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  1. a5cent's Avatar
    So I have been on TP since the beginning, and I have all the updates including the patches and 10240. I still have WMP and other things from the insider preview that i think shouldn't be there in the final release. What is going on?
    Nothing.

    As far as Windows is concerned that's just software that you use. How should it know whether it's alright to remove it or not? It can't. If you want an installation that resembles a freshly installed copy of Windows you'll have to do a clean install or a refresh/reset.
    Last edited by a5cent; 07-29-2015 at 07:33 PM. Reason: spelling
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    07-29-2015 06:43 PM
  2. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    Nothing.

    As far as Windows is concerned that's just software that you use. How should it know whether it's alright to remove it or not? It can't. If you want an installation that reflects a freshly installed copy of Windows you'll have to do a clean install or a refresh/reset.
    What I mean is WMP is still there and there is an "app" in "Other" in the app list that is just a string of symbols.

    Oohh wait. I understand completely. Thanks!
    07-29-2015 06:53 PM
  3. Scorpio5x0's Avatar
    Ok, the pc that I used the Media Creation Tool to update, after failing to activate all day complaining that it was an invalid key, final activated.
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    07-29-2015 09:54 PM
  4. Baron164's Avatar
    What if you have multiple machines upgraded to 10 on one account? Can I check how many licenses I have for Windows 10 on my account? If a system fails and I have to replace the motherboard or I upgrade the CPU am I going to be forced to buy another license of Windows 10 because that would be bs.
    07-29-2015 10:45 PM
  5. Ma Sles's Avatar
    I need help so bad! My windows 10 update keeps failing I get two error codes 80240020 & 80244019. It gets almost done downloading and bam fail. I currently have Win 8.1/64. It installed without a hitch on my other pc...what gives?
    07-29-2015 10:53 PM
  6. Scorpio5x0's Avatar
    Ok, for anyone that upgraded via the Media Creation Tool and can not activate their Windows 10 license. I just did this on 2 seperate machines. Goto command prompt(Administrator) and at the prompt type:

    sfc /scannow

    Once the process starts, click activate license under the system menu. Once I did this both my computers activated.
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    07-29-2015 11:18 PM
  7. vikash singh1's Avatar
    My apps were fine untill yesterday. But from today morning it has started close itself whenever I run them. Most of the app. What could be the reason for this issue?
    07-30-2015 03:43 AM
  8. Kabir Bellingeri's Avatar
    Hello everyone! while upgrading my samsung rv511 the installation gets stuck just after the first restart, the windows logo comes up and nothing happens, i tried letting it do it's thing but got up this morning to still see the windows 8.1 logo and installation won't continue to the page with the overall update percentage, i upgraded a very old dell inspiron 1525 with no problems but ban't upgrade the newer samsung rv511 please guys i need your help

    thanks!!
    07-30-2015 03:58 AM
  9. Neil Manuel's Avatar
    Hello. I can't install windows 10. I've reserved for many weeks ago and I already checked via Windows update. Still nothing. I do have the $Windows... folder but it's just 140MB please do help me.
    07-30-2015 04:01 AM
  10. WinSammie's Avatar
    Since upgrading via the normal update gave errors I used the Media Creation Tool to update 3 PC's (2x 8.1 pro 32bits and 1x 8.1 home 64 bits) and it went perfect, including the activation.
    07-30-2015 04:40 AM
  11. a5cent's Avatar
    Hello. I can't install windows 10. I've reserved for many weeks ago and I already checked via Windows update. Still nothing. I do have the $Windows... folder but it's just 140MB please do help me.

    Did you go through everything mentioned in item 3 of the FAQ?
    07-30-2015 04:45 AM
  12. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    Since upgrading via the normal update gave errors I used the Media Creation Tool to update 3 PC's (2x 8.1 pro 32bits and 1x 8.1 home 64 bits) and it went perfect, including the activation.
    You don't have to do a clean install from boot, right? Can't you do a clean install while the system is booted? I've been installing updates via ISO for months now, wiping everything when the installation asks what to keep. I haven't noticed any apparent problems with my system after doing this. I don't have any experience with UEFI or creating bootable media, so I use this as an alternative. Is this not okay?
    Last edited by Dadstar0410; 07-30-2015 at 08:06 AM.
    07-30-2015 07:18 AM
  13. ttsoldier's Avatar
    I would like to add the following to #3 of the Faq as I tried everything and it did not work.

    How I got my pc upgraded was by downloading the Media Creation tool from Microsoft found here:

    http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=51S0VHWU

    Once, downloaded and u run it, simply choose "Upgrade this PC now" It will download windows 10 and run the update. This is NOT a clean install. just another way to upgrade.
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    07-30-2015 07:24 AM
  14. RobinPaul's Avatar
    Hey guys,

    For those having problems activating Windows due to the message: Connect to the internet. Do these steps and it will activate:

    1. download a Keyfinder
    2. look for the key (the Windows 10 version) and write or copy it
    3. Disable antivirus
    4. Click: Change Product Key
    5. Fill in the Product Key you wrote down or copied (the last 5 numbers/letter should be the same as what Windows 10 gave)
    6. Follow the instruction
    7. Done
    8. Enable Antivirus again.

    ​This Worked for me last night.
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    07-30-2015 07:42 AM
  15. a5cent's Avatar
    Ok, the pc that I used the Media Creation Tool to update, after failing to activate all day complaining that it was an invalid key, final activated.
    That's good to hear!

    On the other hand, it's also frustrating, since it means everything you were told by MS support staff was incorrect (for those reading along, Scorpio5x0 shared the contents of that discussion with me via PM), which somewhat lead us on a wild goose chase.

    Basically:

    • there is nothing wrong with the ISO.
    • there is nothing wrong with the media creation tool. Using it to do an in-place upgrade also works fine.
    • as long as the rules laid out in this FAQ are followed, overloaded activation servers are the only problem any of us ever had.

    You agree?
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    07-30-2015 08:15 AM
  16. shreyas24's Avatar
    I would like to add the following to #3 of the Faq as I tried everything and it did not work.

    How I got my pc upgraded was by downloading the Media Creation tool from Microsoft found here:

    http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=dOD0zvuB

    Once, downloaded and u run it, simply choose "Upgrade this PC now" It will download windows 10 and run the update. This is NOT a clean install. just another way to upgrade.
    Did you require a key for this method of just upgrading to windows 10. And is it safe to use the tool?
    07-30-2015 08:21 AM
  17. ttsoldier's Avatar
    Did you require a key for this method of just upgrading to windows 10. And is it safe to use the tool?
    No key required once the version you are upgrading from is already an activated copy.

    Yes. Safe.
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    07-30-2015 08:38 AM
  18. Scorpio5x0's Avatar
    That's good to hear!

    On the other hand, it's also frustrating, since it means everything you were told by MS support staff was incorrect (for those reading along, Scorpio5x0 shared the contents of that discussion with me via PM), which somewhat lead us on a wild goose chase.

    Basically:

    • there is nothing wrong with the ISO.
    • there is nothing wrong with the media creation tool. Using it to do an in-place upgrade also works fine.
    • as long as the rules laid out in this FAQ are followed, overloaded activation servers are the only problem any of us ever had.

    You agree?
    Based on everything I did last night, I would say MS was at least correct when they told me there was a glitch with the ISO file. My guinea pig pc would not activate at any point. I spent most of the night Binging possible solutions and trying different things. As soon as I ran the sfc command, within seconds it activated. I am guessing whatever was holding up the activation was kick started by the sfc command. After successfully activating that pc, I went ahead and installed via the Media Creation Tool onto my primary pc. After installation, I had the same activation error. So I proceeded to run the sfc command and again within seconds I was able to activate.

    Even managed to do a clean install over night with the first pc and had no issues with activation. Before you do the clean install, I would recommend downloading and installing Belarc Advisor. This will provide you the Windows 10 product key. Once you have the product key in hand, go head and do a clean install. The install process did ask me for the key. And, although, you can skip that page, and more than likely the key will come across as soon as you sign in with your Microsoft account, I didn't want to take a chance. I entered the key, went through the clean install process and Windows 10 was activated as soon as it finished installing.
    Last edited by Scorpio5x0; 07-30-2015 at 09:40 AM.
    07-30-2015 09:26 AM
  19. a5cent's Avatar
    Before you do the clean install, I would recommend downloading and installing Belarc Advisor. This will provide you the Windows 10 product key. Once you have the product key in hand, go head and do a clean install. The install process did ask me for the key. And, although, you can skip that page, and more than likely the key will come across as soon as you sign in with your Microsoft account, I didn't want to take a chance. I entered the key, went through the clean install process and Windows 10 was activated as soon as it finished installing.
    If the key wasn't generated by MS during the upgrade, it won't be accepted during installation. If the key was generated by MS, then it's already stored in the cloud.

    I understand the reassurance-factor this provides, but technically I don't really see the point.
    07-30-2015 09:51 AM
  20. Scorpio5x0's Avatar
    If the key wasn't generated by MS during the upgrade, it won't be accepted during installation. If the key was generated by MS, then it's already stored in the cloud.

    I understand the reassurance-factor this provides, but technically I don't really see the point.
    I think it was more about making me feel better after literally working on the issue for about 16 hours. Made me comfortable knowing that I had something in my hand. I also wanted to make sure that, in fact, a product key was generated that was different then the Windows 7 key. It was part me wanting to sort out if the issue was that the Windows 7 key wasn't converting or the converted key just wasn't getting validated.
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    07-30-2015 10:27 AM
  21. shreyas24's Avatar
    I downloaded the media creation tool on my pc. However when I select the upgrade this pc option, it just shows me something happened. Any solution to this. I don't want to create an ISO or DVD. plz help
    07-30-2015 12:13 PM
  22. vikash singh1's Avatar
    Based on everything I did last night, I would say MS was at least correct when they told me there was a glitch with the ISO file. My guinea pig pc would not activate at any point. I spent most of the night Binging possible solutions and trying different things. As soon as I ran the sfc command, within seconds it activated. I am guessing whatever was holding up the activation was kick started by the sfc command. After successfully activating that pc, I went ahead and installed via the Media Creation Tool onto my primary pc. After installation, I had the same activation error. So I proceeded to run the sfc command and again within seconds I was able to activate.

    Even managed to do a clean install over night with the first pc and had no issues with activation. Before you do the clean install, I would recommend downloading and installing Belarc Advisor. This will provide you the Windows 10 product key. Once you have the product key in hand, go head and do a clean install. The install process did ask me for the key. And, although, you can skip that page, and more than likely the key will come across as soon as you sign in with your Microsoft account, I didn't want to take a chance. I entered the key, went through the clean install process and Windows 10 was activated as soon as it finished installing.
    What was the sfc command that u used/?
    07-30-2015 02:33 PM
  23. Scorpio5x0's Avatar
    What was the sfc command that u used/?
    Goto command prompt(Administrator) and at the prompt type:

    sfc /scannow

    As soon as the process starts, try to activate. Hopefully it works for you. Let me know.
    07-30-2015 02:41 PM
  24. WindowsX's Avatar
    If you think any other questions should be included in this FAQ, please mention it below and I'll see what I can do.

    1. Can I activate W10 using my W8.x or W7 license key?

    b) doing an in-place upgrad of your genuine and activated W8.x or W7 installation

    Option (b) does the following:

    a) creates a new W10 license key based on your existing/active/installed license key
    b) associates that new W10 license key with your hardware and your Microsoft account
    c) stores the W10 license key in the cloud

    From here on out (for the machine you installed W10 onto) W10 will no longer require you to provide any key for activation purposes. Instead, you'll just be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account which, if it hasn't already occurred, will activate your W10 installation.

    After having done the above, you can also clean-install W10 from USB thumb drive or DVD without requiring a license key.
    How will this system handle, in the cloud, multiple windows activation codes for each Microsoft account?

    In other words, how will it distinguish which piece of hardware you are using? The way you put it, all someone needs to activate a copy of windows 10 is someone else's MS account info. And if it does "learn" a piece of hardware on the machine, what do you do when you replace that piece? Are you just SOL and have to BUY another key?
    07-30-2015 07:40 PM
  25. a5cent's Avatar
    How will this system handle, in the cloud, multiple windows activation codes for each Microsoft account?

    In other words, how will it distinguish which piece of hardware you are using? The way you put it, all someone needs to activate a copy of windows 10 is someone else's MS account info. And if it does "learn" a piece of hardware on the machine, what do you do when you replace that piece? Are you just SOL and have to BUY another key?
    To be honest I don't fully understand MS's thinking here. They have yet to clarify it.

    Windows creates a hash across your hardware, in particular your network adapter's MAC address and other motherboard components. That is what I mean when I say your W10 license is associated with your hardware. Swapping storage devices or other less essential components won't be a problem. Swapping your motherboard probably will be. MS states very clearly, pretty much everywhere, that your W10 license is valid for the lifetime of your device. That statement only makes sense if your W10 license is tied to your device. It is...

    This is all fine and dandy for an OEM license, which has always been tied to specific hardware. I don't know how this works for those of us with retail licenses. At least theoretically, yes, you're expected to get a new license if you get a new machine. I suspect this will ultimately come down to how lenient MS is handling reactivation requests from people who upgraded from retail licenses...

    This is unfortunately all speculation however. I don't really know.
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    07-30-2015 07:52 PM
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