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Can't Install Windows on New SSD Installed on New Win10 Laptop

Question: Can't Install Windows on New SSD Installed on New Win10 Laptop

Hello everyone,

Here is my issue. I just got a deal on a brand new HP Probook 450 G3 that came with a 1To HDD and Windows 10 pre-installed. I used the spare money to purchase an Windows 7 Pro x64 license and a Sandisk 256Gb SSD. My intention was to pull the original HDD out and do a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD.

I have gone absolutely bonkers after 72 hours of trying... Sorry in advance if I state the obvious or if I do not use the right wording. I know a little but am definitely not a wiz. So here goes.


PROBLEM 1: Impossible to Enable Secure Boot and Install Windows 7

I unplugged the HDD and swapped it with the SSD.

Using Rufus, I created a bootable USB stick formatted as Fat32 and partitioned as GPT since my Bios defaults to UEFI. I stuck the USB device in the computer, went to F10 - BIOS Setup. My BIOS is version N78 Ver. 1.06 12/18/2015. The USB device is properly recognized as a UEFI device.

In BIOS Setup >> Advanced >> Secure Boot Configuration, I switched to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable then Save. In Boot Options, I unchecked Fast Boot. Below, UEFI Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Only the device booting order can be tweaked so I ranked the USB device first. Below, Legacy Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Instead of a device list as with UEFI Boot Order, the following sentence is written: "Enable Legacy Boot, Save Settings & Exit, then Return to Setup".

With now everything set up as much as the BIOS allows me to enable Secure Boot, I Exit and Save. The cpu restarts and prompts me to validate a 4-digit code to enable Secure Boot. I do so. The computer restarts and seems to be booting the USB stick but immediately returns the following error message.

Secure Boot
Selected boot image did not authentica​te.

Out of curiosity, I go back to the BIOS and I realize that the Secure Boot Configuration settings did not save and have all reverted back to Legacy Support Disable and Secure Boot Enable.
I tried to do the same process with clearing the secure boot keys, or after logging in as an admin. Nothing works. I always get the same Secure Boot error message and disabling Secure Boot never saves.


PROBLEM 2: Impossible to Boot Windows 10 Recovery Disk

So after losing hope, I decided to at least get Windows 10 installed on the SSD. today, I ran the HP recovery disk containing Windows 10 + drivers. The computer will simply refuse to even start booting the DVD. It does recognize the DVD and lists it properly if I go to the boot menu. It just will not boot it and returns the following error message.

BootDevice Not Found
Please Install an Operating System on your Hard Drive
Hard Disk - (3F0)

So basically, my new laptop only works with the original HDD and Windows 10. Everything else seems hard wired. I cannot even run a recovery disk.

Please let me know what I am missing here as I seriously do not know what else I can do.

Thanks A LOT in advance.

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Hello everyone,

Here is my issue. I just got a deal on a brand new HP Probook 450 G3 that came with a 1To HDD and Windows 10 pre-installed. I used the spare money to purchase an Windows 7 Pro x64 license and a Sandisk 256Gb SSD. My intention was to pull the original HDD out and do a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD.

I have gone absolutely bonkers after 72 hours of trying... Sorry in advance if I state the obvious or if I do not use the right wording. I know a little but am definitely not a wiz. So here goes.


PROBLEM 1: Impossible to Enable Secure Boot and Install Windows 7

I unplugged the HDD and swapped it with the SSD.

Using Rufus, I created a bootable USB stick formatted as Fat32 and partitioned as GPT since my Bios defaults to UEFI. I stuck the USB device in the computer, went to F10 - BIOS Setup. My BIOS is version N78 Ver. 1.06 12/18/2015. The USB device is properly recognized as a UEFI device.

In BIOS Setup >> Advanced >> Secure Boot Configuration, I switched to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable then Save. In Boot Options, I unchecked Fast Boot. Below, UEFI Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Only the device booting order can be tweaked so I ranked the USB device first. Below, Legacy Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Instead of a device list as with UEFI Boot Order, the following sentence is written: "Enable Legacy Boot, Save Settings & Exit, then Return to Setup".

With now ev... Read more

Answer:Can't Install Windows on New SSD Installed on New Win10 Laptop

So you want to install windows 7.

You need to disable secure boot, as windows 7 does not support it. See if this helps: Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI
Check the Option 3 there.

Keep the rest of UEFI. It will work good with Windows 7 x64. For the details, check here: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums

To run a CD/DVD or USB in a UEFI enabled environment, you need to run it as UEFI.
Press the "Boot Menu" Key during bootup. It will give you two option for the bootable media you are wanting to run. One is normal (which will not boot in UEFI) and the other is UEFI boot option.
If you opt for the UEFI option, the recovery media will boot.

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Is it possible to do a clean install of Windows 10 on alaptop which came with Windows 10 preinstalled, andno installation disk? If so, what is required? -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Answer:Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

If the partitions have not been changed, the Recovery partition should still exist. How to get to that would depend on the Make/Model of the system.

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Hi there. I'm hopeful you can help me with my problem.

I recently purchased a new MSI laptop with Windows 10 Home Edition already installed. I asked the authorized re-seller to perform a clean Windows installation so as not to have to deal with bloatware.

When my laptop arrived, I skipped the activation step when I first booted it up - I didn't have a disk or email receipt with the product key, after all, and from what I understand, with Windows 10 manufacturers no longer put a sticker on the device with the product key. Then I started getting nag messages telling me Windows wasn't activated. When I went to Settings, it said that my product key is already in use by another PC. Any attempts to "change product key" result in freezing the Settings window, and I have to go to the Task Manager to end the task.

I have been working with both MSI and the re-seller to try to figure out how to fix this, but it's taking some time and I'm getting impatient... and therefore, I have been researching on my own as well. But it would seem that the re-seller messed up the clean installation, possibly by using an incorrect version of Windows, such as Professional.

My laptop did not arrive with a Windows disk. I have 2 drives - a small SSD on which Windows is installed, and a large secondary hard drive. Disk management is showing a recovery partition on both drives, but they have 100% free space.

So, I have many questions, but these are my 2 big ones:
1. Can I... Read more

Answer:New laptop with Win10 pre-installed won't activate

please run this program > Showkey

Need you to post a pic of Key info window - But before posting pic - click each product key to hide them then capture pic and post

Example

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Hi there. I'm hopeful you can help me with my problem.

I recently purchased a new MSI laptop with Windows 10 Home Edition already installed. I asked the authorized re-seller to perform a clean Windows installation so as not to have to deal with bloatware.

When my laptop arrived, I skipped the activation step when I first booted it up - I didn't have a disk or email receipt with the product key, after all, and from what I understand, with Windows 10 manufacturers no longer put a sticker on the device with the product key. Then I started getting nag messages telling me Windows wasn't activated. When I went to Settings, it said that my product key is already in use by another PC. Any attempts to "change product key" result in freezing the Settings window, and I have to go to the Task Manager to end the task.

I have been working with both MSI and the re-seller to try to figure out how to fix this, but it's taking some time and I'm getting impatient... and therefore, I have been researching on my own as well. But it would seem that the re-seller messed up the clean installation, possibly by using an incorrect version of Windows, such as Professional.

My laptop did not arrive with a Windows disk. I have 2 drives - a small SSD on which Windows is installed, and a large secondary hard drive. Disk management is showing a recovery partition on both drives, but they have 100% free space.

So, I have many questions, but these are my 2 big ones:
1. Can I... Read more

Answer:New laptop with Win10 pre-installed won't activate

please run this program > https://www.tenforums.com/software-ap...7-showkey.html

Need you to post a pic of Key info window - But before posting pic - click each product key to hide them then capture pic and post

Example
Attachment 44386

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Can I install Win10 over a non-booting, but legal copy of Win7, to retain the registered programs installed?
The disk does not boot, but the files are accessible. Perhaps booting and installing on the disc from a Win10 ISO? Assume that I have copied the old HD to a new one to negate the problem of a possible/probable bad sector in the boot or recovery areas.

Answer:Can I install Win10 over a non-booting copy of Win7, to retain the programs installed?

Nope, you need it bootable. Windows can upgrade only when setup us launched from a running Windows. If you boot from the media, you can only clean install.

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Hi!

I have Fujitsu Lifebook UH552, after I do upgrade from Win7 to Win10, camera on my laptop has a blue screen (see image bellow)



What can it be?

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Hi!

I have Fujitsu Lifebook UH552, after I do upgrade from Win7 to Win10, camera on my laptop has a blue screen (see image bellow)



What can it be?

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My Samsung laptop got a virus so I reinstalled windows 7 from a disk from another desktop computer and kept the old windows files in a separate folder called windows.old. The problem is that the windows 7 that I installed doesn't have all the Samsung stuff that I need like wifi etc

How can I re install the preloaded Samsung windows 7 without a disk?

Thanks...

Answer:How to re install pre installed windows 7 on a Samsung Laptop

On power-on keep tapping F8 and go to repair my computer. That will install from the recovery partition.

But in the future you should make frequent images to an external disk. Then you can recover in a few minutes.

Imaging with free Macrium

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I have an Asus laptop 1025c.
Atom processor, 2gb ram.

It originally had windows 7 starter and i hated it so i decided to flash crunchbang linux. turns out linux isnt for me so i created a bootable usb of windows xp and when i boot to it the setup loads for a sec but then after "starting setup" it says:

No previous version of windows nt can be found on this computer. Setup cannot verify that you qualify to install this upgrade product.
To quit setup, press F3.

so i was thinking maybe since linux wrote the grub bootloader to the mbr maybe i need to rewrite it for windows xp, and i did that with hirens boot disk. Tried to load xp again and same problem. Im stumped lol, searched google cant find an answer. Any help would be appreciated thanks

Answer:Installed Linux, now can't install windows -Asus Laptop

You have an Upgrade copy of XP which requires the qualifying precursor OS to be installed to use it.

I suggest you do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which may provide the performance you were missing and that a factory preinstall cheats you out of due to the bloatware and other overhead.

To unlock all versions to access Starter, download the eicfg removal tool and run it on the Home Premium 32 bit installer ISO provided in Step 1, then burn to DVD or flash stick using tool in Step 2. Follow the steps closely to make sure you get a perfect install, deleting all partitions using the Drive Options in Steps 7/8 of Clean Install Windows 7

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Right. I bought this laptop, the spec is decent and the price was cheap. I realized it was so cheap because it didn't have a windows OS installed on it. I thought "That's fine, you're decent when it comes to computers. Just buy windows 10 and install it yourself!". No. Just no. I can't get the laptop to install windows 10 OS. (It's on a USB drive)

It has some kind of Linux UI already installed but I'd hardly call it an OS. When the laptop loads it resembles a bios and you have to enter Linux codes in order to do anything.

I'm really struggling to refrain from smashing the laptop to bits. I've gone into the bios and on the boot menu it's set to UEFI with secure boot enabled. I've managed to disable secure boot but it still won't load the windows 10 USB. I've changed it from UEFI to Legacy mode and although it will now load the USB, it doesn't install the OS. It just comes up with a massage saying to do it again but after about 5 tries it still won't work.

I've read it might be because of the GTP partitions but I've no idea what these are.

Also, I've tried to delete all the Linux partitions through the Linux UI but the fdisk functions seem to be different for me when compared with all the tutorials online.

Can anyone help?!?

Thanks a million if you can!

Answer:Asus laptop Pre-installed with Linux OS. How do I install windows 10?!

First, how did you make the USB flash drive? A properly created Windows 10 USB flash will boot in either legacy mode or UEFI mode. I prefer the manual method of preparing a bootable USB flash drive with diskpart (on a Windows computer) and then extracting the Windows 10 ISO file to it.

Once you boot into the Windows 10 USB setup, at the first screen press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt. Run the following commands (THIS WILL ERASE THE ENTIRE HARD DRIVE):

diskpart
select disk 0
clean
exit
exit

Then select the custom install option, highlight the unallocated space on the hard drive and click Next to let Windows 10 create the partitions it wants. If that doesn't work, you will have to post the exact error message you are getting.

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Hi everybody,

The reason I am seeking your help today is that I'm trying to do an clean install on my freshly bough Asus Zenbook UX330UAK which came with a pre-installed windows 10 loaded with bloatware.
Now I know that it's touchy to mess with windows 10 pre-installed laptops beacause of OEM's partitions and stuff.

So here I am trying not to mess it up with I hope you help.

Basically all I need to know is how to manager the partition part.

Right now on my SSD I got 4 partitions

- Partition 1 : System
- Partition 2 : MSR
- Partition 3 : OS
- Partition 4 : Recovery

I read stuffs like you have to be very careful with pre-installed windows 10 laptop because of UEFI settings stored by the OEM. That if you happen to delete them your laptop won't boot anymore on UEFI mode and you'll have to swith your BIOS to legacy, do a BIOS install of windows ... bref, problems

I want to avoid that.
I read online that I should delete System, MSR and OR then create a new partition and install windows on it. During the installation profess windows will create new system and MSR partition. Right or not ?

I just need someone to shed some light on this for me.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Clean install on a pre-installed windows 10 laptop (partions)

First, we need a bit more information about the recovery partition. How big is it? If it is 450mb then it is just the standard, vanilla Windows 10 recovery partition and nothing special from Asus is likely to be in it.

Here's what you can do. It's not what I do with a new computer, but you can do it:

Delete Partitions 1, 2, 3 (System, MSR and OS). Do not create a new partition. Just select the custom install option in Windows 10 setup, select the unallocated space to install to, and click next. Windows 10 setup will create it's own new System, MSR, OS partitions and a new recovery partition in front of the old recovery partition which will remain left over.

What I do when I get a new computer.
I boot the new computer from a USB flash drive containing Kyhi's Recovery Tools from this forum. I save an image of the entire internal hard drive/SSD onto an external USB hard drive.

Then I boot the new computer from it's own drive and enter Audit Mode and export the manufacturer specific drivers to the same external USB hard drive using the dism /online /export-driver command.

Then I reboot the computer to a Windows 10 installation flash drive (which is also my Kyhi's recovery tools drive), completely erase (delete) all partitions on the new computer's drive, then install Windows 10 to the empty drive. If I have to, I reinstall the manufacturer's drivers from those I exported earlier.

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Hi everybody,

The reason I am seeking your help today is that I'm trying to do an clean install on my freshly bough Asus Zenbook UX330UAK which came with a pre-installed windows 10 loaded with bloatware.
Now I know that it's touchy to mess with windows 10 pre-installed laptops because of OEM's partitions and stuff.

So here I am trying not to mess it up with I hope you help.

Basically all I need to know is how to manager the partition part.

Right now on my SSD I got 4 partitions

- Partition 1 : System
- Partition 2 : MSR
- Partition 3 : OS
- Partition 4 : Recovery

I read stuffs like you have to be very careful with pre-installed windows 10 laptop because of UEFI settings stored by the OEM. That if you happen to delete them your laptop won't boot anymore on UEFI mode and you'll have to swith your BIOS to legacy, do a BIOS install of windows ... bref, problems

I want to avoid that.
I read online that I should delete System, MSR and OR then create a new partition and install windows on it. During the installation profess windows will create new system and MSR partition. Right or not ?

I just need someone to shed some light on this for me.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Clean install on a pre-installed windows 10 laptop (partions)

First, we need a bit more information about the recovery partition. How big is it? If it is 450mb then it is just the standard, vanilla Windows 10 recovery partition and nothing special from Asus is likely to be in it.

Here's what you can do. It's not what I do with a new computer, but you can do it:

Delete Partitions 1, 2, 3 (System, MSR and OS). Do not create a new partition. Just select the custom install option in Windows 10 setup, select the unallocated space to install to, and click next. Windows 10 setup will create it's own new System, MSR, OS partitions and a new recovery partition in front of the old recovery partition which will remain left over.

What I do when I get a new computer.
I boot the new computer from a USB flash drive containing Kyhi's Recovery Tools from this forum. I save an image of the entire internal hard drive/SSD onto an external USB hard drive.

Then I boot the new computer from it's own drive and enter Audit Mode and export the manufacturer specific drivers to the same external USB hard drive using the dism /online /export-driver command.

Then I reboot the computer to a Windows 10 installation flash drive (which is also my Kyhi's recovery tools drive), completely erase (delete) all partitions on the new computer's drive, then install Windows 10 to the empty drive. If I have to, I reinstall the manufacturer's drivers from those I exported earlier.

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I have here a physical copy dvd of windows 8 64bit original.
I used the dvd to install windows 8 on my desktop pc.

Now i want to upgrade my desktop pc to windows 10 and i wonder if after installing windows 10 on my desktop pc i can use the windows 8 dvd on my laptop ? My laptop have windows 7 home premium but there is no working link to download it again.

I'm asking since maybe the windows 8 dvd is for using only once on one machine.

Answer:Can i install windows 8 on my laptop after installed windows 10 ?

Most of the time, your disc will only be good for one computer.

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I bought a HP Presario DV6-2155dx. It came with Windows 7 pre-installed. It is going to be used as a computer at work, and IT support says that in order for the programs that we currently run at our plant, it has to have XP installed. Is there a way for this to happen. He says he can install XP, but doesn't think the drivers will work.

Answer:Need to install Windows XP on a Laptop that has Windows 7 pre-installed

You could possibly run XP virtually with VirtualBox...

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Current: Win10 ver 1511 build 10586.589
Acer laptop Intel Pentium P6100 2GHz, 4GB ram

About a month ago I tried to update to ver 1607, but it restarted to a black screen with the dots going around in circles. I left it running for 48 hours before I forced a shut-down. after restarting it three times it went back to ver 1511.
Since then update has downloaded and installed endlessly with the message "cannot complete update" after restart. I have tried Update Troubleshooter and it states it fixed issues. I have tried Update Assistant without success as well as Media Creation Tool. The only option I get with MCT is to do a complete install wiping out everything. The other options are grayed out.
I chatted with Microsoft and they wanted me to pay $200.00 USD for a year of support or $100.00 USD for a single instance. I declined.
Can anyone offer me a way around this problem, or a way to prevent update from downloading and installing ver 1607?
I have read hundreds of posts about Anniversary update problems but none have helped me thus far.

p.s. I have also received error codes of : 0x8007652 and 0x8024a10a.

Thanks

Answer:Win10 ver 1607 will not install on laptop

Wow, only 9 results from Google on that error (of which the majority is useless)

... but have you tried the two options mentioned here...

Solved - Error 0x80070002 - 0x20009 Windows 8.1 update

the 2nd is new to me but interesting.

(PS I know it's not exactly the same error - but the result seems to be the same)

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Current: Win10 ver 1511 build 10586.589
Acer laptop Intel Pentium P6100 2GHz, 4GB ram

About a month ago I tried to update to ver 1607, but it restarted to a black screen with the dots going around in circles. I left it running for 48 hours before I forced a shut-down. after restarting it three times it went back to ver 1511.
Since then update has downloaded and installed endlessly with the message "cannot complete update" after restart. I have tried Update Troubleshooter and it states it fixed issues. I have tried Update Assistant without success as well as Media Creation Tool. The only option I get with MCT is to do a complete install wiping out everything. The other options are grayed out.
I chatted with Microsoft and they wanted me to pay $200.00 USD for a year of support or $100.00 USD for a single instance. I declined.
Can anyone offer me a way around this problem, or a way to prevent update from downloading and installing ver 1607?
I have read hundreds of posts about Anniversary update problems but none have helped me thus far.

p.s. I have also received error codes of : 0x8007652 and 0x8024a10a.

Thanks

Answer:Win10 ver 1607 will not install on laptop

Wow, only 9 results from Google on that error (of which the majority is useless)

... but have you tried the two options mentioned here...

Solved - Error 0x80070002 - 0x20009 Windows 8.1 update

the 2nd is new to me but interesting.

(PS I know it's not exactly the same error - but the result seems to be the same)

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Hello,

Just got a new Lenovo laptop with Win-10 Home to replace my older Win-7Pro laptop.

This laptop has a whole bunch of junk software that Lenovo has installed.

I was wondering what the best way is:
- backup the system so in case I need to, I can reset to factory configuration
- wipe out everything on HDD
- install Win-10 from scratch and only programs that I need

Any pointers/suggestions would be appreciated.

Final question - can I install Win-7 pro on this laptop with my older license (old laptop is no longer being used) and use the free upgrade to upgrade to Win-10 Pro?

Thank you for your assistance.

Answer:Fresh install on new laptop w/Win10-Home

Hi,
1. Back up of everything: periodic disk imaging is the way to go.. I prefer Aomei Backupper (free is good)- many prefer the free version of Macrium Reflect although this lacks incremental imaging, being a version of an excellent commercial product.
2. Try this to remove unwanted stuff conveniently:
The PC Decrapifier
(Says it works with Win 10)
I used it a long time ago.. a neat convenience tool.

A clean install means getting and creating the installation medium and 2+ hours to install.

I think the answer to your last is yes, unless it's an OEM license.

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Hello,

Just got a new Lenovo laptop with Win-10 Home to replace my older Win-7Pro laptop.

This laptop has a whole bunch of junk software that Lenovo has installed.

I was wondering what the best way is:
- backup the system so in case I need to, I can reset to factory configuration
- wipe out everything on HDD
- install Win-10 from scratch and only programs that I need

Any pointers/suggestions would be appreciated.

Final question - can I install Win-7 pro on this laptop with my older license (old laptop is no longer being used) and use the free upgrade to upgrade to Win-10 Pro?

Thank you for your assistance.

Answer:Fresh install on new laptop w/Win10-Home

Hi,
1. Back up of everything: periodic disk imaging is the way to go.. I prefer Aomei Backupper (free is good)- many prefer the free version of Macrium Reflect although this lacks incremental imaging, being a version of an excellent commercial product.
2. Try this to remove unwanted stuff conveniently:
The PC Decrapifier
(Says it works with Win 10)
I used it a long time ago.. a neat convenience tool.

A clean install means getting and creating the installation medium and 2+ hours to install.

I think the answer to your last is yes, unless it's an OEM license.

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How do I do this? I tried following a tutorial in the tutorial section, but the option to delete volume in grayed out.

Answer:Remove Windows 10 from dual boot with Windows 7, Win10 installed first

It`s grayed out because it`s the Active partition and has the system files on it, if you were to delete it then Windows 7 would not boot anymore.

The Windows 7 partition must be made Active and the System files have to be written there before you can delete Windows 10.

The proper thing to do is backup your files, wipe out the entire drive and reinstall windows 7

Partition - Mark as Active

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I have an original CD with 64 bits Win 10 Pro for OEM, with a sticker with key.
I did a clean installation deleted the partitions in C:

I installed and see that it is the Win 10 OEM Home 1709
After instalation there were the automatic Windows updates from Microsoft.

How to get the PRO version. I tried in System/Computer to fill in my KEY but that did not work.
How to get the PRO version?
Thanks. William

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Hi there. My son did a foolish thing...he let his friend at university install Windows Vista Ultimate on his laptop, Inspiron 6000 that was factory installed with Windows XP. The Vista now needs a product code entered, so it no longer runs.

I have been trying for 3 days to do a complete re-format and recovery of his laptop back to Dell factory settings with the Windows XP. I cannot get anything to work. Any directions that I have found it says you need the Vista DVD so you can recover the "windows.old" files.

Any suggestions on what I can do to reformat and recover this computer? Thanks.
 

Answer:Recover laptop to factory installed Windows XP from Vista installed without DVD

In your start menu, click computer, double click c drive, look for a folder that says backup or restore to xp. A friend of mine did the same thing and this option was there, not sure if it will be on yours but look and see. ed
 

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Hi Windows 8 forums, I'm from Windows 7 and don't know much about windows 8. I wanted to know if my laptop came pre-installed with windows 8 (not sure what edition), can I just boot amsdn/digitalriver/technet/RETAIL copy of Windows 8 , run a clean install deleting all the partitions on my computer and won't need to enter a key?

I know windows 8 have a program where you enter a key and download the .iso but apparently, it doesn't work for oem key at all I think.

I did a forum search before posting but found this link https://www.google.com/url?q=http://...Dy1erxAnh6LRuQ to how to clean install windows 8 but the tutorial is aimed towards individuals with a retail key not oem.

Answer:Clean install from a pre-installed Win 8 laptop?

Hi Windows OP, welcome to Windows EightForums!

Sounds like you just got the machine.
I think the easiest thing to do is to get the laptop tweaked and set just the way you want it without a ton of files and junk in the trash bin then take a system image backup to refresh your machine.

The whole OEM/embedded product key/clean install thing is a little twisted!
Some of our fellow members have more experience with that. Hang in there, they might stop by and add their insight!

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Dear All,
I am using a HP Pavilion Tx 1115 nr, which was installed with Vista. I would like to install XP instead. I am searching for the XP drivers. If any of you know where there is, plz help.
 

Answer:Install XP on pre-installed Vista HP Laptop

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Hi,

I have a laptop which is dell company and my doubt is can we install the XP operating system in the second partition when already there is a Red Hat Linux operating system installed in it i am asking about the dual operating system.

Awaiting for the reply.

Thank you for your valauble time.
 

Answer:can we install the XP when redhat is already installed in the laptop.

If you have a free partition, then you can install XP. Many people do that. Others just use a virtual machine and run RedHat inside XP at the same time as XP is running. You could also use the Linux version of VirtualBox to run XP inside RedHat.

There are all kinds of possibilities.
 

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Hello everyone,
Today I received a new Acer laptop which came with Windows 8 but it has a bunch of programs which I will never use and I just want to restart with a clean slate.

From here (Option 1) I downloaded and put an ISO of 64-bit Windows 8.1 on a USB drive but I'm not sure about how to go forward. The Windows 8 key of the Acer is in the BIOS right so with 8.1 being a free upgrade will that key automatically activate 8.1 for me?

I was also reading about editing the ei.cfg and unless I'm understanding it wrong this allows you to install 8.1 without a product key and I read somewhere else that you can use your Windows 8 key to activate 8.1 after it has been installed. Is any of this correct?

Apologies for the silly questions, I'm not good at setting up computers and my son usually does everything but he's not around at the moment.

Thank you for reading.
Advice will be appreciated.

Answer:Clean 8.1 install on a laptop with pre-installed 8?

How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link

How to create a bootable USB flash drive. -> link

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Hi ALL,
I purchased new compaq v3000 LAP TOP,in this all ready installed windows vista os, but i want install xp os how i can proceed for this.I need to unistall vista or i can directly install xp in tha laptop.Which one is better how to proceed for this.
 

Answer:How To Install XP os on Vista installed LAPTOP.

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Warm Greetings.

I'm re-installing Windows 7 on an Acer Laptop. This is not my laptop but a friend of my friend's laptop. The Windows 7 installed on the PC is a cracked version namely Windows 7 Eternity. It was installed by some other guy I don't know. The usb port are not functioning but are working. I plugged in my flashdrive and there is no sign of life but when I enter the bios it shows the flashdrive meaning that it works fine but when Window boots up it shows no life. Indicating a problem with Windows. I've tried everything to fix the ports but the last option is to re-install the OS.

He has giving me a disc with Windows Eternity which the guy give him to install but I'm going to install the OEM instead of this cracked pirate copy. To check if the OEM partition is still intact I've installed the cracked copy and used Diskpart. The OEM partition is still there. I've used the disc to format the drive and then rebooted pressed ALT & tapped the F10 key but I don't get the options to re-install OS.

What do I do now? other than just installing the cracked copy. I'm guessing when the other guy installed the Eternity he wipe the files need to show the options?

Your help will be appreciated.

Latop Acer Aspire 5332 series
Model No KAWF0
Windows 7 Compatible

Answer:How to re-install Acer Laptop OEM after another OS was installed

Did the notebook come with Windows 7?
Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See



   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create



Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Have you tried pressing <Alt+F10> at boot up, to goto the Acer eRecovery Management.
Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for How to use Acer eRecovery

You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer

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Hi there,
please help me,
i got the $Windows.~BT folder in my C drive, Size is about 5.2 GB
and already checked for updates but can't got windows 10,
I have windows 8.1 and i can't see anything about windows 10 in the update history.
can anyone help me with the process?

Answer:install win10 from $Windows.~BT

If you have the folder in your drive check your network activity - it's likely you're downloading files to this folder in the background. The folder should be somewhere between 4-6gb in size when it's done. At this point it will also depend on where you are in the 'waves' of upgrades - some people can install straight away, and others have to wait a bit. The installs are being staggered so that Microsoft's servers aren't overwhelmed by all the people trying to get their free upgrade at once.

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I have a computer that came with Windows 8, I currently have it upgraded to Windows 10. I want to install Windows 7.

It's a Acer desktop and in their infinite wisdom decided to blacklist the Win 7 installer in the BIOS

Now I could downgrade the BIOS to an earlier version and get the win 7 installer to work but I am very Leary of doing this.

I was wondering if it is possible to use the Windows 10 installer to install Win 7. From what I have read once Win 7 is installed it will work fine.

Answer:Install Windows 7 with a Win10 PE

Define "blacklist"? Installing Windows 7 may be as easy as just turning off secure boot in the BIOS.

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Recently bought a brand new Lenovo Z70 laptop, and swapped the HDD out for a SSD. I did a fresh install of Windows 10, using a USB I created from Microsoft's website. Now the laptop won't charge. It's telling me it's "plugged in, not charging".  I have tried all of the solutions I have found so far, with no luck. Does Lenovo use some sort of proprietary battery charging software that would be giving me problems? When the laptop is plugged it, it doesn't drain the battery, but it doesn't charge it either. It's hovering at 59% right now. Any ideas would greatly be appreciated. Thank you!

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So like a dispshit I did not read the dual boot directions because I really did not expect it to be this big of bitch to dual boot.. So how do I boot into windows 7 if I did not do the dual boot instructions?

Answer:Boot windows 7 after Win10 install

Peter You need to try start up repair. This tutorial shows how to get to it. You can also use it to boot win 7 https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

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So I have a Dell XPS 17 laptop that is pretty much brand new (bought in June, pulled out of the box in September).

First thing I did was download Windows 7 torrent. Wipe the drives and install it with the intentions of activating it using my OEM key.

Everything installed fine all hardware was recognized, all latest drivers installed from either Dell or Nvidia website.

Problem is I get what appears to be random Event 41 BSOD's. I never see it happen, I just come back to the laptop with a BSOD screen and I have to hold the power button down to shut the system off.

Thinking I did something wrong in my isntall I went back and used a friends store bought Win 7 Home Premium disc and reinstalled the OS, drivers and everything in proper order.

Again everything looks fine - until I go to Windows Update during one of the updates the system BSOD again with the same Event 41 error.

I have included everything I can think of in hopes that someone can help me trouble shoot this problem.

Excerpt from event viewer:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 24
BCP1: 00000000001904FB
BCP2: FFFFF8800BFD9C88
BCP3: FFFFF8800BFD94F0
BCP4: FFFFF88001258A30
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

If there is anything else I can provide please let me know. I really need to get this figured out soon because I have a buyer... Read more

Answer:BSOD Fresh Win7 Install - Brand new laptop - No AV installed

Welcome

Sounds like a hard disk issue


Code:
STOP 0x00000024: NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM
Usual causes: Disk corruption, insufficient physical memory, Device driver,
Indexing, Resident antivirus, backup, defrag programs, Disk/Drive failing/failure
BugCheck 24, {1904fb, fffff8800bfd9c88, fffff8800bfd94f0, fffff88001258a30}
Probably caused by : Ntfs.sys ( Ntfs!NtfsSnapshotScbInternal+160 )
Make a hard drive test from the hard drive manufacturers website

Run Disk Check on your hard disk for file system errors and bad sectors on it:
→ Disk Check

Hard drive test both short and long with:
→ SeaTools for Windows

Also the DOS version of:
→ SeaTools for DOS

Keep us posted

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I'm new to this forum and I need help. I contacted MS support and was told that I could not RDC from my laptop that has Windows 10 home to my desktop that has Windows 10 Pro. I was told that both had to be Windows 10 Pro. I don't think that is true. Can someone help me?

I'm easily confused in network stuff when it comes to configuring routers, permissions, stuff like that. I'm hoping that someone will be able to help me get my network established and permissions set. Then I can RDC and run programs on my desktop from my laptop. I have some graphics programs that just don't perform well on my laptop, but work very well on the desktop.

Thanks in advance,

Rod

Answer:Need help RDC from laptop Win10 Home to desktop Win10 Pro

Whoever you talked to at MS support was a moron.

Yes you can connect from a Home version of Windows to a Pro version of Windows.

See if this tutorial written by Kari on TenForums helps.
RDC - Connect Remotely to your Windows 10 PC

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Hello,
I made this thread asking for your help.
Actually i have on my computer (orginally windows 10 in uefi when i bought) but now installed Kubuntu 15.4 OS and Windows 10 OS x64 in Legacy Mode,
on HDD 2TB (MBR).
I drop Grub bootmanager, writing in windows 10 recovery mode console commands
" bootrec.exe /fixmbr " and " bootrec.exe /fixboot "
so when i turn on my PC, only Windows 10 shows up.
(Its good because now i can safety delete Kubuntu without problems with booting).

Now im asking you for help, its question.
How should i install windows 7 x64 in UEFI Mode step by step?
I have right now Bootable USB with Windows 7 x64 type MBR (UEFI and Legacy bootable) FAT32.

Answer:How Install Windows 7 x64 in UEFI from Legacy Win10,Ubuntu.

Why do you want to install 7 ????

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

Answer:Clean-install Windows 7 after the Win10 revert option has expired?

The Windows 10 upgrade did nothing to your Windows 7 product key, it remains just as valid to use in any legal installation as it always was. HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it. You have 1 license/product key for Windows - that means only one installation of Windows is legally allowed from that license/product key, Windows 10 or Windows 7, not both; even though only your honesty is preventing you from using the same license for both the Windows 10 and Windows 7.

If you choose to purchase a second license for Windows, then you can see here for more information:
Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi,

I'm not sure whether this issue should be listed under the Programs and Apps category. Perhaps you could put me right here.

I'm finding my WMP is not able to play my Audible .aa and .aax audiobooks, and will not import them. This has been a problem for the past 3-4 months, before that WMP (v12) worked OK. I've removed its library so that it can rebuild it suspecting a corrupt library, but when I point it to the area where my audiobooks are located, it does not recognize them. It's probably a DRM issue, and I was hoping that a re-install of WMP might help fix the problem. I believe this is best accomplished by letting a Win10 update to run, but perhaps this is wishful thinking. Alternatively, does WMP need to be authorized with Audible in order to play these files - if so, how do I do this?

I can't find WMP in the Programs and Features system tool, so can't remove it. I've tried installing WMP11 but this fails because the version in my system is a higher number (v12.0.14393.82). I've tried downloading WMP12 but the sites that claim they have it available, cause either my MacAfee or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to block the download.

I would appreciate any suggestions you can offer me.

Paul.

Answer:How do I force Win10 update to re-install Windows Media Player 12

MP12 is part of Windows. Go to Turn Windows features On/Off. Under Media features deselect MP12, reboot, reselect it then reboot again. There are also 3 Troubleshooters for MP12 you can try.

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Hi,

I'm not sure whether this issue should be listed under the Programs and Apps category. Perhaps you could put me right here.

I'm finding my WMP is not able to play my Audible .aa and .aax audiobooks, and will not import them. This has been a problem for the past 3-4 months, before that WMP (v12) worked OK. I've removed its library so that it can rebuild it suspecting a corrupt library, but when I point it to the area where my audiobooks are located, it does not recognize them. It's probably a DRM issue, and I was hoping that a re-install of WMP might help fix the problem. I believe this is best accomplished by letting a Win10 update to run, but perhaps this is wishful thinking. Alternatively, does WMP need to be authorized with Audible in order to play these files - if so, how do I do this?

I can't find WMP in the Programs and Features system tool, so can't remove it. I've tried installing WMP11 but this fails because the version in my system is a higher number (v12.0.14393.82). I've tried downloading WMP12 but the sites that claim they have it available, cause either my MacAfee or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to block the download.

I would appreciate any suggestions you can offer me.

Paul.

Answer:How do I force Win10 update to re-install Windows Media Player 12

I think MP12 is part of Windows. Go to Turn Windows features On/Off, deselect MP12, reboot, reselect it then reboot again. There are also 3 Troubleshooters for MP12 you can try.

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

Answer:Integrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

@Kari may be able to recommend an approach. He knows more about dropping interesting third-party stuff into image customization and Sysprep than anybody else I know. Maybe he'll chime in, once he gets his misbehaving laptop running again...?
--Ed--

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

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I am a bookkeeper and often have 3 or more windows open at a time on my desktop. At one point (I don't know how) I had two programs open side by side on my desktop. Now I can only get programs that fill the screen one at a time. How can I have multiple resizable windows on my desktop at the same time? I saw a video on snap but it didn't tell me how to set it up. Very frustrating!

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Hi,
I havnt had much luck with this. My daughter had a wrecked laptop but the HDD is good. My wife has a laptop so I purchased a hdd caddy which replaced the dvd drive with the hdd from my daughters laptop. The idea is that the laptop could dual boot to separate drives one for my daughter, and one for my wife. My wifes laptop has Windows 10 installed, but my daughter wants Windows 8.1, but may update to win 10.
Is it possible to use the 2nd HDD and install win 8.1 on a win 10 laptop. i.e. dual boot both win 10 (original) and an added win 8.1 from the second hdd?
I tried and have removed secure boot from the bios option but it refuses to boot from the usb win 8.1 installer I have.
I also tried to change to legacy which allows me to boot from the usb but wont let me install to the 2nd hdd. Any help appreciated.

Answer:Dual boot Windows 10 & Windows 8.1 on a Win10 laptop with 2 HDD

Since your daughter's HDD is already having Windows 8.1, I guess you can do an OS repair using the Windows 8.1 USB. There's no need to install all over again. Repair will simply change the 8.1's database/registry to match the new configuration. That done, you should be able to see dual boot. Make sure the 8.1 disk is slave in this case.

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Hello all

Here we go again - Win 10 Nooby Q's - Now... not sure if I'm wording this correctly, my Desktop has Win 7 OS and my Laptop Win 10 - - Win 7 I do like, Win 10 I'm on a leaning curve. The one thing I do like about Win 7 is Windows Live Mail and uses PoP3 Client ( if that is that the correct term ) which enables me to read my Sky/SkyYahoo emails in the format I'm used to.

So my question is can I setup this PoP3 thingy my on Win 10 Laptop without too much agro.

I purchased me HP Win 10 Laptop from PC World and have had good backup, initially I was hesitant cos of Win 10 what with the problems associated with it - perceived or otherwise - my son is a bit of a computer geek and he seemed to agree. So what persuaded me was I liked the Laptop, ?200 off - good graphics for my model aircraft simulators and also a challenge to get me head around a new operating system that hopefully will come good in the end. Kinda getting used to the layout now - BUT - do not like the email format, so would someone please help with the changeover to Windows Live Mail - wudentyer think Microsoft could/would make things a One Button push Plug and Play changeover...Joe

Answer:Installing Windows Live Mail on Win10 Laptop

Yes you can install - Windows Live mail in Windows 10

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/essentials

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Hello all

Here we go again - Win 10 Nooby Q's - Now... not sure if I'm wording this correctly, my Desktop has Win 7 OS and my Laptop Win 10 - - Win 7 I do like, Win 10 I'm on a leaning curve. The one thing I do like about Win 7 is Windows Live Mail and uses PoP3 Client ( if that is that the correct term ) which enables me to read my Sky/SkyYahoo emails in the format I'm used to.

So my question is can I setup this PoP3 thingy my on Win 10 Laptop without too much agro.

I purchased me HP Win 10 Laptop from PC World and have had good backup, initially I was hesitant cos of Win 10 what with the problems associated with it - perceived or otherwise - my son is a bit of a computer geek and he seemed to agree. So what persuaded me was I liked the Laptop, ?200 off - good graphics for my model aircraft simulators and also a challenge to get me head around a new operating system that hopefully will come good in the end. Kinda getting used to the layout now - BUT - do not like the email format, so would someone please help with the changeover to Windows Live Mail - wudentyer think Microsoft could/would make things a One Button push Plug and Play changeover...Joe

Answer:Installing Windows Live Mail on Win10 Laptop

Yes you can install - Windows Live mail in Windows 10

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/essentials

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Hello all

Here we go again - Win 10 Nooby Q's - Now... not sure if I'm wording this correctly, my Desktop has Win 7 OS and my Laptop Win 10 - - Win 7 I do like, Win 10 I'm on a leaning curve. The one thing I do like about Win 7 is Windows Live Mail and uses PoP3 Client ( if that is that the correct term ) which enables me to read my Sky/SkyYahoo emails in the format I'm used to.

So my question is can I setup this PoP3 thingy my on Win 10 Laptop without too much agro.

I purchased me HP Win 10 Laptop from PC World and have had good backup, initially I was hesitant cos of Win 10 what with the problems associated with it - perceived or otherwise - my son is a bit of a computer geek and he seemed to agree. So what persuaded me was I liked the Laptop, ?200 off - good graphics for my model aircraft simulators and also a challenge to get me head around a new operating system that hopefully will come good in the end. Kinda getting used to the layout now - BUT - do not like the email format, so would someone please help with the changeover to Windows Live Mail - wudentyer think Microsoft could/would make things a One Button push Plug and Play changeover...Joe

Answer:Installing Windows Live Mail on Win10 Laptop

Yes you can install - Windows Live mail in Windows 10

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/essentials

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I put my X61T machine on the shelf a while back and moved to a w520 as I needed to tether to cameras and edit big photo files. I miss that slim 4:3 machine. Other than a bit of delaminating (?) at one edge of the screen I believe everything is working. I don't have skills and time for heroic software driver efforts and work-arounds that members here are able to accomplish. (Amazing and much respected.) But I hope that most of the functionality can be retained. I love pen-based compuers. The size of that computer is more appealing than a new X2xxT, although I will watch to see what is introduced by Lenovo and others as we get to Fall 2015. No interest in the w5xx offerings since my w520. Thanks, in advance, for any thoughts from this forum.





4276-37U -- W520. Keeping an X61t just in case.First laptop in my house was a luggable Osborne! Now that was a cool computer. (...for its time!)

Answer:Anyone installed Win10 on an X61T?

Hello,
 
Yes.  No problems noted in Device Manager, but I haven't played with the operating system extensively.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hey all. I need all your genius minds and help here.
Bought a new Dell PC running Win10 with 128GB SSD + 1 TB HDD. After deleting the bloatware (which was surprisingly minimal), I have about 60GB of free space. Tried installing a few basic programs but they all kept installing on C:\ drive. Even the ones that allowed me to "choose installation folder" on my 2nd drive took up some residual space on C:\ via User cache, App settings, etc.
After doing my research, I realize I have only a few ways to solve this problem:
1) Continue doing what I am doing now, which is doing my best to install as few as possible programs on C:\ and reserve HDD for media/data/games/other programs that let you store their content on that drive. Another option is to go straight to upgrading the SSD to a larger one, but I I find this impractical since my PC is basically new!
2) Use applications that act as Junction or Symbolic Link creators to divert installation and/or cache folders/files to my 2nd HD. This is actually problematic for me due to the sheer amount of programs I eventually would like to install but simply can't "Create a one-touch link of all Program Files" to the new HD. This method is also very confusing and tedious.
3) Re-installing Win10 with a clean installation without the Dell pre-configured stuff (which is not an issue since I do not have anything installed at this point), and maybe figure out a way to partition the SDD just for booting and minor storage pur... Read more

Answer:New SSD+HDD on Win10, any way to have all programs be installed only on HDD?

Everything you install will require at least some space on the C: partition -- no matter where it's installed, if for no other reason than that registry entries are made and the registry hives continue to grow.  
128G is OK for a very limited set of installed applications, but for long-term  use, it's going to be quite confining -- even if you install as much as you can elsewhere, and keep your data files on the hard drive.  You may want to consider upgrading to a 256 or 512G SSD -- if not now, than in the near term, when you outgrown the 128G drive.
It sounds like you need to install quite a bit -- you may want to consider a 512G SSD (which will allow you to run programs directly from the SSD -- which will be appreciably faster than doing so from the hard drive).

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I've got a brand new WIN 10 HP Pavillion laptop (16 gigs RAM 2 TB HD) only 3 weeks old.
Windows icon on L bottom task bar AND Windows keyboard icon do not work. Cortana also not working.

Already spent too much time with HP chat trying to fix problem remotely but no fix.
Have a copy of entire convo if anyone finds it helpful:
> "HP Customer Support for Notebook Support. My name is Anand Kumar and I will be your technical support specialist today...."

Can anyone help or ID what's going on?
your help is greatly appreciated!
...so frustrated!

Answer:WIN10 HP laptop only 3 weeks old - Windows icon & Cortana not working

I can only recommend to return that thing. No need to lose your sleep over it.

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I've got a brand new WIN 10 HP Pavillion laptop (16 gigs RAM 2 TB HD) only 3 weeks old.
Windows icon on L bottom task bar AND Windows keyboard icon do not work. Cortana also not working.

Already spent too much time with HP chat trying to fix problem remotely but no fix.
Have a copy of entire convo if anyone finds it helpful:
> "HP Customer Support for Notebook Support. My name is Anand Kumar and I will be your technical support specialist today...."

Can anyone help or ID what's going on?
your help is greatly appreciated!
...so frustrated!

Answer:WIN10 HP laptop only 3 weeks old - Windows icon & Cortana not working

I can only recommend to return that thing. No need to lose your sleep over it.

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I have just tried for a third time to create the Recovery Image of Win10 that came on my Dell Inspiron 5559 late last year.
On this page www.dell.com/.../OSISO
All steps up to actual download seem to work ok
Just posted this but can't see it on my system here - first time user right now
regards
l.binno

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Once i installed windows 10 i started to get little problems. my keyboard was kinda shut off when i wasn't using it, ex: When i wasn't writing or touching my keyboard my num light goes off and once i click on any button the num light goes on.
I dont know i think this is something with energy saving. but i cant find any option for this. This is very much disturbing while playing games. because then my character may keep going forward if i hold the W key. and this is really annoying. i dont actually can understand how to use the microsoft community so i decided to ask for an answer here. because you always answer my questions. hope you can help.
Thanks.

Answer:Keyboard problems once installed win10

Do you have a spare keyboard, one that's older?  Try using it instead.  Sometimes it's just a glitch when changing an OS (happens with Linux too), that the settings aren't completely recognized.  So try an older keyboard, and if it works, keep using it awhile.  Then switch back to your current one.
 
If the older keyboard doesn't work also, then it's likely a language problem.  So type 'language' in the search box (true ever since Win7), then select 'Region and Language', then the Keyboard tab, see what are the settings. Maybe change them and then change them back, to force the OS to 'notice' the setting.
 
This matters, as parts of the OS are programmed overseas, and parts are programmed local, so 'English' isn't even really the same in all locations.  So it might be a bug leftover from someone else using an 'English' keyboard which isn't in YOUR location.

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I installed it earlier tonight. It is a new ballgame.

1. I installed it as a dual boot with win8.1. It worked without any problems. Was able to access both. Later this weekend I may try to install Linux Mint for a 3rd to see if there will be any issues.

2. It was fastest windows install ever. It took almost 15 minutes.

3. It would not install my printer driver. Had to use an app from the microsoft store. Was able to install the wireless adapter driver from the cd.

4. Have to be extremely careful when accessing the store the first time, otherwise you could end accidentally set up microsoft login for your computer.

5. Had to do a lot of uninstalling of apps I will never use. All programs is now called all apps.

6. Installed firefox, chrome, gimp, openoffice and vlc. No problems

7. Still have to look for windows features in the start button. I don't like the metro look that is there.

overall it is closer to win7 than win8 so I give it a 7 out of 10 for what I have seen so far. I still will stick with linux on my computers.

the only real problem I have is confusing the mouse and keyboards since I currently have two different computers next to each other.

Answer:Installed win10 tech preview

i have installed it as well but found out my fps in a game reduced by 30 which ends on a 22fps to a 35fps max. i had 55-75fps on my win8 so i'd like to go back. how do i remove win10 & put back my win8?

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Been win7 for a while. Ive done some research on win10 and many people have a ton of complains on it, including telemtry, bugs, bloatware, searching, etc.

Was the switch worth it in your opinion ? Is there anything I should do to improve quality of life immediately upon install?

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Hi, this is really puzzling. A month ago I installed ~dozen 3rd party fonts - Stone Sans and Stone Serif (all OTF) - and all was fine. I was able to use them in InDesign and Word. Today, neither program sees the fonts and they aren't listed in the Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Fonts directory, even though I installed them there a few weeks ago! When I go back to the individual font file and install, I'm told (by Win10) that they are already installed. I reinstalled them (just in case) and they still don't show up in the Fonts directory, nor are they accessible in ID or Word. So although I reinstall them, they are still "invisible" - I can't find them or use them. These are fonts I use a lot so I can't just use other fonts. I bought them from myfonts.com so they are legit copies AND I've used them on this laptop (Thinkpad Yoga 14) just a few weeks back. Any ideas what might be going on? This is a distressing mystery.

Answer:Win10 won't recognize installed 3rd pty fonts

Originally Posted by dorcask


Hi, this is really puzzling. A month ago I installed ~dozen 3rd party fonts - Stone Sans and Stone Serif (all OTF) - and all was fine. I was able to use them in InDesign and Word. Today, neither program sees the fonts and they aren't listed in the Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Fonts directory, even though I installed them there a few weeks ago! When I go back to the individual font file and install, I'm told (by Win10) that they are already installed. I reinstalled them (just in case) and they still don't show up in the Fonts directory, nor are they accessible in ID or Word. So although I reinstall them, they are still "invisible" - I can't find them or use them. These are fonts I use a lot so I can't just use other fonts. I bought them from myfonts.com so they are legit copies AND I've used them on this laptop (Thinkpad Yoga 14) just a few weeks back. Any ideas what might be going on? This is a distressing mystery.



Not sure if this will help, but I wish you well
[Help] Fonts suddenly missing after restart? : Windows10

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Hi,

Laptop ASUS UX305FA
Fresh installed system crashes every 10-15 mins with various BSODS,
Please see attached dumps and logs.

Thanks.

Answer:Various BSOD's on fresh installed win10

Hi Boris Byzov

Welcome to the 10forums.

I've gone through the event logs a bit, of the 17 dumps that are present at least 11 are memory related.
For this reason, please follow below instructions to run MemTest86+ to test your memory.



Diagnostic Test

 RAM TEST

Run MemTest86+ to analyse your RAM. MemTest86+ - Test RAM - Windows 10 Forums


   Note


MemTest86+ needs to be run for at least 8 complete passes for conclusive results. Set it running before you go to bed and leave it overnight. We're looking for zero errors here. Even a single error will indicate RAM failure.
Addition:
If errors show up you can stop the test, remove all sticks but 1 and test this single stick in each slot for 8 passes or until errors show, switch sticks and repeat.
If errors show up and you see them a lot later, no problem, the errors don't affect the test.

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Hi, this is really puzzling. A month ago I installed ~dozen 3rd party fonts - Stone Sans and Stone Serif (all OTF) - and all was fine. I was able to use them in InDesign and Word. Today, neither program sees the fonts and they aren't listed in the Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Fonts directory, even though I installed them there a few weeks ago! When I go back to the individual font file and install, I'm told (by Win10) that they are already installed. I reinstalled them (just in case) and they still don't show up in the Fonts directory, nor are they accessible in ID or Word. So although I reinstall them, they are still "invisible" - I can't find them or use them. These are fonts I use a lot so I can't just use other fonts. I bought them from myfonts.com so they are legit copies AND I've used them on this laptop (Thinkpad Yoga 14) just a few weeks back. Any ideas what might be going on? This is a distressing mystery.

Answer:Win10 won't recognize installed 3rd pty fonts

dorcask said:

Hi, this is really puzzling. A month ago I installed ~dozen 3rd party fonts - Stone Sans and Stone Serif (all OTF) - and all was fine. I was able to use them in InDesign and Word. Today, neither program sees the fonts and they aren't listed in the Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Fonts directory, even though I installed them there a few weeks ago! When I go back to the individual font file and install, I'm told (by Win10) that they are already installed. I reinstalled them (just in case) and they still don't show up in the Fonts directory, nor are they accessible in ID or Word. So although I reinstall them, they are still "invisible" - I can't find them or use them. These are fonts I use a lot so I can't just use other fonts. I bought them from myfonts.com so they are legit copies AND I've used them on this laptop (Thinkpad Yoga 14) just a few weeks back. Any ideas what might be going on? This is a distressing mystery.



Not sure if this will help, but I wish you well
[Help] Fonts suddenly missing after restart? : Windows10

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Hello!

I had a pirated Win 8 sold to me, and I found this out last week. I bought win 10 education and I installed in.

Motherboard: ASROCK H81M-DGS
I have an NVidia GTX 750TI, which worked on Win 8, but now it doesn't show up in device manager and when I plug in the DVI to the graphics card it gives a black screen/no signal.

Cannot install driver either, I get the error: "Nvidia installer cannot continue this graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware"

I checked the BIOS of the mother board and the default GPU is the PCI-Express.

What could be wrong?
 

Answer:Clean installed Win10, now GPU isn't working

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Hi,

Laptop ASUS UX305FA
Fresh installed system crashes every 10-15 mins with various BSODS,
Please see attached dumps and logs.

Thanks.

Answer:Various BSOD's on fresh installed win10

Hi Boris Byzov

Welcome to the 10forums.

I've gone through the event logs a bit, of the 17 dumps that are present at least 11 are memory related.
For this reason, please follow below instructions to run MemTest86+ to test your memory.



Diagnostic Test

 RAM TEST

Run MemTest86+ to analyse your RAM. MemTest86+ - Test RAM - Windows 10 Forums


   Note


MemTest86+ needs to be run for at least 8 complete passes for conclusive results. Set it running before you go to bed and leave it overnight. We're looking for zero errors here. Even a single error will indicate RAM failure.
Addition:
If errors show up you can stop the test, remove all sticks but 1 and test this single stick in each slot for 8 passes or until errors show, switch sticks and repeat.
If errors show up and you see them a lot later, no problem, the errors don't affect the test.

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I have resolution problem in my some of the software. They come bigger than desktop and does not fit in my screen plus they are blurry too. I have tried reinstalling these software but that didn't worked. It appears something like in the screenshot:

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Got a perfect upgrade from Win7 Pro to Win10 Pro for any programs that were on the boot disk. However any programs that were loaded on a second (non-bootable) disk were not recognized at all. Is there any way, other than reloading all those programs, to get Win10 Pro to know they are there? I thought this would be caught when the system upgraded but this did not happen. I was trying to keep my boot drive lean and mean. Otherwise I am one happy camper.

Answer:Win10 Pro does not see installed programs on second HD drive?

If these program were installed in Windows 7 they should of been carried over to the Win 10 upgrade. If they are portable programs, self contained and no install needed (you just create your own shortcut and or run the .exe file for them) then the shortcuts for them should of also shown up.

What programs are they?

When I did the upgrade every program installed on my system was carried over. 99% of the program I have are installed on my D drive, not the OS system drive.

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I downloaded and burned to DVD Win10 ... I did a clean install onto another partition which went fairly well....

But I ran into a few problems I hope someone can help with...

1.) Windows 10 is asking for the product key.

2.) I noticed the version of Win10 installed was the wrong version.
I have Windows 8/8.1 Pro with media center, but Windows 10 Home was installed.

My questions are where do I get the product key from? MS never sent one or supplied one when I downloaded Win10. My Windows 8 key does not work for Win10.
And why would the Home Edition be installed when I have Win8 Pro installed?

Answer:Wrong Win10 Version Installed

Omega1 said:

I downloaded and burned to DVD Win10 ... I did a clean install onto another partition which went fairly well....

But I ran into a few problems I hope someone can help with...

1.) Windows 10 is asking for the product key.

2.) I noticed the version of Win10 installed was the wrong version.
I have Windows 8/8.1 Pro with media center, but Windows 10 Home was installed.

My questions are where do I get the product key from? MS never sent one or supplied one when I downloaded Win10. My Windows 8 key does not work for Win10.
And why would the Home Edition be installed when I have Win8 Pro installed?






Did you do the upgrade first and where did you download this ISO ?

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I upgraded from Win7 to Win10 on my laptop without any issues. I now want to move to a brand new Win10 laptop.

Old Laptop "A": Win10 (upgraded), MS Office Suite (2010) including Outlook(2010).
New Laptop "B": Win10, MS Office Suite (latest).

For the life of me, I can't find any basic info on how to to migrate my data (docs, spreadsheets, photos, music, Outlook.pst, etc.) from laptop "A" to laptop "B". Seems like everything out there has do to with Windows Easy Transfer program, which is a Win7 only program. I have a 1 TB external drive that I can use to pass data between machines, and the machines are both on the same wifi network.

Can someone point me to info at Microsoft.com, here, or somewhere that has step by step instructions on how I get the relevant data files from my old PC to my new PC without transferring over the program files and whatnot?
 

Answer:How to migrate from old Win10 laptop to new Win10 laptop?

If you backup your data you can "restore" it to the new system.

You can copy the data from the old system to the external hard drive and from the hard drive to the new system.

You can enable file and printer sharing on the old system, share the folders containing your data, and then copy the data over the network to your new system.

There are other ways, but at least one of those should suffice.
 

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Hi, I recently just did a clean install of Windows 10 and I have gotten a few BSOD. Ive attached the minidumps as requested. Please help me out. Thanks in advance!

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I installed Win10 on my HP laptop (Pavilion dv7) that was running Win7 without any problems. After the install, I cannot consistently type in a URL, double tap doesn't work, I must position cursor over the target and use the enter key and hope that it works. On some screens, I can hover on a target and see a color change or other indication that I have triggered a sensor but cannot click it or enter text. Doubt that I will even be able to uninstall! Any suggestions? I an a nurse not a geek so please "dumb" it down.?

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Did a fresh install as my windows 8.1 finally gave up. It's pestering me to activate but I don't have a key. Can I use any of my Windows 8 pro keys? Some are OEM and some retail.

Cheers!
 

Answer:Am I ever going to be able to activate this Win10 (final) that I installed yesterday?

From what I am reading Windows 10 rtm will only activate as an upgrade install over a legitimately activated install of Windows 7, 8.1, or an earlier Insider Preview build. And it's activation is cloud based (No product key required). Once it is properly activated I believe you can then do a clean install and it will reactivate through the cloud.
 

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In the past, i upgraded to windows 10 through the free upgrade program. I recently had issues so I used my computer's recovery partition to blow away windows 10. Now I'm on Windows 8. I heard that windows stores its keys in the UEFI. Is it possible for me to upgrade to windows 10 for free, based on the keys that I think are stored inside my computer?

Answer:Is win10 Free Upgrade available? (previously had win 10 installed)

The only product key that is stored in the UEFI firmware is the product key that was put there by the manufacturer for Windows 8.

That being said, when you upgrade to Windows 10, a digital license for it gets stored on Microsoft Activation Servers based on a unique hardware ID of the computer. As long as you install or upgrade to the same version of Windows 10 on the same computer, the digital license will be retrieved from Microsoft Activation Servers and Windows 10 will activate itself.

That being said too, Microsoft is still granting free upgrades from Windows 7/8 even if it is brand new and there is no digital license stored on the Microsoft Activation Servers.

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Hey,
I am currently looking to buy a 2 in 1 laptop - a lot of those are still from Windows 8.1 days and come pre-installed with it. Does anyone know if there will be any option to upgrade them to Win10 for free in the future?

Answer:Upgrading pre-installed Win8.1 to Win10 after July

Not that I know of.

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Greetings,

I've researched this but have a bit of a unique situation. I am running windows 7 on a SATA2 SSD but I plan to upgrade to a PCIe SSD when I install Windows 10. Up until now I thought I would have to spring for a new OEM windows 10 disk, however I wonder if this will work? To be clear I am not trying to dual boot.

So say I get Windows 7 all happily updated on my old SSD and I get the magic Windows 10 upgrade notification icon. Then I install my fresh new PCIe SSD and reboot.

I will be booted into Windows 7 with a new, unformatted (but recognized) new drive while running Windows 7 on my old drive.

If I start the free upgrade process, will it let me choose that new drive as my installation location for Windows 10? Or does that break the rules of changing something in the system....

Thanks for any thoughts.

BJB

Answer:Getting Win10 free upgrade installed on new drive

Short answer: No. You'd have to upgrade the current OS (7 in this case) on the drive it's installed on, overwriting the existing OS.

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Hi, I recently just did a clean install of Windows 10 and I have gotten a few BSOD. Ive attached the minidumps as requested. Please help me out. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Random BSOD on Newly Installed Win10

Hi Seanyiap,

Welcome to the 10forums

Please check Lenovo for BIOS & network driver updates + remove 1 of the 2 sticks and let us know how it goes.

Code:
[Memory Device (Type 17) - Length 34 - Handle 002bh]
Physical Memory Array Handle 002ah
Memory Error Info Handle 002fh
Total Width 64 bits
Data Width 64 bits
Size 4096MB
Form Factor 0dh - SODIMM
Device Set [None]
Device Locator DIMM0
Bank Locator BANK 0
Memory Type 18h - Specification Reserved
Type Detail 0080h - Synchronous
Speed 1600MHz
Manufacturer Kingston
Serial Number
Asset Tag Number
Part Number 9905417-082.A00G
[Memory Device (Type 17) - Length 34 - Handle 002dh]
Physical Memory Array Handle 002ah
Memory Error Info Handle 0030h
Total Width 64 bits
Data Width 64 bits
Size 4096MB
Form Factor 0dh - SODIMM
Device Set [None]
Device Locator DIMM2
Bank Locator BANK 2
Memory Type 18h - Specification Reserved
Type Detail 0080h - Synchronous
Speed 1600MHz
Manufacturer Unknown
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Hello Guyz!
I have this problem when i want to install win10 from by bootable usb
It says Select the driver to be installed.
Anyone know how to fix?

Answer:WIN10 Installing : Select the drivers to be installed

You probably need to integrate SATA driver into the setup, so it can access your HDD.

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Usually my cpu is at 20-40% but now its at over 90% and there is barely anything running not to mention my laptop is heating up and slow. What do I do?

Answer:'system' process taking up almost 50% of cpu since I installed Win10

bump

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Answer:pre-installed acer win10 failed, how can I reset i...

When you turn on your computer have you Tried to do the Factory Restore? By pressing the ALT + F10..  That will reset your software back to factory  James 

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Hi:

I upgraded Win 7 Pro to Win 10 Pro a few months ago. My desktop looks "similar" to Win 10. Or am I confused? All works fine. This is a Lenovo T530 laptop. "Settings" shows Win 10 Pro is activated. The Seven Forums System Info tool shows OS is Win 10.

But the desktop has a "Computer" icon not "My PC" like another Win 10 Computer here. Somehow the desktop looks a hybrid of Win 7/10. I know, I must be losing it.

I don't recall my upgrade procedure except that I used a Win 10 iso from Microsoft Creator Tool. I've done a number of Win 10 upgrades but perhaps I'm losing my bearings (or worse).

I just looked at my HDD structure (see below). Would someone interpret these partitions for me? Why Win 7?

Thx awfully - dizmayed

Answer:Win10 installed but is it? Disk Manager shows Win 7?

My Disk Management only shows - OS (C: ) there. No Windows label.

John

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Hi, I installed Windows 10 on an almost new HP Stream and I get an "Activate Windows" notification every time the PC starts.
When I go to active it, it tells me my Product Key isn't valid.
Help!

Answer:I installed Win10 on an HP Stream and it keeps telling me to activate

It may not activate until 29th. I'm not 100% sure on that though.

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I re-installed Windows about 2 weeks ago and have been having this issue since then. Some apps show up when I search for them in the win10 start menu. Some apps don't. I have Program Files and Program Files (x86) selected under Indexing Options from Control Panel. Index is fully completed.

Examples of apps that don't show up:
- Virtualbox
- Plex
- League of Legends
- Battle.net launcher
- Overwatch
- Origin

Apps that do show up:
- Chrome
- Steam
- Malwarebytes
- 7zip

I tried re-indexing last night. It did not solve the problem.

Does anyone have a solution?

Answer:Some installed apps don't show in search for Win10

Hi, I can't give you an immediate solution.
Do the programs you can't find by searching actually appear when you view the start menu?
Are their shortcuts present in
C:\Users\<your user id>\AppData\Roaming
or
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
?

Is there a difference if you install a program just for you as the user, compared with for all users?

See e.g. these threads for ideas:
&quot;All Apps&quot; Doesn't Show All Apps Installed
installed program not showing in start menu
Start menu search not finding applications?

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Any ideas? I was told this update would fix the autroation issues, but not on my machine. Are there new drivers I am missing? I don't see anything on the Lenovo site that was published after last summer...  Thanks!

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please help most of the softwares are not running

Answer:I deleted my original win10 and installed pirated win 7.How ...

Guys can you reply fast please

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Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Installed Win10 on Aspire 5733. Wired LAN keeps dr...

I have a fix for this problem. When the LAN drops out, go to the Network and sharing center. Find the wired Ethernet icon and right click on it. Disable the LAN. You will see that you do not get the ability to Enable it again, no matter what you try. So now disconnect the Ethernet cable from the PC. This forces a hard disconnect. When you plug the cable back in, note that now you can enable the LAN adapter. Hope it works for you.

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Hi:

I upgraded Win 7 Pro to Win 10 Pro a few months ago. My desktop looks "similar" to Win 10. Or am I confused? All works fine. This is a Lenovo T530 laptop. "Settings" shows Win 10 Pro is activated. The Seven Forums System Info tool shows OS is Win 10.

But the desktop has a "Computer" icon not "My PC" like another Win 10 Computer here. Somehow the desktop looks a hybrid of Win 7/10. I know, I must be losing it.

I don't recall my upgrade procedure except that I used a Win 10 iso from Microsoft Creator Tool. I've done a number of Win 10 upgrades but perhaps I'm losing my bearings (or worse).

I just looked at my HDD structure (see below). Would someone interpret these partitions for me? Why Win 7?

Thx awfully - dizmayed

Answer:Win10 installed but is it? Disk Manager shows Win 7?

My Disk Management only shows - OS (C: ) there. No Windows label.

John

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Hello there.
I'm having quite a big problem with my computer.
The problem is that windows shoves updates down my throat like a maniac, but my computer will not boot after i updated the machine.
When i restart my pc i get greeted by the error message "0xc00000bb" ("A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed").
After googling for a while it became apparent that quite alot of people that use a NVMe ssd, a "samsung 960 evo m.2" in my case have the exact same problem.
I tried installing the creators update from the Media Creation tool, but that didn't do anything different.
apparently the only fix that some users found is a clean install, but i don't want to format my entire machine because of one damn update that is unavoidable, so i'd rather completely shut off any and all updates forever.
I do have my old ssd drive, with the previous Win10 install that i used before i did a hardware change, and was therefore forced to make a new installation because win10 can't handle a hardware change (that's another bs thing about win10).
But i'd rather not change back to that and throw my new ssd away just because Win10 can't handle it.
Updating the pc breaks it and disabling updates won't work because the computer turns it back on.
Does anyone have an idea what i can do?

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I have Win7 on C:\, want to put XP on D:\ - separate drives. I looked at the tutorial, but don't get the same procedure when I try.

Can boot to the XP install CD OK, click on ENTER and it starts copying files before it asks which drive I want to install XP on.
I'm afraid it's going to install to C:\ and ruin the Windows 7 OS there. Will it ask for a drive to install to BEFORE it starts installing?
It has been so long since I've installed XP I forgot the steps

I also thought I could install to D from through Windows 7 - that didn't work.

Not my machine so a little hesitant to do anything that is not correct.

Answer:XP Install - Windows 7 already installed

At first, you should get the "Press any key to boot from CD..." then you press any key and a bunch of files (drivers and such) should load. Then you should press enter, get the EULA, which you press F8 for, then you should get the partitions from which to pick.

If you want to do a practice install, just pick up a copy of VMware Player and try booting from that XP CD with it to see what the procedure looks like.

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I have been using Mac OS for quite longer time on my Pc and recently I feel there are many programs which are supported by windows and their functions are much in spite of Mac supported programs, so I want to get first addicted how to use windows, then I will remove Mac OS, is there anyway to install Windows OS on my Mac supported PC?

Answer:How to install Windows OS on Pre-installed Mac OS?

Hi

I have never used a MAC OS and possibly I?m not really helpful but I think you should create a new partition on your PC.
Then you could boot from the Windows XP disk and should follow the installation instruction until you would get the window where you could choose the partition where the OS should be installed.
Choose the partition which you have created in MAC OS and format it in NTFS file format. Then install the Win XP.

Should work?

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Hello everyone, as the title says, I installed windows 7 but it is asking for install again and again like it didn't install...
so simply what happened is I installed the windows, accepted the terms...ok...next, custom, chose the partition...next...then it started installing...
when it finishes, it wants to install it over again and again....
hope you can help me, thanks.

Answer:Installed windows 7 and it is asking for install again

Welcome to Seven Forums MiRaN.

After the install if it is asking to Press any Key To Boot from CD/DVD, don't press it, it should continue on its own.

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Hi! I cant install Windows XP Pro because SP2 is already installed. I receive an error message stating it cant install because a newer version is already installed. When I get to solutions it tells me to restart my computer and boot from the xp pro cd. I tried this a few times but still get the same message. *Keep in mind* *I may not have known what I was doing, as I am a novice at this.*

not sure i completely understand how to change the boot order, do you just go in and edit the text? And the black start up screen, I got that after the order text change in bios, but I dont know what to do with it.

i fear i've really messed up, the child needed to use word today for homework and its uninstalled and I cant fix it!

Thank you for any help you can give--you are kind to help.

sophierozalia
 

Answer:Hi! Cant install Windows XP Pro because SP2 is already installed

what's your current windows? you have to access to bios in order to change the boot sequnce.
 

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I have Win10 & Win7 installed and booting just fine. Normally when I install Win7 it creates a security boot partition of 100mb which I have been told is better to have. I realize it's not mandatory.

I don't know if Win10 uses it. Is there a way to create that boot partition after the OS's are installed?

Thanks,

Docfxit
DiskPartitions.jpg

Answer:How to create a security partition after Win7 & Win10 are installed

There are indeed configurations with a 100MB partition that contains the bootmgr. However, you do not have that configuration. Your bootmgr is in the Windows10 partition. There is no need to do anything in addition. Just do not delete the Windows10 partition because then your Windows7 would not boot any more.

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I just installed Win10 from Win8.1. The startup screen keeps flashing & the icons are just white squares.
I've repeatedly-turned it off& on; removed the battery.
Then I got a call from Microsoft.
The tech said to hold down the "shift key" while pressing the power button to log-off & log back on. After several tries it still didn't solve the problem.
Then he suggested that I turn-off the computer. As it starts up press "F8". No luck.
 

Answer:Just installed Win10. The startup screen is flashing. My PC is unuseable.

Are you using a MS screen to log into the PC

So it shows the login screen ON and then you enter the password and then when the desktop appears , it starts flashing on/off ?

I had this on a Windows 8.1 PC on Tuesday

If so, on the login screen you have the power option icon at the bottom of the screen
click on that and Hold down the Shift Key and restart
it will now start in trouble shooting mode

If you dont have the login screen
use
Control + + Alt Del keys
A menu appears
You should see the power icon at the bottom of the PC
click on that and Hold down the Shift Key and restart
it will now start in trouble shooting mode

The boot into safe mode
http://www.howtogeek.com/107511/how-to-boot-into-safe-mode-on-windows-8-the-easy-way/

See if that works

Do you have Norton / Norton 360 on the PC ?
 

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Hi,

I have a Toshiba Satellite L50D-B.

When I go to System Information it states:
Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 8GB
Total Physical Memory: 6.96GB

I can indeed only use about 7GB of my memory even though I have 8GB installed. Why is this and can it be fixed?

Answer:Satellite L50D-B - Win10 info: Installed Mem=8GB, Total Mem=7GB

This isn't a error, your GPU is likely running Dual graphics mode and in reserving 1GB of RAM for it's own use. It is an integrated GPU that needs to make use of your RAM to make up it's volume, hence why it's sometimes referred to as shared graphics.

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Here's what I did to get this issue:
- With EasyBCD, create new entry on newly shrinked and partioned HDD space for Win7
- Install Win7 from USB
- On the first reboot of the install, the pc boots from the USB again as if its forgotten that it just initialized win7.
- I figure whatever and try to install it again and now only my external HDD is displayed in the list of available storage.
- Went into BIOS to try and force boot from the installed HDD, but only my USB was showing so neither of my 2x HDD and 1x SSD were detected.
- Pull out USB and exit BIOS without saving changes.
- Tells me there is nothing to boot from at all.
- I press the reset button on my PC
- Now I get 2x Win7 entries and 1x Win10 entry. I select the first win7 entry which apparently was the right one.
- Proceeded to finish installation of Win7 with no USB plugged in.
- The 2nd win7 entry disappeared after the 2nd install reboot

Now here's the strange part, when I select win10 to boot, I get the "windows is loading files" screen as if I were going to install win7 but once the grey loading bar hits the end, the win10 logo pops into place and then the loading dots in the bottom of the screen are overlaid on top of the win7 loading bar, its looking really strange and then it proceeds to boot into the blue "fix my PC" screen.
I tried to repair for boot failure but that didn't work.

How can I fix my boot? Don't tell me I have to do a clean win10 install please.

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I have a Toshiba L75D-A7283; since I updated to Windows 10, I get the following error message on startup:
AMD Quick Steam Error ---- The license information to use this software is not found
Is this important to try to fix? Sorry I don't know alot about computers!! Thanks in advance!

Answer:software license info lost after Win10 installed

a quick search and some reading works :)https://community.amd.com/thread/185193

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