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    Just wanted to post my success story and give thanks to @adacosta for his tip on how to upgrade AFTER the deadline from Microsoft! https://windows10.help/blogs/entry/6-windows-10-free-upgrade-apparently-still-available/ I followed the step in that article and it was almost... flawless. Turns out it wasn't happy I needed some updates from Windows 7. The first time I ran it, it sat at 99% install status. After a reboot, I ran Windows Update and it installed a few patches. Second time I ran the upgrade, it went flawless. Took a few hours and was done. So, Thanks again!
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    There is some confusion right now about the Windows 10 Free Upgrade. Is it still available or is it not available? Yesterday, came a glimmer of hope for many who were still in limbo. Microsoft found out and immediately clarified; the Microsoft Answer Desk Tech who indicated the free upgrade offer would still be available for two more weeks, made a mistake. The issue is, there is wide open information on Microsoft's website that says otherwise. The Windows 10 Accessibility Page, provides a link to an updated Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, which lets you upgrade for free. It is no different from the regular Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Microsoft's official stance remains, the free upgrade offer has ended. The new Upgrade Assistant found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade It is version 1.4.9200.17343 opposed to 1.4.9200.17332 The website Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide, provides more information regarding Windows 10 availability. Phillip Yip goes on further to say: So, it looks like the cat is out of the bag, Windows 10 is still available for free, its now an open secret. Is Microsoft likely to close this loophole? They sure can, but for users who missed the fantasy deadline, they can grab the upgrade for free while they can.
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    hey I am using windows 8 single language on 64X I have this error message ? "This 32-bit version of Windows cannot be installed to an EFI-based computer. Installation cannot proceed. Use a 64-bit version of Windows to install to an EFI-based computer." the iso file is 64x not 32 ?!
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    In December, Microsoft annouced it was ending support for its suite of lifestyle apps, Windows Essentials. The last version launched in 2012 with the release of Windows 8. Since then, the software has been in maintenance mode. Even though the software firm promised to remove the software by January 10, 2017, its still available for download. I just checked and the following link still works: http://web.archive.org/web/20170109223306/http:/g.live.com/1rewlive5-all/en/wlsetup-all.exe Its not known how long this will last, but as I noted in the original article, get it while you can. Users should note, Movie Maker, which a lot of users strongly prefer using, must be installed with Photo Gallery. Its not a big deal, you don't have to use Photo Gallery, but they are integrated in the installer. Other apps like Live Writer and Live Mail can be unchecked from the installer. The apps still work on Windows 10 just fine. Resources: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13785
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    Glad to see my Yoga first gen is supported. I already installed it, but it's good to know that Lenovo approves
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    Just finished some updates to our Windows 10 Community. I think you will enjoy some of the new features here on the Forum. Feel free to check them out! First and foremost, we have a new Leaderboard on the site. It will list both past and present members of our community who contribute to make the site better and better. Several bugs were also fixed: Fixes an issue where the "Who's Online" widget / "Online Users" page shows the wrong number of guests or the wrong date. If you load an editor that has previous auto-saved content you will now be prompted to keep or remove it Auto-saved content in the editor will now expire after 48 hours If you load an editor that has previous auto-saved content you will now be prompted to keep or remove it Escape key will now cancel quick-edit on titles If you are using multiple devices to login to a site you will be less likely to be logged out Thank you for all the support. You may now return to your normal browsing.
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    A number of users have been reporting issues recently removing the protective seal on Windows 10 OEM System Builder product key stickers. Unlike retail Windows 10 licenses, which come on a business size card in the box; the OEM Windows 10 System Builder product key is located on the certificate of authenticity sticker on the outside or inside of the package. To prevent theft, a protective seal covers the product key. Similar to a pay as you go phone card, users can utilize a sharp instrument such as a knife, scissor or even a coin to remove protective seal. See below: Credit: Microsoft Sometimes, if too much pressure is applied or liquid comes in contact with the sticker, this can damage the product key characters. When this happens, your best course of action is to return it to the reseller for a replacement or refund; since it might be a defective product. Contacting Microsoft might be an option, although the software firm has no responsibility for damaged product keys; since production is handled by a third party source. If vendor is able to provide a replacement, ask them to remove the protective seal for you, so you are not liable for damage if it happens again. If you are unable to get any assistance from the vendor, contact Microsoft support and they might be able to replace it for you. http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support#tab0 What if Microsoft can't help either? Your options are limited, you might have to cut your losses, or try salvaging the key yourself. The first option you can try using is a magnifying glass to enlarge the characters. If you don't have a magnifying glass, you can use digital camera or your smart phone to take a picture then blow it up on your computer. Below is a list of characters used and not used in Microsoft product keys: Characters and numbers used: 2346789BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY Characters and numbers not used: 015AEILNOSUZ Sometimes a 6 could be easily mistaken for a G or a B for an 8, so look carefully. If the product key sticker is smudged, you could try using a damp Q-Tip to gently scrub the smudge covering the letters.
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    I really appreciate all your help. I have been having a nightmare since last Monday with the BSOD!! I don't know what triggered it, but here I am... searching in blogs, trying to figure out what is the problem. I am registered to your emailing list, and I do enjoy reading all the tips, especially about Win10. In this thread I found, I read your article (here above). I found it very helpful, but I am stuck with this part : Type each command then hit <Enter>: bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup c: cd boot attrib bcd -s -h -r ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old bootrec /RebuildBcd I can't type the "backslash" symbol in the 5th line : "ren c: " etc. On my other Laptop (the one not working), I tried every combination possible to find it, but nothing is working. The only thing I found was clicking CTL+ a key that has the backslash symbol... but I always obtain this : ^\ and I can't erase the first one (the little hat), because the backslash erases too. So how do I find it? As I am a Francophone, and use a French keybord in my Windows settings (but also have the English one activated), I was wondering if it might be the reason why I don't have It?? Anyway, Can you help me? Because I'm trying everything, and I don't want to loose all my data in reinstalling with a recovery disk or usb flash drive yet... Thanks very much.
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    I downloaded the .iso file for Win 10 Pro x 64, Build 15058, the Build I already had installed, edited the security pane, and then, whilst I was running Win 10, double clicked the .iso file and ran Setup.exe.I chose to keep my programs and personal files, and was pleasantly surprised at the speed of completion of the setup process. I then checked for updates and completed the update to Insider Preview Build 15061 without any problems.(I did not get the "some update files aren't signed correctly" error.) I did not need to create a DVD from the .iso file. How do I mark this thread as solved?
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    This is the first in series of different ways you can start with the Windows 10 Technical Preview. In this instance I am upgrading Windows 8.1 with update 1. And to be honest, installing 10 (right now anyway) is virtually the same as 8. Here are some screenshots of my journey: I started by installing Windows 10 from a DVD -- yeah I know...a DVD. Agree to the EULA The installation process begins" Decide what to keep. By the way, I just did a straight upgrade, and all of my apps and desktop programs came through fine, as well as my data. The install begins: It took a while and I wasn't in the room the entire time, I know my laptop restarted at least once...maybe more. Go with Express setup, and then you start seeing messages like the one below: Now you're ready to start exploring what is new in Windows 10! thoughts or comments?
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    That's great @Kevin Dts - thanks for passing on the update on this one. I'm sure it will help out a lot of ppl with the same issue.
  12. 1 point
    Is the external backup connected and powered on during boot up? If so, make sure you power it off and disconnect it in addition to any other non-essential devices that might be attached.
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    I ran in to this on another forum and thought it should be listed here, as it's a good/easy fix. I'm a computer technician and have been running Windows 10 on my desktop computer since it's been available. Most of my customers are still on Windows 7, but the numbers will be increasing on W10. Keep up the good work on preaching backup...I do also with ALL my customers, as it's VERY important to have backups!!