Windows 10: Can't activate Windows 10. Tried everything.

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  1.    09 Aug 2015 #21

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    If you can save everything you want to keep on a USB, then do that, you won't need to install Macrium Reflect and make an image. Then restore your Windows 8.1 to factory:
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-

    You might not have an Asus computer, but the procedure should be the same. Then before any Windows Updates are installed, put in the USB drive containing Windows 10 and run Setup.exe from it.
    ok i got the stuff i want on one usb. downloading windows 10 iso to another usb.

    http://s18.postimg.org/s0nse304p/Untitled7.png

    will then try to reset computer to default settings, and download windows 10 from the usb, and then just skipping any product key entering, will be ok?

    probably will have to wait till tomorrow
    Last edited by Stannis; 09 Aug 2015 at 22:26.
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  2.    10 Aug 2015 #22

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    If you can save everything you want to keep on a USB, then do that, you won't need to install Macrium Reflect and make an image. Then restore your Windows 8.1 to factory:
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-

    You might not have an Asus computer, but the procedure should be the same. Then before any Windows Updates are installed, put in the USB drive containing Windows 10 and run Setup.exe from it.
    When I "Remove everything and reinstall windows" I got the message "Insert media: Some files are missing. Your windows installation or recovery media will provide these files."

    Do I have to download the 8.1 ISO to a USB as well?
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  3.    10 Aug 2015 #23

    Unfortunately it sounds like you have to and then not sure if that will work, but worth a try.
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  4.    10 Aug 2015 #24

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Unfortunately it sounds like you have to and then not sure if that will work, but worth a try.
    should i just remove the files, or fully clean the drive?
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  5.    10 Aug 2015 #25

    Stannis said: View Post
    should i just remove the files, or fully clean the drive?
    Is that an option the system restore is giving you? I would try just remove the files.
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  6.    11 Aug 2015 #26

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Is that an option the system restore is giving you? I would try just remove the files.
    well i tried fully cleaning the drive, and about 60% of the way through it got an error, and now my computer is completely ****ed.. it goes to this blue screen that gives me a bunch of options but absolutely none of them work. cant repair windows 8, cant troubleshoot the problem, cant do anything. rip
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  7.    11 Aug 2015 #27

    If you have another computer, you can install Macrium Reflect and create a rescue disc. You can boot the non-working computer with that and make an image of the existing hard drive to an external so you can possibly save the data on it. Then using Windows 8.1 installation media do a clean install of Windows 8.1.
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  8.    11 Aug 2015 #28

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    If you have another computer, you can install Macrium Reflect and create a rescue disc. You can boot the non-working computer with that and make an image of the existing hard drive to an external so you can possibly save the data on it. Then using Windows 8.1 installation media do a clean install of Windows 8.1.
    I dont care about saving the data on the harddrive. I tried doing a clean install of windows 8.1 and it failed. my comp is completely screwed up now.
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  9.    11 Aug 2015 #29

    What exactly failed on the Windows 8.1 clean install? And did you remove all the partitions on the hard drive before starting the install, and select the unallocated space to install it to?
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