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  1.    25 Oct 2015 #11
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)

    If you wait until next month, the November or "Fall Update" is supposed to allow doing a clean install and activating with a Win 7 or Win 8 Product Key. http://www.howtogeek.com/232176/what...0-fall-update/
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  2.    25 Oct 2015 #12
    Join Date : May 2015
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Hey folks, the drive really is 20GB, not 32GB -- and there are lots of posts on the HP Support forums of folks who have tried such an upgrade and failed.
    This'll mostly be a distinction without a difference, but...

    If it comes with a decimal 32GB of HD space, Windows will report it as 29.8GB. (The usual 1e9/2^30 gigabyte definition difference.) I don't know how much of that would be needed for the Windows restore partition. I believe that the disk really is a "32GB" one.

    What I'd probably try if I owned such a machine would be:

    Image the drive. (I own Acronis True Image. Macrium Reflect Free might be a good alternative.)

    Prepare the files for a clean install without a prior activation (post #2).

    Clean install 10, wiping all the partitions on the drive.

    (But that's just me.)
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  3.    25 Oct 2015 #13
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    What I'd probably try if I owned such a machine would be:

    Image the drive. (I own Acronis True Image. Macrium Reflect Free might be a good alternative.)

    Prepare the files for a clean install without a prior activation (post #2).

    Clean install 10, wiping all the partitions on the drive.

    (But that's just me.)
    Exactly what I would do - using Macrium Reflect Free.
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  4.    26 Oct 2015 #14
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.674)

    When Windows Setup has no space, it suggests to connect another drive with at least 9GB free to continue. Just connect a flash drive with enough space and proceed with the upgrade. No need to touch any partitions.
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  5.    27 Oct 2015 #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by spapakons View Post
    When Windows Setup has no space, it suggests to connect another drive with at least 9GB free to continue. Just connect a flash drive with enough space and proceed with the upgrade. No need to touch any partitions.
    This is the one I want to try, as I haven't understood most of the other options

    But someone did earlier say that the HP forums are full of people who tried this and failed?

    And regarding a clean install, I'm not sure I have a key. I didn't have a disk or anything.
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  6.    27 Oct 2015 #16
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.674)

    You don't need a key, just click Skip during setup. To be able to activate Windows 10, you must either upgrade your previous version to 10, or create an activation token as described in this post and use it to activate a clean-install. If the USB used has not enough space or some access error interrupt the process, it will fail. To make sure, format the USB drive as NTFS so it can save large files over 4GB, if there is anyone. Also make sure it has at least 10-12GB free. Oh yes, disable your antivirus during the upgrade so it won't try to block anything.
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  7.    28 Oct 2015 #17
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyhi View Post
    Go into Control Panel > Recovery > create a recovery Drive..

    Create a factory recovey drive and when finished > you will have the option to remove the factory recovery partition..
    Thus freeing up several GB of disk space..

    Also the recovery drive itself will give you option to always return the PC back to Windows 8.1 factory setting..

    Because my guess is the drive is a 32GB, not 20GB
    Create a Factory Recovery Drive - remove the factory image partition > upgrade to windows 10 via the setup media on a USB
    By running Setup.exe from USB while booted into Host win8.1 OS

    Once the Windows 10 Upgrade is activated - you can Clean install windows 10 at any time during the life of that PC
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