A Clean Install of Windows 10 TH2 - Video Tutorial

Windows XP/Vista → Windows 10 TH2 Free Upgrade

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Introduction – Why Consider Upgrading?

This is a Dell based guide but will work on non-Dell systems also. The only differences are the keys [F2] and [F12] to enter the BIOS setup and opt for the one-time Boot menu may be different. You should also check for BIOS updates from your perspective OEMs website.

01 Jun 2016 OS Marketshare 1 in 100 computers run Windows Vista and 10 in 100 computers run Windows XP… While Microsoft hasn’t formally extended the Free Windows 10 Upgrade to these Operating Systems unofficially they allow an unofficial free upgrade via the Windows 10130 Insider Preview…

End of OS Support

  • 11 Apr 2017: Windows Vista will reach End of Life (<1 year away) and no security patches will be released since. See here for more details. Windows 10 performs significantly better than Windows Vista and is significantly more secure.
  • 08 Apr 2014: Windows XP reached End of Life (>2 years ago) and no security patches have been released since. See here for more details. Windows 10 performs significantly better than Windows XP if the hardware meets minimum requirements and is significantly more secure.

End of Browser Support

  • 12 Jan 2016: Support for all versions of Internet Explorer except for Internet Explorer 11. See here for more details.
  • 01 May 2016: Google have just dropped support for Windows Vista and Windows XP.

When Chrome is launched a yellow warning will display stating:

“This computer will no longer receive Google Chrome Updates because Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported.” Learn more.

Chrome Message

This means that the continued use of Google Chrome and these Operating Systems in general should be considered insecure. It hasn’t happened currently however eventually websites may block out of date versions of Chrome and Internet Explorer 9.

This gives a primary security exploit…

Bank Robber

Needless to say don’t use an unsupported browser (i.e. anything running on a Windows Vista or Windows XP Operating System) for:

  • Online Banking
  • Paypal
  • eBay
  • Amazon

etc. etc.

End of Driver Support

No new drivers will be created for new peripherals (e.g. that new printer) for these legacy Operating Systems.

Microsoft did not provide an Official Free Upgrade Path for Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 10 TH2.

The Unofficial Free Upgrade Path

Disclaimer: This is an Unofficial Upgrade path and has no support from Dell or Microsoft. However any system shipped with Windows XP or Windows Vista won’t have any official support anyway as the warranty has long expired…

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The Windows Insider Build 10130 was the last Windows Insider Build to utilise a generic product key for Microsoft Product Activation. With this build Microsoft let all Windows Insiders Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free.

This build has technically expired but a series of workarounds can be carried out to circumvent its expiry date and it can be used as a stepping stone to upgrade to Windows 10 TH2 Pro. Microsoft may stop Activation of Windows 10130 Insider Preview at any point in time which would effectively shut down this unofficial upgrade path for good. In testing this Unofficial Upgrade path works 7 months after the expiry date, moreover it works with TH2 installation media which was released after the expiry date on Windows 10 Insider Build 10130.

Last test date 11th of June 2016. The Free Upgrade works using the 10586 TH2 Main Build .iso with the Windows Insider Preview 10130 as a stepping stone. The Free Upgrade also works using the 14342 Insider Preview .iso with the Windows Insider Preview 10130 as a stepping stone.

This upgrade path can be used to upgrade any system that satisfies Windows 10’s minimum system requirements. I focus primarily on Windows 7 OEM systems with faded COAs as Microsoft Product Activation Technical Support still to be severely limited when it comes to this common problem and secondary on systems shipped with Windows Vista OEM. This guide can also be used on VMs as discussed here.

I feel like many that Windows Vista was essentially Windows 7 Beta and should be eligible for the free upgrade. At this moment in time Microsoft should be doing all they can to discourage users from continuing to use Windows Vista OEM. Moreover Microsoft dealt Windows Vista users the short straw and had effectively terminated Windows Vista 4 years before its End of Life (no Office 2013/2016 support), no Windows Live Essentials 2012 Support (Windows Live Essentials 2011 Expired) and no IE10/11 support with IE9 and IE10 at End of Life.

Before upgrading its recommended that your BIOS revision is up to date. This guide will result in Data loss so its recommended you back up all your data to an external hard drive. If you are sceptical about this upgrade path or unsure how well your legacy system will run Windows 10 make sure you’ve made an Macrium Reflect Backup so you can revert to Windows Vista.

Notes on Updating your BIOS

The BIOS should be updated to the latest Revision available before upgrading to Windows 10. For convenience I have listed the latest Legacy BIOS Update for all Dell systems (except Alienware) that were sold during the sales period of Windows Vista and the date of the system model.

For systems that are Mid 2008 or later it’s worthwhile checking to see if the COA is for Windows Vista or Windows 7. If its for Windows 7 you may use the official upgrade path opposed to the unofficial path documented.

For Laptop systems that are ~2006 (10 years ) old the processor may be x86 only meaning you may have to opt for 32 Bit Windows 10.

Anything older than the list below is unlikely to pass recommended minimum requirements for Windows 10.

Adamo Desktops

Dimension Desktops

Inspiron Desktops

Inspiron Laptops

Latitude Laptops

OptiPlex Desktops

Precision Desktops

Precision Laptops

Studio Desktops

Studio Laptops

Vostro Desktops

Vostro Laptops

XPS Desktops

XPS Laptops

For these Legacy systems the latest BIOS update may not run on Windows 10 so should be applied on the old Windows installation. Moreover its reported that some systems fail the Windows 10 Upgrade if they don’t have the latest BIOS revision.

Notes on Windows Vista/7/8.1 OEM Licenses

With Windows 10 TH2 Microsoft revised the installation media so it automatically accepts Windows 7 and Windows 8.x OEM product keys. If your system has one of the following stickers affixed to it then you can follow the Official Upgrade Path.

For systems shipped with Windows 7 OEM Released in Mid 2009 you will have the 25 Digit product key on a COA affixed to your computer.

Its worthwhile checking for a Windows 7 COA if your model is a Late 2008 model or later as these models are usually sold for ~1 year so some would have shipped with Windows 7 OEM and some with Windows Vista OEM.

The COA will be affixed to the system.

(1) Windows 7 COA

To prevent the COA from fading the COA is likely residing in the battery compartment of Laptops and inside the computer cover of Desktops. Use your smartphone to take a picture of it before installation.

Laptop COA

If you have a Legible Windows 7 COA follow the Official Upgrade Path via Clean Installation.

If you have a Faded Windows 7 COA, and a working Windows 7 Base Install follow the Official upgrade Path via Upgrade and then Clean Install the same Edition without Input of a Product Key.

If you have a Faded Windows 7 COA, and a broken Windows 7 base installation and no Windows 7 OEM Installation Media… Follow the steps below to upgrade using the Unofficial Windows 10130 Upgrade path. After carrying out this upgrade path you may then Clean Install the same Edition without Input of a Product Key.

If you have a Windows XP or Windows Vista COA, the Product Key is worthless as its rejected by Windows 10 TH2 installation media. Follow the steps below to upgrade using the Unofficial Windows 10130 Upgrade path. After carrying out this upgrade path you may then Clean Install the same Edition without Input of a Product Key.

For systems shipped with Windows 8 (2012) and later you will have a colour changing sticker (depending on the angle you look at the sticker) and the product key will be embedded in the UEFI BIOS. It will be automatically input by Windows 10 TH2 installation media during installation:



Systems shipped with Windows 7 OEM Downgrade rights from Windows 10 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro may not have a Windows 7 COA and a sticker above like (5) or (6).

Additional Notes on Systems Shipped with Windows XP/Vista OEM Licenses

Officially there is no free upgrade from genuine Windows Vista or Windows XP to genuine Windows 10 so we will need to utilise the Unofficial Windows 10130 Upgrade path in all these cases.

Can My Hardware Run Windows 10?

All of the systems listed with their latest Legacy BIOS Update can run Windows 10 64 Bit (except the 2006 models which may have a processor with a 32 Bit instruction set, limiting one to windows 10 32 Bit) without any issues provided enough RAM is installed.

Since in the comments/questions I am getting asked for help to upgrade severely underpowered hardware. I have updated this guide to put in more details about minimum system requirements.

I do not recommend upgrading a system which contains DDR RAM, IDE HDDs or a single core processor e.g. Pentium 4 or earlier. Anything like Intel 915GM graphics or worse won’t cut Windows 10 and even you get it to install it will be woefully slow. The minimum hardware I would recommend upgrading is a Dell latitude D820 with a Intel Core Duo T7200, 2 GB DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM and Intel 945 graphics.

If you aren’t sure whether your legacy hardware running Windows XP/Vista is capable and it isn’t on the Dell list run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which is the last upgrade assistant than runs on XP and Vista. The system requirements are almost identical for 32 Bit Windows 8.1 and 32 Bit Windows 10.


http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=321548 (Removed by Microsoft 16/03/2016 as Windows 8 is at End of Life)

Simply run the upgrade assistant:


It will scan your computer to determine whether its compatible:


Click see compatibility details:


The compatibility details may show some of the following details to review:


You are looking for it to state issues specifically about your hardware.

The 4 issues it lists in this case aren’t significant:

  • Install an App to play a DVD. – No problem install VLC player after Windows 10 TH2 installation.
  • SecureBoot isn’t compatible with your PC. – No problem Windows 10 can run in a legacy BIOS using the MBR partition scheme. It won’t perform as well and will be less secure than a newer system with these technologies.
  • Sidebar Gadgets aren’t supported. – No problem, few people use these and the Apps in the Windows 10 Store are far superior.
  • Your screen resolution isn’t compatible with snap. – No problem the screen resolution for Windows 10 was lowered to support 800×600 as a minimum.

A fifth common problem that the tool often reports is that mandatory processor security technologies PAE, NX, and SSE2 aren’t present or disabled in the BIOS setup. If you do not have an error message mentioning PAE, NX or SSE2 continue directly to Download Links and Prepaing a Windows 10 Bootable USB.

As I mentioned above I do not recommend installing Windows 10 on any device which has a single core processor such as a Pentium 4 such old processors usually do not have these technologies and are hence not Windows 10 capable. For early Windows Vista systems with a dual core processor or later the hardware (with the latest BIOS revision) should support these security technologies but they will need to be enabled in the Legacy BIOS setup.

Power down your computer. Wait 10 seconds and power it up. Press [F2] at the Dell BIOS Screen. Other OEMs may use a different function key or [Esc].

1. Dell BIOS

This will take you to the BIOS setup. Your BIOS setup may look slightly different to mine but the procedure should be similar. Read the instructions at the bottom of the BIOS setup for instructions.

I will press the [↓] key until I get to Security:


Then I will press [Enter] to expand the Security category:

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Now I am going to look for processor or CPU related Security fields. In my case I have the field CPU No-eXecute Support so I will highlight that field and press [Enter].


Then I will make sure that CPU No-eXecute support is enabled:


Then I will press [Esc] to Exit the BIOS setup:


Then opt to Exit the BIOS setup.


These may also be mapped to different keys, some BIOS will have [Esc] as the key to exit the BIOS setup discarding changes and the [F10] as the button to exit the BIOS setup but saving changes. As I said read the instructions on your screen to confirm.

If you have had to enable these security technologies boot into Windows XP or Windows Vista and rerun the upgrade advisor. Make sure it doesn’t have the same error message about PAE, NX or SSE2.

Download Links and Preparing a Windows 10 Bootable USB

You will need 2×8 GB USB flash drives for this step.

On the first one you will need to prepare a Windows 10130 Bootable USB and on the second one you will need to prepare a Windows 10 TH2 (Build 10586/version 1511) Bootable USB.

10130 Insider Preview .iso

As the Insider Preview has expired Microsoft have removed it from their server. It may be found in the following unofficial download location:


The file sizes for the 10130 Insider Preview .iso are as follows:

10130 sizes

It doesn’t matter that is English US only as its only going to be used as an intermediate stepping stone.

10586 TH2 .iso

As the Windows 10 TH2 Media Creation Tool doesn’t run on Windows Vista or Windows XP. One will have to use the Techbench direct download links. These can be accessed here:


Once on this page scroll down:


Select Windows 10 as the Edition. Do not select Windows 10N or Windows 10 Home Single Language:




Now select your Language:


English International = English UK

English = English US


Now you will be given temporary Download links:


Scroll up to get to them and select 64 Bit (or 32 Bit) depending on the architecture your after:


Wait for the .iso to Download:


The English Windows 10 TH2 Build 10586 UK .isos that I downloaded are the following size:

TH2 Techbench UK

The English Windows 10 TH2 Build 10586 US .isos that I downloaded are the following size:

TH2 Techbench US


One will also need to Download Rufus to make the Bootable USBs:

Rufus does not need to be installed and can be run directly by double clicking on the application.


If on Vista or later accept the User Account Control Prompt:


Don’t bother checking for updates as you likely already have the latest version:


Load the .iso:


For the 1st USB select the 10130 .iso. When you repeat the procedure for the 2nd USB select the TH2 (Build 10586/version 1511) .iso.


Ensure your USB is shown here:


Since its assumed you’re using a computer shipped with Late Windows XP, Windows Vista or Early Windows 7 you won’t have a UEFI BIOS. Ensure you are using the MBR partition scheme for (Legacy) BIOS.


Ensure the MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS or UEFI_CSM is selected and the File System is NTFS.


Select Ok:


Wait for Rufus to make the Bootable USB. When it says Ready close Rufus.


Repeat this procedure with your second USB flash Drive and the TH2 (Build 10586/version 1511) .iso.

Changing the Time in your BIOS Setup

Power down your computer. Wait 10 seconds and power it up. Press [F2] at the Dell BIOS Screen. Other OEMs may use a different function key or [Esc].

1. Dell BIOS

This will take you to the BIOS setup. Your BIOS setup may look slightly different to mine but the procedure should be similar. Read the instructions at the bottom of the BIOS setup for instructions.

I will press the [↓] key until I get to Data/Time:


Then I will press [Enter] to enter the field:


I will then press [→] until I get to the month.


I will press the [↓] key until I get to September. I will press the [→] key until I get to the year and press the [↓] key until I get to 2015.


Then I will press [Enter] to finish modifying the date:


The time in my BIOS setup is now September 2015.


I will now press [Esc] to exit the setup.


Before exiting I will insert my Windows 10130 Insider Bootable USB into one of the free USB ports. I will make sure all other USB ports are empty with the exception of mouse and keyboard. If you have an Ethernet cable plugged into your system also ensure that you remove it.

Then I will press [→] to get to Exit and then press [Enter].


Note for some BIOS setups you will get the option to Exit Discarding Changes or Exit saving changes.

These may also be mapped to different keys, some BIOS will have [Esc] as the key to exit the BIOS setup discarding changes and the [F10] as the button to exit the BIOS setup but saving changes. As I said read the instructions on your screen to confirm.

When you exit the Dell BIOS setup you will see the Dell BIOS screen again. Ensure you hit F12 to get to the Boot Menu:


Press the [↓] until you highlight the USB Storage Device and then press [Enter].


Press any key when prompted such as “h" when it says Press any Key to boot from CD/DVD.


Clean Install Build 10130



Select your language and keyboard settings (if using the .iso from the unofficial location, you will need to select English (United States) as the Language as this .iso is locked to that language. The time and currency format and keyboard or input method can be set to your desired preference however. I have selected English (United Kingdom). When you have selected your preferences select next:


Select Install now:



Accept the license agreement:


As always select custom (advanced):


This is the screen you can load SATA drivers on as normal however this installation media should is up to date and should accommodate the hardware of all Windows Vista systems.

I advise selecting drive options and deleting everything on the drive so it only Disc 0 Unallocated Space (assuming you only have one drive installed) as shown below. Then select Drive 0 and select next:


Windows 10130 will then install:



The computer will restart.

You will be given the setup options. Windows 10130 will try and instruct you to connect wireless to the internet (if you have a wireless card).


If you connect to the internet, Windows 10130 will automatically sync its time/date settings with the Windows server and inform you that the build has expired. You will no longer be able to activate this build if this happens (and have to change the date in the BIOS setup and clean install 10130 offline again).


You will be given setup options select express settings, theres no point in customising these settings as this is just an intermediate install which you will use directly to get to Windows 10 TH2 (Build 10586/Version 1511):



In the next screen input your username and select Next. I wouldn’t even bother inputting a password at this stage:


The rest of the setup will be automated:

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You will now be on the 10130 Desktop to the bottom right, click the clock:


Click change date and time settings:


Select time and language:


Turn set time automatically off:


To input the generic product key, right click the start button and select Command Prompt (Admin):


Accept the User Account Control prompt:


Type in

slmgr /ipk 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF

Then press [Enter]


The dialogue box will come up telling you the product key is installed successfully. Press ok:


Now connect to your wireless network or connect your Ethernet cable.



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Wait 5 minutes….

Type in

slmgr /ato

Press [Enter]:


You will be informed that Windows is activated:


If you get the following error message you have not connected to the Internet or have been too fast. Wait another minute and retype

slmgr /ato:


If you get this error message however you have been online and Windows 10130 know you have went past the expiry date so you need to retry all the steps from the start of this guide.

10130 expired5

Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro TH2

Insert the Windows 10 TH2 (Build 10596/Version 1511) Bootable USB. Open the USB from within Windows Explorer:


Double click the setup:


Select yes at the User Account Control prompt:


The Windows setup will load and prepare:



On the following screen ensure you select Not at this Moment and uncheck “I want to help make installation of Windows Better”. Checking for Updates on the expired 10130 build may stall the installation. Then select next:


If you are changing language select ok here:


Windows 10586 will then restart and begin the upgrade during which it will restart another three times:

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You will automatically login:


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The time will have automatically adjusted to current time and you will be on the Windows 10 Pro TH2 (Build 10586/Version 1511) Desktop.


Wait 10 minutes and then right click the start button and select System:


You should see that Windows is Activated and the Edition is Windows 10 Pro:


If you have checked too early it may state to connect to the internet to activate. Leave it another 5-10 minutes. Restart your computer and recheck if its activated. In all my test cases it was.


Now your system is a Windows 10 Pro Device. It won’t have a product key but you can clean install Windows 10 Pro by skipping product key and it’ll automatically reactive your Device when online…

Should you feel sceptical because you used an unofficial download location for the 10130 .iso. Use DiskPart → Clean All to wipe your systems hardware. See Cleaning up a Drive – Format vs Secure Wipe.

For more details about clean installation and the definition of the Windows 10 Pro Device and the product activation mechanism see Download Windows 10 OEM and Retail TH2 .iso. During installation skip product key and select Windows 10 TH2 Pro. Windows 10 TH2 Pro will automatically reactivate on your system as it is a Windows 10 TH2 Pro Device. Feel free to use a Microsoft Account.

Microsoft’s Gabe Aul gave contradictory information on the legitimacy of this free upgrade path he stated in an Official Blog that Windows Insiders who took this upgrade path could either continue as a Windows Insider or the build would expire… In my testing neither of the mainstream builds TH1 or TH2 expired if one didn’t remain as a Windows Insider. Therefore unlike he states it does in actual fact work as an Unofficial Free Upgrade for Windows XP or Windows Vista… If you wish to remain a Windows Insider see Windows Insider RS1 Beta.

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  1. Hi Phil Mike in Tokyo again apologies for the radio silence I have been rather busy my friend. Well here we are on December 20th 2015 and this Win 10 upgrade path is still working like a charm. Christmas came early for me in 2015 because of this route Phil to a fully activated Win 10 Pro licence on Vista era hardware. Why well if you have 5 minutes read on. As a Broadcast hardware Engineer it pains me to see perfectly usable hardware languishing in the 2nd hand stores here. Hard Off in Japan is doing very well since the Japanese are now living rather more frugally than they used to given the economy. Hard Off I hear you say? Yes in the prefecture just north of Tokyo where many folk actually live a thrift store called Hard Off has grown rapidly over the last ten years or so. Check it out below! The best store near me is in Higashi Omiya its an Audiophiles/Computer buffs paradise. There are even better ones coming up elsewhere in Japan from this chain for example this one in Niigata Shichikuyama focused on Audio only http://www.sod-design.co.jp/?p=3165 Well it had to happen Japanese love their hardware and the demographics here indicate that many older folk will not be around much longer, Japan being a silver society! So where will all their treasure go? Well Hard Off has an answer for that. So to cut a long story short I have upgraded seven machines since we last communicated and kept two of them. Right now I am typing on a 2,500 Dollar Dell XPS One which I picked up for an unbelievable 55 US dollars as it had the classic all the fans running at 100% issue a quick Bios upgrade later and its perfect. Having previously upgraded and sold my Acer Netbook to make some cash. I upgraded my DV5 HP and sold that. I upgraded my Dell N5150 and sold that. I pooled the cash and bought two more machines and stripped expensive chips and audio boards one machine had a tenth anniversary Onkyo Wavio board hidden in there going for $360 dollars on ebay sold some, kept some, and then upgraded those shells and sold them on with fast PATA drives that are cheap as chips here. Western Digital Caviar Blacks 7200rpm pieces Win 10 runs really well on them by the way! As an aside while searching for a Pata drive in one store that would pass muster I found and i5-2400 CPU floating around in a plastic bag for 10 dollars that I sold the next day in Akihabara for 77 dollars pays to know your CPUs it seems . Both shells were fitted with E7500 2.93GHz processors also cheap as chips ha ha out here so entirely usable computers in the end for someone. The net result of this blaze of activity is I now have a rather cool and I mean cool running XPS One with an E8400 an really solid socket 775 lower TDP CPU, a 1TB 7200 Sata HDD and 4GB of DDR2 800 memory on two 2GB sticks upgraded from the stock lame E4500 and 2GB 533 and the other machine I kept is as follows Asus PK5-E Motherboard with a Q8400 blazing Quad Core CPU,4GB DDR2 800 RAM, 750GB 7200 HDD, Media Reader, DVD Drive, Seasonic 550W PSU and that Antec case. I was able to do all the upgrades I had ever researched back in the the Dual Core era day that I never had the coin to actually do, being a father of three boys here. Quite simply Awesome Phil! I am in a holding position now playing with this kit for a while however the itch to continue prevails. I feel like I have been on a history tour of the Intel CPU as I looked for the best value parts to actually do all this. I guess now the next step is to find some socket 1366 boards that are finding their way on to the market here now and do it all over again in the first gen i7 era which I never got to at all. in January! well I will if this upgrade route survives that auspicious date, well in planners minds that is, of January 1st 2016. So Phil I intend to try to upgrade a HDD on Jan 2nd 3rd 4th or so and will let you know whether Big M has turned off this spigot or not then! Meanwhile I have some toys to play with now over Christmas Phil. Thanks indeed my friend for documenting this upgrade route so well for us all. So if all the hardware Engineers like me who are are getting on in life and have time to spare did this what indeed would the impact be ? I mean what value creation have we achieved here. I think the throw away society that we currently live in will never stop, its the remit of progress and business to have us all hungry for more. However if just one of those now working machines I have put out there lands in the hands of a bright kid somewhere here who would not have been able to afford one, well who knows what he/she might do with that opportunity. That is good enough for me Phil. Cheers Mike in Tokyo

  2. first question is very simplified computer terms could someone please explain what a is meant by logging in as you do this with only a local account. what is a local account. there is no explanation of this and I think it might best to understand rather then use your microsoft account login to invite trouble.

    Also what about the legalities of doing this. Microsoft has sued people for unathorized copies of their software. They aren’t dumb. Their technically huge. Is this legal. Can they go after someone for doing this? I reallly wonder before doing.

    1. Microsoft are huge and they need to first get their act together on consistency before coming after people. One moment their representative Gabe Aul told Windows Insiders get a free upgrade and then a couple of weeks later he changed his mind.

      He said Windows Insiders would get upgraded to Windows 10 Pro RTM for free. This unofficial upgrade path is an extension of that upgrade… As far as I can tell there is no way for Microsoft to identify one of these devices from an original Windows Insider 10130 device.

      Local account = normal Windows login like Windows 7 and earlier. Microsoft Account = Microsoft Email login. Microsoft Gabe Aul said Insiders you needed to use a Microsoft Account for this free upgrade path. Turns out that you don’t. The unofficial extension of this upgrade path that I document here won’t work without a Microsoft Account.

      I documented my testing of the Insider previews and it works as a free upgrade path for Windows Vista. Getting Vista users to upgrade to 10 is actually doing Microsoft a favour as they are wanting to drop all support for Vista as soon as possible. It increases their userbase for Windows 10, Edge and Bing. It also increases custom in their store.

      If Microsoft wanted to shut down this unofficial upgrade path they could simply block the activation of Insider Build 10130.

      1. Hi there and once again thanks for the great guide. My question is regarding using a Microsoft login, what is the reasoning behind avoiding doing this?

  3. Hallo Phillipyip
    I had the Windows 10 pro.After that I used the Th2 on a rufus stick and made a clean install with succes on a Packard Bell Minos GP2W laptop. Thanks again for your help and also thanks that for your tutorial from the link I send to you.
    Is it possible that you create a stick with Yumi for upgrading to windows 10 pro. Can you test it on your virtual machine?

  4. Thanks again for the great guide. Is it fine to login to a Microsoft Account after the final activation?

    1. The reason for avoiding the use of the Microsoft Account during installation of 10130 is that we are circumventing its expiry date by 1. Changing the BIOS date. 2. Installing 10130 Offline (hence Local Account) and 3. Disabling the auto-adjust date/time setting before connection to the internet.

      After the final installation of TH2 or if you decide to clean reinstall Windows 10 TH2 Pro (by skipping product key and selecting Pro) feel free to use a Microsoft Account.

      1. All the Insider Builds are watermarked and have an expiry date… All the Windows 10 Pro Devices (via 10130) on 10525 that upgraded to 10586 (TH2) lost the watermark. Devices that are upgraded to build 11082 are once again watermarked. The watermark will likely go when Redstone RS1 is out.

        That article took the license agreement wording and watermark together out of context. They articles seemed to push some paranoia to Windows Insiders. None of the systems that became Windows 10 Pro Devices via 10130 were stopped by Microsoft.

  5. I messed up the 10 install. First my dos was set to Sept 1, 2015 and the login prompts I got were to just create a regular login for windows. The other log in of creating accounts never showed up like the guide. The software skipped that part. Also. I made a bad choice in not doing the 2nd install. When ten came up as validated per the guides directions, I shut down win 10, reset the bios date and the product opened to being expired. I erased the drive and did a linux system for now.

    Was thinking about trying it again with both installations followed through on. But if I do and then follow the last step of turning on auto time, do I just restart the product and readjust bios date. Will all work then. Any suggestions appreciated.

    1. You need to follow the procedure exactly as outlined. If 10130 runs past its expiry date it will never reactivate (unless reinstalled).

  6. I have upgraded two computers to windows 10 using this method. One of them to 32-bit win-10, the other to 64-bit windows 10. When I upgraded the 64-bit system, I found that my copy of the Microsoft provided 64-bit OS was corrupted. I couldn’t remember where I had gotten it and so I went to the microsoft site and just pressed the button provided for upgrading you windows 7, 8, 8.1/2 OS to windows 10. It then download all of the files and did the upgrade automatically. When it finally rebooted, it was the factory release and fully authorized edition. It even changed the time from Sept. 1, 2015 to current time. However, I did not encounter any problems taking the official microsoft upgrade path!!! I had started with a clean install of 10130. Since I had no other Microsoft software, I just made note of what I had to re-download and re-install vis. software and saved off all of my data files to another drive. It was an A-OK experience. If you don’t have a copy of the factory valid release install files, give it a try and let us know your experience! Thanks for the tips, tricks and a great experience!

  7. Thx for the guide.

    I completed 10130 install and validation ok.

    I can’t seem to follow the second part upgrade to 10586 as instructed? I’m not sure whether to select the option to download important updates (I have tried both ways selecting this option and also not selecting the option). Both ways I get an error after installation begins “modern set up host has stopped working”.

    I’m not on Dell laptop, just a normal PC coming from xp, but I believe pc meets Min windows 10 requirements.

    For TH2 download I am using Windows media creation tool which identifies the version in properties on the details tab as 10.0.10586.0. I choose the version windows 10, not windows 10N. Is this correct?

    When I select to run the setup.exe of 10586 from within the 10130 install it dosent follow your guide. After the option to download updates it then goes to accept license page then after accepting it goes to screen “installing windows 10” without the screen showing upgrading as the guide shows?

    I would greatly appreciate any assistance, I feel so close.