In addition to using a blank drive, @graywoulf, you could also create a blank partition on your existing drive to clean install Windows 10 to and it would set up dual booting with Windows 7. MiniTool Partition Wizard is a great program that you could shrink your C: drive partition by no less than 64 GB, create a new partition and then install Windows 10 to the new partition. You can then just use your Windows 7 Pro product key to activate Windows 10 Pro (make sure you install Pro!). You can create a USB flash drive that can be used for a clean install (including to just a new partition), or also used for upgrading by using the Media Creation Tool:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    Note: your dual booting with Windows 7 would have to be temporary, because to dual boot two Windows installation (of any flavor) requires two separate licenses for Windows and you currently only have 1 license for Windows on that computer.
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  5. graywoulf's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Version 1909 (OS Build 18363.720)
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       #25

    Thank you to all of you guys for the suggestions, tips and all. I just compiled a cheat sheet to use later on. At this time, I am leaning towards a clean install after I back the drive up. It would be the cleanest way I think but at any rate, I have to wait for the keyboard adapter to arrive from Amazon on Tuesday. I will let you know how it goes at that time.
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  6. Posts : 32,890
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #26

    Use this failed upgrade as an opportunity to test the drives.

    Post #10 steps #11 - #15.

    Most can be performed overnight.
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