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  1. Posts : 151
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       25 Mar 2016 #280

    Mooly said: View Post
    As long as you have installed and activated your W8.1 copy on the PC in question then you can clean install W10. From memory...

    1/ Just create a normal W10 ISO from the appropriate link (not the N version or any other odd options, just W10). Make sure you choose the correct 32 or 64 bit version.

    2/ When you clean install it I think (again from memory) it will automatically pick the correct version (pro or not) because your PC is already activated with the qualifying W8 license. All editions of W10 are included in the ISO you create. If by chance it didn't automatically pick the correct one, or you had a license code to enter on install, then the option to manually choose your W10 version appears.

    Does that help :)
    Thanks! Yes - except it is Windows 8. It was upgrading to 8.1 that was the issue on this machine. So if I have Windows 8 activated, can I just run the Windows 10 install from my USB? Or do I still need 8.1 first?

    Or - now I have Windows 10 on the usb, could I just do gatherosstate.exe method on the activated Windows 8 desktop and then clean install? And not need 8.1? Sorry if I'm going round in circles a bit!
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  2. Posts : 151
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       25 Mar 2016 #281

    Ok - Windows 8 installed and actived. I have the Windows 10 burned to usb on another machine. Got the gatherostage.exe copied onto desktop and run as administractor, file copied on a separate usb and am clean installing Windows 10 now. Only thing is at product key page there was no option to skip - just an option that said "I do not have a product key" so I clicked on that. Selected Windows 10 Pro, deleted old partitions and installed to all unused space, and it's installing now.

    So as I didn't get the 'skip' option - should I just try and activate with my Windows 8 product key after installation? Or do the gatherosstate.exe?
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    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       25 Mar 2016 #282

    Sounds like you are getting there. I'm not sure whether you can go straight from 8 (rather than 8.1) to 10 but I would have thought so.

    My story is a bit similar. The PC in question was supplied with W7 pro, but I preferred W8.1 and so bought a copy and installed that. When I came to want to switch to W10 I quickly reinstalled W7 pro (no updates... just a quick install and activate). From there I clean installed W10 from the ISO and found it was already activated. Microsoft had already picked up the qualifying activation for W7 that I was using.

    If by chance you did need W8.1 (rather than 8) to proceed then its still quick and free to update 8 to 8.1 and go from there.
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  4.    25 Mar 2016 #283

    You don't need Windows 8.1 or SP1 for Windows 7, if upgrading from an ISO file, DVD or USB Flash Drive. 8.1 or SP1 are only required to get the Windows 10 upgrade option to appear in Windows Update.
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  5. Posts : 151
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       25 Mar 2016 #284

    Thanks! After installation I followed the instructions to paste the gatherosstate.exe file into the File Explorer link and restarted. It wasn't shown as activated, so I restarted again and now it is activated. Great stuff, thank you.

    So this was an Asus Eee PC 904HA (same motherboard as Eee PC 1000) with a new hard drive. Windows 7 runs on it but not particularly speedily. Did a clean install of Windows 8 with upgrade media - refreshing the install activated it. Windows 8 didn't accept 1024 x 600 resolution so rather than hack it and not be able to update to Windows 8.1 I installed Windows 10. Didn't do any Windows updates on Windows 8.

    On a different computer, went to the Microsoft page for downloading Windows 10 and clicked on "Download Tool Now" (scroll down the page). Saved it and ran it and made a Windows 10 iso on a usb drive.

    Installed the usb drive in the Windows 8 Eee PC - opened the contents of the usb drive and copied the file as recommended in this tutorial at the start, pasted it onto the Windows 8 desktop, right clicked and ran as administrator. Then copied the file that appeared on the desktop and pasted it onto another usb (not the Windows 10 usb). Turned off computer.

    Following the instructions at the start of this thread, clean installed Windows 10 from usb, selected "I don't have a product key" during installation then used the gatherosstate.exe file to insert product number - restarted twice and it is activated on Windows 10 with correct screen resolution.
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  6.    25 Mar 2016 #285

    Glad it worked for you Hazel123! Just for information, the genuineticket.xml file can be saved on the Windows 10 installation USB flash drive - a person does not need a separate storage location for it.
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  7. Posts : 151
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       25 Mar 2016 #286

    Ok thanks! It saved a lot of time and hassle thank you and Windows 10 seems to be working very nicely I'm pleased I could put it on this machine - neither of our other laptops are compatible. Just thought I'd add how it worked for an Asus Eee PC 904HA or 1000 - much better than Windows 8 on this machine.
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    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       25 Mar 2016 #287

    Great to hear its worked OK
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  9. Posts : 151
    Windows 7 and Windows 10
       25 Mar 2016 #288

    It's worked great - thanks for the tutorial! Everything works, even Cortana and Windows has installed all the drivers - no exclamation marks.
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    W10 pro x64 and W8.1 x86
       26 Mar 2016 #289

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