[Solved] Upgrade to Windows 10 Home from Windows 8.1 Single Language

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  1. vinodh

    vinodh MDL Junior Member

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    I have a HP notebook with Windows 8.1 Single Language 64bit pre-installed. I downloaded the Windows 10 64bit ISO from Microsoft and tried to upgrade from it by mounting it in Windows Explorer and running setup. It asked for a product key and i used a Windows 10 Home generic key which it accepted.

    After restarted and getting to the Windows 10 desktop, I checked in settings that Windows 10 is not activated. I tried manually activating several times but it keeps failing.

    I've since restored the computer to Windows 8.1 using the recovery partition and i'm currently downloading Windows 10 via Windows Update. I'm hoping this method will work.

    Any ideas why the ISO method failed?
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    The upgrade path is 8.1 CSL => 10 CSL, not 8.1 CSL => 10 Core.

    You should get 10 CSL ESD/ISO. You're already downloading it via WU, which means you're downloading the ESD - it should work.

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  3. vinodh

    vinodh MDL Junior Member

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    Typical. I found the answer just after posting this thread. Needless to say, I spent hours trying to find an answer to this issue but only find it after starting a thread asking for help.
     
  4. mabaega

    mabaega MDL Senior Member

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    Congratulations.. :biggrin:
    How do you resolve your problem?
     
  5. vinodh

    vinodh MDL Junior Member

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    I found info indicating that Windows 8.1 SL must be upgraded to 10 SL, not the regular Windows 10 Home. Makes no sense to me since I assumed that Windows 8.1 SL would automatically be classified under the Windows 10 Home upgrade path.