Windows 10 Upgrade always fails! (Something happened)

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  1. Blinky

    Blinky MDL Novice

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    I got a Windows 7 Ultimate laptop (with Slic 2.1 in bios with mod) and I am trying for the last few days to upgrade it with no success!

    I hate this system that you need to upgrade first to get activation and then you can clean install, as a clean install goes smoothly, but the upgrade always hangs and I cna do nothing about it!!!

    I even installed windows 7 from scratch, added all updates and then proceded to upgrade to 10 either with media creation tool or with the icon , same result.

    With the media creation tool, it does all the work (downloads, checks sht, etc) and after about an hour when it reaches the point that it tells you it will soon restart, it aborts and gives a textbox message : "Something happened, Windows 10 installation has failed"

    I strongly say again this happens at the end not in the begining like some utube videos which suggest setting the locale to US and the time etc, I have done all these but its not the same error.

    I really have no idea what else to try.... I thought of installint 8.1 and upgrading from there, but this way I risk the fact that 8.1 wont be "really" genuine as in they dont use a slic method to activate...

    Any help?
     
  2. Michaela Joy

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  3. lobo11

    lobo11 TOMAHAWK CHOP

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    Did you uninstall Anti-Virus, and disable all startup tasks in task manager
     
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  4. SpeedDream

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    try from 8.1 or just clean install and kms activate
     
  5. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    In your Admin account, is the language-region, EN-US.
     
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  6. Blinky

    Blinky MDL Novice

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    I saw this thread, but it covers activation.... My PC is activated correctly. The slic 2.1 in bios is Acer and I have activated it in windows 7 using the Acer-new xms and the Acer ultimate cd-key...what else is there to check?

    The install fails on a totally fresh win7 installation that has nothing added to it other than windows updates....no anti virus, no nothing, not even chrome browser!
     
  7. Fckr

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    Files, namely: setuperr.log and setupact.log in C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Panther\ might come handy in troubleshooting.
     
  8. odiebugs1

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    Run MSCONFIG, run selective startup, go to services tab, Check the Hide all Microsoft Services box. Click Disable all, click apply and reboot. Go to folder options and check view hidden files, Delete the C:\$Windows.~BT folder and there may be others where the BT says WS or something. Delete those as well if they are there.

    Download the install tool but use "save for another PC", make sure same version as yours, extract the ISO in a folder on desktop and run setup.exe.

    If you have a Hard Drive, the upgrade can take over an hour.

    If you are already have language region in Admin set to EN-US, as this trick works for some when switched from another setting.
     
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  9. urie

    urie Moderator
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    It could just be driver problem I had a friends Samsung NP-RV511I Laptop last week tried to update it to windows 10 no way same thing "Something happened, Windows 10 installation has failed" searching the net only way seems to be to change network card in laptop. So I just did factory restore back to windows 7 not worth the hassle.
     
  10. Yen

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    Since it is not activation related, I'd check if it is upgrade procedure related...

    There is a way without to upgrade. Daz has posted this in the chatbox.

    Validate w7 online
    Generate a genuine ticket of your w7:

    Copy gatherosstate.exe from a Windows 10 10240 ISO

    Run it on your Windows 7
    It'll output GenuineTicket.xml Save this on USB or something

    Then try a fresh install with the w10 pro ISO with the internet connection disabled. Once it's installed copy GenuineTicket.xml to C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\clipsvc\genuineticket\
    Reboot and connect online

    If the fresh w10 install fails then w10 doesn't work out of the box on your laptop.
     
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  11. Blinky

    Blinky MDL Novice

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    the fresh install works like a charm! just not activated :(

    If I use this way, will it add the machine to the online database for future installations? or will I have to do this procedure every time?
     
  12. odiebugs1

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    If you get bored, delete all in the download folder here- C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download, internet turned off, ***and if you know how to enter the BIOS*** / UEFI, in case you need to set AHCI, reset/ clear CMOS. I don't don't know what your default settings are, AHCI might be default.

    So internet off, clear CMOS, delete all in download folder, and do the same from above for selective start.
     
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  13. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    Adding it each time you do a clean install is very easy. Just save if on another drive.
     
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  14. odiebugs1

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    Wish I didn't let my two laptops to be borrowed. Dying to try taking the GT and going on a clean install and adding it from another system.

    Imagine if this was the new loader for 10, seems to simple to be true.
     
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  15. urie

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    That would not work the GenuineTicket.xml is probably the hardware id for machine it was generated on. That may be the info sent to M$ database.
     
  16. Yen

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    AFAIK the genuine ticket is only made to transfer the 'status' while upgrading (machine ID is genuine). Since you are not upgrading you need to transfer the ticket yourself. Once activated online it should not be needed anymore since your HWID will be stored at M$, but I'd keep that GenuineTicket.xml firstly...

    You can try to delete it after w10 has been online activated from C:\programdata\microsoft\windows\clipsvc\genuineticket\ ....
    The upgrade procedure is the issue, now try it with the ticket...create the ticket from validated w7...:)
     
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  17. odiebugs1

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    Thanks, as I didn't think it would on another system, but this poster said for a HW change.

    Here is the post.
     
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  18. odiebugs1

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    I happen to notice your MP3, pretty cool, dying to mix in some whale sounds.
     
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  19. Yen

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    #20 Yen, Aug 27, 2015
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    Yes.
    HW change:

    Install w7 (activate it), create a new ticket, exchange the ticket
    Should work...no confirmation yet, though..
     
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