vishwa

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Thanks for this tip. I had upgraded to windows 10 but now revert back to windows 7. My Dell inspiron 580s drivers are not compatible with windows 10 and thus facing issues with my network driver.
 
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Thanks for this tip. I had upgraded to windows 10 but now revert back to windows 7. My Dell inspiron 580s drivers are not compatible with windows 10 and thus facing issues with my network driver.
I too had the prob with my network driver. Windows 10 mentioned the driver was for Vista...but it was my Windows 7 driver.
The included Windows 10 network driver is working fine here. My network driver that Windows 10 rejected was from Realtek & Windows 10 included network driver is too from Realtek & working fine here.
 
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how to do a clean windows 10 install without upgrading first | Wilders Security Forums

You need to have an ISO of the matching version to your previous OS i.e. Home or Pro and x86 or x64.

Extract the ISO (or you can mount it if you know how) go to \Windows\x64\sources and copy gatherosstate.exe to your desktop. Run this file (may have to select run as admin) it will create the file GenuineTicket.xml on your desktop. SAVE THIS somewhere like a USB drive or otherwise YOU NEED IT LATER.

Now install Windows 10 clean once done copy the file you saved GenuineTicket.xml to the folder
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

Now reboot the machine. You should now be activated.
 
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The question is by doing the step above does the license is converted to a Windows 10 license and saved by Microsoft?
 
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Does replacing HDD affects Windows activation?

Preinstalled/OEM Windows 7 laptop.
And Preinstalled/OEM Windows 7 upgraded to Windows 10 laptop.
 

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@yesnoo: As much as possible it will not affect Windows activation except of changing motherboard especially from newly laptop models where license key is bind on that main peripheral. HTG


According to official MS site ; there's a possibility to happen but its still a case to case basis.

Hardware changes
If you made substantial hardware changes to your PC, such as replacing your hard drive or motherboard, Windows might no longer be activated on your PC. For info on how to activate your PC,
 
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Thanxx for the links. Its helpful.

Once I replace the HDD will see how it goes.

By the way the laptop that I am going to replace HDD currently has Windows 7 OEM installed. I think will wait for the upcoming major Windows 10 update that allows to activate Windows 10 with Windows 7 genuine OEM/Retail, etc... keys. I will do a clean Windows 10 install & activate with Windows 7 key. Hope it will activate fine.
 
hi , as the title says , there is how to do.

1- Upgrade Part

This procedure is useful only if you do an upgrade to Windows 10 from a legit licensed and activated Windows 7/8 PC.

a- You must have Windows 7/8 or above installed and activated with a legit license.
b- Go inside Windows 7/8
c- Then you must do an upgrade to windows10 via Windows Update (or via an ISO from Windows 10 by inserting the media containing Windows 10 > open > and run "setup.exe").



d- Follow the installation procedure.
e- When the installation is finished, your Windows 7/8 license will be transferred and modified as a Windows 10 license. this license will automatically activate Windows 10 when you will connect to internet.




2- Clean Install part:

You must have done a dvd or usb containing the official Windows10 ISO from microsoft.

here the Link : Microsoft's Media Creation Tool

- Be sure to select the proper version , the same one as your in 7/8 version. example: windows 7 or 8 Home = Windows 10 home )

a- insert the dvd or usb containing the Windows 10 ISO
b- Go into the Boot menu and select the device that will run the ISO, exit and reboot.
c- Now your PC should load the Windows10 installer.
d- Follow the procedure.
e- Skip all "enter your license" prompts (you should have 2-3 prompts)
f- Once in Windows10 , check if you are activated (go to Control Panel > System > Scroll to bottom) , if not , click the "Activate" button.
g- You should be activated and can npw perform as many clean install as you want.




thanks :D

If I got a virus on my pc and I install : Microsoft's Media Creation Tool and create a booteable usb, how i know that the usb booteable is not inffected ? Or should I create the booteale usb in other pc ?
 
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If I got a virus on my pc and I install : Microsoft's Media Creation Tool and create a booteable usb, how i know that the usb booteable is not inffected ? Or should I create the booteale usb in other pc ?
Always create a bootable usb on a clean pc.
This is why i always recommend people to do a backup right after the installation of an OS. Then:
Restore the clean backup > make the bootable USB > install windows
 

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My latest tale of woe with Windows 10. Upgraded again, the third time, figuring after all the months the latest version has been out that it should be fixed. This time rather than a regular upgrade, I chose only to keep my files and folders. All 3rd party software was removed in the upgrade.
It all went quickly and without problems, and 10 is working well...….EXCEPT it will not activate. I get an error code and saying either the license cannot be found or something is preventing activation from connecting with the servers. Tried 4 or 5 times yesterday and 3 or 4 times today and get the same error. I haven't installed any software other than Windows 10 yet, so don't know what could be blocking the activation.

I'm starting to think the gods of computers don't want Windows 10 on this laptop.
 

Chuck57

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I was told the license number above is good for about 6 months and is illegal - which I did not know. So, it appears my solution isn't a solution at all although the cmd code is good and does work. At the end of 6 months, I either run Windows 10 without activation, find another dirty license number, or use a Macrium Reflect image of Win 8.1, revert back and try again.

My Win 8.1 is a legal and valid digital license. The laptop has no product key sticker or I'd have used it. So, that's where this nonsense is at. I'm thinking again the gods of computers don't want me running Windows 10.