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My recent experience of this has been that performing a clean install on a machine that hasn't previously activated with Win 10 results in activation failure, but performing an in-place upgrade works every time (providing it's an eligible OS you're upgrading from).
I've done five this week without issue. The first one I tried from HP installation media, but it failed because the BIOS only activates Win 7. Once I installed that the MCT upgraded to Win 10 and activated with no problems, so I just performed clean upgrades on the others. Still have a few left to go...
Of course this may be different if using the MCT directly, rather than an OEM DVD.
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"The installation program give you the option to do either."
I know the program will give the option - my point is that Ive not seen that this works - it needs to be done as an upgrade from a currently activated version.
From here - http://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-how-you-can-still-get-a-free-windows-10-upgrade
Note that you cannot boot from the newly created USB drive or DVD to perform an upgrade. You must run the Windows 10 setup program from your currently installed and activated copy of Windows.
We will pay the price but we will not count the cost..
I believe you have to use your old Windows 7 product key when installing Windows 10, then activation should work fine with a clean install.
Idk though, since I never had a legit Windows 7 key, either. I activated using other more nefarious means.
when i click on this all i get is Save or Cancel, doesnt give me the Run option?
getting frustrated with it now as all the search engine results seem to lead back to the Microsoft Windows 10 site?
"when i click on this all i get is Save or Cancel, doesnt give me the Run option?"
If you save the file, you will then be able to run it.
Seems to be going ok. Main install done, now working on updates'. I wasn't in the room when the last one went tits-up but it looks promising
Mark, you need to save it to either your pc or a usb drive first. Then it'll either autorun or you need to select setup.exe from the usb
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Nah, didn't take, but got a lot further then before, and had a bit of informatio to go on. namely, it's exactly this.
I have a wireless dongle in the back of the PC. I used to have a physical connection, but Annie insists on having the rabbits in the house, and they like to get behind my desk and nibble at anything they can find. Including, but not limited to, router cables.
The list of obstacles is getting smaller. Another attempt tomorrow, chaps.
Well, it's all gone horribly wrong. Following that links advice, I removed the wireless dongle's driver, then restarted so it would install the latest one. Nothing but bluescreens since. Won't start in safe mode and the repair tool can't touch it. Tried using the windows installation dvd but still no joy. Error reports corrupted registry. Knew i should have bloody stuck with W7
Guys, when do we tell him that were joking and that we're all still rocking good ol' Windows 7?
But seriously, clean install all the way. If I was you, I'd grab a cheap 250GB SSD for like £30, install Windows on that and then recover your data from the existing hard drive afterwards.