Windows 10 Free Upgrade

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  1. Beerstalker

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    Maybe one of you can give me some pointers on updating my PC. I've got a home built PC I put together a few years ago with Windows 8.1 running on a small SSD (32 GB I believe). I figure if I am upgrading to Win 10 I might as well replace the SSD with a larger one now since prices have came way down.

    I was looking at maybe picking up this drive:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/pny-cs1311-240gb-internal-sata-iii-solid-state-drive/4825701.p?id=bb4825701&skuId=4825701

    Anyone have any feedback or recommendations there?

    Next question, is there a way to download and install Windows 10 as a fresh install on the new drive, and leave Windows 8.1 on the old drive for now? Or do I have to upgrade to Windows 10 on the old drive, and then do a fresh install on the new drive after? I'm trying to avoid having to download Windows 10 multiple times because it is going to take forever on my slow internet at home (a 4-5 GB iTunes movie usually takes a day or so to download).

    I just figure I need to do this before the offer expires next month.
     
  2. dpeters11

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    I've always used the Crucial SSDs myself.

    I would download the Media Creation Tool here. It can be used both for upgrades and clean installs afterwards, just have a USB stick large enough for the ISO (at least 4gb). Make sure to use the option to create media for another PC, even if it's for that machine.

    The free offer has to be done as an upgrade the first time.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10
     
  3. dpeters11

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    Looks like they're removing a much publicized (and misunderstood) feature in the Anniversary update:

    We have removed the Wi-Fi Sense feature that allows you to share Wi-Fi networks with your contacts and to be automatically connected to networks shared by your contacts. The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment. Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing.
    Read more at https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/05/10/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-14342/#fIDcr4tCP6egXwsH.99
     
  4. Wilf

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    I am a Linux user and even I could download the W10 iso on a Linux PC (for a friend that was having W10 issues). I am not sure about home built computers, but for store bought, the "key" to the iso is stored in the firmware of the computer, so it is a piece-of-cake to do an install/reinstall of W10 iso. Whether MS will track your dual booting, I don't know. You might need to disable the telemetry to the MS mothership for that.
     
  5. MysteryMan

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    Windows 10 Anniversary Update confirmed as version 1607, finalization begins. Update likely to occur on 29 July 16.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    I love how Microsoft has been giving me a birthday present with Windows 10 every year. Of course I open my gifts early and use the Insider fast ring builds.

    Looks like I have a new one to install tonight.
     
  7. MysteryMan

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    No new features, mostly UTH.
     
  8. the2130

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    The latest update seems to have fixed the Start menu for me.
     
  9. the2130

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    Unfortunately I'm probably going to have to reload anyway. The C: drive occasionally spikes to 100% usage and stays there for an extended period of time, making the PC unusable. Last time I had that issue, on another PC, the disk was causing the problem. I've been moving data off the drive to prepare for a reload on a fresh drive, but I guess I'll wait a few days and see if I'm still having issues.
     
  10. dpeters11

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    There is a new compass and a few additions to Cortana :)

    And I saw my first odd bug in quite a while. My speakers are muted but the speaker icon in the tray say it's not. Clicking on it shows it muted.
     
  11. MysteryMan

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    Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 (KB3149135) and Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1511 Build: 10586.420 (KB3163018) rolled out today.
     
  12. Rich

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    For some reason, I don't seem to be getting updates. I do follow this thread and for the last few updates you posted about...nothing. When I go to Power on the menu I should be seeing "Restart and Update", no? All I've seen for the last few months are "Restart" or "Shutdown". What do you suppose I'm doing wrong?

    Rich
     
  13. Mark Holtz

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    Start -> Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update -> Check For Updates .
     
  14. dpeters11

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    At some point there is an autorestart, so it might be applied and you didn't realize it.
     
  15. Rich

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    Thanx Mark. I did do that each time I was notified on the forum and didn't see any indication that an update was available. Can't help but wonder why my laptop stopped telling me they were available.

    Rich
     
  16. Rich

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    That hadn't been happening. My desktop that I rarely use gets automatic updates but my laptop always had a notification on the Power button until a couple updates ago. I guess one of the updates stopped that.

    Rich
     
  17. Cholly

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    When I shu down my computer last night, it did a "Upgrade and shut down". Upon startup this morning, the upgrade was installed. This is OS build 10586.420, dated June 14.
    For information on update history, go to Settings, Update and Security, Windows Update -- then click on "learn more"
     
  18. dpeters11

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    Getting closer to the Anniversary Update, second build of that in the fast ring this week.
     
  19. fmcomputer

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    Problem upgrading Windows 7 Pro 64 bit to Windows 10 - Get error message CPU not Compatible = Running a Intel motherboard with Intel CPU.
     
  20. dpeters11

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    It's possible it isn't. There are some instructions required for Windows 10 (and 8.1) that weren't needed in 7.

    Download and run CPU-Z here.
    http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

    Run it and look for the following in instruction set:
    SSE2
    EM64T
    VT-d or VT-x

    You need all three, though the last one can't come without EM64T
     
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