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Is there any possible way to "upgrade" from a bootable flash drive?


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#1 mossrock

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 03:51 PM

I cannot seem to install any other way. Media Creation Tool will not start. When I mount the ISO and click on setup I am given a small, rectangular blue window that says "Windows", and it disappears after a second. I have a tried through Windows Update and get fail code 8007005. I also have been notified two separate times through "GetWindows10" icon that I am ready to install and once received the 80070005 code and the other time the famous "Something Happened" screen.

 

I was able to create a bootable flash but my understanding is that I can only perform a clean install if I boot with it and would need to purchase an activation code. Is that correct? Or is there another way to do it?

 

I am running Windows 8.1 64-bit on an HP Pavilion 15 series laptop and I am able to successfully update anything through Windows Update except Windows 10 upgrade. All of my other *.exe files start fine except Setup on Windows ISO.

 

Any ideas would be much appreciated as I'm already into day 6 of my 365 day free upgrade offer. :rolleyes:



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 04:01 PM

You cannot upgrade by booting from a USB Flash Drive, no. It won't let you. I tried it and it didn't work. There's still 359 days to go, don't worry. I'm still looking for a solution for that error code, since a lot of users have it.

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 04:10 PM

Thanks Aura. You are a warrior on this issue.



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:13 PM

I've been reading around, and a lot of folks recommend running the setup.exe in that tool from within the old Windows you'll be replacing.  I'm guessing they mean right-click 'Run as administrator'.  Try that.  I'd do it myself, but I don't want to sacrifice any of my current setups.


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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:15 PM

I tried this as well, but at the time I failed the compatibility check for some reason. There was no clear error in the report it dropped on my Desktop. It's worth a try however.

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:25 PM

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I can make the upgrade succeed or fail. Every time.

These fail consistently
The Windows Update method
Media Creation Toolkit
Win10 ISO on the HD
Changing the Region and Language to US

This works every time. Create a bootable UFD from the Windows ISO. Run setup.exe (on the UFD) in Windows.



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 08:01 AM

What's a UFD?  The name, I mean.  For in the posts, the guy later describes it as a USB stick made using Rufus.  I just don't understand the acronym.

 

Also, take a look at this later post there, how the 'upgrade' totally trashed a guy's new PC.


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Posted 04 August 2015 - 08:03 AM

UFD = USB Flash Drive






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