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Successful upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 with 'Users' in other drive!

Question: Successful upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 with 'Users' in other drive!

Originally, I had Windows 8.1 pro installed in my PC having all the system/program files in my 'C' (SSD) drive and the 'Users' folder in 'D' (HDD) drive (as I had voluntarily moved it). As I had registered with Microsoft for Windows 10 upgrade, it was prompting me to upgrade many times. I had read that Windows 10 will not upgrade (fully and automatically) if the 'Users' folder is located in a different hard drive (other than the system/boot drive which is normally 'C'). I was hesitant for the last few days as my big 'Users' folder (>300 GB, bigger than my 256 GB SSD boot drive) was in 'D' drive. Then I read several posts in many websites to find a solution, and did get some ideas to complete the job in a few easy steps. In the following steps, I am explaining how I successfully installed or upgraded to Windows 10 (from 8.1) without doing any "relocate" option. This "relocate" option is very cumbersome (which involves copying the entire content of the USER drive back and forth) if your 'User' folder is too large (as in my case). So, I found a simple method to upgrade to Windows 10, keeping all the contents of my 'User' folder and drive intact (---this is the special thing about this method, which I could not find elsewhere in the related postings in the forums!!!). In the message below, I have used "BillGates" as my 'fake' account name, "C" as my 'system drive' and "D" as my 'Users drive'. Others who will be using this tutorial should use corresponding options as exactly used in their PC. [If anyone cannot understand this, then even the real "Bill Gates" cannot help him/her!!!]

I did the following as explained in 4-steps (actually 3-steps) to successfully upgrade to Windows 10. The process is very easy, and anyone can do it. It would just take 10-15 minutes even for a novice to do all these steps, and additional ~45 minutes (up to 90 minutes in case of a slow computer) for the entire upgrade process. It does not need special expertise if a person follows these steps carefully. Generally, although I don't come to discussion forums to contribute due to my limited time I thought I must share this success story which might be useful for many people with a similar situation. [Warning: Those who have not yet registered with Microsoft for upgrade (and those who are still waiting to hear from Microsoft), please do not proceed. Do these steps, only when you have the upgrade option ready as prompted by the Windows icon on the right-side task bar (if you had registered with Microsoft for free upgrade to Windows 10). Additional condition: Do these steps only if you have your 'Users' folder in another hard drive (as in my case). For others with a regular/normal upgrade, it is an easy process and these steps are not necessary and it may rather be counter-productive]

Step-0 (Optional Backup): I copied or backed up all important folders and files (in the 'Users' folder, e.g., Documents, Pictures, Music, etc.) in to an external hard drive (others may use any other choice/media of their own depending on data size, preference, and availability). This step is optional and not a requirement in case of a successful upgrade (as in my case). However, this back up will at least help you to have all your important folders and files intact for future use, even if the upgrade process is not successful or ends up in an unexpected problem (due to an unforeseen cause). Luckily, I did not face any problem from start to end.
Step-1 (Making two edits in the Registry Editor): From the "Start" button, click "Run" and type "regedit". Registry Editor window will appear. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > ProfileList. [First Edit] On the right side pane, you will see some items (such as Default, Public, ProfilesDirectory, etc.). Right-click on "ProfilesDirectory" and select "modify" from the options. A dialog box will open. In the second field (value data), replace the letter (and colon) representing the original User's drive "d:" with "%SystemDrive%" (e.g., "d:\Users" will now become "%SystemDrive%\Users") and click "OK" button. [Second Edit] Now, in the same "ProfileList" folder click the subfolder with a long name of numbers "S-1-5-############" (I had only one long subfolder as I had a single user account, and I guess this may account for the number of users in the PC. So, one has to select appropriate subfolder to match with the account by just exploring each of the subfolders in case of multiple accounts!!). On the right side pane, right-click on "ProfileImagePath" and select "modify" from the options. In the second field of the dialog box (value data), replace only the drive letter from "d" to "c" as an example in my case (e.g., from "d:\Users\BillGates" to "c:\Users\BillGates") and click "OK". Now, exit/close the Registry Editor window. These two edits, as I understand, are allowing the existing Windows (8.1) to create a new (temporary and empty) 'Users' folder and its subfolders (Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc.) in the system/boot drive 'C'. Don't be afraid. All these folders can be later deleted (or, by choice, can be left as it is for the future upgrades as you can save one step), and all your original folders in the other drive 'D' will be intact and later become part of newly installed Windows 10.
Step-2 (Restart and Install/Upgrade Windows 10): Now, without doing anything else, exit all the running programs and "Restart" the windows. Windows will take a few extra minutes to boot and start up as it will create new temporary "Users" folder and subfolders in the system drive 'C'. Don't bother if the Windows warns you that "this is only a temporary User folder" or "your account profile information is missing" (or similar messages as I don't recall exactly, but not many messages!!). When you log in to your account (--use the same primary account throughout this process), you will see that this Windows (still the 8.1) does not look/feel like your regular Windows with your previous options/features (as you are now 'delinked' from your original User folder and features). Don't worry. Now, click the windows icon on the right-side task-bar (near the time clock) which was prompting you to update/upgrade. The upgrade process will start. Follow the instructions and proceed. This (upgrade) process will go on for about ~45 minutes with 3-4 automatic restarting. During the process of account setting (after about ~30 minutes), you will be prompted to set up or login with your Microsoft or Local account. Finally, you will see that the Windows 10 is fully installed. However, the windows (now Windows 10) may not look/feel like 'your' windows, as it could not access all the options/features specified in your original 'User' folder which is in another drive. Don't worry, and don't do anything else to meddle with the process (--and don't restart now!!!). Just follow the next step (which will rectify this problem).
Step-3 (Reverting back to original options in the Registry Editor): Now, without doing anything else, you have to revert the changes made to the Registry Editor in Step-1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > ProfileList. [First Edit] Right-click on the "ProfilesDirectory" and select "modify" from the options. In the second field (value data), replace "%SystemDrive%" with the original User's drive "d:" (e.g., "%SystemDrive%\Users" will now become "d:\Users") and click "OK" button. [Second Edit] Next, in the same "ProfileList" folder, click the subfolder with a long name of numbers "S-1-5-############". Then, right-click on "ProfileImagePath" and select "modify" from the options. In the second field of the dialog box (value data), replace only the drive letter (e.g., from "c:\Users\BillGates" to "d:\Users\BillGates") and click "OK". Now, exit/close the Registry Editor window. Now, without doing anything else, exit all the running programs and "Restart" the windows. Windows 10 will open with all your original options and it will look and feel like 'your' windows, and all your original 'Users' folder and subfolders (in 'D') will be linked as it was before upgrading to Windows 10. Now, check whether all the directories and files (in your original 'Users" folder and subfolders in the data drive 'D') are intact. After your verification and satisfaction, you can now delete the unnecessary 'Users' folder in the system drive 'C' (if only possible at this stage; if not, leave it for now!!) although I suppose that this will not disturb you in any way other than occupying some disk space. You can now do one more restart, and then later you can go for any further periodic 'Windows updates' which we normally do.

Hope this helps many people in this situation. I should also say that I may not be able to solve any other associated problems with this issue. Further, I may not be able to frequently visit this forum either. Those who have complicated issues and problems, please post your messages so that some experts and technocrats will help you.

PS: My humble request to the Microsoft company is that Windows should come up with a built-in option which would ask for the locations (drives) for the system folder as well as 'Users' folder (maybe prompted by a drop-down menu) during the process of installation so that new upgrades would be installed seamlessly based on these inputs/options by the users (irrespective of the locations of these folders). Then, the customer/consumer/user need not go through such an Odyssey of reading through forums for this common and genuine issue ("upgrade problems when the User drive is different"). So many people are nowadays opting to use a small SSD drive as the system/boot drive (for various advantages including fast/easy running of programs) while using big-spaced hard drives as the 'Users/Home/Data' drive (for saving BIG data in a separate/safe drive rather than in the unsafe boot/system drive which is susceptible for data loss or damage due to any unfortunate program crashes, etc.). Therefore, it is high-time that Microsoft pitches in to help its users by optimizing the products (Windows 10 and future versions) to keep pace with the growing need of the time and trend, especially when even the free software/OS (e.g., Ubuntu) has such options during installations.

Best,
Chekam
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Preferred Solution: Successful upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 with 'Users' in other drive!

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Answer: Successful upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 with 'Users' in other drive!

Good instructions, clear and easy to understand, thanks.

This beats having to actually copy the User folders back to the boot drtive, especially if there are lots of files or if the boot drive is a small SSD.

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When I did the Windows 7 install, I am not sure whether during sysprep or using something called Profile Re-locator, I moved the Users Folder from the C: OS drive to my second E: data drive.

I want to upgrade to Win 10 and have been putting it off.

I forgot how to move the users folder back prior to the upgrade.

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder Moved 2nd Drive

Hi:

See if this tutorial helps:

How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When you are ready to upgrade, the equivalent tutorial for Windows 10 is here:

How to Move Users Profile Folder to another Location in Windows 10

Hope this helps,
MM

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Greetings!

To: Advanced Users and Members

I made this thread for open source workarounds related to Windows Anytime Upgrade was not successful. Due to when you encountered this problem the system would not give any error code to start with isolating the problem why it fails.

Answer:Windows Anytime Upgrade was not successful

What are the main reasons to consider when performing WAU was not successful.

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Hi,
I just successfully upgraded and installed chrome and rooted around windows 8 for the first time.

Upon reboot my login fails with error saying password is wrong for my windows live my windows live account. I am however able to login to windows live account successfully using my phone.
I have seen another user with the same issue.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.. I'm completely locked out. Thanks

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

andrew124C41 said:

I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.



Probably the best thing to do right now, is download what you need, and throw in an empty drive, disconnect all other drives, and clean install W10, then use your W7 key to activate it once you get to the desktop. Also, skip checking for updates at the beginning of the install, because the servers are being hammered now, and you'll just sit there idle, while nothing happens.

If you must review the failure log, it can be found at
C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log

You'll need to show hidden system files to find it, and you'll need to copy it to someplace else in order to open it.

7:40 to go. No time to lose.

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

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Given that the Studio XPS 1640 is not on Dell's Windows 10 pre-tested list, has anyone had any issues after Windows 10 install on Studio XPS 16xx?

Answer:Studio XPS 16xx Windows 10 Upgrade - Anyone Successful?

I have been checking for the same answer. I am wondering about the trackpad.

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Hello Guys,

Just thought I'd let you know that after my unsuccessful Window 8.1 update on the first day of release I have tried it again this week and this time it has gone really smoothly and I'm very impressed with it.

When I originally installed it it made my computer really slow and several previously installed programs had stopped working so I put a image of pre 8.0 install back on to my computer.

The only problem I have which is very small is that I have set a key on my mouse to show the desktop (minimise all windows), on Win 8 it would minimise everything and the 8GadgetPack sidebar would still be displayed, in 8.1 the sidebar is also minimised which is a little annoying. If I use the minimise all windows shortcut on keyboard (win key+M) it will do what I want but I can't set the button on my mouse to do that.

Also the second problem which I hope will be fixed with a gadget update is the Network gadget doesn't work and any new gadgets I add do not work, I think this is something to do with dpi scaling but I can wait for it to be rectified.
So all those of you who had trouble with the 8.1 upgrade, it might be worth another look at it.

Thanks

Tony

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I purchased this laptop in 2006. It was running on WIndows 7 Ultimate, and, before gifting it to a friend I thought I'd try applying the WIndows 10 upgrade.
I was a little surprised, but the upgrade worked with no issues. The video driver is the generic WIndows driver, and display function is fine. All functions are working; wireless, touchpad, sound, Office 2013 apps, browsers (chrome, firefox), antivirus, etc. There are no resource-intensive apps loaded; not used for gaming; but for Internet access, basic office apps, etc. it's working well. 
Totally subjective, but seems a little faster than on Windows 7.

Answer:Inspiron 9400/E1705 successful upgrade to Windows 10

The legacy AGP driver for the Radeon 9XXX card from vista works fine if you have that option.
 

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Hi,I recently decided to move from Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit to Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit on my Lenovo Desktop 3000 K100 machine. I already decided to go with a custom/clean install(I'm experienced in that area), instead of using the upgrade feature. The question is that, have any of You(the 3000 K100 owners) tried and successfully moved to Windows 7 themselves, and now are happily enjoying the new OS, with no issues? I've noticed that the K100 system is not listed in the "upgrade capable systems list":http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/hk/en/htmls/1256358540190.htmlBut then again does Lenovo mean the actual "Free Windows 7 Upgrade Program", where they provide you with the free license for intended Windows 7 OS(you do pay for delivery of the Windows 7 dvd though, if I'm correct), or just that the drivers do not exist for the OS.If it's the second reason, then I believe there's no worries since many articles on the web said that Windows Vista is essentially Windows 7 in a newer candy wrapping. Hence all the drivers should be working fine and be compatible for it. I also ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisory, and at the beginning it told me that I should upgrade my Vista to SP1 before doing the upgrade. I did so successfully and now the Upgrade Advisory says that I'm set for the Windows 7(Not sure why I had to install SP1 thought, after all I'm doing a clean install). Even all... Read more

Answer:[Desktop 3000 K100] Successful Windows 7 upgrade/install?

I have 2 K100 systems, both are successfully running Windows 7 with no issues.  On one, I did an upgrade from Vista Home Premium to W7 32bit, on the other computer, I did a clean install of W7 64bit.  It was very easy and everything is operating fine. 

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Hi, Win 7 clean install worked pretty well.  Have downloade most Lenovo packages, incl HotKey, but excluding Presentation Director and Access Manager. But it seems, I can't get the green indicators (bottom center of screen) to work for when I press the volume, screen brightness, night light functions.  Any advice please?   Thank you.l

Answer:Hi, No Green indicators (volume/screen brightness) after successful Windows 7 upgrade.

Go to CONTROL PANEL > DISPLAY PROPERTIES > SETTINGS > ADVANCED. you should have 5 standard menus and about 8 ATI tabs and there should be a tab that says ON SCREEN DISPLAY click on this and that should give you the settings you need for volume/brightness/light and one other setting to be displayed on screen

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I just wanted to post some good news that might be encouraging to others. I have been in the insiders program with my custom built test system since the beginning and have watched Windows become more and more stable over time.

I build of all of my PCs myself and consider myself as a Windows PC hardware and software advanced user. The day before yesterday, I clicked on the upgrade button... dreading what might happen to my main cherished desktop windows 7 system. Even if I got through the upgrade process, I was assuming I would be having to deal with lots of things that didn't work right. Much to my surprise, the upgrade process completed without a hitch and everything is working fine. Since the Windows PC world is a hobby for me as well as providing my desktop tool... as absurd as it sounds... I am a little let down that I have nothing much to do except go through all Windows 10's settings and other such setup chores.

So the take away is, for at least some of us, Microsoft delivered on the promise. Do all the the backups and other smart things before you upgrade... but there is a decent chance that it will go smoothly for you.

Brian
Boston Area, MA

Answer:Windows 7.1 to Windows 10 Upgrade Successful - Some Good News

Yes, luckily the upgrade process went smoothly on my end also. All the programs and settings were intact, all the drivers still working. It is very easy to do an upgrade, so hopefully many less experienced users can also upgrade their operating system without a hitch.

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I am a Media Center user and in my home its my only computer.
I use Win7 for Work and Taking Care of Stuff for the Home...
and about 2 years ago I went from a part time Media Center User to
a Hardcore record everything on cable before I cut the cord user.
But after I cut the cord and go to Antenna I am just at the range where
TV Signals arent stable unless I install a 50foot tower and a really large antenna.
But even so I will want to record everything that way when 2 shows conflict during primetime
I will have it to watch when Jerry Springer or Judge Judy is on.
I will also have everything I have recorded off of Cable and I will be Legal
meaning watching torrents won't get my internet shut off
Which means my Phone would also get cut off along with my ability to make money as
a developer part time...
Streaming might be the solution for some people but it comes with a cost.
Either you are paying for services that add up to a higher cost than your cable or dish packages.
You are forced to resort to illegal torrents or sites.
or you end up paying higher costs for internet because it takes a ton of bandwidth to stream HD 1080p to the living room, kids room, parents .. whatever all at the same time ..
That free Gigabit Google ain't no where to be seen... so you will be buying 100-200Mbit plans so you can keep your TV, Phone, Alarm / Video Surveillance online at the same time and still surf the web and update your android apps on your cell...
You ever had Video Streaming, someo... Read more

Answer:15% of Windows Users are Media Center Users that Can't Upgrade

Please check this DVBLink wiki
I used this app a while ago to watch and record IPTV on Windows Media Center. But I think they can do it with other sources too. The latest version can record TV server side so you don't need a Windows Media Center anymore. And now I use Plex server for all of my Video stuff instead of Windows Media Center.
It's really a shame MS stopped so many successful apps.

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After upgrading from Vista to WIN 7, I got a message that the upgrade was not successful and that it was going to rollback to Vista (Home Premium). The PC , Dell Inspiron D530 ,restarts but goes back to the same message without rolling back to Vista. Tried F8 safe boot and that eventually takes me back to the same place. I seem to be in some sort of loop of death.
Upgrade was from a download. Micosoft tech support says I need to get the CD version of WIN7 to be able to save all my files. I ordered that and it is being shipped out.

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!
 

Answer:Win 7 upgrade not successful

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Getting error message, "That password is incorrect. Make sure yo're using the password for you Microsoft account. You can always reset it at account.live.com/password/reset."
I just upgrade after purchasing this laptop 2 days ago. After the first restart of the successful upgrade I can't log in. I'm using the right password and have changed it and used that with no success. I can't do anything with this computer and like I said just bought it and need it for work.
Please help.

Answer:After a successful upgrade I can't log in, why?

After changing your password you might have to wait a bit. So try again at the end of the day

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I'm trying to install Windows 7 over my Vista Home edition 32 bit software on a Toshiba Laptop. I ran the compatible software first and everything was a "go". I got as far as burning the DVD and installing the software. After about 3 hours, the screen displayed "Starting Windows" and then I got a message, "The upgrade was not successful...your previous version of Windows is being restored...Do not restart your computer during this time."

After this, the screen goes black, the computer shuts down, restarts again with the "Starting Windows" screen and the "Upgrade not successful" messages once again. This continues on and on and I cannot get anything else on the computer. I pressed F8 for other options and my computer just keeps recycling over and over with the same message. I shut everything down and it restarts with the same message over again.

What to do?

Answer:Upgrade was not successful

Make sure all USB ports are empty (unplug your printer), then do a 'clean' install, not an upgrade.

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This may well be 'old news' for most but I have not yet seen a post verifying this particular 'MS unsupported' upgrade path, namely from Build 7100 RC to build 7600 RTM. It requires editing a file (cversion.ini) in the sources folder of the 7600 RTM file set. The original file contents read:
[HostBuild]
MinClient=7100
nServer=7100

If one edits it to a similar number lower than 7100 then the RTM install WILL do an in-place ugrade. My cversion.ini file contents are:
[HostBuild]
MinClient=6600.0
MinServer=6600.0

With this simple edit Win 7 build 7600 did present the Upgrade installation choice and proceeded to do so without a hitch.

I am posting this for those that choose to do an inplace upgrade from RC to RTM and would oterwise be prevented by MS from doing so. I always recommend a clean install, and do so myself. However through the years I have done many inplace upgrades with no issues.

Upon final reboot the PC this upgrade was done on several days ago, has worked a treat, and has had 0 (zero) issues.

Answer:Successful 'In Place' upgrade RC -to - RTM

Thanks for the post, I think we have seen several RC to RTM upgrades that have gone ok. What the trouble will be is all the folks that have pre-ordered the Home Premium or Professional Upgrade and are currently running Ultimate RC, I think the consensus is that those folks are SOL, they will have to blow away their current 7 install, and then re-install either XP or Vista, activate it, and use the upgrade, there is no upgrading of an unactivated OS anymore unless it is Win2000.

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Obviously this is not a Lenovo supported configuration and ymmv etc. I needed a laptop with 16gb of ram for some virtualization so I recently picked up a refurb V570 hoping that it would take 2x8gb sodimms.  There was a sale on Corsair ram last week so I ordered a pair and I installed it a couple days ago.  Memtest ran overnight (>12 hours) without any errors and I was able to boot Win7 without any issues.  I've been able to create a vm guest with 16gb of ram (overcommit) and run other apps so everything looks good. Hopefully this helps others contemplating a similar upgrade since I wasn't able to find much info for this configuration when I was researching options. More details... Ram used: Corsair CMSO8GX3M1A1333C9 8GB 1X8GB DDR3-1333MHZ CL9-9-9-24 204PIN SODIMM Memory Kithttp://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=64472&vpn=CMSO8GX3M1A1333C9&manufacture=Corsair Laptop model (Future Shop):Lenovo 15.6" Intel Core i5-2430M Laptop (1066XF6) - Black- English Only - Refurbished - Web Only1066XF6WebID: 10189882 http://forums.redflagdeals.com/fs-lenovo-15-6-intel-core-i5-2430m-laptop-1066xf6-black-english-only-... Bios version:Flash BIOS update - Flash from Operating System version for IdeaPad V570Version 44CN43WW   













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Answer:V570 upgrade to 16gb of ram successful!

I found this site yesterday which says you can install 16 GB of ram in a Y570 which I didn't believe, this site also says you can to the V570, so that site mustn't be telling pork pies!

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Hi ppl,
This post is more of an FYI post.

I got given a faulty Aspire 5610 and decided to whip the CPU out of it and put it into my Toshiba Satellite L30 and it works! The Satellite's CPU is an Intel Celeron M series @ 1.87Ghz, while the CPU from the Acer is an Intel T2300 Centrino Duo @ 1.66Ghz. So my Satellite is now marginally quicker, but added to this is 2GB of RAM and and a HDD upgraded to 320GB running Windows 7 Ultimate. While its still not a gaming machine, it crunches all the numbers I throw at it!
Hope this helps someone.

I have noticed that the fan is running almost constantly, any suggestions?

Regards
Markkyboy

Answer:Satellite L30-10Y - Successful CPU upgrade but fan is running

Hey,

Thank you for this very interesting posting! It?s nice to hear that new CPU works properly but I must say there is no guarantee for that but you has luck ;)
CPU upgrade is official not supported but in some cases it can work, depending on mainboard, BIOS and CPU.

Anyway, I think the fan is running almost constantly because the newer and more powerful CPU producing a lot of more heat and this must be cooled from cooling system that is designed for your older CPU.
Everything what you can do is cleaning the cooling system but I think you have already done this during CPU exchange and using correct amount thermal grease.

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I've just installed an extra 512 Mb DDR PC3200 DIMM in a Dell OptiPlex GX260 in addition to its previous 128 Mb.

On boot I get the message "Plug & Play Configuration Error. Strike F1 to continue, F2 to run the setup utility"

If I press F1 Windows loads up fine, when I go into Control Panel, System Properties reports 768 Mb memory installed. Everest Home reports 765 Mb installed. I assume this means the extra 512 Mb is functioning OK, though I would (naively?) think the total memory should be 128 + 512 Mb = 740 Mb ?

On boot, when the error comes up, if I press F2 to run setup, the BIOS (Version A03) reports 768 Mb DDR SDRAM installed; system memory speed 266 MHz; AGP Aperture 128 Mb.

When I ESC out of setup Windows then loads up fine, as normal.

So I seem to have 'almost' been successful upgrading the memory - or have I ?? Do I need to tweak the BIOS memory settings to get rid of the Plug n' Play error message, or is there something else I've missed.

I'd be really grateful for any advice - I'm a hardware novice and this upgrade is for my girlfriend's computer!
 

Answer:Annoying error after successful RAM upgrade

Well, apologies for the obvious, glaring error in my first post ... and the fact I can't do simple arithmetic

... The original memory installed was of course 256 Mb, so the extra 512 Mb naturally brings it to 768 Mb ...

Any advice on the Plug & Play error message is very much appreciated !!
 

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Just general information for anyone who cares

If you own an ASA 5505 series and have a need to upgrade the RAM to 512MB for ASA 8.4+ operating system (which is required) I have successfully done so for $16.00.

I used Corsair Value Select DDR1-400 3-3-3 512MB kit.

part number: VS512MB400/EU G

The ASA booted up without a hitch over 10 times. I am going to turn off my 1921 router and use the ASA for the next week and test its overall stability to certifiy thsi $16.00 upgrade.

Here is a link for those who want to order this upgrade....
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000234UQA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i03
 

Answer:Great news.... ASA 512MB upgrade successful!

You can also use a 1 GB stick. That's what I used in mine. Just a word of caution, it depends on which version of the ASA5505 you have and if it'll accept the stick or not. There's a thread on DSLreports with people's successes/failures. It may boot properly, but issue a "reload" command from the CLI to verifiy that it will reboot properly and not hang on POST and go into an endless loop. A cold boot will work, but you need to test the reload command.

I tried probably ~ 12 sticks of DDR before i found one that worked on POST and after using the reload command on it about 10 times in a row without problems. It is now rock-solid.
 

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A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade

You have most likely heard that a clean (custom) install is the preferred install method when migrating to Windows 7. That is most certainly true. However, there are situations when in-place upgrade is more practical method to use. Tens, maybe hundreds of gigs software installed, no install media found for the software and so on.

You might have heard horror stories about non-working Seven and how it’s all in-place upgrade’s fault, or how an in-place leaves so much unwanted and not used pieces and bits it seriously puts your system in danger, at least making it slow. Most of these horror stories come from two types of users, those who have never done a Vista to Seven in-place upgrade but have heard third hand information and rumours, and those who have not prepared installation as it should be prepared.

I have done a lot of in-place upgrades, both from XP to Vista and lately from Vista to Seven. I have even successfully tried a one-session XP to Seven via Vista in-place upgrade (in-place XP to Vista, installing service packs and drivers and then directly in-place further to Seven), to show some colleagues how to do a safe and working upgrade. I have never encountered any upgrade related problems; I do have had my share of installation problems and issues but I’ve always found out that after failing to do an in-place upgrade, the same issue has occurred also after a clean install. Most often the reason... Read more

Answer:A simple guide to a successful in-place upgrade

Thank you, Kari, for taking the time in an attempt to help everyone who have not taken advantage of the greatest OS, to date.

I know that I felt a bit intimidated when I installed Windows 7 and your guide would have helped me, too.

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Hi there

Why do loads of GREAT apps that had 100,000's of users quite satisfied totally mess things up by "re-inventing themselves".

Tunein radio (Windows version) was a GREAT app for Free Internet radio listening -- Now it's TOTALLY RUINED in its new re-incarnation on Windows -- for starters you have to get it from that WRETCHED Store thing -- so Windows 7 users you're stuck - and then it wants a Microsoft ID which I've been studiously trying to avoid.

I've found that the old Softsqueeze / SQUEEZEPLAY app is just as good or better as it can play YOUR music too (Still have some old Logitech Squeezebox hardware around) and works using the same functionality as TUNEIN. You can run SQUEEZEPLAY without having any logitech hardware if you want -- install the logitech media server (free) and start up squeezeplay - and get your favourite Radio stations again without the hassle of creating a Ms ID and loosing all your favourites. The server also streams music to any remote device too. - Works under WINE as well so you've got a BETTER app than TUNEIN that works on Linux too. - I'm running under WINE - you can see the little WINEGLASS at the top left of the screens. It installed straight from the .EXE file and worked straight Out of the box.

Cheers
jimbo

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Upgrade went OK, went back a few days later to download the ISO, ran media creation tool and made all my chorces, english,win 10 pro,x64 bit, selected iso and place to save file. then blue screen comes up and programs states, "getting a few things ready" and that's it, nothing else happens after that, 1hr, 4hr's 12hr's, still both the back and next boxes are grayed out and little dots going in circle. had to use task mgr. to end task no other way to close window. I have done search over the net and at microsoft for this problem, found nothing. done SFC it came back clean. Win 10 is activated.
any help would be apprciated. thanks

Answer:MSMedia Creation tool hangs after successful upgrade of Win 10

I had the exact same problem some time ago with W10 ITP 10130 BUILD the spinning dots are the loading screen seek help from someone who knows what they are doing. I had to restore OS in the end it killed my machine get technical help

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Any ways I think I am at the logon. Only the mouse pointer is visible. How do I go about doing a recovery when I can not see anything?

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Folks,
Please allow me to share my success upgrade a nice off-lease Dell Optiplex 755 MT for multi-monitor.
If you are looking to use a great system for business, but want to add more monitors (which is fantastic for productivity) then this solution might be nice for you.  And making a multi-monitor graphics solution that works is both easy and tricky at the same time!   It's easy if all the hardware is known to work together!  So, this note is on that topic.
* Using ATI FirePro 2450 in PCI Express 16e slot.
* Four monitors (via included VGA or DVI adapters) PLUS the motherboard video still works!
* Upgraded the BIOS to the most recent.
* Note that this card runs PCI 2.0, and it works in what apparently is a PCIe 1.0a slot on the 755 MOBO.  A 2.1 card may not work.
* This is for business, and all five monitors work fine now, even with YouTube.  This is not intended as a gaming environment.
* There are a few things to try in the BIOS in terms of settings -- for a while there was a memory error and the thing wouldn't boot -- it took a little time to figure out he exact configuration.
* WIndows 7 is the OS used -- and Windows Aero works.
* I'm not long having any crashes associated with the older Jaton NVidia PCI-based cards we were using previously.
* Physical slot dimension are fine.
* Power consumption seems fine.
* Cost from ITX Canada was about $ 250 plus shipping, tax etc.
* This is the Sapphire version of the AMD ATI card, which i... Read more

Answer:Successful Video Upgrade -- Business Multi-Monitor On Optiplex 755 MT

AMD 100-505531 FirePro 2450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195083
It comes with 2 DUAL DMS connectors.

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My laptop is an Acer Aspire 5740-5255 Acer Aspire AS5740-5255 Notebook PC [list][*] Display Type: HD Widescreen Acer CineCrystal? LCD Display[*] Screen Size: 15.6"[*] [*] Maximum Resolution: 1366 x 768[*] [*] Memory Type: DDR3[*] [*] Memory Speed: DDR3 1066[*] [*] Memory Size: 4GB[*] [*] Memory Slots (Total): 2[*] [*] Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB (Requires 64-bit Operating System)[*] [*] Memory Type: DDR3[*] [*] Memory Speed: DDR3 1066[*] [*] Memory Size: 4GB[*] [*] Memory Slots (Total): 2[*] [*] Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB (Requires 64-bit Operating System)[*] [*] Capacity: 320GB[*] [*] Drive Types: Hard Drive[*] [*] Hard Drive Speed: 5400 RPM[*] [*] Processor Brand: Intel[*] [*] Processor Class: Core i3[*] [*] Processor Type: Dual-Core[*] [*] Processor Speed: 2.13GHz[*] [*] Processor Number: i3-330M[*] [*] Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics[*] [*] GPU/VPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD[*] [*] Video Memory: 128MB of dedicated system memory[*] [*] Video Interface: HDMI[*] VGA[*] [*] Lifestyle: Entertainment[*] Home & Student[*] [*] Condition: New[*] [*] Operating Systems: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit [*] [*] Startup Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit [*] [*] Platform: Laptop[*] Optical Drive Type: DVD Super-Multi Dual LayerSo i updated the next available BIOS from the acer support site to v 1.28. ... Read more

Answer:blue screen after successful BIOS upgrade Acer Aspire

Greetings,Boot the computer into Safe Mode w/ Networking by pressing the F8 key until you see the Advanced Options Menu. Download BlueScreen View. Copy & Paste the log file into your next post.

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I am in the middle of another windows nightmare right now. I just purchased an anytime upgrade for my laptop and desktop (both OEM 64bit home premium to Ultimate), and rebooted and everything was fine on both. However, I noticed that some elements of Windows were missing. The Local Security Policy was not there, and would just bring up an error. I went on to Microsofts Technet help pages and found a fix for missing local security policy after anytime upgrade. (It was a regsvr command that reregistered all of the windows dlls.)

This seemed to fix the problem on my laptop and as I went through the control panel and administrative tools everything seemed to be there. I then installed the new version 9 of Vmware Workstation and the new virtualbox 4.2 and rebooted (because virtualbox needed it for networking) and it would just boot to a black screen. I tried a system restore, I tried using my macrium reflect system restore disc (worked in the past by rebuilding the boot configuration.) I also tried my windows 7 64bit system repair disc, and none of them changed anything- still booting to black screen after the windows splash screen.

I have an OEM factory restore disc set but there is no repair option on the HP 3 disc set, so I did not use them, normally any problems booting are fixed by my macrium reflect boot disc, or my windows 7 repair disc that I had made from within windows. Strangely, my recovery partition was no longer recognized by Windows and I had no o... Read more

Answer:Successful Anytime Upgrade Home prem. to Ultimate, problems next day

Well if bootable, I would give this a go.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Also verify in the system window that it did in fact upgrade properly and is now calling itself the proper version.

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Here is an article that Microsoft now included the free upgrade for Windows XP users:
http://www.maximumpc.com/how-to-get-windows-10-for-free/
 

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade for XP users too

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This coming "Patch Tuesday", January 12, will represent the last batch of updates for Windows 8.   After that, it is considered End-of-Life, and no longer supported.   So any Win8 users should upgrade to [at least] Win 8.1... and if you wish, to Win 10.
Those still clinging to Windows Vista can count on more than a year of security updates, until April 11, 2017, and anyone running Windows 7 can do so with confidence until January 14, 2020.  Windows 8.1 reaches the end of its Extended Support phase on January 10, 2023.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/still-running-windows-8-time-to-upgrade-or-else/

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time. 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free


Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft


Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29


Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade


If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time

 
 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time 

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I just recently purchased the licenses I needed to upgrade our fleet up laptops from XP Pro SP3 to Windows 7 Pro. The slowest, oldest laptops are Dell latitude D630s, so I know they can all handle W7. My question is this:

I'm pretty sure going right from XP to W7 does require a clean install (despite using an upgrade disc), right? So, if I have a remote user that uses domain accounts, that system will have to be dropped and re-added to the domain during this process. I'm thinking that I'll have to have these computers in house to do this migration process. Am I right to think this? I'm also breaking they "offline folders, My Docs redirection" crap and switching to an online backup service, so it would be nice to be able to do all of this in house at once.
 

Answer:Remote Users - Windows 7 Upgrade

Yes do it in house.
 

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Hi
   We have windows 2008 r2 domain controller and Windows 7 Pro clients. There is a requirement that user perform some run on software and software generate test file / result which are save on local D drive, now we need to assign permission that
domain users can read. write, modify, create new files/folder on d drive but do not rename or delete files/folders. For that i set following permission on d drive:
Full control for domain admin, local administrator, system
for domain users allow modify, deny delete and delete subfolder and files 
Owner of the d drive is domain administrator
After that user can read files but at the time of saving files the error is "you dont have suffieceint permission to modify files on this location" and o kb file created but if user try to save second time than the file will save on that same location
So  user need to save files two time and one file created with 0 kb. 
Please suggest a solution. Thank you.
 

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Starting today, current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 once the operating system is released in a few months' time. And yes, the free upgrade will give you...

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Answer:Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

DirectX 12 here we come. Oh yeah!
 

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Answer:Will the Windows 10 Technical Preview users be able to upgrade to the full version of windows 10?

Last I heard is that there WILL be an upgrade path from Windows 10 Technical Preview to Retail Windows 10 IF:
You ONLY have a released build installed (no leaked build)NOTE: Below is NOT OFFICIAL, just supposition!!
Now, as for the FREE part, there will probably be steps needed to prove that you own a copy of Windows 7/8. However, if you did an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview and not a clean install, you may not have to verify. Only time will tell.

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Although I'm not a Windows 8 user, I've been reading about the 8.1 upgrade.

Microsoft has been inundated with complaints and is supposedly addressing the issues.

Here are a few articles:

http://www.neowin.net/news/some-win...eset-or-refresh-options-but-theres-a-solution

http://www.neowin.net/news/ie11-forces-googlecom-into-compatibility-mode-rendering-woes-ahoy

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Couldn-t-Update-to-Windows-8-1-0xC1900101-0x40017-392807.shtml

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-8-1-Error-Secure-Boot-Isn-t-Configured-Correctly-392801.shtml

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Answer:Windows 8.1 Upgrade Causing Problems For Many Users

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this seems like discrimination (just kidding) (c;
windows 7/8.1 users will be able to get the free upgrade! but not 8.0 users? why?
 

Answer:why cant windows 8.0 users get the free upgrade to win10?

or you could upgrade to 8.1 when win10 comes out?
 

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I have an X60 Tablet (6363-5BU) with Windows XP Tablet Edition SP3. 2GB of RAM and 250 GB HDD. I'm thinking about upgrading to Windows 8. There are plenty of anecdotes about Win 7 upgrades but not many Win 8 upgrades. It would be nice to find out what issues, pitfalls and workarounds have been discovered and gathering them all here on this thread...





--------ThinkStation S10; ThinkPad 10; ThinkCentre 57e; X200 Tablet; T60 Tablet; T60 15" Widescreen; T60; T40; 701C; 3 x Apple Newton MP2100; 2 x HP 200LX

Answer:X60 Tablet users: Windows 8 upgrade experiences?

Works great
It all worked perfectly right after install.
Im trying to get the buttons for quick screen change to work as they are unrespsonsive but to be honest I never used them much before. So they're not quiet the priority.
It is considerable faste rthan windows 7, I'm sure you will love it.
 
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I read this article earlier this morning and decided to pass it on.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...-on-windows-7-and-8-1-pcs-report-497234.shtml

I'm sure other articles about it have been released by now.

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Answer:Microsoft Still Trying To Force Windows 10 Upgrade On Users

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I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?

Answer:Is the windows 7 upgrade pricing avaliable for RC users

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Conspiracy3


I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?


Yes, but you need to do some editing of the cversion.ini file and have a RC key. there are several threads here at SF that have explained how. You should do a search for upgrade vs clean.

Hope this helps

Ken

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For those of you who are wondering how to go about getting your free upgrade from qualifying computers that came with Windows Vista, look here. You may or may not need a credit or debit card, for shipping purposes. I can not verify this, as I do not have an upgrade option.

https://windows7upgradeoption.com/Pr...formation.aspx

Mods : I'm aware that this should go into the Windows 7 Faq thread, but it would be far more simpler to leave it as it's own thread. We'd have far less worthless threads about this very topic. Be that as it may, this is not my decision, but the respective moderator's decision to do what they see best.

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So my brother got a new vista laptop recently and it came with a paper saying he can upgrade to Windows 7 for free.
So i go on HP's site (he got a pavilion), and i come across the page where i place my order. But then i find this:

It says it costs 30 euros! I thought it was meant to be free!? 30 euros isnt much anyway but thats not the problem, my problem is also that i cant pay online becuase i dont have paypal or a credit card!

Isnt it meant to be free? Or is that the shipping cost?

Answer:Windows 7 free upgrade for vista users

I would call HP and ask them ... though it doesnt sound like a free upgrade to me...

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http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-...s-windows-7-users-will-have-to-pay-to-upgrade

As we wait for the Windows 10 ?consumer preview? unveiling on January 21st, you may be wondering how Microsoft will monetize its new operating system. Given the way Microsoft is pushing its customers towards subscription based Office 365, the same could very well happen with Windows 10. Analysts, however, think it?s a bit early for that.

Gregg Moskowitz, software analyst with Cowen, thinks that while signing up for an annual subscription of Office may be enticing for home users, the same cannot be said about businesses. A subscription model tends to be more costly in the long run, and many large corporations also find it very difficult to upgrade operating systems running on vital hardware.

Moskowitz believes in the possibility that Windows 10 could be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 8 and 8.1 users in order to keep them onboard, after many of them expressed their dissatisfaction with the touch optimized operating system.

It?s no secret that Microsoft is not doing very well in the mobile space compared to Google and Apple, sitting at a distant third place in many markets. Moskowitz suggests that the Redmond giant should continue to offer Windows for free on devices under 9 inches.

Windows 7 users will probably have to pay to upgrade per Moskowitz, since they make up the largest chunk of the Windows user base, and Microsoft may not want to give up one of its main revenue strea... Read more

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When I first installed Windows 7 several years ago, I moved my ProgramData and Users folders to my standalone drive, kept my Program Files and Windows on my RAID-0/SSD. It's been great to me, separating my RAID-0 SSDs from my data and no issues at all.

But now with Windows 10 coming, it seems that I'm stuck, and this set up can't perform in-place upgrades, which Gabe Aul says it's a requirement to get the free Windows 10. I know for starters Windows 8 and beyond does not play nice with a relocated ProgramData, even with junctions.

So what should I do now? Should I just clean re-install Windows 7 for the upgrade? I've already moved most of my data out of the Users folder and reconfigured my libraries. I also thought of doing an offline robocopy move and edit the entire registry to modify it back to C:, but a quick search in the registry seems the work is going to be tedious.

Answer:Relocated ProgramData and Users: Stuck for Windows 10 Upgrade?

I would say don`t upgrade to Windows 10

Why do you want to ruin your perfect setup ?

Why do you think you`re stuck ?

You don`t have to install 10 if you don`t want to.

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How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.

Answer:How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
See: Windows 10 ISO Download

If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.

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I read that Windows 10 will be free for users of windows 7 and 8 (at first) of which I have 2 pcs to upgrade. But I also have a windows vista pc, which unfortunately is working really poorly due (actually not at all for recording) to many many software problems which I believe are due to the old OS.

Will there be an upgrade offer for Windows vista users (or is there likely to be), and also the windows vista was oem, if I did upgrade that pc to windows 10 and then replaced the pc later could I transfer the windows 10 to a new pc. (it's for my ht pc). It was an expensive Vista Ultimate version too.
 

Answer:Windows 10 - Upgrade offers, what about Window Vista users?

I'll chime in my limited knowledge of the subject. First off, I'm fully expecting them to offer a discount for Vista users because they are trying to get a massive push into 10.

As of right now, it is radio silence about previous versions. (Double checked an offer to upgrade to 8.1 for $40, but that deal expired a couple years ago)

If you purchase a upgrade, you should have a a few licenses to play with. If you don't, a quick call to Microsoft might net you another license.
 

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Just wondering if there will be any discounted upgrades particularly for Vista Ultimate users to help them migrate to Windows 7.
Well before people start thinking this is another freebie whiners thread, please read here to udnerstand at least some of the valid reasons why Vista Ultimate users would be upset and dissapointed with Ultimate as it never lived up to the expectations.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=806&tag=rbxccnbzd1

There has also been many complaints by Vista users why there should be an easier upgrade for Vista ultimate users in this more recent article survey.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4347
So my point is for Ultimate users such as myself who paid a premium ( retail on the launch day no less ) but got short changed, we should at least get a cheaper upgrade at least to migrate to Windows 7 Professional ..... Microsoft should at least own up to it's broken promise for Vista Ultimate.

Makes people like me wonder why we even bother buying original when Microsoft don't do right by their customers. Hopefully there will be some easier migration for people in my situation or people may start resorting to other measures to recompensate themselves *cough cough Pirate Bay
 

Answer:Any discounted upgrade for Vista Ultimate users to Windows 7 ?

I purchased 4 retail licenses for Ultimate on launch and I got everything I expected. Media Center and the ability to join domains. Vista will be out for for 3 years when 7 gets launched, i don't feel shorted at all...
Moogle Stiltzkin said:


Just wondering if there will be any discounted upgrades particularly for Vista Ultimate users to help them migrate to Windows 7.
Well before people start thinking this is another freebie whiners thread, please read here to udnerstand at least some of the valid reasons why Vista Ultimate users would be upset and dissapointed with Ultimate as it never lived up to the expectations.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=806&tag=rbxccnbzd1

There has also been many complaints by Vista users why there should be an easier upgrade for Vista ultimate users in this more recent article survey.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4347
So my point is for Ultimate users such as myself who paid a premium ( retail on the launch day no less ) but got short changed, we should at least get a cheaper upgrade at least to migrate to Windows 7 Professional ..... Microsoft should at least own up to it's broken promise for Vista Ultimate.

Makes people like me wonder why we even bother buying original when Microsoft don't do right by their customers. Hopefully there will be some easier migration for people in my situation or people may start resorting to other measures to recompensate themselves *cough cough Pirate Bay Click to e... Read more

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You Can Activate Windows 10 Creators Update with Old Windows License Keyshttps://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...-license-keys/
This is not really a "new" news, but the article is posted on April 19th.
I post this just to erase the doubts from some people's minds when I told them "you can still do it".
excerpt:
License keys for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 can be used to activate a fresh copy of the Windows 10 Creators Update, even if Microsoft has "officially" stopped offering free upgrades to Windows 10 back in the summer of 2016.
This means that users who want to update from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 to the latest Windows 10 version don't need to buy new license keys to activate their new Windows OS.
All they have to do is install a fresh copy of the Windows 10 Creators Update, enter their old license key, and enjoy their new OS.

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A simple web site was created by Microsoft to help users install a Windows operating system. This site offers help on Vista, 7, and XP installations. link.

Answer:New site helps users install, upgrade Windows.

Thanks for providing the link here,
it's all done after Microsoft comes to know that 31% of Windows problems are related to installation issues.....
Now users can find more info on installation process through this website....
in bookmarks already, very helpful !! Visit the website here.

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How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.

Answer:How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
See: Windows 10 ISO Download

If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.

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Microsoft has said that anyone that takes advantage of the free update will also receive free Windows 10 updates for life, and get a free Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, which will be released sometime this summer.Click to expand...

MSFT to Start Charging Users for Windows Upgrade (MSFT, AAPL) | Investopedia

So if you don't upgrade before July 29, anytime after July 29 will result in update charges? Wow. I guess they are pulling out all the stops to get everyone to upgrade. What if you bought window 10 say in 2020. Would you still be charged for updates? Sure sounds like it according to that article. The whole windows 10 update is a clusterfuck.
 

Answer:MSFT to Start Charging Users for Windows Upgrade

You're confusing upgrades and updates. If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29 you will have to pay for the upgrade not pay for updates to your current OS. Anybody purchasing Windows 10 either as a stand alone copy or included with a new PC is going to get updates the same as anyone else regardless of when they purchase it.
 

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Windows Technical Preview users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 final release. If you join the Windows Insider Program you will qualify for the free upgrade to the final release.

When Microsoft's Gabe Aul was asked on December 5, whether Windows Technical Preview testers would be able to update to the final version of Windows 10, when it was available. He replied - Yes, that is our intent.

So would this be a way users using Windows XP / Vista or any other OS for that matter, would be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 - by installing Windows 10 Technical Preview now??? Can anyone clarify? UPDATE: Anyone can now install Windows 10 TP and get Windows 10 Final free.

Answer:Can Windows XP / Vista users can get free Windows 10 Upgrade?

I think he also said "You'll have to be upgrading from a system with a valid license for 7 or 8.x"
So those with valid license of 7 or 8.x only.
Anyone else please confirm or add further...
Thanks.

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Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature.

FROM EARLIER: Windows 9 can?t come out soon enough for Microsoft
According to Diantoro, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it?s released. Apparently, users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, which is how Apple?s OS X updates have been rolled out to Macs for a few years now. For what it?s worth, some of the recent Windows 9 leaks did say that Microsoft already has a tool in place that will allow users to easily perform software updates.
It?s not clear whether other Windows users who are on older versions of the OS will get any other special offers, and actual prices for Windows 9 have yet to be revealed. Microsoft is reportedly interested in moving many people from the older, and no longer supported, Windows XP and offering Windows 9 as a free download might be a great incentive for some.
Microsoft is going to soon unveil Windows 9 and release a... Read more

Answer:Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

... and, it is not going to be an 'upgrade', but just an 'update' to Win8.
 

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The ultimate malware!
Microsoft has admitted that it is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel’s seventh generation Core i3, i5, Qualcomm’s 8996 and other processors to ‘force’ users upgrade to Windows 10, a media report said....Intel Skylake processors will also not be supported on Windows 7 and 8 from July. Therefore, its users will have to upgrade to keep the updates coming.
Read more here
This is absurd! 

Answer:Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

Ron,
In their defense, this policy was announced OVER A YEAR AGO, so that anyone purchasing a system in the interim should have been aware of what would be happening:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/virus-spyware/f/3522/t/19668740

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Computers used for the job:
Laptop with Windows XP Home sp3.
Laptop with Windows XP Pro. sp2.

Softwares used:
Win setup from USB
USBXP
Win to flash

Installation disk:
Windows XP Professional

USB flash drives used:
Adata G08G 8GB
Adata c906 16GB
Pretec 8GB
Imation 4GB

Have tried close to 100 times and all failed.
Sometimes failed at formating the flash drive.
Othertimes failed at installing the OS from the flash drive, saying, "... cannot find the files of Windows ...."

Does anybody have successful experiences and like to share?

Thank you!

Answer:How to make a successful bootable USB flash drive?

Hi first I have to ask is the computer able to boot from usb,did you need to add a sata\raid driver, this is one method Illustrated walk-through: Creating a bootable USB flash drive for Windows XP | TechRepublic

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I just noticed something interesting - it looks like the Windows 8.1 installation installed a very new version of the graphics driver.  Mine is showing as version 10.18.10.3316, dated 10/1/2013 (Oct 1). Anyone else seeing this? I should mention that I had previously updated the graphics driver about a month ago using Intel's generic HD 4000 driver. To do that, I just went to the Intel site and ran their driver update tool from the browser - it scans your machine for Intel hardware and displays available updates. This driver tool recognized my HD 4000 and updated the driver. But the Windows 8.1 installation updated to an even newer version. I'm wondering if my previous update was a factor in why I have this updated graphics driver, or is everyone seeing this?

Answer:Yoga 13 users - what is your graphics driver version after the Windows 8.1 upgrade?

I guess you're asking 8.1 users, but i must say that intel upgrade seemed to help my 8.0... thanks for the heads up.

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In the not too distant future I will be upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I've backed up everything but I know I need a system image as well.

I have two Seagate backup drives (the 3tb one that never worked and the 1tb slim backup plus portable that used to work), and while the Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive used to allow system images because I CAN SEE SOME IN THERE, neither one will work with Windows 7's system image.

I've looked this up before, and just did again, and I know it's because of the 4K vs 512 thing, or whatever.

I don't want to spend 3 hours with Macrium, and I don't want to use Seagate's Disc Wizard or whatever. I just want a system image, and if I have to buy a thumb drive, or another external/backup hard drive that isn't seagate or something, then fine.

Therefore, unless there is something I've missed that can fix my problem with my seagate drives, if someone could be so kind and PLEASE link me to something on Amazon that will DEFINITELY WORK and I'll just get it and move on. Apologies for the tone, this forum has saved my ass on multiple occasions and I mean no disrespect, but in addition to the anxiety over any problems happening when I upgrade to 10, I'm tired of wasting time figuring out why I can't put system images on a drive that has older system images on it. I kinda feel like this guy

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Answer:What specific drive will allow for a successful Win7 System Image?

UPDATE: I don't even know what to say. After posting I tried to just use the slim drive to backup the pc without a system image. But then the backup wouldn't work - something about the volume can't be part of what's getting backed up, error 80780040. This resulted in an hour or so of backup and restore freezing, trying to change the settings freezing, finally changing the backup settings - the system image option was greyed out, but it listed the seagate drive as one of the drives to system image?!?!?!, restarting my pc multiple times, plugging the drive into each of the 3 usb ports I have - 2 usb 3.0s and one 2.0 - more freezing, more task manager ending processes, more restarts....

Until after the most recent restart, I plugged my drive into the second 3.0 drive, and NOW I can not only include the system image in the regular backup process, I am at this very moment using just the create a system image option to save one to the slim drive. Why it works in one 3.0 port and not the other, let alone the 2.0 port, is beyond me.

I'm beyond words. And sanity.

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Computer: HP Pavilion DM4 3070-se (Beats Edition)
OS: Windows 8

Hi all,
Beginning last night I had some problems with my computer. It would not boot up, and when I started it the BIOS showed a '3F0 hard drive not exist' error. I left it until this morning, and tried again. Everything booted up and it reached the Windows 8 login screen -- I have automatic login enabled, but the screen freezes (spinner indicator stops suddenly) and the screen goes black. It restarts again, and sometimes I get the Win8 repair screen, sometimes I get the 3F0 error again.

The inconsistency makes me think that something is screwed up hardware-wise, but I'm not totally sure. Apparently, from reading online, the problem could be the HDD (I don't think this is the case) or a poor cable connection (most likely), or a software problem.

Because I don't have recovery media for Windows 8 (I installed it on a USB drive I don't have with me) I can't try a system refresh or restore, but I'd rather avoid those if at all possible.

Do you all think that a good option might be to take it to a hardware repair place and have them check the cables for errors? Or is this something I should try to fix by myself? Thanks!

Andrew

Answer:hard drive problem preventing successful boot

Why do you think that this isn't the hard drive? IMO that'd be the first thing that I'd suspect.
Most HP's have hardware/hard drive diagnostics built in. Try pressing and holding the "Esc" key when you turn the system on - it should give the option to logon to the diagnostics.

If it is the hard drive, it may not work (as the diagnostic tests are loaded on the hard drive) - so you'll have to try booting to a hard drive diagnostic (such as those here: Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure ) If you have trouble booting to a hard drive diagnostic, post back and we'll try to help you through that.

If the system is under a year old, it's likely still under warranty - so please ask (at the place where you purchased it) how to get repairs done under warranty. The warranty will cover hardware problems but not software problems (and they should be able to do the hard drive diagnostics there).

Good luck!

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In the not too distant future I will be upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. I've backed up everything but I know I need a system image as well.
I have two Seagate backup drives (the 3tb one that never worked and the 1tb slim backup plus portable that used to work), and while the Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive used to allow system images because I CAN SEE SOME IN THERE, neither one will work with Windows 7's system image.
I've looked this up before, and just did again, and I know it's because of the 4K vs 512 thing, or whatever.
I don't want to spend 3 hours with Macrium, and I don't want to use Seagate's Disc Wizard or whatever. I just want a system image, and if I have to buy a thumb drive, or another external/backup hard drive that isn't seagate or something, then fine.
Therefore, unless there is something I've missed that can fix my problem with my seagate drives, if someone could be so kind and PLEASE link me to something on Amazon that will DEFINITELY WORK and I'll just get it and move on. Apologies for the tone, this forum has saved my *** on multiple occasions and I mean no disrespect, but in addition to the anxiety over any problems happening when I upgrade to 10, I'm tired of wasting time figuring out why I can't put system images on a drive that has older system images on it. I kinda feel like this guy

Answer:What specific drive will allow for a successful Win7 System Image?

UPDATE: I don't even know what to say. After posting I tried to just use the slim drive to backup the pc without a system image. But then the backup wouldn't work - something about the volume can't be part of what's getting backed up, error 80780040. This resulted in an hour or so of backup and restore freezing, trying to change the settings freezing, finally changing the backup settings - the system image option was greyed out, but it listed the seagate drive as one of the drives to system image?!?!?!, restarting my pc multiple times, plugging the drive into each of the 3 usb ports I have - 2 usb 3.0s and one 2.0 - more freezing, more task manager ending processes, more restarts....
Until after the most recent restart, I plugged my drive into the second 3.0 drive, and NOW I can not only include the system image in the regular backup process, I am at this very moment using just the create a system image option to save one to the slim drive. Why it works in one 3.0 port and not the other, let alone the 2.0 port, is beyond me.
I'm beyond words. And sanity.

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I've got a few questions for current Windows 10 mobile users!
1. How similar is the interface to wp 8.1 - Ive heard mixed reports that some areas are not as user-friendly as wp 8.1 am I going to find it jarring making the move
2. Facebook Integration I guess the people / contacts link is broken still, but my wp app still has a sync function for my calendar that almost works hows the windows 10 one? How are people getting their facebook calendars in (also contacts?)
3. Unified Inbox I use Win10 on Desktop at the moment, and the mail app really bugs me in this respect also I use the unified inbox a lot on wp 8.1 has this gone away in w10m?
4. Stability / niggles. I personally find wp 8.1 pretty stable and slick at the moment. Would you advise jumping ship (to a 950 xl) on day one, or wait for a while till a few patches have been released?

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Is the windows 10 available for upgrade for pirated windows users ?

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade for pirated windows users.

Yep.
From non-Genuine to non-Genuine 10.Upgrading To Windows 10 From Windows 7/8.1 Pirated
Promoting Pirated software is against our community rules.Community Rules & Guidelines - Mobile Nations Forums

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I was just wondering if windows 8.1 users will be able to get an upgrade to windows 10 when it's released next year does anyone know?
 

Answer:Will Windows 8.1 users get a free upgrade to windows 10

There are many rumors, but Microsoft is still tight-lipped about it. You are asking a question that could never be answered at this early moment. The only way to know the answer is to wait when Microsoft chooses to disclose itself.
 

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I just successfully upgraded my solid state hard drive from60 gigabytes to 256 ; the machine is a Lenovo T400s - while the upgrade isstill fairly fresh, I thought I?d share my experience ? maybe someone else willbenefit ? most of what I?m about to relay was provided by Zoltanthegypsy andGMAC-R60 ? I thank them again for their advice - but I will try to add someadditional thoughts based on my experience ? for the most part I was able touse the tools provided by Lenovo ? my original hard drive had 3 partitions, S(system), C ( windows + my programs & data), & Q ( Lenovo stuff likebackup and restore, the factory copy, etc.) :Create a ?factory state? copy of the machine toDVD or CD soon after purchase ? I say soon after purchase because it appears thata minimum amount of hard disk space is required ? my 60 gig was almost full andI got a message that there wasn?t enough space ? I can still make the copy butI?ll have to move some things off temporarily ? this step isn?t really relatedto the upgrade but it is a good idea ?  Start/Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools and you?ll seethe option ? and as Zoltanthegypsy has pointed out you will most likely not beable to do this from the new hard drive after the restore operation coveredbelow ? I haven?t proven this out but I do know that my Q space on the newdrive is smaller than before ? something was lost and it?s most likely thefactory state ? and so keep the old hard drive long enough t... Read more

Answer:Recounting My Successful Experience Upgrading My Solid State Hard Drive

That's weird...I got the whole job done using only Lenovo's tools, a USB hard drive (recovery image) and a USB flash drive (bootable environment). This was going from the stock 320GB HDD to a 500GB HDD. The recovery allocated the space properly for me...

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I have a USB Flash Drive 32 GB Cruz Glider to back up all my Windows files, libraries, and so on.  When I tell Windows that I want to back up all selected files to Flash Drive, I get crash messages, or messages that back up has failed.  How to
diagnose problem?

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Being the impatient type, I decided to go for max performance(Minimun boot up and application start-up time) by adding a 300 GByte 10,000 hard drive as my Windows 7 boot and application drive. What I want to do is keep all data off this drive. Any suggestions on how I could re-direct Windows 7 Users Folders to one of my other RAID 0 drives?

Answer:Re-directing Windows 7 Users folder to another drive

You could try creating a hard link (MKLINK dos command) in the C:\Users directory for each user. I have no idea how stable this would be, though. You should probably start with just creating a symlink for one particular folder, like the documents folder.


Code:
mklink /j "c:\users\user\My Documents" d:\wherever
It might work, and then again it might not work. Give it a try.

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I have some older computers that my kids use. They work fine, but I would like to get them on a better operating system. Will the Free Upgrade offer let you upgrade XP to Windows 10?

Answer:Will Windows XP users be able to upgrade to Windows 10?

Nope, its Windows 7 and up.

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Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 after $30 Amazon Credit
http://www.dealvs.com/index.php/201...ck-pre-order-30-amazon-promotional-credit-70/

Released!

How are you guys liking Windows 8 so far?
 

Answer:Windows users... will you upgrade to Windows 8?

Well, I always upgrade my soft wares the moment that a new version is released, BUT upgrading Windows IMMEDIATELY?

I think not. That's because if you can still do all your tasks properly and efficiently on your version of Windows, why consider upgrading? Aren't we all after usability?

My point is, if your PC (Windows OS) is capable enough to cope with your needs, don't replace it, because it'll take time before one can familiarize his self with new comers.(that is, Windows 8)
 

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Posted this on other websites without much luck. Hopefully there's some hope posting here.

As titled, I'm trying to do a repair install of Windows 7. Current install and license are from Win 7 Family Pack (Home Prem x64). Installed SP1 since then. Attempting to perform a repair install from the Home Prem x64 TechNet ISO (X17-24209.iso), burned to a flash drive. Everything works great, up until it fails nearing the end of the upgrade and then rolls back.

It gets through several reboots, all the way up to the 4th phase, "Installing Features and Updates" before giving up. It then gives the message "The upgrade was not successful. Your previous version of Windows is being restored. Do not restart your computer during this time." Thankfully, it successfully restores, boots back up, and then gives a bubble to that effect.

Another site suggested it could be Windows Update failing. I installed a patch to ensure it was functioning. So I doubt it's Windows Update.

Perhaps these logs help:

C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log:
setuperr.log - Pastebin.com

C:\$UPGRADE.~OS\OfflineUpgradeStore\File\C$\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log:
WindowsUpdate.log - Pastebin.com

Any ideas?

Answer:Repair Install Fails, Then Reverts - "The upgrade was not successful."

I'm not repair and install expert but when I do one this is what I use and it works. Read through this it should help.

Repair Install

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I've got two Windows 7 installations (on the same drive) and I'd like to share the Users folder of one of those with the other. The other is a new installation.
 

Answer:How do I share one Users folder with two Windows installation (on the same drive)?

Go to the folder you want to share and right click-> Properties. Look at the security tab. Click Add and type in Everybody, then give full control.

If you have an XP machine, you will have to go into folder options and uncheck 'use simple file sharing'.
 

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All of my data is on a separate drive - except for C:\Windows\Users\[myname]\ etc. How do I move this path to my data drive and have all the apps that use it point to the new location? Thank you..........

Answer:How do I move the path C:\Windows\Users[my name] etc. to my data drive

You really don`t want to do that.

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Dear All,
I have a question regarding BIOS upgrades as well as downgrades. First, about downgrading BIOS, is it a safe thing to do? If not, then what makes it not safe? I have Dell Inspiron 640M, with the latest BIOS A10. Not happy with this one due to high pitch sounds coming from the top right hand corner of the laptop. It's been suggested that I downgrade only a couple of revisions back, namely, to either A09 or A08. However, Ive been getting conflicting reports about the safety of downgrading from Dell Tech Support. Some say that it's not done at all, others say that as long as it's only to downgrade back to a couple of previous versions, then risks are not as high as going all the way back to a really early version, such as A03 etc. The risks, I'm told, is in the performance of hard disks. Apparently, if you downgrade to a really early version such as A03, then problems will arise, though I'm not sure what the exact problems are. Moreover, there are those who say that there is no procedure for downgrading and that it is never suggested to anyone to downgrade their BIOS. The notion that it becomes riskier as you downgrade back to a really early version of BIOS such as A03 baffles me, because in my case, prior to doing any kind of updating for BIOS on my laptop, I had version A03, and have not had any kind of improvements, enhancements done to my computer whatsoever. in other words, my computer is the same as when I got it last year in terms of ha... Read more

Answer:Is downgrading of BIOS safe? How do you know if down or upgrade of BIOS is successful

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I'm new to this particular message board and recently, there has been an issue for my clients at my workplace who has difficulties saving their files into the remote drive on the file server (for example Drive Z:).

Everytime when they open an Excel Spreadsheet for example (my clients use
Office 2007, but some use Office 2003), they modify the data in that file.
When its time to save it, they click on "Save" and it gave them an error message that "this particular file is currently in use by another user. Please try again later."

Even though that there is no one around who is using that file remotely, they still gave the error.

The file server runs on Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition. Some clients
use Windows 7, but all others utilize Windows XP Professional.

Upon further examination, I realized that the particular version of McAfee
Virusscan is probably to blame on preventing the users who save files in
the Office 97-2003 format.

When I saved it under the Office 2007 format (i.e.
.xlsx) it worked fine, but many users want to keep it as .xls - just to maintain
cross-compatibility. I've tried to perform a registry fix for the problematic systems, but the problem persists.

By the way, based on my recent search all over the website, I heard somewhere that a version of an antivirus program was likely to blame for the drive saving issue. The file server wasn't restarted though. It kept on continuously.

The version of McAfee Viru... Read more

Answer:certain users in Windows 7 could not save Excel files in remote drive

Note to the administrator(s):

Permission to move this thread to the "Microsoft Office support" section of this message. Please reply ASAP.

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I was messing around with my security settings on my second hard drive (D), and i locked myself out. Below is an image of what happens:
http://itrey30.angelfire.com/GetAttachment.jpg
IF you can't see it, it says "cant access drive d, access is denied". Please HELP! i had like 30gb worth of info on it and i cant afford to lose it. ive never run system restore before, so that option is out. Reformatting it will lose all data. If you know what to do please post your thoughts. Ive run out of ideas.
 

Answer:Solved: Accidently restriced permissions for all users on drive D-Windows 7

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I took out my Windows 7 boot drive and put it inside of a USB enclosure and when I try and go to my profile, I can't open Users folder on other computer. I don't have an administrator account on this other computer. Is there any way to open up the folder? Any tips?

It just says access denied when I try and open it up on a windows xp computer with no ADMIN privileges (I can't get admin on this computer). On a XP computer that has admin it opens fine. I figured since I actually wasn't using the OS that was on the drive I wouldn't have any trouble reading any folders on it (but I guess that because it's NTFS there are more security measures, unlike FAT32 which would let anybody read anything).

Would I just need to open up the folder on a computer with admin and then copy the things over while I still have admin?

Thanks for any / all help.
 

Answer:Put Windows 7 drive in USB enclosure and can't open Users folder on other computer

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HI,
My wifes win7 pc stated giving us SMART warnings that the hdd was in the process of failings. We immediately began a Windows BU making a complete system image onto an external USB HD. The drive was larger than the "C" drive we were backing up. The C drive had about 350GB of space used on it and it took over 30 hours to do the BU but Windows said that the BU was successfully completed. The PC only has USB 2 so the BU was not going to be fast but I was surprised at the time and perhaps that points to a failing drive in itself?

I have been very surprised by two things but it might be normal and I'm looking for advice/opinions.

First, the external "F" drive now has over 620 GB of space used on it which is almost double the usage of the C drive that was backed up to it. Is this possible or normal?

Secondly, when I click on the F drive to see what it contains it shows a folder called "Name of PC", also a folder named Windows Image BU and finally a MediaID .bin file. With the sole exception of the .bin file the folders do not indicate any data amount in GB. If I right click on them and go to Properties they both say "0" bytes. Is this normal or is there an issue here?

Assuming nothing is amiss here am I correct that I have everything I need to successfully remove the failing C drive, put in a new one, boot off the "F" drive using Windows Image BU and copy all the programs and data from the "F" drive onto the n... Read more

Answer:Windows BU successful or not

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pbirch3074



Assuming nothing is amiss here am I correct that I have everything I need to successfully remove the failing C drive, put in a new one, boot off the "F" drive using Windows Image BU and copy all the programs and data from the "F" drive onto the new "C" drive.?



I'd be EXTREMELY wary of assuming nothing is amiss, given what you describe and given that you apparently have little experience with Windows Backup. It's a bit of a strange bird well known for confusing the inexperienced.

It's hard to say what you have backed up. Maybe just C. Maybe C and some other partitions. Maybe nothing you can successfully get at or recover.

What would I do?

I'd conduct myself as if I could NOT recover Windows until proven otherwise. Know what you would do if that turns out to be true.

I'd backup my DATA as opposed to Windows to a known good destination using nothing more complicated than a mouse and keyboard. Plain old copy, ignoring Windows entirely.

Then I'd attempt to make some sort of headway with an imaging application that is more user-friendly.

Unless of course you can get some expert help in here on Windows Backup and Restore, which might happen.

I don't think it's going to allow you to "boot off the F drive". That isn't how backup applications typically work. Nor will you get very far with a "copy all the programs and data" from F to the new... Read more

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I'm not sure if this belongs in operating systems or storage devices but oh well.

So here is my problem and here is what I want to do:

I had a hard drive in a laptop experience a fall and damage some sectors and now windows 10 won't boot.
I took the drive out and did a scan on it and it seems most of the bad sectors are near the beginning of the disk.

I tried cloning the entire drive to a new drive but windows won't boot, I did SFC /scannow to the new cloned drive, Check Disk, and a virus scan before putting in back into the laptop. But no improvement.

What I want to try is this:

These are the standard windows 10 partitions:

Recovery/System Partition
EFI Partition
Reserved Partition
Data Partition

I want to do a fresh install so I get brand new partitions (because I think that is where the damage is), but then I want to clone just the Data partition from the old drive to this new drive with the fresh install.

Has anyone done it, did it work for you, do you suggest giving it a try?

Thanks for all your help.
 

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I am not able to do a search in Windows 8 on my Computer for documents.

For instance. Searching for a PDF document that is saved under the title "Lanolin". I type in "La" in the search and get a number of documents but not Lanolin. I type the full Name and get no results. I Close the search fundtion and I am looking right at the document that the search tells me is not there.

Is there something else that one must do so that the search function functions?

Mike

Answer:Search in Windows 8 not successful

Maybe

*.pdf

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As per subject has anyone successfully install Windows 10 on a Dell XPS 8500 ?I've read posts about drivers not being available, other say they work fine..I've read the BIOS won't support it... other say its fine.
Has anyone actually done it ? and how ?Thanks :D

Answer:XPS 8500 - Anyone successful with Windows 10 ?

The Windows 10 download worked well on my 3 year old XPS13--except it killed the track pad driver.  The Dell website doesn't seem to have a recent driver upgrade, and of course "Kevin & Chip" in New Delhi were as useless as usual.  

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Dell laptop n14 Int. Hard drive died because I punched on mousepad long time ago. So I replaced HDD with new one. I went to SetUp to check if it detects HDD I installed recently and it did. Awesome. Then pressed F12 and pressed on flash drive to load OS. Installation showed up like it should be, went into install but it can't find my HDD. I rescanned and it still can't find HDD. If BIOs were able to detect new HDD then why won't Windows find it too?

EDIT: I using different AC power adapter because I could not find right one that are for this laptop so warning came up like this "System will adjust the performance to match the power available. Please connect a Dell 65W AC adapter or greater for best system performance"

Answer:OS loaded from USB successful but windows can't find my new HDD

I followed a step from Windows 7 Installation Failure - Overcome

"At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

So far, most of them are successful. Now it is formatting. 21% so far. Will update once it is completed.

EDIT: now 57%

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Sorry to be creating a thread on this, but this is important because it involves Windows Update.

My Windows 10 PC was just about to restart and complete the install of the newest Windows 10 Update, but I accidentally cancelled the restart. I then tried to restart it by pressing the grey box in Windows Update that says "Restart now" but it gave me an error.

Finally, I went to the Start menu and I pressed "Restart and install updates" and it then restarted itself.

How can I be sure it installed the update successfully?

Thank you!

Answer:How To Check if Windows 10 Update Was Successful?

NiceAndShy said:

Sorry to be creating a thread on this, but this is important because it involves Windows Update.

My Windows 10 PC was just about to restart and complete the install of the newest Windows 10 Update, but I accidentally cancelled the restart. I then tried to restart it by pressing the grey box in Windows Update that says "Restart now" but it gave me an error.

Finally, I went to the Start menu and I pressed "Restart and install updates" and it then restarted itself.

How can I be sure it installed the update successfully?

Thank you!



Settings/Update and Security/Windows Update/Update History.

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I have several OptiPlex 3040's that when I run into boot issues with them I cannot perform a successful startup repair via USB. For some reason I have to slave a DVD drive to the unit and boot via DVD in order to get the job done. The USB stick is made from DVD that is used to do the successful repair.

I have some 3020's that work fine to repair from USB as a matter of fact all of my other models do, just the 3040's that do not work. I am wondering if there is a setting in the BIOS that needs to be changed or a driver that needs to be installed on the USB stick.

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Hello Folks,

Just replaced a HD and was able to restore a very old (2011) Windows 7 image from an external hard drive but have not been successful logging in. The login window only presents 'other user' - I was expecting it to display my user name. I have tried many old passwords without success. A few questions:
1) Is the 'Other User' prompt an indication the system image was captured before my account was created?
2) Assuming the restored image knows of my account, is there a way to reset the PW without a PW reset disk?

Thanks in advance,
Barry

Answer:Successful Windows 7 System Restore but cannot log in

NET USER is showing just two users:
Administrator & Guest

Thoughts on why the system image does not contain my user account? This was originally imaged by the IT group at my college. It seems highly unlikely that I would have created a backup on my external HD before creating the user account.

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I successfully completed an upgrade install of Windows 10 on a Toshiba Satellite L775 this evening. It took 6 hours total, including hours of watching and waiting, but everything that I've tried so far has worked. I just wanted to post this because we all curse Microsoft from time to time. Two points of advice: 1. be patient, 2. when it's done, it might not tell you. I waited 1 1/2 hours for some notification. It never came. Finally, with minimal disk activity showing, I physically shut down, waited a bit, and restarted. When it came back up, it ran through its list of "Setting up. . .,"Taking care. . . ," "Let's Start," "Adding features . . ," So far, I'm thrilled. I know, I'm lucky (but not usually).

Answer:Successful laptop install of Windows 10

It appears I have similar laptop (Toshiba L775-12F PSK3WE). Please, let me know, didn't you experience keyboard problem like this: TOSHIBA: Satellite L775-11N - Uprgade Windows 10 - FN key problem - TOSHIBA FORUM ? This topic is about slightly different model, but I fear I may come across it too. What is exact model of your laptop? Thank you.

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After wiping out the prior install (saved user data first) of a Windows XP Home SP1 (yes I know it's old, it's not my) system and resinstalling the op sys, I find that I have no LAN icon in Network Connections and IPCONFIG shows there's nothing there. Hence although there's a functioning high speed cable modem connected to the system, there's no internet connectivity, which was there before the system was rebuilt. This is a new problem to me and anyone with some/any inkling as to why this happened and what can be done to resolve it, would be helpful.
 

Answer:Reinstall of Windows XP not completely successful...

More than likely the driver for the ethernet card isn't installed. Go to Device manager and see if you have any yellow exclamation points beside hardware devices. If so you will need to install drivers for them.. After you get all your devices running install SP2 and all security updates.
 

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Hello,
 
I have a problem with my computer (IdeaPad S12). Yesterday I installed updates then I clicked to restart the computer. Everything seemed to be normal but suddenly it has showed a message saying :
 
Configuration of updating Service Pack wasnt successful. Returning changes that have been made. Dont switch the computer.   (its an approximate translation from my language)
 
I am waiting almost 10 hours now! Is that normal or what should I do?? I am getting nervous. Please, help me.
 
Thanks in advance.
 Linda.
 
Edit by mod:
Help, please! ... is changed  to a more statement subject = S12 Windows Update did not work successful
 
 
 
 
 

Answer:S12 Windows Update did not work successful

Hi and welcome,
mention you use  Windows 7 tried update to Servicepack 1 re-roll could take time , but not 10 hours ...
think your system hung up...in a loop ...
 HDD control Led in front cover is flickering ?  
 
 S12 on/off switch press  4-5 seconds to break the loop take hard shutdown off ...
 
Restart  Windows 7 itself should manage necessary corrections and after a while it should restart again...
 
regards KalvinKlein
 

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I successfully completed an upgrade install of Windows 10 on a Toshiba Satellite L775 this evening. It took 6 hours total, including hours of watching and waiting, but everything that I've tried so far has worked. I just wanted to post this because we all curse Microsoft from time to time. Two points of advice: 1. be patient, 2. when it's done, it might not tell you. I waited 1 1/2 hours for some notification. It never came. Finally, with minimal disk activity showing, I physically shut down, waited a bit, and restarted. When it came back up, it ran through its list of "Setting up. . .,"Taking care. . . ," "Let's Start," "Adding features . . ," So far, I'm thrilled. I know, I'm lucky (but not usually).

Answer:Successful laptop install of Windows 10

It appears I have similar laptop (Toshiba L775-12F PSK3WE). Please, let me know, didn't you experience keyboard problem like this: TOSHIBA: Satellite L775-11N - Uprgade Windows 10 - FN key problem - TOSHIBA FORUM ? This topic is about slightly different model, but I fear I may come across it too. What is exact model of your laptop? Thank you.

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Windows says it manage to update 2922229kb successfully but the next time it connects to the internet it says it is updating 2922229kb again.

What's going on?

Answer:windows updates successful but update again

This has happened to others.
When you see the update, right click and then hide. You will not be bothered again.

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Sorry to be creating a thread on this, but this is important because it involves Windows Update.

My Windows 10 PC was just about to restart and complete the install of the newest Windows 10 Update, but I accidentally cancelled the restart. I then tried to restart it by pressing the grey box in Windows Update that says "Restart now" but it gave me an error.

Finally, I went to the Start menu and I pressed "Restart and install updates" and it then restarted itself.

How can I be sure it installed the update successfully?

Thank you!

Answer:How To Check if Windows 10 Update Was Successful?

NiceAndShy said:

Sorry to be creating a thread on this, but this is important because it involves Windows Update.

My Windows 10 PC was just about to restart and complete the install of the newest Windows 10 Update, but I accidentally cancelled the restart. I then tried to restart it by pressing the grey box in Windows Update that says "Restart now" but it gave me an error.

Finally, I went to the Start menu and I pressed "Restart and install updates" and it then restarted itself.

How can I be sure it installed the update successfully?

Thank you!



Settings/Update and Security/Windows Update/Update History.

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Hello, I've got a problem with my windows updates for a couple of days now (3-4 I believe)

2 Updates are always being successfully installed, yet the next time I shut down my computer it always installs the same updates again!
Another weird thing is those updates are from 2011 and 2012!

The Updates are both called:
- Sicherheitsupdate f?r Microsoft .NET Framework 4 unter Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 f?r x64-basierte Systeme (KB2656351)
- Update f?r Microsoft .NET Framework 4 unter Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 f?r x64-basierte Systeme (KB2600217)

I tried fixing it with that "windowsupdate.diagcab" and it did say it fixed a problem but obviously it didn't..

I hope someone can help me :/

Answer:Windows update successful but still wants to install again

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

See this post:
update never go away after installing??

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