Update Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro with USB stick

I’m trying since last night to install the update from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro on my gaming machine. The experience wasn’t smooth as I expected, since I’m using an english Windows installation, while Microsoft’s media creation tool always seem to use the german setup of Windows 10.

You cannot upgrade without data loss (your apps are removed), if you install a different language of Windows. The installation of language packs isn’t helping here either, so you’ll need to install exactly the language version, you’ve once installed.

Windows 10 No Upgrade possible because of different langauge

Unfortunately I only know that my Windows version was english (en). English Windows can be either US (en-us) or Great Britain (en-en). So after a few tweets with @verdreaux I’ve selected en-en and tried to create an USB stick with the Windows 10 update.

https://twitter.com/verdreaux/status/627038983231508481

Your USB stick needs to be formatted in FAT32 format. I’ve started with NTFS but that created an unbootable stick:

https://twitter.com/verdreaux/status/627075414880600064

Ideally you’ll use a tool like Rufus, which will create your USB stick from an ISO file, so that you don’t have to use the Microsoft tool again. If something fails during the creation, it’ll download the 3GB setup files again and again. So its definitely recommended to download the iso in the correct language, architecture and version and then try to write that ISO to a bootable media.

Here’s my used rufus setting. I’ve used MBR but GPT would probably be the better/modern choice:

Rufus Windows 10After the stick creation I’ve rebooted from the stick. I could now select upgrade. However, the setup suggested to start the upgrade from windows without booting from the installation media.

So I’ve rebooted and tried the setup again from the USB stick. The setup is finally in english and I hope its working this time. Right now the installation is checking for updates and this takes ages. I’ll update this post once I have new results ready.

Update 15:28:

The update is running. It seems to keep my installed apps and data:

Ready to install and keep apps and dataUpdate 19:35:

It’s finally running! All apps & settings are still there and working. Glad that this finally worked out. BTW: Although I installed en-en Windows 10 started with en-us langauge settings.

 

Update Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 – my experience

As I’ve written in my last blog post, I’m one of the guys who likes to test the newest and latest software versions. In this case, Windows 10. So I’ve updated my gaming system with the tool from Microsoft I’ve mentioned.

The setup tool of Windows 10 warned me about two things:

  • All your apps will be removed and only your personal data is kept.
  • Your language pack will be removed (english) and will be reset to german.

The first one was really misleading: All apps? What defines an app? Isn’t that only the one from the market place? Apparently not, because I’ve lost all my installed applications as promised. The update wasn’t able to reuse the installed applications, which is really sad for an update imho.

The language pack is reset to german: well, that’s somehow ok, although I’ve installed an english Windows 8.1 pro and only enabled the german keyboard layout and date/timezones. I would have assumed that it continues to use english as the system language, but it seems that you need to install one of the language packs again.

This left me only with one possible choice: restore Windows 8.1. Open start, type „update“ and open the update settings. Select „restore“ from the left menu and select „return to Windows 8.1“.

This option exists only for 31 days after your update and will ask you for the reasons why you want to restore your system. A few restarts later and your system is thankfully restored to its previous state: All apps are working, your Windows 10 reservation is still active.

So if you ask me: It’s too early to update to Windows 10. At least with this media creation tool which seems to support only the creation of new installations of Windows 10.

Mac“Fön“book Pro nach 10.5.6

Gehts euch da genauso? Seit dem 10.5.6 Update pustet mein Macbook Pro die ganze Zeit mit dem Lüfter. Gerade mal 2 min nach dem Login geht das ganze los und hört nicht mehr auf. Und was so richtig nervig dabei ist, ist das es sich nicht kontrollieren oder ändern lässt.

Keine Prozesse beanspruchen das System so stark, als das der Lüfter angehen müsste. Die CPU und die Grafikkarte frieren sich zu tode und mich treiben die beiden Systemlüfter in den Wahnsinn (2*6000RPM…).

iStat Widget 18.12.2008

Neuinstallieren will ich nicht… als nächstes probiere ich mal einen PRAM Reset (beim Booten CMD+ALT+P+R gedrückt halten, den Gong abwarten und dann startet der Rechner neu)

Update: Ich habe zwar kein zweites mal den Gong beim Booten gehört, aber ich habe die Tastenkombination trotzdem mal gedrückt. Jetzt bin ich seit etwa 4 min wieder im Mac OS und der Lüfter ist Gott sei Dank noch nicht wieder angesprungen:
iStat Widget 18.12.2008 nach PRAM Reset

Merkwürdig ist das ganze schon irgendwie, hoffentlich ist das was einmaliges gewesen.