Thursday, August 13, 2015

Installing Windows 10: Problems and Solutions

    Its been a little over a week since Microsoft released Windows 10 for the general public, and more than 14 million people worldwide have upgraded their PCs to Windows 10. With Microsoft announcing that the upgrade from Windows 7,8,8.1 would be free for a year, everyone is upgrading to the new and improved version of Microsoft's Windows.

  Whether it is the customizable start menu, the sleek new looks or the newly introduced Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana, windows 10 is high in demands. 
Windows 10 looks to be better than Windows 7 or 8 in many aspects. The Start menu is back, and is customizable to a great extent. It doesn't take up all the space on your screen, and can be re-sized as per your need. It takes Multitasking to a whole new level, now allowing upto 4 apps to be snapped on the same screen at a time. It also offers multiple desktops now, so one can keep their personal and professional environments separate. With Windows 10, Microsoft has also introduced its Personal Assistant Cortana, which was previously only available on Windows Phones. Cortana can search web for various queries, but also handles core commands like opening a browser, creating a new email, setting reminders or calendar appointments, etc. Though Cortana is no way near Siri's level, its still a welcome and an exciting addition in this version of Windows. For Gamers, Windows 10 is a delight. Windows 10 offers full integration with Microsoft’s Xbox Live network and the Xbox games store. This means Xbox One players can play games with those on PC, and almost every Xbox One title will be available for play on Windows 10. It also supports DirectX12, which is poised to have several performance upgrades, new graphical features and a much improved performance, much to the delight of hardcore PC gamers. It also offers a tablet mode, which should make your experience fun if you have a touchscreen. And to top it all, its FREE! All in all, Windows 10 looks like a serious step up from Windows 8.1 and is worth upgrading to!

You can download Windows 10 in two ways:

• By using the "reserve your Windows 10" notification on your taskbar, or
• By using the ISO provided by Microsoft.

In case the 'upgrade to Windows 10' icon is missing from your taskbar, you won't be able to download Windows 10. In such cases, make sure you do the following things:

• Make sure your Windows copy is genuine. The icon won't appear on pirated versions.

• Make sure you PC meets Windows 10's System Requirements (really no point of continuing if you fail here :P).

• Make sure your PC is up to date. Install all Windows updates from the control Panel.

• Install all the recommended updates and restart your PC, because installation of Windows 10 option won't be available unless your computer is fully updated.
If you are using Windows 7, you must have SP1 (Service Pack 1). installed. If you don't have SP1 in Windows 7, you'll not get the upgrade app and its icon.
Windows 8 users must upgrade to Windows 8.1 to be able to get the Windows 10 upgrade icon. 

• If you have removed Internet Explorer using "Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off" option, you'll have to re-enable it. Once you re-enable Internet Explorer, run Windows Update and Windows will find and install the required updates to show Windows 10 upgrade app icon.

• If your computer is a part of a domain or network, you'll not see the Windows 10 upgrade icon.

If you still don't see the update Windows icon on the taskbar after installing all the updates, goto command prompt and type this command.


This should automatically trigger the Windows 10 download. 

After the download is complete, it'll automatically start the installation process. In case the installation fails, just restart the you computer, and this time you should see the update icon.

    In case somehow your computer still isn't showing the icon, don't panic!
Try this solution which is provided by Yaqub Khan - Microsoft Support Engineer.

    We create a script which will verify your device meets all the prerequisites and then turn on the Get Windows 10 app:

1.Open Notepad
2.Copy the following text and paste it into Notepad:

REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\UpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx
if "%errorlevel%" == "0" GOTO RunGWX
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" | findstr Ready
if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning
schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"

3.Click File, and then Save As
4.In the File name box, change the file name to ReserveWin10.cmd
5.Then click the dropdown next to Save as type, and select All files (*.*)
6.Select the folder you would like to save the file to.  For this example, let’s choose to save the file to the C:/Temp folder.  Then click Save. 

7.Open an elevated command prompt.  (From the Start screen or Start menu, type Command Prompt in the search box, and then in the list of results, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator.)

8.Finally, run the file from the location you saved to in Step 6.  In this example, you would type the following in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter:

    The Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser can take 10 – 30 minutes to run, during which the script will continuously provide status reports that it is running. Please be patient. If the script is failing in an infinite loop, then you don’t have the necessary prerequisite Windows Updates.  Besides requiring Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, you must also have installed:

For Windows 7 SP1:

For Windows 8.1 Update:

You can manually check if you have these updates within your elevated command prompt by typing the command:

dism /online /get-packages | findstr 3035583

(Replace the KB number with whichever update you are looking for.)  If you have the update installed, this command will show the package identity.  For example, Windows 8.1 users should see this:

C:\>dism /online /get-packages | findstr 3035583

Package  Identity : Package_for_KB3035583~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~

This should do it for you! Enjoy your newly upgraded PC with Windows 10!!

References : Microsoft Answers