Client brought me a Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series she got for free from Time-Warner Cable. It has Windows 8.1 on it. My intent was to upgrade to Windows 10 and clone to an SSD using Acronis software.
Earlier I downloaded Windows 10 onto a flash drive and used that to do a clean install on another computer, a Dell Vostro 220 desktop. But I wasn’t able to activate Windows 10.
My experience with the Dell Inspiron laptop was worse. I wanted to do a clean install of Windows 10 but kept on running into trouble. The Windows 10 installer wouldn’t recognize the ssd. It kept on asking for drivers. So I put back the 8.1 drive and tried to upgrade.
When I tried to do the upgrade on the Windows 8.1 drive (not ssd) the upgrade failed. So then I tried applying the newest Win 8.1 updates and they failed. Now I’m trying to update again.
By the way, this site says that you can’t do a clean install of Windows 10 from 7 or 8, but have to upgrade first, activate 10, then you can do a clean install:
Have I fallen into the usual Microsoft morass?