Windows 10 Upgrade Errors

Microsoft has finally released Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. I took part in the tech preview and was impressed by how the new operating system looked and felt. Even though I was running the beta for several months on a VM, I was excited that the final release is finally available for download for current Windows 7 and 8 users. That excitement however, quickly turned into frustration.

What I wanted to do was upgrade my machines running Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Then do a clean install. In order to do this, you would have to upgrade to Windows 10 and wait for the activated confirmation message. Once you see this, you should be able to do a clean install and it will automatically activate afterwards. The upgrade process already gave me issues.

Everything was going well during the upgrade but during the reboot I get the following error.

second boot error

Second Boot error

I’ve tried different things, even disabling the AVG 2015 antivirus (which I read some people having issues with). I also started uninstall software that I feel may have compatibility issues with Windows 10. Still no luck. Finally, I decided to uninstall AVG and it looks like that was the culprit.

I didn’t get a chance to take photos of the settings part when it asks after upgrading but it’s something I’d like to mention. There are many settings that you should pay attention to regarding privacy. Here’s some photos I took when I was upgrading my HP Stream 7 tablet.

express settings

Click on Customize Settings to view and change.

customized settings

Customize the default settings

After running Windows update and restarting Windows 10, I checked the Windows activation status and it said it was activated. I felt confident that the troubles are over and I now can do a clean install. The process went fine but now I have more issues, this time regarding activation. I now get the following error with activation.

Error code: 0xC004C003

blocked key

Blocked key

If you run the following command, it’ll bring up the screen to call Microsoft and display the installation ID, which should then give you an activation code.


Select your country and it will give you the phone number to call. You will have to provide your installation ID which should generate a confirmation ID that is similarly long.

I ended up speaking with something and they told me that the blocked key error is a bit misleading. He said that the activation server cannot handle all the requests so it’s blocking people out. It’s not necessarily mean you have a bad copy of Windows and it won’t allow you to activate. They recommend to continue to wait and it will activate. I also found this thread to be a little helpful in terms of what others are experiencing – [](

So I guess I’ll have to wait. Back to the AVG 2015 antivirus. Once I stabilized Windows 10, I installed it again and it ran fine. It should, since they said it was fully compatible. From what I heard, the reason why it could affect upgrades is AVG can sometimes lock files and prevent the upgrade process from upgrading them. So it’s best to uninstall it and reinstall once everything is finished.

Finally, I want to share an error I got with a Dell T3600 workstation I upgraded to Windows 10. This error occurs after I used the Reset This PC. I chose to delete all the files and applications. During the final reboot, I get this error. It will just keep restarting and never fix itself.

inaccessible boot device

Inaccessible boot device

Looks like I’ll have to do a clean install on this one as well.

I’ve talked to a few friends who upgraded to Windows 10 and not have any issues. For some reason, I attract these kinds of issues. I hope Microsoft can improve on the upgrade process. So far though, Windows 10 has been a treat. I guess anything is better than Windows 8 – it’s not too bad, but this has been a better user experience (except for the upgrade process).

My Windows 8 Adventure

Windows 8 is here and Microsoft is offering multiple editions (again). I never thought I would be one of those who would buy the wrong version on accident but this time around I ended up making the mistake. Maybe this is why Microsoft releases so many different versions. Why can’t they be like Apple when they release OSX, there’s just the regular version (that covers new installations and upgrades) and the Server version. Very easy to distinguish between the two.

So the plan is to remove my RAID0 SSD (2x Kingston 120GB SSD). I decided to get rid of the RAID0 after I found out that RAID0 trim support can only be found in 7-series motherboards. I decided to get one Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD drive. I was able to get it for only $120 a few months ago and it has been sitting around waiting for me to use it.

Below are some pics I took. You will notice two copies of Windows 8. The white box is the Windows 8 Full OEM version I got from Newegg. The other is the Windows 8 Pro from Best Buy.



I’ll take the blame for getting the wrong version from Newegg. I guess I just didn’t notice that the title didn’t have “Pro”. All I kept trying to look for is the full version and not upgrade. The best deal I found was the Best Buy one – for $70 – but the there is no clear way to tell whether or not it’s the full version or upgrade. The Newegg disc is what I used to install since it clearly says “Full”. I planned on returning the other copy at Best Buy. After installation and registering, I was trying to install the free Pro Pack but was unable to. After an hour of trying to figure it out, I checked the System Properties and did not see “Pro” in the Windows version. I double checked the box and it was the same thing.

I ended up re-installing with the Best Buy box and was able to install it as a full version. It’s weird the URL I posted above links to the product but it now says “upgrade” yet I was able to install it without any version of Windows on my hard drive. Anyways, it comes with both 32 and 64bit discs. Now I’m up and running and Metro is going to take some time to get use to.