Windows 10: Win8.1-->10_Update will not install 10? Solved

  1.    12 Jul 2017 #1

    Win8.1-->10_Update will not install 10?

    After fighting MS's insistence, now that I want to install 10 on my wife's 8.1 laptop (discussed in recent thread Thread: Need to significantly increase Dell Inspiron 7000 speed or donate? by markg2), the installer appears to be misbehaving.

    Win10 is definitely on the machine. I copied the file to a USB several days ago in preparation to install the new SSD and OS after upgrading the current drive per forum.

    I've gone through the update/download/install/boot/install routine at least 4 times. On each occasionClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	143618 I've selected 'check for new updates', updates are found, I install, update says it's doing 10 but the machine boots up in 8.1?

    Attached is a screenshot.
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  2.    12 Jul 2017 #2

    If you "copied the file to a USB several days ago", then why not just use that to do the upgrade to Windows 10 instead of Windows Update?

    And which file did you copy to a USB?
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  3.    13 Jul 2017 #3

    >>>If you "copied the file to a USB several days ago", then why not just use that to do the upgrade to Windows 10 instead of Windows Update>>

    File on desktop and USB:

    Although I would have to do so when I remove the mechanical drive and install the SSD, I was looking to postpone that which I've never done for the first step of upgrading the existing 8.1 OS so as to preserve the key. I grudgingly now see that that makes little sense. I will proceed with the upgrade via USB and then clean install with USB.

    Per Brink's tutorial, I will download the Media Creation Tool that I presume will alter the characteristics of my file, information residing on the USB or both to allow the USB to boot the machine and start the process?

    2 more questions:

    1. MS had a deadline to accept their push of Win10 and that deadline has passed, how is it one may download a copy of Win 10 now if they choose?

    2 I not infrequently delete chunks of touch typed text by inadvertently hitting a key combo on this P50 keyboard. This forum board 'autosaves' periodically. If I were to do an accidental text delete after a save where about is the 'undue' icon?
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       13 Jul 2017 #4

    1. True, the GWX/Get Windows 10 feature was discontinued at the 1-year mark. However, if your computer could have used that process it is still possible to get Win10 using the MCT/Microsoft Creation Tool. I've not had a problem as long as the computer I was Upgrading was running Win7 w/SP1 or Win8.1 in conjunction with a Microsoft Account and being online at the time. MCT has choices, can run directly from their site or download to an 8GB or larger USB Thumb drive [will reformat it and will be bootable] or get an .iso file to use in creating the DVD to boot and install from.

    2. Maybe that question should go in the VIP section.
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  5.    16 Jul 2017 #5

    Heads up thanks to the thread for the assist.

    The entire process went like a breeze!

    Her laptop is running a clean Win10 with apps installed.

    Her mechanical drive is now external and will be used for Reflect auto images.

    I will post a duplicate of this on the prior, related thread.

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