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#270065 21-Apr-2020 18:34
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With Covid 19 lock down a friend pulled a couple of HP Compaq CQ43 laptops (circa 2011) out of the cupboard and asked if I could get them going….

 

Hadn’t been used for years… "maybe had a virus"… no power adapters 😑

 

The big surprise to me was that after a factory restore to Win7 and checking for valid activation, I was then able to upgrade to Win10 which also showed valid activation.

 

So it appears that Microsoft is still supporting upgrades to Win10.

 

I had to use Windows Media Creation Tool in place on the laptops as I couldn’t get a USB memory stick upgrade to boot properly.

 

 

 

Other work I had to do:

 

Find a 7.4x5.0mm power adapter plug to feed the laptops with 19V. Now waiting for some 3 wire plug cables to make adapters for using existing 2 wire 19V power supplies I have lying around.

 

Blow a large cloud of dust out of the fan and grills.

 

Give the keyboard (seem to have metallic contacts) a big blast of compressed air to remove dust and stop unwanted key inputs.

 

Replaced one HDD by cloning. Windows error scan said the HDD was ok but the laptop diags failed the HDD.

 

Updated the BIOS.

 

Made backup images of both laptops using Macrium Reflect.

 

The end result was fully functional and stable laptops…. but a bit slow.

 

Not an economic couple of days but doable!!

 

 





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  #2467285 21-Apr-2020 18:48
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Replace with SSD drives and as much RAM as they can handle and they'll probably continue to tick along ;)

 

 





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  #2467305 21-Apr-2020 19:17
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xpd:

 

Replace with SSD drives and as much RAM as they can handle and they'll probably continue to tick along ;)

 

 

Those options would be pretty good but the task was to get the laptops going without too much expense.

 

Only 2GB of Ram in these laptops would have made them really slow.... I think this is the minimum required for Win10.

 

Cloning the failed drive with a drive of the same size made the job pretty easy. I had an old drive available.

 

 





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  #2469135 24-Apr-2020 11:51
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Gordy7:

 

The big surprise to me was that after a factory restore to Win7 and checking for valid activation, I was then able to upgrade to Win10 which also showed valid activation.

 

So it appears that Microsoft is still supporting upgrades to Win10.

 

 

 

 

The crazy thing is MS have made it clear that we arnt supposed to be doing this.
MS have stated the Free upgrade period ended some years back AND that activation doesnt give a valid license (their words not mine).
Implying that all those 10 upgrades the last few years are unlicensed

 

yet MS still allow us to activate Win10  using Win7 keys
:-)

 

 




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  #2469140 24-Apr-2020 12:01
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1101:

 

The crazy thing is MS have made it clear that we arnt supposed to be doing this.
MS have stated the Free upgrade period ended some years back AND that activation doesnt give a valid license (their words not mine).
Implying that all those 10 upgrades the last few years are unlicensed

 

yet MS still allow us to activate Win10  using Win7 keys  :-)

 

 

It was a long shot to do the Win7 - Win10 upgrade and get Activation... The Cert of Authentication labels were badly damaged.

 

 





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