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  1.    23 May 2016 #1
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    Win10 forced upgrade taking over 24 hours


    Hi all. MS apparently decided to upgrade my wife's comp from Win7 to 10 sometime in the early morning hours yesterday. Been on the black upgrading screen ever since - the upgrade is going along, but it's only at 25% (copying files is at 84%) and it's been about 24 hours now. Comp is about 4 years old, built with current parts for that time period, don't have it's details handy right now.

    I've been dealing/building comps for over 30 years, and I've NEVER seen an install/upgrade take this long. Couple of questions:

    What could be causing it to take so long?

    Can I stop the upgrade without losing Win7 and her stuff, and how?

    Thanks in advance!

    MonEl
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  2.    23 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2015
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    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
    Hi all. MS apparently decided to upgrade my wife's comp from Win7 to 10 sometime in the early morning hours yesterday. Been on the black upgrading screen ever since - the upgrade is going along, but it's only at 25% (copying files is at 84%) and it's been about 24 hours now. Comp is about 4 years old, built with current parts for that time period, don't have it's details handy right now.

    I've been dealing/building comps for over 30 years, and I've NEVER seen an install/upgrade take this long. Couple of questions:

    What could be causing it to take so long?

    Can I stop the upgrade without losing Win7 and her stuff, and how?

    Thanks in advance!

    MonEl
    Hi MonEl327 and welcome to Tenforums.
    but it's only at 25% (copying files is at 84%) and it's been about 24 hours now
    What could be causing it to take so long?
    Usually, a failure (or in your case, being stuck), that early in the process is a driver issue, or a needed BIOS update. A four-year-old computer should run W10 just fine. I have it running on a ten-tear-old laptop with an unsupported GPU.

    Can I stop the upgrade without losing Win7 and her stuff, and how?
    Here's what I would do:
    Download the custom rescue media available from one of our members, Kyhi (grab the W10 version, as it really doesn't matter which one you use at this point).
    Hold the power button down to shut down the computer.
    Boot to the rescue media; copy all her data to an external drive for safe-keeping.
    Use the program ShowKeyPlus on the rescue media to grab the W7 keycode, if you don't have it.
    Shut the computer down, unplug it, and hold the power button in for 15 seconds.
    Reboot and see what happens. The upgrade process may finally fail and return you to W7 (like it's supposed to) - not sure, depends on where it was at, and if it can recover.

    Your W7 installation may recover or may be borked at this point, hard to say.

    If you can get into the W7 OS, I would download the W10 ISO, and do an in-place upgrade that way - seems to work better than Windows Update method for a lot of machines, especially W7 ones.
    Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

    Please note the prep work recommended before upgrading. Sometimes 3rd-party AVs can mess things up, etc.

    If it's a total goner, a clean install of W10 can be performed, using the W7 key to activate - an upgrade is not specifically necessary.

    Hope that helps. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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  3.    23 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : May 2016
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    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Many Gallifreyan thanks for pointing me to that custom rescue media (and thanks to kyhi for creating it!), that thing is awesome!

    Got that booted, got her files off, but couldn't get anywhere else. On restart, it'll go to the black screen with the blue windows logo, I'll get the spinning dots, but then it sits there, hd lights blinks a few times then lights up and stays lit, after 5 or so mins I shut it down. Did this a few times.

    I've got her stuff, I'm using the rescue disk to format and going to try to install 10 clean, should work, hopefully.

    Impressed that you've got 10 running on that laptop!

    Thanks for the help, and remember...DON'T BLINK!

    Mon
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  4.    23 May 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
    Many Gallifreyan thanks for pointing me to that custom rescue media (and thanks to kyhi for creating it!), that thing is awesome!
    LOL Yes, it is, and I'm glad it worked for you to get the files off the thing. When you have a moment, please let @Kyhi know (on that thread), you successfully used it - he'll appreciate the feedback.

    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
    Got that booted, got her files off, but couldn't get anywhere else. On restart, it'll go to the black screen with the blue windows logo, I'll get the spinning dots, but then it sits there, hd lights blinks a few times then lights up and stays lit, after 5 or so mins I shut it down. Did this a few times.

    I've got her stuff, I'm using the rescue disk to format and going to try to install 10 clean, should work, hopefully.
    "I'm so, so sorry" you had to go through this. Yes, that should work. Just don't be lasagne!

    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
    Impressed that you've got 10 running on that laptop!

    Thanks for the help, and remember...DON'T BLINK!

    Mon
    You're quite welcome. I would recommend getting Macrium Reflect Free and creating images of the hard drives of all your systems, on a regular basis. It's much easier to restore an image than start over from scratch. The 1 year Anniversary update comes out in July...just sayin'.....Allons-y!
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  5.    23 May 2016 #5
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Many Gallifreyan thanks for pointing me to that custom rescue media (and thanks to kyhi for creating it!), that thing is awesome!
    Glad It all worked out for you...
    Thanks for the feedback...
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  6.    24 May 2016 #6
    Join Date : May 2016
    Posts : 9
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    New problem! Installed a legit copy of win7 I had, but I've exceeded the number of comps I can use with that copy.

    How can I get Win 10 on the machine? I have the Win10 ISO, will it just let me install that on a formatted HD?

    Again, thanks in advance!

    Mon
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  7.    24 May 2016 #7
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    you can install - but may not activate..
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  8.    24 May 2016 #8
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    W10Prox64

    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
    New problem! Installed a legit copy of win7 I had, but I've exceeded the number of comps I can use with that copy.

    How can I get Win 10 on the machine? I have the Win10 ISO, will it just let me install that on a formatted HD?

    Again, thanks in advance!

    Mon
    Hi Mon,
    If you have the W7 key that was originally on your wife's machine, you can use it to activate a clean install of W10.
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  9.    24 May 2016 #9
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by simrick View Post
    Hi Mon,
    If you have the W7 key that was originally on your wife's machine, you can use it to activate a clean install of W10.
    Even if I exceeded the number of comps I can use it with?

    On the clean install of Win10, will it ask me for the key before it installs?
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  10.    24 May 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonEl327 View Post
    Even if I exceeded the number of comps I can use it with?

    On the clean install of Win10, will it ask me for the key before it installs?
    The installation will have an option to skip entering the key. You can add it later for activation.

    I don't understand your key situation - is this a custom build? If so, you'll need a key for her system. If the key used for her system is at activation maximum, it won't work. If it's an OEM machine, the OEM W7 key will activate it.
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