I have a brand new XPS 13, 9343 model with i7 processor and 512GB SSD. I am still within the 14 day cooling off period, and I'm now seriously considering returning it. I have never experienced such a load of nonsense trying to install any other piece of software.
So far, and after many attempts, I've been totally unable to upgrade to Windows 10. The very first thing I did was install all available Windows updates for 8.1 (there were 79 of them), and immediately after that I began the Win10 install saga. Nothing else has been done to the laptop - no dodgy software or USB devices (other than the boot USB where necessary). It is in a clean state.
- After downloading through Windows Update, the installation procedure is INCREDIBLY slow (eg it takes 36 HOURS to reach 42% completion - and at this point it hits the error message). What on earth can it be doing??
- I also tried creating a bootable USB through the media creation tool. If I boot from this USB drive and perform a "clean" install, this works perfectly - it takes about 8 minutes in total (which emphasises how ridiculous the 36 hours is). However, because it is a clean install and not an "upgrade", I end up with a non-activated version of Windows 10 and I get prompted to pay £99.99, which I have no intention of doing. I paid for the laptop on the understanding it would get a FREE upgrade to Win10!
- I have also tried using the USB (but not booting from it) to perform the in-place upgrade - this hits the same error as Windows Update does (and takes just as long)
- I have tried uninstalling all antivirus software and disabling all wireless/bluetooth devices before attempting the upgrade - none of this helps. Given that it takes me 36 HOURS per attempt, it's really not acceptable to try disabling random things in the vain hope it might work correctly.
When attempting the upgrade (i.e. not clean installation), I hit an error message "Windows Setup cannot configure Windows on your hardware" or similar. When resuming after the failure, the setup tool gives the error code 0xC1900101 0x30018, and says it failed in operation "FIRST_BOOT", phase SYSPREP. Just getting to this error message costs me 36 hours of waiting (welcome to the future!), so it would really help if someone could give a definite answer on what causes it...
Please help! Auuughhh
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This this case we would request you to do a clean installation and then contact Microsoft for manual activation Key .
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Thanks for your reply.
Are you sure this is possible? What I've read on the topic indicates that a clean installation cannot be activated for free.
If it is possible, can you tell me anything about how to actually do it, as I can't find anything about it online? Any web links illustrating how to do it?
Thanks very much.
I've had the same experience - took delivery today of new XPS 13 - i7, 512 GB SSD. Two attempts at Windows 10 upgrade both failed. Looking through various forums, there appears to be an issue with these machines and Windows 10. I don't think this is really acceptable - this is the top of the range product at the most expensive price point. I can live with Windows 8.1, but the marketing is quite clear that it should be upgradeable to 10. Don't expect to buy Dell again or recommend to colleagues...
I have had exactly the same experience and have been trying unsuccessfully to get the upgrade to work for 4 days now. It does clearly state on the website that this model is compatible with the Win 10 upgrade but from the numerous posts on this forum that is clearly not the case.
I have emailed tech support but I am not holding out for a coherent response.
I am running into the same problem with the exact model. I'm doing a clean wipe of the computer and was considering returning it. I have done everything mentioned above except for using The Microsoft manual activation code. Has anyone tried this yet?
I tried contacting Microsoft through their tech support web chat, but they insisted I couldn't get an activation key because I'd done a clean install rather than the "upgrade". I explained that their installer was worthless and the upgrade doesn't work, but that didn't cut it...
I think manual activation is only possible if you purchased a retail licence for your previous copy of windows - when you get a preinstalled laptop, the licence is OEM and therefore can't be used.
Robin, if you have any further detail on how to get a key, please reply to this thread. It's pretty clear this particular hardware configuration is not compatible with the upgrade, which means the way it's being advertised is misleading...
I do have exactly the same problem with my brand new XPS 13 with an erroor message 0xC1900101-0x2000C - the installation failed in the phase Safa_OS with an error during the operator APPLY_IMAGE. Likewise the Windows intallation took me more almost 48 hours with an end message that installation failed.
Yes, pls help! this is just unacceptable!
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. Computer configure is 8 RAM/512 SSD, i7 processor, XPS 13. I hope Dell has a solution here soon.