Windows 10: Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
Well I finally did a installation repair over night and it fixed a few things I was struggling with. Thanks for the guide!
I'm glad it could help Slugger.
I knew it could!
When the first upgrade here came out problematic I had to resort to the second upgrade install to repair the first. Only back during that first week things were hectic as far as activation and reactivation went. It wasn't until later of course when the full clean install went I could actually get busy doing others things like enabling some of the new features after finding out which things would work on 10 as far as the newer versions for programs and would there be any device driver type issues.
When not ready or prepare to see everything wiped for a fresh start and need a fast repair of Windows this is the option that works most of the time. You just have to be sure to back things up from the Programs Files, Programs Files(x86) on the 64bit 10, and out of the user account sub folders since you may find them after in the Windows.old created. With important stuff that's easy to lose track off the best move prior to any type of install is to manually back things up to where you can verify they are in good shape before proceeding.
I ended up going for the second 2tb drive and that is now just over half full in only a few days! The other drive I had in was moved back to the external enclosure I can move back and forth to the second system for easy transfers as well as backing the lesser amount from there.
What are we going to do when we have 10 terabyte drives? Imagine someone yelling I lost 10 terabytes of pictures!
Gee I'll take a 10tb drive any day of the week! The pair of 2tb drives are still far off from having enough local drive space available! You have to back up the backup of the backup's backup just to get back up! (and running again naturally)
I can take any drive here and nuke it totally or have it quit and not even be at a loss with the exception of the drive and OS if any on it. That's one of the main advantages of investing in a custom build you may find out yourself at some point. The first thing to learn however which is far more important is how to maintain and fix things that can still be fixed. This type of Upgrade to Repair type of install is good when you are not in a position to simply to wipe a drive clean for a 100% totally fresh start but need to get the present installation working.
One classic example is having NeoDVD on the 7 side of the dual boot here and can't even install it on 10 without buying the same program only newer version all over again. The program is activated in much the same manner as Windows and you would need to buy it again if you don't uninstall it first to see the uninstall status preserved at the NeoDVD site before even trying it out on 10. And you only allowed to reactivate a few times only or get canceled out unlike Windows where you can reinstall on the same machine unlimited amounts of times once activated to that system.
Media creation tool?
As soon as I run this tool it starts installing W10 so do I have to create an ISO or just repair from that point?
What tool are you referring to?
You'll need to do the steps exactly in the tutorial for it to work properly.
I can't get Edge or any apps that connect vie Edge to recognise that I'm connected to a network yet I can use IE 11 no probs.
The media creation tool starts installing right out of the gate without any option to "create" an ISO or USB. Will this repair install fix my problem do you think?
I'm not sure a repair install may help with that, but it won't hurt to try and see to try and avoid a clean install.
See if you are able to get an ISO file using OPTION ONE below instead.
I would advise to refrain from using Edge as the default browser if you are not seeing the two options screen appear for upgrade now or create media where you select the create media option. If you aren't using any other browser you can go in and pin IE 11 to the Start and task bar to open up Tools>Internet Options to click on the Default button to make IE the default browser if you haven't already. Then you should be able to see the options screen being referred to in Option Two Step #3 in the guide there.
I took the liberty of highlighting the option a bit so there won't be any mistake on which one to click on when wanting to either the usb media created, dvd burned, or save the "Windows.iso" file direct to a folder waiting to receive it. Here I save each download by the actual full name like "Windows 10 Pro x64.iso" for example. You can download each individually or opt for the combination 32bit/64bit iso which will be larger and require at least a 6gb or larger size flash drive since there are some flash drives that go up in 1gb increments while the 8gb is the most common. The combo iso generally run about 5.6gb on the drive.
As far as the apps that utilize Edge and not IE a lot has to do with Edge still being a kind of beta version for the new browser. MS tossed it in on 10 to give everyone a mandatory peak before 10 is retail sales only when you get the upgrade free for the time being. A later build will likely see Edge having become a full pledged browser while presently lacking and not reason enough even for a repair install but simply not to see it set as the default.
As a last resort simply adding on another substitute browser and seeing that set to default long enough to download 10 by way of the MC Tool would be a thought. That would allow you to bypass the immediate initiation of the upgrade sequence or should.
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