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Force Windows 10 Fall 2015 Update (New Installs, Before 31 Days Elapse)

I recently updated my laptop to Windows 10 because my desktop finally became stable enough that I felt comfortable updating the laptop.  Come to find out, when you upgrade a machine to Windows 10, it only updates to the initial release version of Windows 10.

I’m sorry, but the initial release version is the one I did not want on this machine, because I had some stability issues with the initial release on my desktop!  *facepalm*

So, I did some digging and I finally came across some info on how to “force” Windows 10 to update to the Fall 2015 Update, even though I was well within the 31 days that Microsoft won’t voluntarily offer the update.

The short version : Run Disk Cleanup, go to System Files, and remove the previous version of Windows.

But, here are some screen shots and a bit of a walk-through.

Before I got started, I verified I had the “shipped” version of Windows 10.01

Checked for updates, none available :

Ran Disk Cleanup :03

Selected the OS drive : 04

Clicked the “Clean Up System Files” button :  05

Selected the OS drive again :  06

Then selected “Previous Windows installation(s)” (as well as anything else you feel compelled and ok with cleaning up) and click OK : 07

There was an “are you sure” type of window that popped up, but I neglected to get a screen-grab of that.  But, click yes or ok or whatever the confirmation button is to remove the previous Windows install.

PLEASE NOTE : Doing this will remove your ability to roll back to the previous version of Windows that was on your machine!  Do this ONLY if you are 1000% sure you want to roll-ahead to the Windows 10 Fall 2015 Update!

After the clean up completed, I ran Windows Update again and the Windows 10 Fall 2015 Update was available. 08

Update complete!  Woohoo!  🙂 09

Thanks for dropping by and reading this far!

Belarc Advisor and Windows 10

You can see my previous post here talking about Belarc Advisor.

I had to replace an OS drive last night and decided I should probably grab the Windows 10 key before swapping out the drives and doing a clean reinstall.  So, I went to my old post, used the link there to download a new copy of Belarc Advisor, and I ran it.

It works with Windows 10, too.  Awesome!  🙂

During the install process for Windows 10, I skipped the “enter key” sections, yet it still re-activated itself, all on it’s own.  Also awesome!  🙂

Finding Windows 8 Key With Belarc Advisor

I’m replacing a disk drive in a laptop and I realized that I wasn’t sure which Windows 8 key I had used on the laptop.  So, I did a couple of searches and I was referred to Belarc Advisor.  I downloaded it, ran it, and it gave me the information I was looking for.  Sort of.

Unfortunately, the product key that was listed for Windows (under Software Licenses) was not on my list.  The reason for that is that I had already upgraded from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1.  So, my product key for Windows had changed.  The product key that was listed for Internet Explorer, though, did match one of the keys on my list.

So, if you need to reinstall Windows 8.x, can’t remember which of your keys was on that particular machine, you started out on 8.0 and upgraded to 8.1, give Belarc Advisor a try, find the Internet Explorer license key and that “should” be your original Windows 8.0 key.

Good luck!

Update : An additional note, you might want to make sure to activate Windows 8 before letting the Windows 8.1 update install.  The 8.1 update pulls down a new product key, which is not valid if 8 was not activated before it was installed.  On the “you may have a counterfeit copy of Windows screen” (no, they don’t call it that), click “enter key,” enter your Windows 8 key, and it will activate for you.  (If the key is valid and hasn’t been used too many times, that is.)