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Whats the smartest way to upgrade from 8.1.


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#1 Red Kelt

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 12:09 PM

My PC is a year old and runs 8.1.  TBH it needs a reinstall badly as the apps dont launch anymore and I can 't seem to fix it.

 

Prior to downloading Win 10 do you think it would be a good idea to reload 8.1 as a fresh install?

 

..otherwise would Win 10 port over my Office 365 if I didn't do the 8.1 reinstall?



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 12:40 PM

Hi Red Kelt :)

If you do a fresh install (or a Factory Reset) of your laptop before installing Windows 10, you'll have to install the KB3035583 again in order to have the "Get Windows 10" app to reserve your copy of Windows 10. Otherwise, the upgrade won't be downloaded automatically on your system once Windows 10 gets released on July 29th. Another idea would be to wait for the Windows 10 .iso to be published on Microsoft's website, download it, create an installation media and perform a fresh installation of it. It's your choice. Also, yes, the upgrade will port all your compatible programs to Windows 10, and Office 365 is one of these compatible programs.

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 02:15 PM

Hi Red Kelt :)

If you do a fresh install (or a Factory Reset) of your laptop before installing Windows 10, you'll have to install the KB3035583 again in order to have the "Get Windows 10" app to reserve your copy of Windows 10. Otherwise, the upgrade won't be downloaded automatically on your system once Windows 10 gets released on July 29th. Another idea would be to wait for the Windows 10 .iso to be published on Microsoft's website, download it, create an installation media and perform a fresh installation of it. It's your choice. Also, yes, the upgrade will port all your compatible programs to Windows 10, and Office 365 is one of these compatible programs.

 

Many thx for the reply.

 

I just joined the insider program.  I dloaded a iso and wondered if it was a full install or an upgrade iso. 

 

Do you know if they will definately release a full install iso?  I might as well wait for that if its coming.

 

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 02:48 PM

This isn't the official Windows 10 .iso. This is a Windows 10 Technical Preview (beta) .iso. Windows 10 gets released worldwide on July 29th and I expect the RTM .iso to be posted on the Microsoft website shortly after.

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 02:49 PM

This isn't the official Windows 10 .iso. This is a Windows 10 Technical Preview (beta) .iso. Windows 10 gets released worldwide on July 29th and I expect the RTM .iso to be posted on the Microsoft website shortly after.

 

thx mate.

 

I'll wait for the full install iso to land.



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 02:50 PM

No problem :) Here's the .iso you are downloading right now.

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x64) - Build 10162

Build X means that it's a TP (Technical Preview). The official release shouldn't have "Build" or will most likely have "RTM" appended instead.

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 10:00 AM

Fix your 8.1 before you install, k? And back it up.  Then do a clean install of Win10, because -- as I found out when I did what I'm suggesting to you -- EVEN THOUGH I did a clean install, Win10 did copy my 8.1 settings and the INITIAL 8.0 theme I had partly configured.  That caused a lot of problems, as the partial theme was not complete owing to glitches in customization that had to be resolved over the phone with MSFT. The only resolution was to redo Win10's themes, which took some hours to figure out.

 

So Win10 will look at your existing installation and key off it.  So either install Win10 to another machine, or do a complete restore or something to get your 8.1 in shape.


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 12:21 PM

The problem is that you have to do the upgrade to Windows 10 to get the key then you can do a clean install so if Windows 8.1 is clean so will Windows 10. But if you do a clean 8.1 install then download the clean install from Windows 10 just so you have it.  


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 12:24 PM

I honestly have no idea of what you just explained orlbuckeye.

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