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June 14, 2019 at 13:07:30
Specs: Windows 7 pro 64bit, Intel core 2 i3-4150/3gb
Built my own pc years ago with Win7 Pro 64 bit. Want to upgrade to Win 10; found a dozen different versions for sale, bought 10 Pro 64 bit. Envelope says OEM, must install using Microsoft preinstall kit. Link for more info wants me to register "my company" as pc builder and reseller. ? I just want a simple upgrade (which used to be free). Before I open the envelope, can I do it? Do I need this special preinstall kit? Is there a way around all this crap?

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June 17, 2019 at 10:43:53
Why are you trying to upgrade to Win10? It's fine if you're worried about Win7's end of life, but if you're doing this in an attempt to fix some new, undesired behavior, there may be something else going on. Especially if the installer's crashing on you.

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June 14, 2019 at 14:56:04
"Is there a way around all this crap?"

Sure. The free upgrade is still available. Do a search.


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June 14, 2019 at 15:23:29
Thanks for responding. Tried the download. I can get the download tool, and finally got the win10 download complete. But then when I try to install I get to about 20% and my computer crashes. No matter what... updated the drivers, ran memory diagnostics, etc. Can't get anything done without a crash (multiple reasons shown on BSOD). That's why I want to upgrade and start over.
And the install does NOT pick up where it left off. I have to use the tool to download the update all over again. That's 20 or 30 minutes, and no guarantee it wan't crash again.

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June 17, 2019 at 10:15:45
Just remember to copy all important files to external drives and test their integrity before a clean install. The clean install is your best bet but if your hard drive is flaky, too small, or too slow, consider purchasing a new SSD drive to install it on, just make sure that your old drive is unplugged before installing to be sure all of the boot components install to the same drive as your operating system so it will work if/when you remove of wipe the old drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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June 17, 2019 at 10:43:53
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Why are you trying to upgrade to Win10? It's fine if you're worried about Win7's end of life, but if you're doing this in an attempt to fix some new, undesired behavior, there may be something else going on. Especially if the installer's crashing on you.

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June 17, 2019 at 14:59:07
All good ideas and suggestions. It will take some time to get through it all. Glad I have my backup computer (running XP) to communicate with the world.

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June 20, 2019 at 10:59:25
Razor was right. my system had been crashing (with 7 or 8 different reasons noted on the BSOD), and I couldn't get anything done. So I decided to upgrade the system and start over with a blank slate. Unfortunately, as noted above, Win10 was a more challenging opponent than any Game of Thrones villain.
I followed the many suggestions I found from users, including deleting the system partition and setting it up again, and still couldn't get Win10 to install without more problems. MSoobe became MS-oops. Restoring a "deleted" account.. couldn't even get there. Other attempts at solutions were unsuccessful. So after 4 days, I made one final, bold move, and finally fixed everything. <<drum roll>> I reinstalled Win7. And it works! And now it doesn't crash! And I have an unused but open Win10 disk that I will hold on to until time to build my next system.
My old XP system, that I've been using to research solutions and communicate with the world, obviously still works fine, and Win7 is back, so as Razor says, why upgrade to Win10?
Thanks, everybody. I'll join the 10 crowd sometime in the future.
DeadHead out!

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June 25, 2019 at 04:14:51
Yeah Deadhead I also had a same problem back while upgrading my system from win8.1 to win 10. I attempted so many times to upgrade it, with hours of installing waiting period (that i could watch all game of thrones episodes thrice) *sigh*.
Tried a lot but all in vain.
Then i installed my system friendly windows 8.1 again using system recovery tools and i was very happy to see that win logo turning back on again. After that never thought of upgrading it, not because i did not want it but because there was no need :P

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