Windows 10: Free upgrade eligibility check Solved

  1.    20 Dec 2015 #1

    Free upgrade eligibility check


    My computer currently has a Windows 7 x64 upgrade license on it (with all the reinstall annoyances that entails) - originally it was Vista x32. I just wanted to verify that upgrade keys are eligible for the free Windows 10 promo before I start the download, and I can't seem to find anything via search.

    It would also simplify where I do the download initially, as hopefully I'll be upgrading two PCs (the other is a HTPC running 8.1).

    Thanks in advance!
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  2.    20 Dec 2015 #2

    I had a retail upgrade Win7 Home x64 cd, upgraded from retail XP, I had no trouble with upgrading to W10 Home.

    I would use the W10 icon in the taskbar and upgrade from that, just follow what it says and you shouldn't have any problems with activation. I didn't and I was the same situation with an upgrade Win7 install.

    MS really wants to move all genuine 7, 8, & 8.1 windows installs to 10.
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       20 Dec 2015 #3

    I have 3 PCs: 2 desktops, and one laptop. The desktops were running 8.1 X64, and the laptop 7 X64. All three were upgrade licenses.

    They now all have the free Windows 10 upgrade installed and activated on them. Don't worry about it.

    The latest Win 10 build is supposed to be able to accept a license key from a qualifying OS to do a clean install. I haven't tried that, and can't verify that it'll accept an upgrade key. (I clean installed on one of the desktops, but only after an initial upgrade install.)

    My personal preference is to upgrade using a downloaded .iso, but I guess I like at least an illusion of control.
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  4.    20 Dec 2015 #4

    "It would also simplify where I do the download initially, as hopefully I'll be upgrading two PCs"

    Expand the 'using the media creation tool' sections at the bottom of this page and use the tool to download an image to burn to DVD to use on all your PCs w/o downloading to each individually -
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
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  5.    21 Dec 2015 #5

    Thanks guys, that was exactly the reassurance I was looking for
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  6.    28 Dec 2015 #6

    My issue is different but since the thread deals with the compatibility check.....
    When I use the Upgrade Icon, I get the message "There are no Supported Networking Devices"
    I currently have 2 NICS in my system.
    1 is the Onboard Realtek (shows as :Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller in Device Manager)
    the other is an older Wifi card (shows as Ralink RT2500 Wireless LAN Card)
    According to Windows Compatible Products List

    My Onboard is Supported by Win10.
    Is it possible that the Checker is getting to the WIFI first and seeing that it isn't compatible, just ignores the Onboard one?
    The Wireless is used to connect to Net (Router is upstairs and running Cat5 is NOT an option Nor is Moving router) while the Onboard is used for connection to other computers and a printer down here.
    Any ideas on how to get around this?
    Thanks
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       28 Dec 2015 #7

    KradVlees said: View Post
    My issue is different but since the thread deals with the compatibility check.....
    When I use the Upgrade Icon, I get the message "There are no Supported Networking Devices"
    I currently have 2 NICS in my system.
    1 is the Onboard Realtek (shows as :Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller in Device Manager)
    the other is an older Wifi card (shows as Ralink RT2500 Wireless LAN Card)
    According to Windows Compatible Products List

    My Onboard is Supported by Win10.
    Is it possible that the Checker is getting to the WIFI first and seeing that it isn't compatible, just ignores the Onboard one?
    The Wireless is used to connect to Net (Router is upstairs and running Cat5 is NOT an option Nor is Moving router) while the Onboard is used for connection to other computers and a printer down here.
    Any ideas on how to get around this?
    Thanks
    What I'd do is use the Media Creation Tool to download the appropriate version of Win10, burn the .iso file to a DVD then remove the Wi-Fi card from the computer, install Win10 from the disc and when it's running try the Wi-Fi card again.
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       28 Dec 2015 #8

    Berton said: View Post
    What I'd do is use the Media Creation Tool to download the appropriate version of Win10, burn the .iso file to a DVD then remove the Wi-Fi card from the computer, install Win10 from the disc and when it's running try the Wi-Fi card again.
    Good idea.

    I'd prefer a USB flash drive (faster installation), but it's not a major consideration.

    I'm not optimistic that good Win 10 X64 drivers exist for a Ralink RT2500. I hope that replacing it, if necessary, isn't burdensome.
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       28 Dec 2015 #9

    bobkn said: View Post
    Good idea.

    I'd prefer a USB flash drive (faster installation), but it's not a major consideration.

    I'm not optimistic that good Win 10 X64 drivers exist for a Ralink RT2500. I hope that replacing it, if necessary, isn't burdensome.
    A new PCIe X1 or PCI Wi-Fi card shouldn't be too expensive and there's even some good USB Wi-Fi dongles available.
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  10.    29 Dec 2015 #10

    KradVlees said: View Post
    The Wireless is used to connect to Net (Router is upstairs and running Cat5 is NOT an option Nor is Moving router) while the Onboard is used for connection to other computers and a printer down here.
    Since others have responded to the rest of your question, I'll address this. My previous apartment had one phone jack - period - located in the living room. Since I was on DSL, and I had the computer in the spare bedroom, it was either use wireless or run a cable across the living room and down the hall. Which I didn't want to do. So, I used a wireless dongle until I discovered the beauty that is powerline adapters.

    These run your internet connection through the electrical lines in your house, and the adapters are basically just boxes with an ethernet port. But, it means that you can get a 'wired' connection - nearly as good as a physical one - to any computer in the house as long as there's a spare wall socket nearby.

    Click here: Powerline Networking, Powerline Adapters - Newegg.com
    I used a now-discontinued TP-Link one, and it was a fabulous $40 investment.
    Last edited by shihni; 29 Dec 2015 at 19:44. Reason: Removed Canadianism: hydro line = electrical line
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