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Win8 Upgrade now American M screen & bad HDD

Q: Win8 Upgrade now American M screen & bad HDD

Hello, I upgraded from windows 7 to windows 8 and ever since then I get a screen at reboot or start up that's a American Megatrends screen and its saying my HDD is bad and I need to backup and replace. I go into my HDD C: and do a "Check drive for for system errors" and it say its fine. Now, let me start from the beginning.....

When I first upgraded it installed fine ect and after the install of updates it rebooted and this is when i get the first glims of the American Megatrends screen. My PC was running so slow and freezing ect and finally I got the blue screen and that's all it would do every time I tried to restart it and I didn't get a chance to backup anything what so ever. I called MS and they wanted me to DL the copy again onto the PC I was using and burn the ISO image to a DVD and boot from it. I did what they said but here is the kicker...

The PC I was on was a 64-bit PC and I thought the other PC was a 32-bit and with the new Windows 8 it auto decides for you . so what i did was downloaded the copy for the 64-bit on that PC (Just for kicks) and I had a desktop PC at the house as well and I know its a 32-bit so I DL a copy using that machine for the copy I was going to use to re install or try to fix the PC with. Long story short..

It allowed me to boot from DVD and I re installed the Win8 32-bit copy and it installed but I still get the American Megatrends screen saying I got a bad HD hit F1 to go on.

Now for some reason my PC is running WAY better so I went into the control panel system and it says:

System Type: 32-bit Operating system, x64-based processor

My question is why am i getting the American Megatrends screen and did the Windows 8 screw up my HDD? Also, do you think I need a new HDD..


Preferred Solution: Win8 Upgrade now American M screen & bad HDD

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A: Win8 Upgrade now American M screen & bad HDD

Welcome to EightForums.
Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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Hello Guru Members

I work for a small charity organisation for the elderly, (not trying to pluck heart strings), and the situation is that we were granted 7 new computers, these computers have Windows 8.1, and because we have an existing domain network we actually need to have Windows 8.1 Professional installed.

So prior to knowing that Windows 8.1 could not connect to our network, I had already started getting all the Windows updates, and cleaning the PC's of all the Lenovo add-on's software.

Once I realised that it was not Windows 8.1 Pro on the PC's but only Windows 8.1, being a charity we were able to purchase from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Centre 7 Windows 8.1 Professional licences.

I tried to use the VLC licence through the 'Windows Add-on's feature in Windows 8.1 , but a Volume Licence key is not accepted, and i have also been told that I must download the Windows 8.1 Professional .ISO from the Volume Licensing Centre, and install this particular download version.

But my question is, when I do the installation from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 pro, will it give me the option to do an upgrade installation, I worried as I don't want to lose all the previous windows updates, and Lenovo hardware driver files.

Or, is there a way to get the Volume Licence Key into the existing Windows 8.1 to unlock the Pro features, or even a clever way to trick the Windows installation.

Any members help would be really helpful.

kind regards
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A:Can i do an upgrade install from Win8.1 to Win8.1 Pro?, beggin members help thanks

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Is it possible to upgrade from Win8 32bit to Win8 x64bit or trick the PC into thinking its x64bit so I can install x64bit programs

A:Is it possible to upgrade from Win8 32bit to Win8 x64bit

No, you cannot trick it and you cannot upgrade. You can format and start over.

Is there a particular reason you want to get 64bit apps? Is it to take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM?

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I upgraded two computers from win8 retail to win 81. One totally failed and had to removed the hard drive and put it in my working computer, to roll it back to win 8.0. It would not boot at all not even to bios after that fiasco. The other computer went just fine. The MSI P7N motherboard with core2duo did not work after running and first reboot, it was left with a black screen. Had to remove hard drive put in other computer (newer with quad core, etc.. win8.1) and roll it back then put it back in the computer which had the fail. I still don't know what failed. I think that computers older than 5 years just don't have the proper hardware for Win8.1, but maybe wrong.

A:win8.1 upgrade win8.0 to 8.1 2 computers, one failed

New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on 8

I think that computers older than 5 years just don't have the proper hardware for Windows 8.1, but maybe wrong.

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Hoping for some help (Superfly?) with a similar issue, sorry if i'm threadjacking, can move it if needed. Thinkpad W540 purchased last summer, shipped with Windows 8 Pro but i do not have an email or car with the license key. I added on media center which required a separate key which I have. Earlier this year i kept getting the upgrade to 8.1 message and i finally gave in to end the annoyance. It went fine though i had to recreate various settings and such. About a month later, i started to get the activation notifications. I spoke with MSFT to said i was not on a Windows 8.1 Pro retail license (thanks to their pushed upgrade) instead of my OEM which i suppose makes sense. None of the license keys i had work for activation. Trying to make it go away by throwing money at it instead of time, i bought licenses of Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro Pack. None of them worked... So now I don't know what to do which has lead me to this thread. See below for a diagnostic tool report. Any ideas on what i can/should do? I'm hopeful to find a license key and/or hot fix to make this go away as i really do not want to have to do a clean install of Windows. Thanks!

Tool Version: 6.3.9600.16384
Licensing Status: In Notification
Licensing Status Reason: 0xC004FE00
Local Genuine State: Invalid Licence
Local Genuine Result P: 0
Last Online Genuine Result:
Grace Time Minutes: 0
Total Grace Days: 0
Validity Expiration:
Active Partial Product Key: JK7QT
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A:Win8 To Win8.1 upgrade gone wrong

Hi and welcome to EF.

Seems you have tried a few key installs that failed ( currently you have the correct key installed which is a full WMC key that should not rely on a base qualifing Pro licence)
Anyway, the licencing store got corrupted - although there are no specific corrupted files as such, it may be prudent to run command prompt - admin:
sfc /scannow

Then try to activate with:
slmgr -ato

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What's better, upgrade a Win8 to Win8.1 or purchase Win8.1 ?


A:Win8 Upgrade or Win8.1 New Install

Upgrade the Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is FREE.

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Before I upfrade to win 10 I'd like to upgrade to win8.1 pro I have legit disk I bought, but when I try to install I get a message "serial number not match any on system" or something like that. I wiped the C drive but kept the recovery drives and still the same result. Restored the system to factory. Any ideas short of buying a new HD, and if the number is embedded in the MB then it won't help anyway.

A:How to upgrade from preinstalled win8 to win8.1 pr...

the product key is embedded on BIOS and honestly is not worth upgrading to windows 8.1 and then windows 10, it's better if you upgrade directly to windows 10. if your system has Home version sand you want the Pro version, you can simply upgrade to widnows 10 and then change the product key on it, it will switch to Pro version automatically. or you can do a clean windows 10 install and once at desktop change the product key http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7209-product-key-change-windows-10-a.html 

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Last Fall I bought my wife a Dell All In One with Win8 installed. I seldom, if ever use it for I am sticking with 7 for now. She has Live Mail, Firefox installed and that is about it. No apps other than those that came with the machine.

Is it worth while upgrading to 8.1 and then 8.1Update?

If so, what is the simplest way to go about it?. Not necessarily the cheapest but the easiest.

Thank you very much.

A:Upgrade from Win8 to Win8.1Update

To upgrade from 8.0 you have to do it through the Microsoft store. When you do the upgrade from the Store to 8.1, you automatically will get 8.1 update 1. I just did the upgrade about 10 days ago and discovered this when i did the upgrade.

Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8

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I just downloaded the Technet version of Win8 Pro. When trying to UPGRADE the RP version, I keep getting a message to "remove install media, boot windows normally, and then add the install media afterwards". Of course, nothing happens when I reboot, heh. It LOOKS like I will have to do a clean install on my SSD which I just cloned so no big deal. BUT, if someone manages to upgrade, please post the procedure!

Will I be able to upgrade WIndows 8 Release Preview to RTM without - Microsoft Answers

Nope, looks like a clean install is needed but the personal files can be kept... I will let you know.

A:Cannot upgrade to Win8 Pro Retail from Win8 RP.

The way I had heard was you would be able to use an Upgrade Version of RTM if you had RP installed. It would still do a clean install but save your personal files. It was to satisfy the requirement to have a previous version installed for the Upgrade key to work.


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Siemens/Fujitsu PC with Win xp SP3

The American Megatrends screen has recently appeared at boot up but boots past so quickly I cannot get to read it. I think I glimpsed something like "BIOS not configured properly" at bottom of screen but am not really sure. How do I pause the boot in order to read the AMI screen? Pause/break button does not do it.

Any help appreciated

A:Solved: American Megatrends screen

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Hi Experts,

Thanks to all for your advice. I have a computer that I truly enjoy!

I want to see if I can make one more tweak!! I searched all the forums and there was not an answer.
I have a Gateway 4620D desktop. Is there any way I can bypass the American Megatrends F1 boot screen on start up? I get the Gateway welcome screen, then the Amer Meg screen comes up and I have to press F1 to boot to XP. Can I bypass it?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2015 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4550, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 381543 MB, Free - 286877 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Q35T-GB(vPro)
Antivirus: Avira Desktop, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

This is what it says on the American Megatrends screen,
American Megatrends,Inc.

AMIBIOS(C)2007 American Megatrends, Inc.
Q35T-GB V2.2 11\02\2007
EM64T CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 DuoCPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz

Press F2 to run Setup (F2 on remote keyboard)
Press F10 for BBS POPUP (F10 on remote keyboard)
Press F12 if you want to boot from the Network.
The MCH is operating with DDR2 800/CL6/Tras18/Trp6/Trcd6
Dual Channel Mode
Press F1 to continue boot

Any help??

A:American Megatrends Start up screen

You were receiving help in your other thread so there was no need to start a new one. You should reply there:


Closing duplicate.

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Hello, experts!
For the past few weeks, I've been seeing the AMI screen everytime I turn on my computer. It wasn't like that before, so I have no clue why it's showing up now. I pressed f1 and f2 numerous times and went through every session, still I cannot find the problem of why it keeps appearing during startup.

Since I just received a new computer this April, I'm not very familiar with the new AMI then I was with Windows XP. Instead, I used screen-shot to show my AMI screen. I hope this will help!


A:[Startup] American Megatrends Screen

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American Flag Screen Saver from MS

Sorry if a repost,

Friend informed me.........
It's from Microsoft.

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After turning on my pc this morning I got the usual beep and then the packard bell screen, then, a second or two later another beep and the American megatrends screen. The screen only shows for about two seconds and then the pc boots normally into windows. Is this something to worry about? i think two beeps means a memory error. The only hardware i have install was a cordless mouse yesterday. Using windows vista SP1 on Packard bell istart 2314. Thanks please reply.

A:American megatrends screen at pc startup

hi if you go here http://www.micro2000.co.uk/products/...e-download.htm you can test your memory using the disc you make

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what should i do if i see this the mch operating with ddr2 800/CL6Tras18/Trp6/Trcd6 message
I powered off my computer without shutting down properly please help.

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can't go any further no keys work what does this mean

A:Asus k601 stuck on American megatrends screen

As the date in wrong, the CMOS battery is likely dead.

You can press F2 to run setup, save, and exit and the PC should boot. But you will likely get this screen every time until the battery is replaced.

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can't go any further no keys work what does this mean

A:Asus k601 stuck on American megatrends screen

For now press F2 and set the date and time in the Bios setup, save and exit. It should boot to Windows after that.

Is it a laptop or desktop ?

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Hi guys.

I'm currently trying to update windows 8 Pro to windows 8.1 Pro on an Asus laptop. When I tried to update from the app store, it prompted a message saying that "something has happened..." and the update was not able to download. Is there any way to update it? Please let me know what is required.

If more details are needed, please do let me know also.

A:Upgrade Win8 PRO to Win8.1 PRO

Have you tried here---

Update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 - Windows Help

Are you using a Microsoft account ?

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I think my hardware is inadequate to the task.

"Windows Setup" - "This platform is not supported." seems to be all I can get from Microsoft.

Probably the limitation is my AMD Sempron 3000+ CPU and not the motherboard (Asus M2A-VM) or the RAM (4GB).

Where can I learn which Socket AM2 CPUs will work? Is there a truly definitive source?

Thanks in advance for all your help (and comments and cute shots about shoddy old equipment).

A:Upgrade an Old XP Box to Win8

More digging.
Coreinfo reports NX, PAE, SSE2 in place. Further it indicates PrefetchW, LAHF-SAHF and CMPXCHNG16B are all present.
Could not find any NX switch in BIOS, so consensus is NX is enabled.


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I upgraded my WIN 8 Pro laptop to 8.1 and now it appears that I only have the standard 8.1, not 8.1 Pro. Stupidly, I assumed that the system would recognise the fact that it was replacing the Pro version and install accordingly. How can I confirm the version I have and, if it is the standard 8.1, how do I retrieve my Pro license?
Any help gladly received. Thanks, Stu

A:Win8 Pro upgrade to 8.1

to check version open run or command prompt and type in ,winver

did you get the update from the Microsoft store

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On a friends laptop, the error code 0xC1900101-0x40017 comes up.
It reverts back to win8.0?

A:win8.1 non upgrade

Following the instructions here..

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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Using Media Creation Tool?

i see these articals talking about hackers getting genuine Win10pro from their pirated windows, and i have genuine win8.1 and I've been wondering.

A:Can i upgrade to Win 10 pro from my Win8.1 home?

Yes, you can upgrade with the tool, it explains that here in step three,

Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

Don't believe everything you read about pirated versions getting genuine W10, it ain't happening.

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Would all computers using Win7 be upgradeable to Win8?? I'm thinking about buying a Toshiba all in one touch screen with win7 installed.I read a review that stated the model could not be upgraded because drivers were not compatable. The model is LX835-d3250. This is a recent model release with few reviews and find it hard to believe that's the case. If true I will not buy the model since I want win8 with touch screen.
I can find no info on this in any spec. or manuf.web site. Any knowledge of this??

A:Win7 to Win8 upgrade..??

Welcome to EightForums.

Take a look here:
Upgrade to Windows 8 - Toshiba

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I am having trouble reasoning this out, and would appreciate any help.

I have an old machine, I built 5 years ago...it currently has 2 HDD's, one of which runs legit XP...installed from a DVD delivered with a previous Dell machine. I have a new SSD, that will be used to install Windows 8...currently empty, but attached to the Mobo.

I have run Windows 8 update advisor, and it wants me to download an upgrade for $40...however, I have been told in the PC shop that I will be "safer" if I buy the $150 OEM version.

In my world $110 is a big difference...and if the upgrade will work, I would opt for that. I just can't seem to find confirmation anywhere that this will be possible. In my mind, I will run the upgrade assistant, pay the $40, create an ISO, disconnect all HDD's and run a clean install on the new SDD.

Is that still an upgrade? or will the upgrade version block me at the activation stage somehow?

I don't want to spend $40 to discover it doesn't work, and that I need to spend another $150...

Thanks for any advice!!

A:Old XP machine, new SSD for Win8...is this an upgrade or need OEM?

I actually just installed on a new computer I built that had Windows 7 installed but no key (30 day grace period) and it installed without a hitch. I reformatted my HD as well. I just hope I don't start getting black screened and have to go back and install a previous valid version of windows, then reinstall windows 8. I just don't get it, technically my install isn't valid according to MS. It says right on the upgrade page, "To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7." I was expecting it to ask me for a valid Key from a previous version of windows, but it never did... When I go into system in Win 8 it says my version of windows is authentic. I've heard other reports of this as well when people upgraded from releaes preview.

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Considering upgrading my main pc from Win7 to Win8 preview edition, but would like to know first if I can do an actual "upgrade" versus "clean install" of the preview version - without losing any of my settings from Win7 (or data).

Would also like to know if when the full Win8 version comes out, if I can just upgrade the preview version to that, again without losing any data/settings.

Or would it be best to wait until the full version comes out, and upgrade then?

A:Win7 to Win8 upgrade

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I vol in a small office running Win xp pro. We did try updating a PC to win 7 32 bit with success but if MS stops upgrading Win 7 Jan '15, it would mean an other upgrade again. S0 - we decided to upgrade to Win 8.1. At this point we do not want to buy Win 8 because $$$. Not sure if 32 bit is available.

We want to know if specs on our PCs will allow the upgrade.

Purchased Optiplex 330 '08 CPU Intel E7200 mem speed 667/DD2 and
Purchased Optiplex 750 '07 CPU AMD 5200 mem speed 400 DD2 and
Purchased OPtiplex 170L '05 CPU 2.8 Intel P4 not sure

Data base and Bup in cloud.

A:[SOLVED] Upgrade to Win8.1

January 2015 is a long way off, and there will be Windows 9 by that time or soon after. You can be enjoying Windows 7 all that time.
To see if your PC Supports Windows 8.1 Run the Upgrade Advisor:

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Hello again Forum,(disregard due to wrong forum sorry)

Just a quick question. Is MS still offering the free upgrade to 8.1
or is not available anymore.


A:Question Win8/ upgrade to 8.1

Hello Sixwheeler,

The Windows 8.1 public preview will be available on June 26th as an update through the Store. If you use install this public preview version, then you will have to reinstall Windows 8 to be able to upgrade to the final version of Windows 8.1 sometime later this year.

Microsoft goes public with Windows 8.1 upgrade policies

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It's a temptation to install and explore 8.1, but siding on the side of caution and prefer to delay the upgrade.

The 8.1 upgrade is NOT automatic, is it?

I would like to wait, maybe a month, for all the kinks and bugs to get worked out of 8.1 before it's installed on my PC.

Using a dual-boot, with Win7 on the other side. If it's not possible, then I plan to continue with just using Win7.

A:can I use Win8 and not automatically upgrade to 8.1?

Have not heard of it being automatic. You have to click on the tile in metro store to get it, just do not click should work. Unless MS gets pushy :-) which I would doubt.

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I have 2 hard drives, one with vista and one with windows 7. mostly I use the 7 but sometimes boot up to the vista HD (which is used as a data backup for the most part). Can I do the $40 upgrade to the vista HD or is this upgrade just for 7? Then I could try using 8 on the vista HD. and if I can, does it overwrite the vista or can I put 8 in a separate partition? Thanks!

A:upgrade to win8 from vista?

Can I do the $40 upgrade to the vista HD


does it overwrite the vista or can I put 8 in a separate partition

You can do either. You are supposed to sacrifice a license to use the upgrade version, though.

I would recommend you do clean install by creating dvd/usb boot media. In place upgrades can sometimes be messy.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

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Hi, and first post here so be kind :-) I've had a look around and so far not been able to find a clear recommended route to achieve an upgrade from Win8.1 to 10 (Pro/64) I have an Envy 17-k254na on order, which is preloaded with 8.1. Don't want that. I also have a purchased USB with Win10 ISO and genuine new key, and want to understand the best way to complete my Win10 build. I've already found a pile of HP drivers to help complete the job. As I see it, options are possibly:-Start 8.1 then access the Setup. exe on USB and let it take over from there. I'm assuming it will put the Win8.1 in a .OLD folder I could tidy later once I've validated the Win10, knowing it's stable or -Boot from USB and go for a fresh install using Setup and the ISO. If this is the best way forward is getting the Envy to boot from USB straightforward (on my Lenovo I just hit the Thinkvantage button at boot, go into BIOS and change boot priority) ...or is there a set of steps I'd need to follow to enable USB boot? thanks in advance!:-)

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I am trying to update from Win 8 to Win 8.1. When I try the upgrade I get the message that I have to get the most recent Win 8 upgrades. Upon going into control panel to Upgrade I get this message.
"Windows cannot check for updates because the service is not running.
You may need to restart your computer." Restarting does not help. I tried Google to find something that might help, No luck. Any help greatly appreciated.

A:Win8 upgrade problem

1. What is the make and full model details of the computer please
2. Did it come with Windows 8 pre-installed
3. What AV are you using please = anti virus
4. Have you been obtaining updates previously and was that configured automatically download and install

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I had a media center upgrade key for some time which I got for free. Recently I decided to activate it so I could watch digital TV on my PC. However, I noticed that this key is now is now the new product key for my machine and the original seems to be gone forever.
Can I re-install and activate Windows 8 using the media center upgrade key if I need to, cause it's the only key I've got now?
If this isn't possible, can someone recommend some kind of disk imaging backup software that will preserve my activated copy so that I'll not have to install from disk/usb again. Thanks.

A:Need to re- install Win8 but only have a WMC upgrade key..

Hello Nalydyenlo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If this is an OEM PC that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then the W8 product key is embedded in the UEFI firmware and will automatically be detected and entered whenever you install the same edition of Windows 8 on that PC.

A WMC key will not activate W8. A WMC key is only good to add WMC to W8.

If you like Macrium Reflect Free is a good option to create a system image with.

Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,

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hello everyone,

I was using Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit on Dell N5010..Today i installed win 8 (upgraded ver. of win 7 x86). Everything went fine. At the final moments when it read " Applying xtreme core 2 system), i accidently pressed the esc key...The comp restarted ..Now when it boots it reaches the login screen, with a message starting services....and again the system restarts....I have tried all safe modes and etc but m still stuck....i neither can resinstall after the computer restartts nor i can do is anything....Just the laptop keep on restarting....I only got the free dos cd with me...and window installation dvd.....Plz people help me out !!

A:Upgrade from win7x86 to win8 !!

Quote: Originally Posted by Tews

Windows 8??? ... Download HirensBoot CD.. burn it to CD... Boot from CD and use one of the included format utilities to format your drive, then boot from your installation DVD and do a clean install...

HirensBoot CD

It is written that it is final upgraded ultimate ver of win 7 !! actually dunt have much idea...saw it on a dvd store..bought it to try that out !!

and ya thanks for the solution !!

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I am just about finished updrading to Win8 on my machine. Yes updrading!

I started with a Win8 VUP version (don't ask me, it was a gift - thanks - you know who you are)

The plan was to create install media from the download, create a VHD and boot Win8 from there.

After creating burning the media to disc, I started the install. Hmmmm, not the "normal" setup I was used to, better cancel and check EightForums tutorial sections.

Aha! That's what I was expecting, but not seeing. Turns out that the Win8 VUP is an ESD-ISO and the tutorial explained the steps necessary - even better.... it explained how to merge 8.1 (I think).

I thought about following the instructions, but decided to backup my data, create a system image and just install Win8 - see what it does. Would it give me the chance to install on the VHD and dual boot?

Nope, it updraded Win7. I cleaned up the c:\ drive and optimized it (defrag), then I ran Windows Update until the offers were exhausted. Another round of optimizing and a few hours of playing with Win8.

I actually liked Win8 - go figure! There were so many discussions about the new GUI that made it sound terrible, I was curious. Turns out that all the hoopla about the start menu was overblown much the way news exaggerates a storm. "hurricane threatens thousands of people on isolated island" and when the storm passes without causality? "thousands of islanders narrowly escape disaster from killer hurricane"

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A:Win8 upgrade experience

In the same boat,
But have not acted because of my confusion of the tutorial and multiple options,
Personally I don't see this win-8 ios downloading to the desktop as a zip from Microsoft,
The work around to use 7-zip to access the ios makes more sense to update 8 to 8.1 but alias I do not want to upgrade win-7 at all,
win-8/ 8.1 is only a toy to play with/ tweak in my own special way

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Hi everyone,

I'm considering upgrading my IBM T60 to Win8. The machine is beefy enough, but my concern is that the hardware might not be supported. There doesn't seem to be a webcam, but there is a fingerprint device, touchpad, etc.

Is there a Win8 upgrade advisor, as there was with Win7?


A:Is there an upgrade advisor for Win8?

This is already a part of the setup experience when launched from inside a previous OS:
Improving the setup experience - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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can win7 starter be upgraded to win8?

A:upgrade win7 to win8?

I don't think anyone can say with absolute certainty at this time since Windows 8 hasn't even been released as a beta, only as a pre-beta developer preview.

These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will.
Note: You can't uninstall the Windows 8 Developer Preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you must reinstall it from restore or installation media.

Windows Metro Style Apps Developer Downloads

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I just tried to upgrade my system from win7 Ultimate to win8 with the option to keep all my win7 settings, but it failed to complete the install. After starring at a blank screen save for the spinning dots for several hours, I was left with no alternative but to power off my Pc.

On restarting I was given the 3 options:
1) Load Win8
2) Windows recovery
3) Load Win7

I tried door number 1 first but again resulted in the same blank screen with spinning dots.

I didn't want to try the other 2 options without first getting the opinion of someone with more knowledge than me.

Do I try to recover win7, wipe the disc and start from scratch and lose all my previous settings or what?

Any help appreciated,


NB I have two PCs both of similar spec, on the first one the upgrade was no problem

A:Upgrade to Win8 failed

Welcome to EightForums.

Try 2 & 3, If Windows 7 boots up, backup your DATA, & do a clean install.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

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Hi all,
I?m not exactly sure where this should go, so feel free to move it to the appropriate forum, thanks.
My wife has a Toshiba laptop that came with win8 installed and was working fine. I installed software supplied by Belkin to get her access to the printer that is connected to the USB port of the router. Was working fine also until she installed win8.1 upgrade offered by MS. Also not working was Windows live mail, but I fixed that by going to programs and clicked on fix. This does not work on the ?Belkin USB print and storage center? I have uninstalled and re-installed several times, but no luck.
When windows starts up it gives me an error pop up telling me: Belkin USB print and storage center,a system error occurred.
No error number or anything, just a system error with the yellow triangle. Also, a setup screen comes up and wants ne to input the network name and password, but it can never log on to the router.
My wife has internet access and can get her mail, but cannot print anything.
Any idea on how to fix this?


A:win8.1 upgrade and router

Hi Sven,

Have you contacted Belkin directly because we can't help you without knowing the specs of all hardware involved with this issue.

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Got my Win7 install all ready to go for Win8 tonite and kicked off the upgrade.

It got so far as to reboot and show "Getting system ready" then it error'd out with "Windows was unable to upgrade one or more components" and then reverted me back to win7.

Where can I go to find out more about what error'd out so I know what I have to do to fix this?


A:Win7x64 Ult -> Win8 Pro RTM upgrade failure

Think i found the log in the Pather dir. here's what I found when searching for 'Error' and grabbing the first hit and some context:

2012-08-22 18:24:01, Error CSI [email protected]/8/22:23:24:01.646 (F) base\wcp\componentstore\com\advancedinstallerstore.cpp(565): Error HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(ERROR_ADVANCED_INSTALLER_FAILED) originated in function Windows::COM::CComponentStore::IAdvancedInstallerAwareStore_ResolvePendingTransactions expression: HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(14099L)
2012-08-22 18:24:01, Info CBS Not able to add C:\WINDOWS\Logs\CBS\CBS.log to WER report. [HRESULT = 0x80070002 - ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND]
2012-08-22 18:24:01, Info CBS Could not get active session for current session file logging [HRESULT = 0x80004003 - E_POINTER]
2012-08-22 18:24:01, Info CBS Not able to add pending.xml.bad to Windows Error Report. [HRESULT = 0x80070002 - ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND]
2012-08-22 18:24:01, Info CBS Not able to add poqexec.log to Windows Error Report. [HRESULT = 0x80070002 - ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND]
2012-08-22 18:24:01, Error CSI 000002df (F) HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(ERROR_ADVANCED_INSTALLER_FAILED) #130# from Windows::COM::CComponentStore_IAdvancedInstallerAwareStore::ResolvePendingTransactions(dwFlags = (DontFailIfPrimitivesPending|IndicatePrimitiveRollback), Progress = NULL, Phase = 0, Disposition = (unknown enumerant 0)[3]" | "0)[gle=0x80073713]
2012-08-22 ... Read more

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I'm considering moving from Win7 to Win8. Usually in the past when I change Operating Systems, I just make a new partition, do a New Install and then manually migrate the data over from hard drive/partition to hard drive/partition. And reinstall all the software.

But I've had this Win7 for years now and it has a lot of stuff on it and reinstalling all of it could be a problem in terms of time, so I'm wondering if Upgrading from Win7 to Win8 (instead of doing a New Install of Win8) is a better option.

What can I expect? Are upgrade installs reliable? Should I run the Files & Settings Transfer Wizard? What should I know, and/or what should I do, before trying to Upgrade, if I do?

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i downloaded the installer for win8(Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key - Microsoft Windows)
and it saies that it cant connect to the internet but i am via lan...

OS:Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit

A:Win8 upgrade internet connnection

Try redownloading.

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Can I upgrade my g7-2233cl from Win8 to Win10?

A:Can I upgrade by g7-2233cl from Win8 to Win10?

Hi, Please check the following articles     http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/computer-compatible-windows-10-can-upgrade/    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/windows/windows-10-upgrade-still-free-why-upgrade-windows-10-is-w... There is no drivers supported from HP     http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC-series/5296086/model/5328135/drivers But this frorum would help you to find missing drivers. Regards.

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Paid $39.99 to upgrade my Win7 Home Premium, burned it to disk.

For some strange reason, the install is Win7.

If it's a factor, have a dual boot with Ubantu.

Any ideas of why this is happening?

A:Why is my Win8 upgrade saying it's a Win7 install?

When dual booting with Linux, all sorts of oddball thinks can happen to Windows.

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I just buyed a Z930 Portege from Toshiba with Win7 Pro installed and 2 DVD with WIN8 upgrade.

Perfect, till I tried to make the upgrade. I changed in BIOS to UEFI and secure BOOT, started the computer with first DVD inside the DVD reader and nothing happend.

Then I started to search on the forum and find out that two other guys succeded with the update according to the paper notice of Toshiba (changing the BIOS and secure boot).

What I can do because main does not work.

Please give me an advice.
It is 12Gmodel, Core i5 vPro

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A:Win8 upgrade on Portege Z930

*Solved the issue.*

Just do the changes in BIOS.
Restart and wait till you got the message: restore to the factory setting.

Chose this option, put the DVD1 with W8 from Toshiba in the external ODD and follow the onscreen advices. Just one will be, with changing the DVD1 with the second one.

That is it. You have W8.

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I have been trying every fix possible or either the fixes I find are not compatible w/ my system. My burner is a Toshiba CDDVDW TS-L633N,

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I have downloaded W8 and tried to upgrade over Vista home premium. At the end of the installation there was an error message that Windows installation was not successful, and that the previous version of Windows was being restored.

The machine is a Satellite M100,series PSMAAA-026007, with CPU T2350.
When the Windows 8 upgrade assistant was run, part of the report was that NX was not turned on, and that setup will attempt to turn it on during installation. It is presumed that in this it was unsuccessful.
I had previously downloaded and installed the latest BIOS update for this laptop that I could find.

If the failed installation is due to not having NX because the CPU/BIOS does not support NX, is it possible to install another CPU which will.

Any advice would be appreciated.

A:How to upgrade Satellite M100 to Win8?

Maybe stupid question at the beginning but is your M100 supported for Win8?
Have you checked it on Toshiba support page?

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