I bought a cheap Acer Aspire computer from Wally World that has Windows 8.1 on it.
I had to have something for internet access while I was rebuilding an XP box.
I figured that I'd do the free Windows 10 upgrade on the Acer once I had
__everything working on the XP box.
I have tried 3 different ways of doing the Win10 upgrade, and all 3 spend
__HOURS downloading Win10 and then insist on checking for Win8.1
__updates and installing them before upgrading to Win10, again taking
__HOURS in the process.
In all 3 cases, many hours are spent downloading all the updates, and then
__the updates start installing. The progress bar gets to 30%, then a restart occurs.
Then I'm told that the updates are being worked on and the progress bar gets to 98%,
Then I'm told that the updates have failed and many hours are spent putting
__everything back the way it was.
I ran sfc /scannow which failed to repair 1/2 dozen files.
My only saving grace is that I bought a spare 500G hard drive and used MacriumReflect
__to clone the original drive from Wally World over on to it so that at any time I can
__repeat that process to get my "original" drive back onto the "cloned over" drive.
(Obviously, I don't actually touch anything on the original drive except having put Avast AV
__on it, plus Firefox, and MacriumReflect, and using the McAfee uninstaller, which I did before the first cloning).
I need to do an upgrade because the UEFI contents on this drive are uniquely matched
__to the mother board. I don't think that a scratch install of WIN10 will have all the drivers,
__proprietary files, etc. that this motherboard is going to look for.
By the way, while I'm trying to do all this, the only things connected to the computer are a
__cable connection to the router, a monitor, a USB mouse, and a USB keyboard.
I also turn off file and network protection in Avast (indefinately, since it's taking so many
__hours for all the shenanigans that Windows insists on doing).
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to install the Win8.1 updates?
I could take the time to install them one at a time, but I can't find an inclusive list that
__tells what order to do them in.
A lot of them are security updates for Windows 8.1 and the various NET frameworks from
__ 2.0 to 4.5.