1. The free upgrade to Windows 10 is available until Microsoft decides to stop it. Nobody else know when that is, and it could very well be that they don't know themselves either. If no luck in February you're choices are: (1) continue with Windows 7, (2) buy a Windows 10 license, or (3) switch to Linux.
2. I'd download the full .iso file, mount it and run setup.exe from it, preferably after booting into Safe Mode. If that fails also, make a bootable USB-stick of DVD and boot from it to refresh to install it. Two chances to get a success.
I have a thread still operating at this time, under mobile phone, but I feel that I need to open this to assist me with a couple of points. I am not sure if I am permitted to have two threads going at the same time.
I have desktop pc using W7 at my permanent home, quite a long distance away, and a laptop with me, using W10.
Since July 2019, each Update for W10 on my laptop has frozen at 27% - after over 2 hours or more at 27% completed - I have terminated the update.
On the laptop I have the HD partitioned with Linux. I also have various security programmes like Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and I use DuckDuckGo as my search engine.
I am informed that Microsoft will stop support for W7 as from tomorrow. As I am unable to access my desktop for a few more weeks,
My 2 questions are –
1. Will I be able to use the free upgrade to W10, sent by Cnet on December 27th, when I reach my home in early February, and would this be the ‘best way forward’?
2. What would I need to do to permit an Update on my W10 for my laptop? I have tried re-downloading a few times but every time it freezes at 27%!! The longest that I have left it with the little dots circulating during an update is 2.75 hours!
Thanks in advance for any advice,