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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Well it has been disconnected from teamviewer for about an hour now. I am not sure if teamviewer will start up automatically once windows 10 is installed or not. I will give it another hour or so.
    Yeah, I bet Win10 is in one of those reboot phases and is probably waiting for you to hit "continue" or something. Teamviewer's process doesn't load until the computer is actually up and running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Yeah, I bet Win10 is in one of those reboot phases and is probably waiting for you to hit "continue" or something. Teamviewer's process doesn't load until the computer is actually up and running.
    probably. I will take care of it when I get home tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    probably. I will take care of it when I get home tonight.
    Lemme know - I'm curious.
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    It was sitting at a log in prompt. After I logged in, it did the blue screen that says "This may take a while" - when it was finished, I noticed there was no wifi connections. Turns out Windows 10 doesn't like my USB TP-Link wifi adapter. Its a bit old. But I had a newer one available and when I plugged it in, it worked. So it was most likely the wi-fi adapter not connecting

    Looks good. no other problems I see (yet)

    Oh and it shows that it is activated.

    Windows 10 Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    It was sitting at a log in prompt. After I logged in, it did the blue screen that says "This may take a while" - when it was finished, I noticed there was no wifi connections. Turns out Windows 10 doesn't like my USB TP-Link wifi adapter. Its a bit old. But I had a newer one available and when I plugged it in, it worked. So it was most likely the wi-fi adapter not connecting

    Looks good. no other problems I see (yet)

    Oh and it shows that it is activated.

    Windows 10 Pro
    I'd say you're home free.

    (well, you're home, evidently)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade

    I did this for my secretary this weekend - upgraded from 7Pro to Win10Pro for FREE.

    Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended in 2016, right? Not exactly. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work. The end result is an apparently valid digital license, and there's no evidence that the free upgrades will end any time soon.

    Updated January 7, 2020: Thank you to the many readers who have continued to provide firsthand reports that this procedure still works. The overwhelming majority of reader reports confirm that this upgrade is still available. A small number of readers have reported that the upgrade fails because of a Setup error or a compatibility block. For details on how to troubleshoot these errors, see "This free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works. Here's why - and how to get it.".
    Many thanks.

    I had upgraded years back when the free upgrade offer came out, then reverted to Windows 7 when I didn't like 10. Encouraged by your saying a second free upgrade is possible provided I had already had Windows 10 at some point, I have now re-upgraded with no problems.

    Windows 10 seems less intrusive into my privacy now than then, and to my relief Back Up has started working again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Hayward View Post
    Many thanks.

    I had upgraded years back when the free upgrade offer came out, then reverted to Windows 7 when I didn't like 10. Encouraged by your saying a second free upgrade is possible provided I had already had Windows 10 at some point, I have now re-upgraded with no problems.

    Windows 10 seems less intrusive into my privacy now than then, and to my relief Back Up has started working again.
    I think Microsoft probably saw this as averting a disaster with people still calling for support on prior OS, and them having to explain, blah blah blah.... and security vulnerabilities not being addressed in prior OS....

    Glad you're up and running. I never did like the 10 interface, so I use a Windows7 style menu system for FREE.
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    Update:

    After running for a few weeks, the old PC gave up the ghost. At first I thought it was the CPU fan because it wouldn't start and without it running the mobo won't boot. It has happened before, so I had a spare and replaced it. Still nothing. I eventually came to the conclusion that the motherboard was bad.

    So I ended up buying a new motherboard (ASROCKS X470 SLI/AC) and an AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU, and of course I had to buy new memory too. I spent about $300 total.

    Then I spent all day yesterday putting it together. I had it all installed and everything hooked up and when I turned it on, Nothing! Crap! I checked everything, it all looked good. Reseated the memory. Still nothing.

    So I had to take everything apart and remove the motherboard from the case to get the CPU off (the stupid fan screws into a plate on the bottom of the mobo so once you take off the fan, the plate drops down and you can't reattach the fan unless you can hold the plate in place, which means removing the motherboard)

    I stuck some glue on the stupid plate so it will remain attached to the mobo the next time I have to take off the fan and not have to remove the motherboard next time.

    Anyhoo, I took off the CPU, all the pins looked fine, it was in the correct orientation, so I put it all back together, reassembled the whole thing again, and turned it on. and it worked!!!

    So then I had to reactivate windows 10 again, and install all the new drivers. Then I decided to do a backup of the whole thing using Acronis. Halfway through the backup, it complains about a bad sector on the HDD. AARRRRGH! so I ran some checks and it looks like the hard drive is failing.

    Now, I just ordered a new drive. Went ahead and got one of those NVMe SSDs. they look like a memory stick. 512K. It was only $64. Man, the SSD prices have really dropped.

    So next weekend when I have time, I will probably to a fresh windows 10 install on the SSD. There wasn't that much on the old one in the way of programs or data anyway, so better to start fresh.

    So how do you do a fresh install of windows 10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Update:

    After running for a few weeks, the old PC gave up the ghost. At first I thought it was the CPU fan because it wouldn't start and without it running the mobo won't boot. It has happened before, so I had a spare and replaced it. Still nothing. I eventually came to the conclusion that the motherboard was bad.

    So I ended up buying a new motherboard (ASROCKS X470 SLI/AC) and an AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU, and of course I had to buy new memory too. I spent about $300 total.

    Then I spent all day yesterday putting it together. I had it all installed and everything hooked up and when I turned it on, Nothing! Crap! I checked everything, it all looked good. Reseated the memory. Still nothing.

    So I had to take everything apart and remove the motherboard from the case to get the CPU off (the stupid fan screws into a plate on the bottom of the mobo so once you take off the fan, the plate drops down and you can't reattach the fan unless you can hold the plate in place, which means removing the motherboard)

    I stuck some glue on the stupid plate so it will remain attached to the mobo the next time I have to take off the fan and not have to remove the motherboard next time.

    Anyhoo, I took off the CPU, all the pins looked fine, it was in the correct orientation, so I put it all back together, reassembled the whole thing again, and turned it on. and it worked!!!

    So then I had to reactivate windows 10 again, and install all the new drivers. Then I decided to do a backup of the whole thing using Acronis. Halfway through the backup, it complains about a bad sector on the HDD. AARRRRGH! so I ran some checks and it looks like the hard drive is failing.

    Now, I just ordered a new drive. Went ahead and got one of those NVMe SSDs. they look like a memory stick. 512K. It was only $64. Man, the SSD prices have really dropped.

    So next weekend when I have time, I will probably to a fresh windows 10 install on the SSD. There wasn't that much on the old one in the way of programs or data anyway, so better to start fresh.

    So how do you do a fresh install of windows 10?
    I can check, but I think there's actually a download where you can make a flash-drive an install source, and you could set your BIOS to "boot from USB", no?

    Lemme check.
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    I have an older computer that runs Win 7 and presently gets stuck trying to fix start up. I don't have a recovery disc of Win 7 (working on that) but since I'm planning on a system restore anyway, could a Win 10 work? We were planning to upgrade to Win 10 anyway.

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