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Windows 10 installation nightmare

Five days ago, I finally decided to jump and install Windows 10 on my Windows 7 computer. I have had pop-ups inviting me regularly.
What a mistake!
I have prepared myself with the cloning of my hard drive on a new hard drive.
I started the installation process. First problem, it could not install. I tried four times. Then I found on the web that I neede to install while the computer was in safe mode, for minimal interference with other programs.
Finally it started the installation process until I got to the product key input. I tried my Windows 7 PK. Wrong.
I called Microsoft support. They wanted to sell me the licence. What? I thought it was free upgrade!
Apparently, I did something wrong.
OK, then forget about it, I will stick with my got ol'Windows 7.
I hard a hard time getting rid of the Windows 10 installation process., and I had to reinstalled my Windows 7 (Legal,if anybody question that!).
The boot process got screw up.
The installation also hit the fact that my hard drive was either MBR, or GPT, or EFI,, anyhow, the wrong one.
In the meantime I called several times Microsoft support, and following their suggestions. It got worse.
Eventually I had to reformat the hard drive so it would accept the Windows program. Strangely, I ended up with a basic Windows 7, without mouse, and internet access!
Call Microsoft, no joy!
And, when I call Microsoft support and I am on hold, they claim that Windows 10 is easy to install!!! What a piece of crap!
So, after 4 days, yes 4 days full time, I cannot install on my hard disk, so I connect my new clone hard drive, but could not access it!
So I tried to install Windows 7 on that new drive. Again the drive is MBR, or GPT or EFI or whatever!
With a software downloaded from the net, I try to reconfigure the drive, bad idea, my clone drive is formated!
And worse, I still can<t install Windows!
Let's talk about Microsoft support, they are totally useless. I ended up in Asia when speaking english or in Morocco when I tried in french. Except for one time, the line had a lot of noises, and those guys in Morocco must have had potatoes in their mouth.
They even offered me to google, or go to youtube.
Totally useless!

By the way, I am using another computer (small notebook) to rant. I am also invited to upgrade to Windows 10 on this notebook, but pîg will fly before I do it.

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if it asks for the key

if it asks for a key during the install, most likely it thought you had a non genuine copy of win7 installed. did your copy of win7 come with the computer?

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That huge fact you can't install Windows 7

Points out this machine may have issues. I don't see full details here but installing Windows has never meant the install is done. That is, after Windows we have drivers and in some machines apps like Quickset. Your post reads like this is your first time with installing bare Windows.

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PS. Thinking it over

This sounds like me and a laptop last month. That one had me scratching my head a lot. The HDD had passed the maker's diagnostics but I could not clone the drive. So I slipped in a new HDD and did a clean restore from the factory restore media. That worked. Looking at the pulled HDD found a Seagate. Done.

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Re: install Windows 7

If it's still the same BIOS and the same hard disk as it was when you installed Windows 7 the first time, you should still be able to repeat it (MBR, GPT, EFI or whatever) using the same Windows 7 disk and driver disk and what more and get the same result (a fully working PC) as you got then. Why doesn't work now, while it worked then?

When it's activated (and legal), you can install the upgrade to Windows 10 from USB-stick or DVD you made with the Windows Media Creator.

The big advantage of that is that it doesn't go via the Windows update route, you don't get those prompts (which came from a few Windows updates done this spring), and - best of all - once the free upgrade is done, you can use it to reinstall Windows 10 on the same hardware if you need.

There have been some moments I considered to do the same. But then I thought about the (only) 20 GB free on the 60 GB SSD used as a system drive and then I stopped considering rather fast. Buying new hardware to install a free OS makes it kind of not so free.
Luckily I knew how to get rid of those annoying prompts that invited me to upgrade, so all is fine for the next few years. If I really need Windows 10 then (I can't imagine why at the moment) I'll buy some machine that comes with it.

Kees

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