So I really ran into some big problems and issues trying to upgrade my desktop PC to Windows 10. For some reason no matter what method I took by either creating a Windows 10 USB Drive or doing a direct download upgrade by using either using the media creation toolkit or doing registry hack to force the Windows 10 upgrade to download I would run into either the follow:
Something Happened… Something Happened…
Your upgrade gets stuck you restart and get this message 0xC1900101-0x200C The installation failed in the SAFE-OS phase with an error during APPLY-IMAGE operation
Neither one of these error messages gives you a lot of info on why your upgrade isn’t working. Microsoft currently doesn’t have a whole lot on it and it’s been a frustrating experience.
What I really want to do is a clean install of Windows 10 but with the way Microsoft is handling the upgrade you can’t do that. To even get to do a clean you have to upgrade your current OS (Either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1) to Windows 10 then do the clean install if you choose after. Microsoft doesn’t give you a key to upgrade as they said the system will auto activate for your machine.
The main problem with this approach is without a key you can’t move your installation to another machine. This affects people who purchased a OEM key with the idea that they will want to upgrade at some point to newer hardware (the main reason OEM is more expensive than system builder license) and will want to move their license to the new machine. Without the key there isn’t really a way to do this. You would have to install Windows 8 and then upgrade to 10 and then hope that you can reactivate.
Microsoft should really just upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 key to work with Windows 10. It makes the most sense and gives custom PC builders and techs who mostly prefer to do clean installs when upgrading to a new operating system the ability to do so. Taking this away is a big mistake that I hope Microsoft fixes soon along with the struggles people are experience with the error messages above. The video gives more detail and context to what I’m talking about.