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I have an older Windows 7 Professional x86 install that I am trying to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional. Hardware is a mini-ITX with i3 4170, 4400 HD graphics, 4gb memory and 250gb SSD. The install was originally Windows 95 OSR2, possibly upgraded to Windows 98, then upgraded to Windows 2000, XP, Vista and finally 7.

The installation halts on the first boot, after the files have been copied, with the black screen, Windows logo and spinning circle.

I have been trying to upgrade this install for nearly three years. Is there some way to debug the upgrade process to find what's blocking FIRST BOOT?

  • Whew! A real museum piece. Windows 10 has removed some old drivers from the installation, so there may not be any supported drivers for your computer. If you are still determined, make sure Windows 7 is fully patched, then run the Windows 10 upgrade checker. – harrymc Oct 15 '18 at 19:34
  • The hardware is circa-2015, with a mini-ITX motherboard and i3 4170 Socket 1150. – R.J. Dunnill Oct 15 '18 at 19:37
  • Circa-2015 with Windows 95? No way. More like 1995. – harrymc Oct 15 '18 at 19:39
  • You could try booting into safe mode in the hope that this minimal set of drivers will allow you to run. Then you can play with the drivers or/and look into the c:\windows\ntbtlog.txt file... – reben Oct 15 '18 at 19:44
  • The hardware was upgraded over the years, along with the OS. It's currently a Socket 1150 mini-ITX with DDR3 memory. Is it possible to boot SAFE MODE during an upgrade? Meanwhile, I"ll have a look at ntbtlog.txt. (Thanks!) – R.J. Dunnill Oct 15 '18 at 19:52

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