How to upgrade from W7/8.1 without going through the complete upgrade process

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Yen, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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  2. ffsletmein

    ffsletmein MDL Novice

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    Thank you very much for the response and apologies for more incoming questions. So I assume I could have found that link in the "20H1" thread under downloads as that looks like the latest release?
    If i get that iso on a bootable USB and install, is there an option to keep old files in a "windows.old" folder, as there was in the W7 install process, or is formatting the whole boot drive the only option?
    I would be coming from an updated W7 ultimate system that's activated by DAZ loader - is there a version of that tool for W10 or should I run something like kms_vl_all which seems to be the preferred activation method here?
    And the last question is about windows update - does it still work as it did in W7 or do you need to download and install updates manually, which I assume has something to do with the "UUP file" stuff?
    Thanks again.
     
  3. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    For keeping this as simple as possible, Yes.
    No need for a bootable USB for upgrades, just extract or mount the ISO in the running windows and run setup.exe from its root.

    For proper clean installs (by booting from the installmedia) it will never create the windows.old folder because a proper clean install will include a reformatting or repartitioning of the systemdrive.
    Though when you select the existing windows partition it will create the folder but that's not the proper way for a clean install.
    This means you are planning to do an upgrade and an upgrade from an activated win 7 to 10 (home, pro +N) will still give you a free HWID for 10.
    WU = WU, still the same.
     
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  4. ffsletmein

    ffsletmein MDL Novice

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    Awesome, thank you for the extremely helpful information!
     
  5. mregdub

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    #2305 mregdub, Jul 22, 2020
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    I went through all of the steps outlined on p. 1, and when it came time to activate w/Internet, I got the error msg that no product key was found on my device. I double-checked the path C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket\, and the .xml file was still there. Did I possibly miss something along the way, or does this method no longer work? Thanks for any input

    Edit: I just realized there is 1 step I missed that maybe could have affected the license? After installing W7, I didn't update any "missing" drivers, which would possibly could have included the ethernet adapter. I read in another forum here in MDL that an ethernet change could deactivate a W10 activation. Could this be the problem? If so, what's the best way to fix it - start over, or is there something better? Thanks
     
  6. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Google for massgravel and run the cmd, you will endup with a genuine hwid.
     
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  7. mregdub

    mregdub MDL Novice

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    Thanks. How do I know I'm downloading a legit app, w/out viruses, etc? The one I found is from Github, does that sound right? (not sure if I'm allowed to post links in here).
     
  8. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    If it's from massgravel github it's the correct one by windowsaddict.
     
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  9. mregdub

    mregdub MDL Novice

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    Thanks Enthousiast, worked like a charm!
     
  10. crashnburn

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    Interesting. How does that work?
     
  11. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Use a VM.
     
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  12. yro

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    does this thing really work? is this the new "daz loader" for windows 10? :p
     
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  13. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    It's been invented about 4 years ago, here on mdl.
     
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  14. yro

    yro MDL Addicted

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    holly sh$j.. im outdated as hell then.. ok, so this script can make the procedure for the hardware id obsolete? i saw that the script has an option to activate windows 10 with hardwareid, without kms.. is it correct or did i read and dont understand it?
     
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  15. Windows_Addict

    Windows_Addict MDL Addicted

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    Yes.
     
  16. yro

    yro MDL Addicted

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    thanks guys.. ill put it on my backup and mark the thread as favourite.. :)
     
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  17. johnye_pt

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    A direct link to a specific article would have been more useful... 2 links to websites in the 1st 3 posts looks like SPAM to me...