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    Upgrading Windows 8.1 to 10...do I get the "free" Windows upgrade?

    So I'm about to dive in to replace the hard drive on my wife's PC with a new solid state drive. She currently has Windows 8.1, and the "upgrade to Windows 10" icon has been in the tray for some time. Is the upgrade just that, or can it be installed free standing? Thanks in advance. - ler

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    For a clean installation, download the Media Creation Tool and enter your 8.1 key after booting from USB/DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramseyhere View Post
    Is the upgrade just that, or can it be installed free standing?
    To answer the first part, just stay connected to the 'net and the Upgrade will be downloaded followed by the install. Depending upon you 'net connection speed either type of download may take awhile, it's between about 2.5GB and maybe a bit over 3GB. The last I did was on Saturday and the download on 30Mbps and install took between 2 and 3 hours and that was after 3 hours of getting all 158 Win8.1 updates a couple of days before.

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    You can migrate to the SSD, make an image and then let it upgrade.
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...-SSD-from-SATA

    cheers, Paul

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    Re-installing...

    Another part of the upgrade rationale was to create a clean install (not upgrade the existing 8.1 installation) as there are some registry hive corruption issues. So the move to Windows 10 offers a way to get rid of the bad while bringing in the new. thanks. ler

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    How do you know you have registry corrpution?

    cheers, Paul

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