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How to upgrade to Windows 10 using the Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

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Windows 10 upgrade via Windows Update fails.

NOTE: The Windows 10 free upgrade program has ended. Systems that were not previously upgraded during the free upgrade period will be subject to purchasing a Windows 10 License from Microsoft during the upgrade process.

NOTE: If you choose to buy a Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft, you are still required to complete a Windows 10 upgrade from either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 on a system before attempting a clean installation of Windows 10.

Once a system has been upgraded to Windows 10 and registered, then the system can have a clean installation of Windows 10 installed, without following the update process.

Windows 10 using the media creation tool.

The media creation tool can be used to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or to create a USB or DVD and install Windows 10 on a different PC. Microsoft has a step by step process to allow you to upgrade to Windows 10 using the media creation tool.

Click the Hyperlink below to download and run the tool:

Use Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to Create Installation Media or Upgrade PC

Once you open the link, click the SHOW ALL link to see all the instructions for running the upgrade on the system you are on or how to create a DVD or USB Key to run the upgrade on another system.

NOTE: When booting to the DVD or USB key, you still must run the UPGRADE to Windows 10 if the system has not been previously registered with the version Windows 10 you are installing.

Clean Windows 10 Installation steps.

Complete these steps to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 on your Dell system.

  1. Boot to the System Setup (F2) and ensure that the system is configured for Legacy mode (If system originally had Windows 7, the setup is usually in Legacy Mode).
  2. Restart the system and press F12 then select the DVD or USB boot option depending on the Windows 10 media you are using.
    NOTE: Do not be surprised if this process takes up to 5 minutes while files are readied for installation.
  3. When prompted, choose your language (English is default)
  4. Choose your region (US Default)
  5. Choose the Troubleshoot option
  6. Choose Advanced option
  7. Choose Command Prompt, this will open a Command Prompt Window
  8. Type: diskpart then press the Enter key to open the Disk Partition tool
  9. Type: list disk then press the Enter key to show all hard disk/Solid State disks seen by the tool
    NOTE: In most configurations, you will have one drive for you to install windows on, for systems with one drive, the drive will be listed as Disk 0 (Drive numbering starts at zero (0), then 1, 2, 3 etc.)
  10. Type: select disk 0 then press the Enter key (Disk 0 is the hard drive where Windows is normally installed if you have multiple drives)
  11. Type: clean then press the Enterkey
  12. Type: convert GPT then press the Enter key
  13. Type: exit then press the Enter key to exit the Diskpart tool
  14. Type: exit then press the Enter key to exit the Command Prompt window
  15. Press and hold the power button until the system powers off (10 to 15 seconds maximum)
  16. Press the power button then boot to the System Setup (F2 at the Dell Screen) and ensure that the system is configured for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode.
  17. Restart the system, at the Dell Splash screen, press F12 then choose the UEFI DVD (or USB UEFI Boot Device) boot option
    NOTE: Again, this may take some time to boot while files load.
  18. Choose your region (US Default)
  19. Choose the Troubleshoot option
  20. Choose Recover from a drive option
  21. Choose either Just remove my files or Fully clean drive
  22. A Dell screen will show recovering this PC XX% (Increasing from 0 to 100%)
    NOTE: There might be an instance (if you are using the a CD or DVD media) that it will get stuck at 92% and an error message of "no disk in the drive.." and a window with buttons "Cancel", "try again" and "continue" will pop up. Press and hold the Alt key then pres the Tab button to select the window with the 3 options. Then select the Continue button by pressing the arrow keys to highlight it and Enter to select it. The 92% should proceed to the 100% and continue directly to the inital set up.

  23. When complete, the system will reboot and the system will boot to the Windows 10 Out of Box Experience (OOBE) from the system's Hard or Solid State drive.


Video Link: Get Windows 10 Using Microsoft Media Creation Tool (Official Dell Tech Support)

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Article ID: SLN298917

Last Date Modified: 05/31/2018 10:30 AM

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