Need Help - Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade Failures

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  1. Posts : 850
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    I have a problem with a Windows 10 PC in a german community that the cumulative updates cannot be installed on a computer.

    There is the error that the system reserved partition does not exist.

    I hope this doesn't become a problem for you.
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  2. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter

    Is there a way to create one when there is none to begin with ?
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  3. Posts : 850
    Win 10

    It is possible.
    Maybe there is a thread here that has dealt with the topic.
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  4. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter

    Thank you Tekkie Boy.

    If I run into problems with the next drive, should I post them here or start a new thread ?
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  5. Posts : 850
    Win 10

    You´re welcome.

    Just post it here.
    It's actually about the same computer and the same topic.
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  6. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter


    I will report back later, hopefully with success stories.

    Be safe and stay well.
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  7. Posts : 850
    Win 10


    You too.

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  8. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter

    Hello Tekkie Boy,

    I have successfully upgraded the last 3 drives from Windows 7 Pro 64 bit to Windows 10 Pro 64 bit.

    The first of the three had the non-standard drive letter assignment. However, just as you thought, it was not a problem and the drive upgraded without error. The only special steps I took were to do a "clean boot" of Windows 7 by disabling startup items in msconfig.exe run as administrator, and to choose no updates during the setup process. After the upgrade, I used Paragon Hard Disk Manager 17.20 Advanced run from a DVD-R with Win PE 2004 to resize and move the partitions (one partition at a time). Then I used the Disk Management in the Windows 10 OS to correct the drive letters. I rebooted twice after each change. Of course it took a long time with the HDD maxed out at 100% and the activity light solidly lit for a very long time. When I found a break in disk activity, I paused Windows Updates for as long as it would allow.

    The next drive had a standard setup of drive letters, but failed the upgrade in the same way as the drive you helped me with. It is possible that the base set for the drive you helped me with originated from this drive. Rather than start collecting the log files to post, I took a leap of faith and tried the same fix you devised for the prior drive upgrade. That is, the steps listed above in this thread. It worked perfectly again, and allowed the upgrade to proceed and complete.
    Bravo to your skill !!

    The final drive to upgrade, I did a little different. I could not endure the lengthy periods of time while the disk was maxxed out doing its upgrade and update yet again, (yes I know I did not have to babysit it, but you still have to keep checking on it), so I purchased an SSD. I used Acronis Cyber Backup Standard Workstation 12.5 run from a USB Flash drive with a Linux OS on it to do a disk image of the HDD. Then I restored that image to the new SSD. After verifying that all seemed working, I did the upgrade to Windows 10 on the SSD. Wow, what a difference in speed. Even on my 10 year old motherboard with only IDE - SATA mode enabled, the difference was dramatic. I was able to do ALL the Windows 10 updates also. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

    I am very impressed by your rescue of my bcdstore. Could you point me to a website that has either HTML or PDF articles / tutorials that explain in-depth the BCD and the associated Command Line commands and options ? I would like to learn more about this.

    Thank you for all of your help. I will send you a PM further thanking you.
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  9. Posts : 850
    Win 10

    Hello @Win10Newbie9000

    Thanks for the kind words and your detailed feedback.

    I am pleased to hear that you have now been able to upgrade the remaining drives to Win 10 and that I was able to teach you something more instructive.

    You’re right, the installation of an SSD can bring an enormous speed advantage even with older computers.

    I've already made the experience.

    You can find a lot of stuff on Microsoft's documentation pages.

    If you enter the following search parameters in Google search, you will find the Informationen directly on the page on which you want to search.

    For example: bcdedit


    I had recently written to you that I had the case in the german community with the missing system-reserved partition.

    I closed the case as follows:
    I created the missing partition with the help of a partitioning program in front of the Windows partition and at the same time a mini partition of 16MB behind it, which I can set up as an MSR partition in a Uefi computer in the event of a move.

    Then I formatted the system reserved accordingly and created the boot files accordingly on the new partition.

    The failed updates could then be installed straight away and the Windows 10 20h2 could then also be installed without any problems.

    I will reply to your PM later.

    Take care and stay safe.

    Friendly greetings
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  10. Posts : 61
    Windows 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter

    Hello Tekkie Boy,

    With apologies, I must ask for your help again.

    One of the drives I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has some problems now.
    I have tried to figure this out on my own, but I have run out of things to try.

    After the drive was upgraded to Windows 10, I noticied that the Audio Drivers were not working.
    I did not do any of the updates yet, because I decided to replace the HDD with a SSD since they are so much faster.

    I backed up the HDD with Acronis, and then installed an SSD.
    The HDD was on a P67 SATA 3 Gbps IDE mode controller.
    When I installed the SSD, I attached it to my Marvell 8172 SATA 6 Gbps controller also set to IDE mode.
    I did the restore to the SSD with Acronis.
    At first it would not boot.
    I tried to use Acronis Universal Restore, but the Universal Restore would not work.
    I have had a lot of trouble with Acronis 12.5 Their latest products are really buggy.
    So I attached the SSD to a P67 6Gbps SATA IDE mode port and booted up.
    Everything seemed to be working. So I tried to install drivers for the Marvell controller.
    I had a lot of difficulty. Marvell's drivers are very fussy.
    I had another drive that I converted to Win 10 working on the same Marvell controller only a different port.
    I tried to find the controller in Device manager on that drive, but it was not showing even when I tried showing hidden devices.
    I remembered that Marvell's drivers were reputed to work better on AHCI mode.
    So without making any software changes I switched the Marvell controller to AHCI mode and I tried to boot the drive that was working in IDE mode on the Marvell controller. It booted perfectly and ran perfectly.
    So then leaving the controller set to AHCI, I reconnected the troublesome drive to the Marvell controller and it booted up fine.
    I then tried doing updates to see if I could fix my audio driver that way and the drive did a series of updates to MS Office 2010 very rapidly. I rebooted and then tried to do more updates.
    But now, the updates download, install, and then when rebooting only get to 9% then fail and rollback.
    I wondered if the fouled up audio driver was causing this, so I tried loading the Realtek driver, but it would not replace the NVidia High Definition driver. I tried various techniques of disabling and removing and reinstalling, but made no progress.

    I decided to go back to trying to fix the update problem.
    I tried DISM, sfc, stopping and restarting the update processes, reloading registry entries for Windows Updates, fixing the bcd, etc.
    Nothing helped.
    I even tried reconnecting the drive to the P67 6 Gbps controller, but still no help.

    The drive works, I am creating this post while using it.
    But my audio is not working, and I cannot do any more Windows Updates.

    Here are the updates that won't load...

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    They download, they install, but during restart they get to 9% then roll back.

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    Here is the audio controller in Device Manager...

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    There is no Sound Device showing in the Device Manager. It does show and work on my other drives in the same pc.

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    Can you help me with this ???

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Win10Newbie9000; 24 Apr 2021 at 00:40.
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