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Magic Desktop activation following windows 10 upgrade

Q: Magic Desktop activation following windows 10 upgrade

I have upgraded my PC to windows 10 and no longer had magic desktop on my pc. I downloaded a new version but it is asking for an activation key. Is there a way of reinstalling this software wihout having to purchase a new licence?

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Preferred Solution: Magic Desktop activation following windows 10 upgrade

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I'll be upgrading my graphics card in a few weeks to a Pascal GTX 1070 from my current card. I upgraded to Windows 10 last August and before I increase my budget in my efforts to get a reference style card, I need to know how well other people's systems have gone with the hardware changes and their Windows 10 install and if anyone has run into activation problems.

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Because I have unused vista licences I baught few windows 8 pro upgrades for 39.99$ from microsoft store. Still not activated just created instaliation media (DVD/USB) and have my key in mail.
Question is can I activate key that I baught now after Feb 1 when sale of pro upgrade ends and price rises.
I want to do upgrade later must i activate before feb1 or can i wait?

A:Windows 8 pro upgrade 39.99$ activation after feb 1?

Hello Baidukun,

The Windows 8 product keys will be good forever, so you can use them when you like.

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Hi everyone,

Apologies if I'm repeating something covered in other posts. I did look here (Windows 8 Pro Activation Problem) but it was a different issue. It showed me how to get the included text file though about licensing. :-)

Anyway, I've just tried to do a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (it didn't ask me for the disc of my previous edition though, which previous Windows upgrades used to do - is this normal?) and it says that my windows key didn't work and that I cant activate it. I've double checked the key I was given and I've typed it correctly. Any ideas?


Scrrenshot of issue with my product key obscured:

Pasted text from report.txt file (based on instructions in other forum post linked to above):

<ActiveProductKeyPid2>00178-10506-99599-AB527</Acti... Read more

A:Windows 8 Pro Upgrade - activation problem

Welcome to EightForums.

Follow this tutorial:
Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

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So i upgraded pretty much all the parts in my PC and i had to reinstaill Windows.
Now when i put my windows 7 code in, it says it for upgrades only.

I saw the tutorial on here, and by my understand if i just do an upgrade over my windows 7 instaill should it work?

A:Windows Activation code for upgrade


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Hello folks,

I plan to upgrade to windows 10 from Windows 7 Home premium. My Windows 7 installation got corrupted and gave constant BSOD that I could not really work. I tried system restore but as per Murphy's law, nothing is going smooth. I have been trying for 2 days and all sorts of errors during system restore. As a final attempt, I cloned my old hard drive and thought of upgrading on that (Same windows 7 installation, old drive was before I upgraded).

Now I notice that even this installation has some issues, primarily it has issues with windows update. I am trying various things to fix it but it isn't getting fixed. Meanwhile, I am using WSUS offline updates to apply missing updates.

My question is, if I decide to upgrade on this installation, do you expect me to get any errors? If my understanding is correct, windows 7 installation is needed for licensing issues. I tried clean install and it doesn't activate. MS support was far from useful. Hence all trouble.

How do you folks recommend to proceed?

Many thanks in advance.

A:Upgrade from windows 7 - Activation piece

Hi, as you have a valid Win 7 license, and MS relented and decided to allow people to enter qualifying license codes, you should be able to do a clean install of Win 10 and use your Win 7 key to activate it.

I understand you said you have tried this - what went wrong?

It's also of course true you can upgrade from a Win 7 installation. Naturally that will retain most of what you have installed, albeit carrying a risk of conflicting programs.

So, if you can't clean install Win 10 now, but would be happy with a clean install, then if you have Win 7 installation media, you could start from that.

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I have a Windows tablet that CAME with Windows 8.1, including me calling Microsoft to activate Windows the usual way one time after I factory reset it when it had Windows 8.1. I received the "free upgrade" to Windows 10 some months ago and now I see a message in the corner "Activate windows. Go to settings to activate windows." How do I fix this? I googled the problem but NOTHING came up

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate Retail on a PC and upgraded the PC to 10 for free. There is a 10 entitlement based on my 7 license and associated with that PC. While I'm using the free 10 license on that PC, I'm not supposed to be using the 7 license on any other PC (incidentally, what happens if you do that?).

Supposing I sell the hardware, and then install my 7 license on a new set of hardware. Then the person who I sold the old to installs 10, and it will immediately activate because it has a digital entitlement. An entitlement based off of my 7 retail license, which I'm still using on a different machine. Does this mean there will be an activation conflict? Will someone get deactivated or fail to activate? If so, who?

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Windows 10: More free upgrade and activation questions answered | ZDNet

"(Microsoft officials originally told me the week before the end of the promotion that those who didn't have Windows 10 upgrades fully completed by July 29 at 11:59 p.m. UTC would be out of luck. Last week, those officials sort-of acknowledged that users with existing Windows 7/8.X keys were still able to get Windows 10 for free.)"

For the people that still have the itch to upgrade but thought they couldn't anymore.They still have(limited) time....

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Since I upgraded to Windows 8, I am no longer able to save individual Remote Desktop Connection files as .rdp files. I am talking about the traditional Remote Desktop Connection application on the Desktop that was in previous Windows versions, not the
Remote Desktop App from the Windows 8 store.
When I try to click on the Save button I get "An error occurred while saving to file"
When I try to click on the Save As button I get "Unable to open connection file" with the file address being where I tried to save it with the file name at the end.
Also when I upgraded to Windows 8, my .rdp files disappeared from my Documents folder.
 I need to create different .rdp files for different programs that my employees get into on my server. Now I have to hand type all the info each time into the Programs tap on the Remote Desktop Connection window, because I can't save to an
.rdp file.
 I like the Remote Desktop App from the Windows store but it won't let me designate specific programs to use using standard dos notation (ie c:\program files\ etc..). It just goes to my server desktop.
 I want to promote Windows 8 to my employees but I need either .rdp files for the traditional Remote Desktop Connection or the ability to open specific programs using dos notation in the Windows Store Remote Desktop App.

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I need some help, I have this software Magic Desktop on my computer, never bothered to check it but it seems to be a trial version and it's locked. Do you know if this is a legitimate software for kids? I have a young daughter and I might consider buying this if it's for real and works properly. Strange because I don't see reviews anyware. Any input would be awesome, thanks.

A:Magic Desktop

You mean this? http://www.magicdesktop.com/en-US

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Keep Your win seven Desktop Clean with the Magic Folder

The Magic Folder is actually just a Windows Sidebar gadget that you can drag files to, and it can automatically sort them into the proper folders, based on rules which you can configure easily.
Using the Magic Folder
Once you install the gadget, you'll probably need to add it by right-clicking on the sidebar somewhere and choosing "Add Gadgets" and then dragging it to the desktop or the sidebar.

The first time you add the gadget to your desktop you'll be prompted with a quick start screen? I would leave the checkbox alone, and click on the green button at the bottom.

Now you'll want to open up the settings by clicking on the little wrench icon that floats next to the gadget.

The first thing we'll do is head over to the Visual tab and change the settings to whatever style you like. I prefer the Default style, but you might like the "Magic" one too.

Without further configuring, we can start to use the gadget? just drag a file onto the magic folder?

And you'll be prompted for a folder location to move the files to, from a list of favorite folders (which we can configure).

Once you've selected the folder and clicked the green check button, the file will be moved and you'll get a confirmation (which we can also turn off).

Back in the settings panel, you can take a look at the Folders tab to customize that list of folders from the drop-down above.

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A:NOW ! you can Keep Your win seven Desktop Clean with the Magic Folder

But wait, there's more... jk

Hi nizaradil and welcome to the forum!

Interesting post. So, I will give it a spin and put it through the motions.
I have my own expectations already in mind...

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Hi, I'm having a bit of trouble with my computer, so I thought i'd join and see if anyone here could help me.

Today, after downloading and installing this


I started having my windows task bar and start menu disappear, along with all my desktop items. They disappear for around 3 seconds, then return for the next 8, before disappearing again. After a while, it will disappear altogether and never come back.

When i open task manager and type in "explorer.exe" My Documents appears for 2 seconds, before i recieve this error message:

To help protect your computer, Widows has closed this program.
Name: Windows TaskManager
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation

When I then click "close message" I get the error message:

Windows TaskManager encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Every time i logged on I used to get the message that says something like:
"Dr. Watson post mortem has encountered a problem and needs to close" When i would click OK, it would temporarily make the task bar, start menu and desktop disappear. But it only happened for like a second. Earlier today while searching the internet to fix my problem i read on a site that if I deleted Dr. Watson it would be OK, so I went into "regedit" and removed what it was contained in.

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A:Magic Disappearing and Reappearing Desktop!!!Please Help!!!

First off the thing you downloaded is on a site called *keys* and in the url it says hack.... i believe your problem is that you were trying to download pirate software... and me helping you would be against forum rules as it would clearly be aiding in illegal activities... This forum is not for this kind of thing.

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Network Magic came installed as a 30-day trial when I upgraded from Vista to Win7 (why did I ever wait so long?). I've uninstalled it by getting into Pure Networks/Setup...etc; that is, I think I did the appropriate uninstall. However, I can't get rid of its Network Magic Folders icon on my desktop. I can't even move the icon off the desktop. Suggestions?

A:Delete Network Magic icon from desktop?

These should work after checking again that the program has been removed.1. Drag and Drop to Recycle Bin. 2. Right click on the icon and go to delete. Now here are a couple of crazy ones that I have done and they worked. 1a. Right click and go to Send TO, next send it some place, floppy, thumb drive, if it works format floppy/thumb drive. 2a. Right click and email it to yourself and when received delete the email. One that knows the registry would do it there but I'm not one of them with the proper knowledge.

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hello can anyone help me ive just updated my sons pc as he has specal needs and i have just put windows 10 on his computer and now magic desktop is coming up with it a no valid verson and need a activion code for it. when i got the computer it was a lifetime activaion code and it has now just lost my code for it does anyone know how to find the code or how to sort this out as i dont want to have to pay again for the lifetime activation code thanks

A:product key fornew update on magic desktop

Hi, Magic Desktop is not a product from HP. Please post your question to the following link:           http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forum/windows-29/magic-desktop-4169789/ Regards.

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keeps asking for reactivation. does not allow reactivation. I used a registry cleaner. Maybe this is the problem. I have tried a few fixes on other forums. Please let me know what other info I need to share.

A:Windows 8 activation problem after 2 years of activation

Please Read: Activation troubleshooting

NB: Sometimes the report can be very long if there are lots of eventlog errors - so please post between <code> tags (# in the toolbar)

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I partitioned my HD, and loaded XP on both primary partitions. The original is on an NTFS partition, the new one is FAT32 (if this matters). I loaded XP on both because I am trying out different versions of Office.

I used PartitionMagic 8.0 and Boot Magic 7.0 to do this. After partitioning, I used Boot Magic to boot from the new partition... it worked and I installed XP. Then I used Boot Magic again to boot up the original OS... but now I can't go back to the new partition. Boot Magic will no longer run on the original OS because it detects a duplicate copy on the new partition!! Weird.. it wont let me install Boot Magic on both partitions.

I've used Partition Magic to "activate" the new partition adn hide the original one, but it still boots the original one. So then I used PQBoot which is supposed to immediately boot up the selected partitioned drive, but again only the original boots up.

How do I access my new partition again?

A:Help with switching between partitions - XP on both (Partition Magic, Boot Magic)

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I have deleted your other thread, as two threads for the same problem are not required.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Just a quick question please, is there any way of reactivating a digital entitlement license obtained by upgrading from Win7 for free, on upgraded hardware, without having to link a MS account? Privacy issues and all that...I know phone activation worked for me with Win7 once after I've overhauled my PC in the past.


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I have Windows 10 Pro activated on my desktop SSD. I now plan to upgrade the motherboard, CPU and RAM but keep the same SSD and peripherals. Will my 10 Pro remain activated after the upgrade automatically or is there some process I should carry out before the upgrade?

A:Activation and hardware upgrade

The board change will be an immediate dismissal of the present activation status. You should plan on treating the new board as if you were moving the SSD into another system in that regard. To see 10 reactivated if you should decided to follow the advice given in another thread I can point you to where the discussion was on moving the OS drive into an entirely new build with the same copy of 10 on the SysPrep tool is utilized to prepare Windows by stripping things down to the basics as well as seeing all board drivers for that make and model board removed first in preparation for the new board. The thread is located at: Solved Moving HDD with Windows 10 into Complete new PC. - Windows 10 Forums

You can try to follow the steps in the guide mentioned on the thread there or plan on seeing full clean install of 10 which if only the board is changed and not the same with any expansion cards and other devices could only require a fast call into MS to see the existing copy of 10 reactivated. Remember you are still seeing a major hardware change and the call could easily prevent the need to buy a new product key for 10 if you had originally gone with the free upgrade offer.

If you had already replaced the upgrade install with a clean install or followed the Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First guide board drivers being removed and later replaced along with calling into MS is the quick way. For insuring the absolute best results with the new board in ho... Read more

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Hi, I had a problem with a virus on my Win 7 Home 32bit pc and went for the reformat and a fresh install via the custom option, and at the same time I upgraded to a an i5 processor and mobo which meant going to th 64bit version.
But when I came to activate the install on line I got a message that the key is for an upgrade not a new install.
I used the same custom install process to go from XP to 7 32bit with out a problem.
So other than paying out for a new key can anybody offer any suggestions what to do now?

A:Win 7 64 bit Upgrade Activation problem

Quote: Originally Posted by LegoTim

Hi, I had a problem with a virus on my Win 7 Home 32bit pc and went for the reformat and a fresh install via the custom option, and at the same time I upgraded to a an i5 processor and mobo which meant going to th 64bit version.
But when I came to activate the install on line I got a message that the key is for an upgrade not a new install.
I used the same custom install process to go from XP to 7 32bit with out a problem.
So other than paying out for a new key can anybody offer any suggestions what to do now?

Welcome to the forum,

See if this helps, Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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If you are one of the people who got free media center addon last year, don't upgrade. You windows 8 key won't be able to activate after upgrade.

I called microsoft activation center and the only suggestion they have is clean install of windows 8 and redo the upgrade because the media center activation key was expired (after the promotion period). It wasted me an hour to make the call and talk with the manger (employee id 2814). They sound like it is none of their business.

I was never so pissed off by a free product before but now it does seem like they are not willing to help customers at all. Now I can understand why so many people hate their company/product.

A:Broken activation after upgrade to 8.1

This may be stupid question but did you try phone activation.

I'm asking because one 8.1 update what I made turned my mothers activated windows 8.1 pro mce install to unactivated state.
In my case however I only needed to call that activation line.
That pro license was also bought during that 15? promotion and that mce key was also free one.

If you allready did try that, then try calling them again as that free mce key is same as those you could bought their site, ony difference is that they had to be activated before that promo ended.

My dad had his 15? pro and free mce keys transfered to new w8 core laptop because his laptop broke down.
So that thing they said about not been able to renew or geve you new key is complite bulls***.

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Last night I decided to utilise the free upgrade to windows 10. First of all I legally bought windows 7 for $100 on amazon a couple years ago. I have never changed my motherboard or pirated. This morning when I got up I noticed everything was finished and tried to personalize my desktop etc. when out of the blue there's this big red text telling me that I need to activate windows whenever I looked in settings as it told me, it gave this error> Error code: 0xC004C003 . I looked it up and all the forums seem to be filled with nonsense, can someone please help me resolve this?

A:win 7 to 10 upgrade activation error

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I went from XP Pro 32 bit to Windows 7 Pro 64 bit when I bought the MS discount pre-release offer.
I did not save my old copy of XP nor do I have any key numbers or other info from it.
The original install of Windows 7 went without a hitch.
The other night I had to install Windows 7 as a clean install on a new hard drive. The old one quite on me.

I was unable to activate using the key on the box from MS so I clicked next leaving the info box blank.
I installed a legal free copy of Office 2010 that my wife's employer, Child Protection Services, lets it employees use while they are employed by the state.
This was the second time for installing Office. It was on the drive that's shot. She's new there and doesn't need any negative attention.
I tried tonight to activate Windows 7 again and get nowhere. I followed the links for troubleshooting and am told I need to buy a new license key or pay somebody at MS to help me, which probably means they will tell me to buy a new license.
I tried to follow a link for the paid help to find out how much it would cost but it doesn't take me anywhere.
The XP license I had was an OEM license and I never had any problems with it. This Windows 7 license is not an OEM.

I haven't seen any phone number to call to get help.
I don't have much money. I'm disabled and live on a small fixed income.
Any advice on how I can fix this will be appreciated.

A:An upgrade activation problem.

When you run or boot the Win7 DVD it scans your system to see any other installed OS, which will allow the use of Upgrade version key upfront.

If it doesn't see another OS, it will reject the key but allow you to install anyway to activate later.

Once you do this, after install you must do a quick workaround to install to a new or wiped HD. The easiest is the Registry change - set a Restore point in case you goof: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

You can audit the Product Key for Office off of the other HD if it still can be read by installing and running Belarc Advisor: Belarc Advisor - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com It should also be on the packaging if it is a legit copy of Office.

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Son wants to purchase w10, but can get the CD version $30 cheaper than the USB. Can he use the media creation tool on another PC for installation , and then use the key# from his CD to boot and activate?

Does an Official retail w10 CD have a visible key# that would work with the media creation tool?

Can an ISO be created from the retail CD? (No DRM problems)

This is a new build, and I have only upgraded PC's.
What's the best approach?

A:Win 10 purchase (not upgrade) and Key# activation, from USB

The CD version is OEM and locked to the first computer it is installed to.
The USB is retail and can be moved when Motherboard dies.

That's the $30 difference.
Windows 10 OEM is a full version of the operating system not an upgrade. The OEM operating system is not supported by Microsoft. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product. Microsoft recommends all files and programs be backed-up prior to installation. Windows 10 OEM is intended for pre-installation on a new PC and cannot be transferred to another computer once installed. Product ships in a white envelope.

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I just upgraded to win 8, 32Bit

I want to know if I can activate win again if my system or HDD crashed?

How can I backup on external discs? Don't have an external HDD.

A:Upgrade activation and backup

Hello mastsethi, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, you will be able to activate your Windows 8 again if your HDD dies, and you reinstall it on a new HDD. The main thing is that it cannot be activated on more than one computer at the same time.

I would highly recommend that you get another HDD to use to save a system image to. It will be much more reliable than as many DVDs it would take.

Is this a computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled? If so, then please post back with what brand and model it is. We'll see if we could find instructions for you on how to create a set of factory recovery discs or recovery USB flash drive to use to restore Windows 8 back to factory conditions.

Hope this helps for now,

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Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 My HP Pavilion was purchased with Windows 8.0 and updated to 8.1. I started the windows 10 upgrade and now my desktop will not boot: The upgrade seemed to be working fine until it started placing my software application icons on a blacked out screen.The upgrade process placed all of the software icons on the screen.The screen would then go black and the process of placing icons on the screen would start over.I allowed the placing of the icons on the screen to loop for about an hour before I tried to stop the upgrade process.I had to turn the computer off by pressing and holding the on/off button.When I turned the computer back on the screen came up with recovery options.I chose the option that would allow me to go back to Windows 8.1.I clicked restore Windows 8.1 and the computer screen went black and did not boot up.I turned the computer off by pressing and holding the on/off button. My desktop has never booted up again. The computer powers up, the fans are running but there is no Hard Drive, DVD Drive and USB drive activity and nothing shows up on the screen (black). Purchased a new Joshua motherboard: After replacing the motherboard and its component parts from the old motherboard, I crossed my fingers and started the computer. To my surprise, the computer booted up and completed the windows 10 upgrade I had started previously. After some tweaking, the computer seemed to be working fine. However, I notic... Read more

A:Windows 10 upgrade killed my desktop

Hi, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. Welcome ! To be honest, it is really hard for me to believe that any software installation (even Windows installation) can break your motherboard and it is hard for me to realize how replacing the board fixes booting issues. Any kind of BIOS upgrades that happened in the meantime ? Anyway, I hope your HP recovery partitions are intact and working fine, as well as your BIOS. Actually, I am not 100% sure if this will work after the board replacement since it is not the original one but you may try to recover your computer to factory default condition. Here are more details how this may be achieved:>> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03489643>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvVv8G1tzGY

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I got a flashing desktop (goes black and desktop) after upgrading to Windows 10.  After logging in, it is fine for about 10-15 seconds, then it will start flashing. I couldn't do anything - click on anything except CTRL-ALT-DELETE to go to Task Manager. I did the upgrade 2x already. Before my first attempt, I did not do anything with my PC - I did not do any driver updates. When I got the flashing desktop after ugrading, I panicked and immediately rolled back to Windows 7. I was able to get to the Recovery window during the 10-15 seconds time frame right after logging in. Thankfully, it went back to Windows 7. After the first try, I read a little bit about the similar issue and so I tried some of suggested solutions - to update drivers on my PC, to disable Windows reporting services (While on Win 10), to try to go to Safe Mode. So I tried again. I updated all the things I can update (drivers mostly) before the upgrade. Did PC Clean up. I got the flashing desktop again. It's the same. So while, it's flashing, I tried to disable the Windows reporting services which is very difficult to do with the flashing desktop. It did not do anything obviously. So I went to Safe Mode. After booting to safe mode, I got the normal desktop screen for about 5 seconds but a blue window quickly flashed then the desktop on Safe Mode just turned black, with only the mouse pointer visible. So, I rolled back to Windows 7 again. I don't have a lot of stuff/programs on my ... Read more

A:Flashing Desktop after Windows 10 upgrade

The only thing that solved the issue is resetting my machine while keeping my personal files. I never figured out what really caused it. So, after the upgrade while the screen is flashing, I was able to reset the PC. 

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Hi, I spent countless hours and download allowance trying to upgrade my Inspiron 580 desktop from Windows 7  to Windows 10 - this after the initial checks told me that is was compatible (last year).
After going over my data allowance three times, I had to stop the automated Windows updates (Win 10) and contacted Microsoft Support - they tried various time to assist via remote control, without success - and only yesterday the ninth differend MS Customer Support agent checked if the Inspiron 580 is in fact (still?) compatible for a Windows 10 upgrade.
Imagine my surprise and frustration, when she sent me a link that my desktop PC was not compatible - hence my note here now: Anybody can give me hints and tips how to successful upgrade to Win 10, which drivers to look out for (which I might need to change) and what else I need to be careful of.
Thanks for any help and advice!

A:Can anybody help me how to upgrade Inspiron 580 desktop to Windows 10?

Press [Windows] and [ r ] and type in msinfo32 and press [Enter]. Ensure your Legacy BIOS revision is A07. If not update it to A07:
Once your Legacy is up to date. Clean Install Windows 10 RS1:

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can I just upgrade my desktop only change the motherboard, CPU, memory only. I want to keep the case and harddrive and DVD rom. Also, can I keep using the exiting windows OS and all file in my old harddrive ? will the old window XP in my old harddrive find the new hardward ?

Hope someone can help
thanks everybody.

A:upgrade my windows XP desktop PC question ?

Hi and welcome to TSF.
First, I've removed the link in your post as advertising is not allowed.
Yes you can replace those parts, although you will almost certainly have to revalidate your Windows but this is a fairly straightforward process and can be done over the 'phone.

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I Upgraded Windows 7 Home Premium 64 to Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 now boots to the "Start Page" then a couple seconds later goes to the Desktop. This isn't something I configured it just does it. I do have Start8 from Stardock installed but it isn't configured to go to the desktop on boot either.

Any clue how I can stop this behavior and have Windows 8 stay at the Start Page on Boot?

A:Windows 8 Pro Upgrade boots to Desktop

You are probably starting a program at boot that causes the start menu to lose focus. Pretty much anything that opens a window will cause this, even most splash screens.

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can I just upgrade my desktop only change the motherboard, CPU, memory only. I want to keep the case and harddrive and DVD rom. Also, can I keep using the exiting windows OS and all file in my old harddrive ? will the old window XP in my old harddrive find the new hardward ?
Hope someone can help

A:upgrade my windows XP desktop PC question ?

Maybe, depends on the upgrade. Backup your files however. It won't delete anything if you upgrade, but it may not work correctly cause you will have different motherboard drivers to deal with. It will most likely work, but with old drivers still in the system cluttering up your hard drive.

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I bought (about 6 months ago) an upgrade version of windows 7 to put onto a laptop running XP [MCE2005]. After installing (custom install obviously) I tried to use my XP product key to activate windows, but this failed.

My question is why did it fail? Was a new product key meant to be supplied with the upgrade DVD?

// James

extra info:
-> upgrading 32bit to 32bit
-> bought upgrade from http://www.software4students.co.uk/

A:Upgrade, Product key and Activation problem

You cant activate win7 with the XP product key (elementary my dear Watson), you need a win7 product key. If you bought the student edition, you would have got the key via email.

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I have googled for this w/out satisfaction.Our daughter is a student at Emory University. For Christmas I decided to upgrade her Vista laptop to Win7 via the student Win7 Professional Offer. The DVD arrived with a Certificate of Authenticity, and had product codes but no key. I installed it and reset her email and statistics package, and when asked for a product key left it blank. Now it needs to be activated in 25 days. I fleshed out the key from the registry but when I tried to activate received the message - "This is a standard product key and cannot be used for activation".

Not the greatest Christmas gift. I am trying to avoid anger, but am frustrated. Is this something I need to take up with Microsoft directly, or is it some kind of scam?

frustrated father

A:Win7 Student Upgrade Activation

I believe you might have erred in auditing the key from registry. This is normally only necessary with batch OEM keys stickered to computers.

Instead you should access the activation link at Computer>Properties and insert the Product key which is on the packaging you describe. If the activation fails, follow the prompts to attempt telephone activation, which may require elevation to a MS agent who can tell you whether the key is legit.

Where exactly did you buy this student offer? Let us look at the site for you.

The keys are alpha-numeric 25 digits in five groups called "Product key" and nothing else.

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Once I install the upgrade as an upgrade to a previous version of windows. Can I clean install that upgrade, since the upgrade will have been activated in the past?

A:Upgrading the Upgrade after Activation question

Bit hard to follow that sentence :P but if I understand what your asking, you want to upgrade with an upgrade key, but are considering doing a clean install with your upgrade key in the future. I believe Retail and Upgrade keys are able to be used 3 times and then you have to call up Microsoft to activate with the key (phone activation).

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I purchased windows 10 pro from you, (information is in my account) however now I have absolutely no activation numbers from my original windows nor the 10 pro. All I have is a product number. I have made changes to my hardware by adding an M.2 Pcie drive
to my mobo, and it seems I am going to have to reload windows because my current SSD will not clone. Great am I now going to have to purchase again?? ...... c'mon I buy from MS in good faith and now this!

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Holy BatCrap

I fired up the old Pent-III 600mhz x86 box earlier to update the AVG antivirus, since it had not been turned on in about 30 days.

I got so involved downloading Captain Zero's HD WallPapers & browsing the threads today, that I had forgot it was running in the other room. When I went over to it, the screen says need to be activated. Wait a minute, this was RC 7229 x86. That should still be good until 2010 ? So I got out the trusty RC Key code, & typed it in. Clicked on activate. A few minutes go by, then not a valid key! What

So then I went to Start & typed in Winver 7600

Did Microsoft just update this RC Build 7229 ??

Not to be outdone by Microsoft, I just got out my legit list of TechNet keys & typed one in. Click on activate. Whoah this sure was slow, about 5 minutes

Shaaaazaaammmmmm Activated

I guess The Future came Back to The Present !

A:Strange FREE UpGrade needs Activation

Doc, you got too many computers to keep track of!!!

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Acer mailed two disks for their WIn7 Upgrade kit, a clean copy of Win7 and a driver/apps menu disk. The folder has what looks like a standard MS product key sticker labeled "Win Vista HmPrm - Win 7 HmPrm UPG Fulfill Acer Group."

One user with same Acer model decided not to upgrade from Vista so we attempted to clean install his copy on roommate's identical Acer model just purchased whose Upgrade Kit was only ordered yesterday.

The key was refused after installation. I strongly suspect this is because the Upgrade key is somehow coded to the Vista OEM key embedded on the intended machine's mobo. We will wait for the arrival of the key linked to this machine to activate.

The first user decided after seeing Win7 to go ahead with the Upgrade from Vista and the product key installed straightaway on the machine it was issued for, proving Upgrade keys are tied to the Vista OEM on these Acer machines.

A:Acer mailed Upgrade activation

That's good news,. usually they're sent like this:

two disks "upgrade assistant" and "upgrade option

They're almost forcing you into doing as upgrade rather than a "clean" install.

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Hi all,

I just bought a Lenovo X140e, which comes with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled through downgrade rights from Windows 8 Pro. I setup the computer fine under W7, then proceeded to install W10 so I could get the "hardware license" for Windows 10. At the moment, I don't want W10 on this laptop.

After activating Windows 10 on it, and making sure the license is activated, I installed an SSD on the laptop, however now I cannot activate Windows 7. I downloaded a W7 Professional ISO and put it on a USB using Rufus. The install goes okay, but Windows 7 is now asking me for a license key. Where is it? The bottom of my laptop only has a Windows 8 Pro sticker, there's no product key sticker.

Please help! How do I find my Windows 7 key?

A:Please help. W7 activation issue after downgrade and SSD upgrade

I don't know if this will give you the key you need but it's probably your best option at finding it,

Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi, i hope there is a solution to my problem. After upgrading from 8.1 to win 10 home on my Alienware X51 r2 i needed drivers from the alienware website. I downloaded the appropriate software to detect the drivers i required. I downloaded all that i was advised to. One of the updates was for the BIOS, and along with the others drivers i updated it. After the updates installed all was well until certain aspects of win 10 were failing to open upon request ie photos, calendar, mail etc. So as it was a relatively new installation i did a system restore back to just after installation, all was ok but it appears i restored back to before win 10 had activated via the internet. Now the only COA code i can find is probably a generic one that is blocked from activating by Microsoft. I have used the script from this forum to acertain this. I seem to have wiped the code from the BIOS, is there anything legal to get me my activated status back.

Thanks in advance

A:Have lost activation key for win 8.1 after BIOS upgrade.

You can't wipe the code from BIOS, it's still there.

Give it some time. One of my installs took 2 days before it activated.

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I never received a activation/product key for my version of W10 which was downloaded from the official Microsoft website over a year ago. How can I proceed to upgrade to the latest Anniversary update as I don`t have the required key/code. Thanks in advance.

A:Need activation key to update to Anniversary Upgrade W10

If you downloaded W10 within the first year and activated, no key is required for the update.

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Recently I upgraded my PC's MOBO and hdd (replaced it with an SSD). On my old hard drive, I had W7 Pro (an upgrade version, purchased from Digital River, from my previous version of Windows XP).

Now my W7 Pro won't activate. I do not have access to my Windows XP disc that I originally purchased five or so years ago. I do, however, have the OEM product key for it (I taped it to the side of my tower). Is there a method I can use to incorporate proof of owning a previous Windows version (such as my XP product key) to allow the W7 Pro activation to work?

Or must I purchase a copy of Home and then use my W7 Pro upgrade?

Thanks for any help you may offer.

A:Activation issue using Upgrade software on new HDD

Quote: Originally Posted by hicisred


Recently I upgraded my PC's MOBO and hdd (replaced it with an SSD). On my old hard drive, I had W7 Pro (an upgrade version, purchased from Digital River, from my previous version of Windows XP).

Now my W7 Pro won't activate. I do not have access to my Windows XP disc that I originally purchased five or so years ago. I do, however, have the OEM product key for it (I taped it to the side of my tower). Is there a method I can use to incorporate proof of owning a previous Windows version (such as my XP product key) to allow the W7 Pro activation to work?

Or must I purchase a copy of Home and then use my W7 Pro upgrade?

Thanks for any help you may offer.

You say "Now my W7 Pro won't activate." == Do you mean it won't boot or it boots fine, but you just can't get the activation key installed? If it boots, do you have the key that came with the W7 Pro upgrade when you purchased it?

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Ok so I have a 4 year old laptop that had Windows 7 Ultimate on it. It is a Intel dual core computer with 4GB of RAM.
I left it over night to download and install the SP1 patch. I wake up this morning and sign in, it shows a black screen and in the upper left it has "Setting up personalized settings for: Windows Desktop Update"
I thought that this might take some time so I left for about an hour, now I am back and this screen is still there. I fear that it has broken itself and that it is broken. Is there a way to fix this issue?

A:Windows 7 SP1 Upgrade - Stuck at Windows Desktop Update

Can you open Task Manager while in that "Setting up personalized settings" Window appears? (Shortcut for Task Manager: Shift + Ctrl + Esc)
Then, you can terminate some processes that stuck Windows from continuing its work."Everything we do is dictated by motive."

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Is it possible to upgrade on this PC, from Vista to Windows 8 and then to Windows 10 or is the PC too old for these upgrades?  Thanks!

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HiI have a Pavilion desktop purchased in 2011.Intel (R) core (TM) i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 64 bit.Since upgrading to Windows 10 I am experiencing problems with video and audio.The graphics card is an Intel(R) HD Graphics card ( dated 26 November 2012)  and sound is a Realtek High Definition Audio card ( dated 19 June 2012).I've tried updating their drivers through Device Manager but windows tells me I'm on the latest versions.Can anyone advise if there are any later, Windows 10 compatible, drivers for these cards and where I may find them?thanksIdiens 

A:Pavilion Desktop - Windows 10 upgrade - new drivers

Hi: There wouldn't be anything you can do about the graphics driver. If you have issues with the graphics, like W10 and like your PC, if you can, install a graphics card that works with the power supply your PC has, and W10. You can update to the latest audio driver below.  Accept the agreement.  Download and install the 2nd driver on the list for 64 bit. http://www.realtek.com.tw/Downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownT... Definition Audio Codecs

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When windows 10 was installed the dvd drive did not exsist  or work.    i was told that HP did not upgrade the drivers for my unit  HP Pavilion p6654y Desktop PC  to be compatiable with windows 10.    I would like to find out if the issue still exists  or can i migrate to windows 10.  Thank you all for your kind assistance  and quick response.

A:HP Pavilion 6654y Desktop PC with windows 7 can i upgrade...

Hi: HP will provide no driver support for any PC made before August of 2013. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05195282 Your PC's release date was 06-Aug-2010. Now if that was the only problem you had when you upgraded to W10 the last time, and you want to give W10 another try, you may want to go through the resolution steps at the link below, should the DVD drive turn up missing again. Normally, Resolution #6 takes care of the non-existing DVD drive. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/314060/your-cd-or-dvd-drive-is-not-recognized-by-windows-or...

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Windows 10 upgrade wizard keeps telling me that my system is not ready because they are working with partners and will notify me.  This system has no special modifications or software changes.    It has been in this state since Windows 10 has been released.

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A:Pavilion P6520f Desktop won't upgrade to Windows 10

That's strange! Try using this link instead http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install. It also gives steps on how to use the Media Creation tool and gives a link to download the tool that should work for you.  Keep me posted!

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