Windows 10: TH2 pulled, what is the best method to upgrade to 10? Solved

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  1. Posts : 21
    XP/7/8.1/10 PRO 10586
       23 Nov 2015 #1

    TH2 pulled, what is the best method to upgrade to 10?


    Hey all,

    So I have a Lenovo x230 laptop sitting here that has W7 Professional installed on it. I just grabbed an 850EVO SSD 250GB for it and I'm guessing I will have to clone W7 to the SSD to activate my W7 Pro license since it will deactivate once I swap out the HDD's?

    My question is, whats the best way to upgrade to W10 TH1 10586 without putting tons of writes on the SSD for no reason by cloning, upgrading and so forth and wasting valuable time in the process.

    Can I use my W7 Pro key and install W10 TH1 from a bootable USB stick and just have W10 activated like that or do I have to clone W7 then upgrade to 10240 then finally 10586? I would rather just upgrade all the way.

    I never had a chance to download the media creation tool and the only ISO I have on my drive is the official 10240 ISO. I never used the media creation tool from MS because I felt more comfortable with RUFUS instead. Should I just wait until we get more answers from MS and they change their page or should I go looking for a "copy" of the TH1 iso on the web? Trying to figure out the best options, thanks.
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  2.    23 Nov 2015 #2

    This is what I would do:

    1. Use this Media Creation Tool:
    http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...eationTool.exe

    to create a Windows 10 build 10586 USB.

    2. Use Showkey Plus from this forum to detect installed Windows 7 product key and write it down.

    3. Copy gatherosstate.exe from the sources folder of the USB to the desktop running Windows 7 on the HDD. Run it as administrator. Copy the resulting genuineticket.xml to a safe place - the same Windows 10 USB should be OK.

    3. Install the SSD, remove the HDD, boot from the USB, clean install Windows 10 Pro to the USB. Skip entering the product key during install.

    4. Attempt to activate Windows 10 with the Windows 7 Product Key.

    5. If step #4 fails - copy the saved genuineticket.xml file to the proper folder on the SSD and reboot. That should activate Windows 10.

    See here:
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 24 Nov 2015 at 08:46.
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  3. Posts : 1,589
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       24 Nov 2015 #3

    Instead of:

    3. Install the SSD, remove the HDD, boot from the USB, clean install Windows 10 Pro to the USB. Skip entering the product key during install.

    If you have a retail key, or one from the COA sticker on the machine, you can try:

    3. Install the SSD, remove the HDD, boot from the USB, clean install Windows 10 Pro to the USB. Enter the Windows 7 product key during install the first time when asked for a product key.

    If the installation proceeds, the key has been accepted, and activation should be automatic. If not, skip, and try the other routes suggessted.
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    Windows 10 Home
       24 Nov 2015 #4

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    ... 3. Copy getosstate.exe from the sources folder of the USB...
    That's gatherosstate.exe, right?
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  5.    24 Nov 2015 #5

    Word Man said: View Post
    That's gatherosstate.exe, right?
    yes, thank you for the correction!
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  6. Posts : 38
    Windows 10 Pro Plus (Package), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
       24 Nov 2015 #6

    About a week ago, I downloaded the ISO before it was pulled. I uploaded it to Google Drive. Here it is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwt...BoX2Q3RzA/view. You can download it, mount it, then run setup.exe
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  7. Posts : 505
    Win 10 Pro x64 1607 (Build 14393.953)
       24 Nov 2015 #7

    AntiMalware said: View Post
    About a week ago, I downloaded the ISO before it was pulled. I uploaded it to Google Drive. Here it is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bwt...BoX2Q3RzA/view. You can download it, mount it, then run setup.exe
    What's with the setup screen logo and texts. Never seen that before! Is this a home-brew version? (no accusations intended!)

    Cheers
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  8. Posts : 1,563
    Windows 10 Pro x64 RS 10586.586
       24 Nov 2015 #8

    M4v3r1ck said: View Post
    What's with the setup screen logo and texts. Never seen that before! Is this a home-brew version? (no accusations intended!)

    Cheers
    fossBytes is created by Arpit Verma and Adarsh Verma – two final year engineering students from NIT Hamirpur (H.P. India). They share a common dream of making fossBytes a top technology website/blog of India.
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  9. Posts : 38
    Windows 10 Pro Plus (Package), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
       24 Nov 2015 #9

    M4v3r1ck said: View Post
    What's with the setup screen logo and texts. Never seen that before! Is this a home-brew version? (no accusations intended!)

    Cheers
    What do you mean?

    I found the logo and attached it
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  10. Posts : 2,236
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.1198)
       24 Nov 2015 #10

    It starts the initial stage in "text" mode (no pictures) but after restart you should see a circle gradually becoming blue as setup progresses.
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