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Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« on: September 26, 2015, 02:12:48 AM »

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As many of you know MS is requiring you to UPGRADE a qualifying OS (Win7 or Win8.1) in order to activate Windows 10..
And for those that would rather CLEAN install Windows 10 to another partition, drive or vhd - Win10 OS will not activate unless it is installed over a prior qualifying OS..

Well, until now that is, here is what is needed to CLEAN install Win10 and have it see a prior qualifying OS

Within the Win10 setup media is a file "\sources\gatherosstate.exe"

Copy "gatherosstate.exe" to the desktop of your qualifying OS

RightClick "gatherosstate.exe" and run as admin

"gatherosstate.exe" creates a "GenuineTicket.xml" file

Now you can Clean Install Win10 to disk or partition
or Apply the Win10 install.wim to VHD

NOTE: With Windows 10 as an Upgrade, Do not enter any product key when asked, just skip over the request..

Once Win10 is installed or applied

Copy "GenuineTicket.xml" into "\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket"

so you end up with "\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket\GenuineTicket.xml"

Reboot..

You just Clean installed Win10 and Upgraded your Qualifying OS without actually upgrading the prior OS

In my case > Created 50GB VHD > Applied Win10 to VHD > Copied "GenuineTicket.xml" = Activated Win10 VHD

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« Last Edit: September 26, 2015, 02:18:40 AM by KYHI »

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2015, 02:36:16 AM »

KYHI

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Another Note:
Once Your PC has a recorded Windows 10 Activation
Your PC will be permanently activated for a Windows 10 Re-Installation at any time..
No need to enter any product key - just skip product key when asked

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2015, 03:21:12 AM »

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StraightForward , Nice and useful trick :smile:

Thanks  :cool:

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Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2015, 12:48:27 AM »

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I also made a file called CLUpdater.exe that automates this process. It also makes it easy to incorporate this into a Windows 10 Setup USB as well.

You can find it here:
http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/64928-Release-CLUpdater-Clean-Install-Windows-10-without-having-to-Upgrade-first

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2015, 03:04:51 AM »

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Thanks KYHI,

now I installed Win10 to vhd, and activated nicely with GenuineTicket  :thumbsup:  :cheers:

Win10 I used: 10240.16384.150709-1700.TH1_CLIENTENTERPRISEEVAL_OEMRET_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO

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I like new StartMenu (compared to Win81) and "Searchbox Toolbar" (which I missed :) ),
 noticed some other useful improvements for end user :)
  so far it looks nice to me

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after booting Win10, my disk was offline, checking internet, this fixed:
Code: [Select]
diskpart.exe
DISKPART> SAN
SAN POLICY=OnlineAll

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/c14bdde3-6359-463d-9932-5fe7ec72505e/how-to-change-default-san-disk-status-from-offline-to-online?forum=winserverfiles


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After activation, WaterMark continue staying at left-bottom right bottom  ;)

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Now I need to figure out how to update to my current Win81 ,
(OK, notify me --- wuauclt.exe /updatenow did not work -- well this is another subject/topic ... )
 since my supervisor start to use Win10 , I need to catch him ...

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Again thanks for activation  :xmas-beer:

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« Last Edit: October 18, 2015, 03:36:31 AM by Lancelot »

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2015, 03:25:52 AM »

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For your 8.1 system, can't you just mount your new iso and run setup.exe from it? That will start the upgrade. Just make sure you're activated *before* the upgrade.

About the watermark, that's strange for an activated system. Also, you mean the right bottom, correct?

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2015, 03:39:07 AM »

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yes, right bottom , fixed  :lol:

after KYHI topic
http://theoven.org/index.php?topic=1471.0

I decide to wait, and feel better post on topic  :cool:

I can update next weekend  :cool:

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2015, 05:08:28 AM »

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OK Lancelot. But I would advise to use the 10240 release, not the 10565 preview.

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2015, 07:22:03 PM »

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The preview and eval editions will show the watermark
The retail Release 10240 will not show watermark ..

MS is due to launch a retail update to current 10240, in the near future..

Re: Windows 10 Upgrade via Clean Installation
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2015, 12:13:52 PM »

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Thanks for info KYHI,

I updated to Win10 now,
after updating all, adding this:
Code: [Select]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]
"AllowOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001
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upgrading was smooth and nice  :thumbsup:
 and no watermark  :thumbsup:

Another reason for watermark probably is, my Windows license is "Home", I had tested with Ultimate on VHD  :embarrassed:

life goes fast .... :turtle:

 

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