Windows 10: my experience trying to re-install w7

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  1.    12 Sep 2015 #11

    dschmittz said: View Post
    disk imaging? it would make sense, re manual updates, see what you mean, thought you were referring to what one could do back in the day when one could download updates and park them and then install then afterwards

    something else, any ideas oh how windows knows one has successfully gone the upgrade route to w10 so that when one wipes one's hdd and does a w10 install off the iso it self activates?

    I initially tried upgrading to w10 off of the iso before I upgraded (to see what the install would do) and it asked for a w10 key, but when did the same after upgrading I got the 'skip' button when it asked for the w10 key? just curious
    If you were asked for key when trying to do the upgrade from install media, you used the wrong install media. What version of 10 you get, Home or Pro, depends on what version of Windows you upgrade from. You need 7 Pro or better, or 8.1 Pro to get 10 Pro. Otherwise its 10 Home. Example, if you have 7 Home Premium and try to upgrade to 10 Pro, it will ask for a key. Do the upgrade to 10 Home and it won't ask for a key. Once you do the free upgrade and activate Windows 10 your hardware ID is stored on the activation server along with which version of Windows 10 you got, Home or Pro.. You don't need a key if you install the same version you got via the free upgrade, you us the skip option.
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  2.    15 Sep 2015 #12

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    If you were asked for key when trying to do the upgrade from install media, you used the wrong install media. What version of 10 you get, Home or Pro, depends on what version of Windows you upgrade from. You need 7 Pro or better, or 8.1 Pro to get 10 Pro. Otherwise its 10 Home. Example, if you have 7 Home Premium and try to upgrade to 10 Pro, it will ask for a key. Do the upgrade to 10 Home and it won't ask for a key. Once you do the free upgrade and activate Windows 10 your hardware ID is stored on the activation server along with which version of Windows 10 you got, Home or Pro.. You don't need a key if you install the same version you got via the free upgrade, you us the skip option.
    thanks, I have w7pro, I could've downloaded the wrong media but I doubt it as I got the skip button when I did a clean install after I did the initial upgrade and I just took a look and I'm now running w10pro
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  3.    15 Sep 2015 #13

    a sign off here, thanks for all the replies

    I followed up on what ztrucker suggested and downloaded all the updates manually and got everything up and running

    had to slipstream w7sp1 which is something I last did with wxp

    there are some helpful utilities (free) out there that'll, legitimately, download all the updates from the official server and then there are also a load of (free) utilities that'll build it all into a bootable iso, there are even demos on youtube, if anyone is interested google on 'windows updates downloader' and 'win utils'

    thanks again
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  4.    15 Sep 2015 #14

    dschmittz said: View Post
    thanks, I have w7pro, I could've downloaded the wrong media but I doubt it as I got the skip button when I did a clean install after I did the initial upgrade and I just took a look and I'm now running w10pro
    Ok, fair enough. It's a mystery to me why you were asked for a key?
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       15 Sep 2015 #15

    dschmittz said: View Post
    a sign off here, thanks for all the replies

    I followed up on what ztrucker suggested and downloaded all the updates manually and got everything up and running

    had to slipstream w7sp1 which is something I last did with wxp

    there are some helpful utilities (free) out there that'll, legitimately, download all the updates from the official server and then there are also a load of (free) utilities that'll build it all into a bootable iso, there are even demos on youtube, if anyone is interested google on 'windows updates downloader' and 'win utils'

    thanks again
    Painful way to do it but glad it worked.

    Now do an image backup so you don't ever have to go through this again.
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  6. Posts : 558
    Windows 10
       15 Sep 2015 #16

    Holy Cow, Win 7 showed 700 updates , thats nuts .

    I re installed Win 7 with SP1 more times than i can remember and it had a total of under 300 every time , thats crazy lol.
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