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  1.    06 Jan 2016 #1
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    Still waiting for validation of this pc to download


    So what exactly are they trying to validate in each pc for mine to take so long?

    I have an alienware 18, i7-4900mq, gtx 780m sli, 16 gb ram, windows 7.
    I heard that maybe you needed to update your bios so i did that and still stuck on "we are validating windows 10 for your pc".

    Is there any way to learn what exactly is it trying to validate before moving forward? To know if it is some important driver issue or not.

    Especially since Microsoft decide to say that we should use windows 7 "at your own risk, at your own peril."
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  2.    06 Jan 2016 #2
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    take so long
    How long is that? The process not only checks whether the hardware is compatible but also programs you have on it. I have seen the process stall when a computer was infected and again when some [unidentified] update hadn't been applied to Win7 w/SP1.
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  3.    06 Jan 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    How long
    Oh i havent done anything, i got the windows 10 popup who has been saying "thank you for reserving a copy but we re validating windows 10 for your pc" since july.

    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    The process not only checks whether the hardware is compatible but also programs you have on it.
    Is there any way to see what causes problems to this check? like a list of programs or hardware it has issues with?
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  4.    08 Jan 2016 #4
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    i mean, is there a way to learn if windows 10 will break something if i just make the update without wait for them to "validate windows 10 for my pc"
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  5.    08 Jan 2016 #5
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    You could try this Windows 10 Pre-Upgrade Validation using SETUP.EXE - Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


    The easiest would be though to make a backup and just download the correct home or Pro ISO and try the update. It is described in option 1 here Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

    If it does have a problem with some driver (or something) it will tell you in the set-up logs but your PC should definitely be able to run 10..
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  6.    08 Jan 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    You could try this Windows 10 Pre-Upgrade Validation using SETUP.EXE - Michael Niehaus' Windows and Office deployment ramblings - Site Home - TechNet Blogs


    The easiest would be though to make a backup and just download the correct home or Pro ISO and try the update. It is described in option 1 here Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

    If it does have a problem with some driver (or something) it will tell you in the set-up logs but your PC should definitely be able to run 10..
    Ah good, one question though, where is that setup.exe they are referring to? Did the windows 10 upgrade download it somewhere, do i need to download it manually from some windows 100 website?
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  7.    08 Jan 2016 #7
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    The setup.exe is in the ISO so you'd need to download it anyway (there are links to download it from Microsoft here Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums).

    It is best to download an ISO as if you have to do the upgrade more than once for any reason you don't have to download the whole lot (3GB) again.
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  8.    08 Jan 2016 #8
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    ok i got 3 questions
    1)Do i need to burn it in a disc? Or can i just extract it and activate it since i have no discs to burn now to be honest.

    2)Also where exactly is that setup.exe command line?Does it come later in the installation process?
    First thing i got when i opened it is a blue window that asks me to download and install updates? Should i do that? Are these updates just for smooth installation or does it refer to windows upgrade overall?

    3)Will it ask me for some sort of activation key? Because i dont think i have one since the windows 10 popup on my pc simply says "Thank you for reserving your free upgrade, we are validating windows 10 for your pc"
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  9.    08 Jan 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphie2449 View Post
    1)Do i need to burn it in a disc? Or can i just extract it and activate it since i have no discs to burn now to be honest.
    You don't need to burn it to disk - you can put it on a USB or (as you are on 7 and can't mount ISO easily) extract to your desktop as described in section 7 here Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

    Quote Originally Posted by ralphie2449 View Post
    2)Also where exactly is that setup.exe command line?Does it come later in the installation process?
    First thing i got when i opened it is a blue window that asks me to download and install updates? Should i do that? Are these updates just for smooth installation or does it refer to windows upgrade overall?
    When you mount the ISO then setup.exe is at the root of the drive (or root of the folder if you extracted to desktop as above). If you say yes to the upgrades question it will get updates from Windows update first - otherwise it will get them after the upgrade is complete. I'd do it first just in case there is some fix to upgrade process.

    The command line for setup .exe is only to run the check. If you want to run the upgrade you just double click on setup.exe.

    Quote Originally Posted by ralphie2449 View Post
    3)Will it ask me for some sort of activation key? Because i dont think i have one since the windows 10 popup on my pc simply says "Thank you for reserving your free upgrade, we are validating windows 10 for your pc"
    It will not ask for a key if you are doing an upgrade, no. If it does something is wrong (most likely it is trying to do a clean install not an upgrade). That would only happen if you burned it to disk or USB and booted from it. If you run the upgrade from within 7 it should not ask for a key. The tutorial mentioned above shows what you should see.

    You can find your existing key with this tool though which is always worth doing. Showkey - Windows 10 Forums
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  10.    08 Jan 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    The command line for setup .exe is only to run the check. If you want to run the upgrade you just double click on setup.exe.
    Uhh I kinda have no idea how exactly am i supposed to run this "command", where do i type the "SETUP.EXE /Auto Upgrade /Quiet /NoReboot /DynamicUpdate Disable /Compat ScanOnly"

    "SETUP.EXE includes a command line switch that tells it to “check for compatibility”"
    Where exactly?
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