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Posted 01 June 2016 - 12:40 PM
Posted 03 June 2016 - 05:07 AM
I would try the upgrade route from the icon in the system tray (Notification area).
Do not be disappointed if the update doesn't please you - updating from a well-used copy of Windows 7 to Windows 10 often has little nagging problems that will make you wish you'd gone the "wipe and reinstall" route.
But, if it works, then all is well.
If it doesn't work, then download the W10 media creation tool and the W10 ISO from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10/
It's the link under the "Need to create a USB, DVD or ISO?" section.
Be sure to backup all of your data, as this will wipe everything off your hard drive.
When installing it that way, it'll let you change your partitions at some point during the installation.
Take this opportunity to delete all of the partitions and let the Windows installer re-create the partitions for you.
Finally, don't forget to check Device Manager to ensure that all of your devices have been updated/installed.
Once W10 is successfully installed, there are a number of ways to backup the entire system.
Then you can either clone the system to the SSD, or you can do another clean install of W10 on the SSD.
Once W10 is activated permanently, you can then re-install W10 without the product key - on the same hardware.
Changing a hard drive won't affect this, but other major changes might.
To check the activation status, open a Command Prompt and type "slmgr /xpr" (without the quotes) and then press Enter.
Most recently, when doing this at work, I've had to select both
- skip (the 1st time it asks)
- do it later (the 2nd time it asks)
Then, once the installation is done, as long as I'm connected to the internet, then the system will automatically activate.
Edited by usasma, 03 June 2016 - 05:09 AM.
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