Where to download an old version of windows 10?

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  1. Posts : 22,744
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4123 (x64) [22H2]
       #31

    When it's time to upgrade to a newer version, Microsoft has to deal with hundred's of thousands of different combinations of hardware and software.
    They check their update/upgrades on thousands of them, but there are always some that will slip through.

    That's why they came up with the In-Place Upgrade. It upgrades and fixes Windows, without messing up the computer.


    See post #30, I've edited it 5-6 times.
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  2. Posts : 42,532
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #32

    Granted that bypasses the protection MS tries to afford:
    Safeguard holds only affect devices that use the Window Update service for updates. We encourage IT admins who manage updates to devices through other channels (such as media installations or updates coming from Windows Server Update Services) to remain aware of known issues that might also be present in their environments.
    But bypassing that protection is at the user's risk, who must then take due precautions and test thoroughly.

    If an upgrade is done with Windows Update active, surely at any time drivers could be upgraded- plus you get whatever drivers are in the iso you've downloaded, don't you?

    And of course a user may really need or wish to do a clean install.
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  3. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #33

    Ghot said:
    Here is the download page for your laptop. The latest drivers or BIOS are from 2019.
    X555QG - Support


    This does NOT mean that it won't work on 20H2. If there WAS a problem with 20H2 that a new BIOS or driver could have fixed, ASUS would have provided them by now.




    In the first post you said...

    "The laptop that I use for my field work is somewhat old, but functional, but at the beginning of January I formatted it and installed the new version of windows 10, 20H2"


    My question is... why didn't you do an In-Place Upgrade instead of formatting and doing a clean install?



    You still have that option it seems.

    In post #14 you said...




    An In-Place Upgrade will... upgrade you to 20H2, and fix Windows... but will leave all your programs, drivers, files... untouched.
    My guess is that when you formatted and reinstalled, you missed a driver somehow, and that is what made your laptop... "not work the way it used to".

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade




    /edit

    After a clean install of Windows on a laptop... IF there are problems...it's a driver issue (or some manufacturer software), 90% of the time.
    The In-Place Upgrade avoids that, by leaving the drivers... untouched.


    /edit2

    Back in July 2020, my brand new computer wouldn't update from v1909 to v2004. For some reason Microsoft thought it was "incompatible" with v2004.
    Well, it wasn't incompatible. I did an In-Place Upgrade, and I'm now on 21H1 (one past 20H2), and haven't had any problems. I have an ASUS motherboard, btw.
    Oh!

    Thanks for the suggestion. I thought that due to the incompatibility indicated in windows update I could not do this. I'm going to give it a try and announce the results.

    Asus technical support did not give me any answer or solution.
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 and windows 7
       #34

    So While I haven't had any trouble with any updates there is just one issue. I bought my Zephrus G14 laptop in 2020. But I ended up having to do a manufacturer reset because I messed up a setting in April of 2021. When I went to download windows updates I missed a very important update build which was the Windows 10 May 2020 update (2004) which allowed for for A2DP sink for bluetooth. This would allow functionallity to stream audio from my phone to my PC (Allows you to make your windows PC into speakers). I need this for things like conference calls and also for some of my streaming gigs. I currently have Windows 10 version 21H1 installed. I technically don't want to go back to a previous version of windows. I want to just get a few features that I missed from the May 2020 update. If I used this ISO without doing a fresh install what would happen? Would it mess up my windows?
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  5. Posts : 13,796
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #35

    Would it mess up my windows?
    Maybe, maybe not with the Build updates but I'd say Yes if going back to an earlier twice-yearly Version Upgrade. The Version Upgrade seems to do more rewriting/updating of the Registry, witnessed on my computers by taking out some customizations and the old WinXP games I like to use so I keep them on the computer's drive for easy reinstall.
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  6. Posts : 41,326
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #36

    TechPlayer said:
    I technically don't want to go back to a previous version of windows. I want to just get a few features that I missed from the May 2020 update.

    An in place upgrade repair can fix many problems and is relatively easy.
    The iso can be downloaded to the desktop or to a flash drive.
    The flash drive can be saved in case there are any future boot failures.
    An old iso can be used for Windows Recovery Environment (RE) even after multiple upgrades.

    If the in place upgrade fails there are many troubleshooting steps depending upon the error message and or code.

    If an in place upgrade fails despite troubleshooting steps end users can perform these steps: (all require the reinstallation of drivers and applications)

    a) Windows refresh
    b) Reset save files
    c) Reset remove files
    d) Custom install
    e) Clean install
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