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    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
       06 Jul 2015 #10

    DavidY said: View Post

    It's not a problem for me (assuming my Macrium restore works out) but I'm happy to explore/ test things out tomorrow, if it would help contribute to Forum knowledge, especially as I think quite a few folks may want to roll back to their original OS in order to activate the GA release.

    David
    @DavidY

    If you are an insider that upgrade from 7 or 8.1. you shouldn't need to roll back to activate the GA release. They way I understand if you upgrade for 7 or 8.1 and leave the insider program your RTM/GA will remain active & the build will become a GA release. Then of course you can download an pre-activated iso image for your system to do a clean install or an upgrade or repair install.
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  2.    06 Jul 2015 #11

    groze said: View Post
    @DavidY

    If you are an insider that upgrade from 7 or 8.1. you shouldn't need to roll back to activate the GA release. They way I understand if you upgrade for 7 or 8.1 and leave the insider program your RTM/GA will remain active & the build will become a GA release. Then of course you can download an pre-activated iso image for your system to do a clean install or an upgrade or repair install.
    Hi there,

    Thanks for that - yeah I know - but because of the activation problems at the weekend, I entered the 'testing' product key which I suspect will have made it 'forget' that it was originally upgraded from a valid 8.1 licence.

    That's why I wanted to rollback and try going to 10162 again, hopefully this time it would activate straight away as I think they've fixed the activation problem.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       06 Jul 2015 #12

    Yeah, Microsoft has fixed the activation issue.
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    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
       06 Jul 2015 #13

    DavidY said: View Post
    Hi there,

    Thanks for that - yeah I know - but because of the activation problems at the weekend, I entered the 'testing' product key which I suspect will have made it 'forget' that it was originally upgraded from a valid 8.1 licence.

    That's why I wanted to rollback and try going to 10162 again, hopefully this time it would activate straight away as I think they've fixed the activation problem.
    DavidY

    I came across an unusual issue with my testing. If there is an oem maker in the firmware of your device, make sure you use that version of windows to upgrade 10 and not a retail or another oem version otherwise windows 10 will not activate. This could be an issue with those who have change there key to what on the back or bottom of the computer. Even when I knew the activation was fixed, it still didn't activate. So, I had to re-do everything. This time I am using windows 7 retail and the windows 7 oem was upgraded to windows 10.

    Primary Partition 1 Windows 7 retail
    Primary Partition 2 Windows 10 preview upgraded from windows 7 oem and it was not easy to say the least.
    Logical Partition 5 Xubuntu
    Logical Partition 6 Linux Swap
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #14

    Hi! So I just got my copy of Windows 10 today and it turned out to be a complete disaster. I am currently waiting for my laptop to go back to previous build and will then proceed to reset to factory settings, as I read at the top of this thread that this is only a temporary fix for a month until it rolls back.

    I understand it will take a while, so I have got out my other two laptops in the meantime preparing to download lots of stuff that is best done with a firewall ready for the new factory reset.

    I ended up in this mess as my AMD graphics software did not seem to like Windows 10 at all, the catalyst software was unable to function so I downloaded the AMD driver checker and it started to download the catalyst software. Half way through the install, the screen went blank and the cursor froze. I had to shut it down manually and since then, I have been unable to access Windows 10 at all.

    Not impressed really and I will not be installing Windows 10 again, once this ordeal is over, then I will remove it completely, it's way too unstable.

    Thanks alot Microsoft, all my apps, settings and programs have been uninstalled. Hopefully my files will still be intact, but I am not overly optimistic about that either, there is over 700 GB of files that could be at risk.

    Does anyone have any idea how this could have been avoided?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       30 Jul 2015 #15

    Hello Nemus, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Sorry to hear about your troubles, but it seemed to have been caused by an interrupted AMD driver installation.
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  7.    30 Jul 2015 #16

    Windows 10 black screen issue


    nemus said: View Post
    Hi! So I just got my copy of Windows 10 today and it turned out to be a complete disaster. I am currently waiting for my laptop to go back to previous build and will then proceed to reset to factory settings, as I read at the top of this thread that this is only a temporary fix for a month until it rolls back.

    I understand it will take a while, so I have got out my other two laptops in the meantime preparing to download lots of stuff that is best done with a firewall ready for the new factory reset.

    I ended up in this mess as my AMD graphics software did not seem to like Windows 10 at all, the catalyst software was unable to function so I downloaded the AMD driver checker and it started to download the catalyst software. Half way through the install, the screen went blank and the cursor froze. I had to shut it down manually and since then, I have been unable to access Windows 10 at all.

    Not impressed really and I will not be installing Windows 10 again, once this ordeal is over, then I will remove it completely, it's way too unstable.

    Thanks alot Microsoft, all my apps, settings and programs have been uninstalled. Hopefully my files will still be intact, but I am not overly optimistic about that either, there is over 700 GB of files that could be at risk.

    Does anyone have any idea how this could have been avoided?
    Similar issues with me. I'm on go back to previous build blue screen, with restarting still after 4-5 hours, should I try again or wait till tommorow morning?

    This is 2 whole days I havent been able to use my laptop, I don't why I installed windows 10, I just clicked on like a dummy!!! Lol
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  8.    31 Jul 2015 #17

    Just a note. When going back from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1, the 'Upgrade to Windows 10' Windows Update banner and $Windows.~BT folder are still there where they were before. However, despite the $Windows.~BT folder still having the files in it from before upgrading to Windows 10, Windows 8.1 started downloading the whole lot again.

    I left it too late, so just let it download the whole lot again, however if you don't want to go back to Windows 10 again, it maybe worth trying to uninstall the KB3035583 Update before it starts downloading and save wasting an extra 5GB of bandwidth.

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  9.    05 Aug 2015 #18

    I am in the process in going back to previous windows .it is taking soo much time.it already took 100 mins..how much it will take to get back ?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       05 Aug 2015 #19

    Hello Sourav, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    That will vary from system to system, and if there's any issues that could slow it down. As long as you have hard drive activity, it's best to let it sit until finished.
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