great! that works for me!
which Product key would I use on a clean install of windows 10 ?
According to Microsoft there is no Windows 10 product key given for upgrades, and you should just skip the product key page for a clean install.
- If you upgraded to Windows 10 on this PC by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer and successfully activated Windows 10 on this PC in the past, you won't have a Windows 10 product key, and you can skip the product key page by selecting the Skip button. Your PC will activate online automatically so long as the same edition of Windows 10 was successfully activated on this PC by using the free Windows 10 upgrade offer.
I was able to reserve a copy of Win 10 in a vmware fusion windows 7 ultimate VM but because of the drive issue I used the windows 10 english iso 64 bit download from Microsoft to upgrade. I assume this is also covered in the free upgrade so if i wanted to start a clean VM i would be able to activate in that matter mentioned above since it will be another fusion VM. Correct ?
I answered my own question, that didn't work on a clean install, however, I used my Microsoft account instead of one of the windows 7 accounts and the metro app problem went away, and things are working now. So got rid of the old unused accounts now. Will add new user4s later if needed, which should use window 10's defaults for the user accounts.
The other thing is, I upgraded from windows 7 instead of 8/8.1 so i'm not sure if there is a real difference there.
Lastly, If I haven't already confirm that I was able to change the VM OS from windows 7 to windows 10 in the VM general settings without breaking activation. What I will say is, it seems to require vmware tools to be removed and reinstalled though. as video stops working and the res is stuck low.
The other question is, has anyone had drag and drop stop working ? it doesn't seem to work in windows 10 even with tools reinstalled. Everything i need seems to work though.
ok, so i gave parallels a shot last night with my vm. coherence (unity in vmware) works just fine in parallels. vmware has always seemed to be ahead of parallels. this sucks.
I have no issues. Did not worry about the reservation process. I created a USB install and used that on my 8.1 vm running Fusion 7.1.2. After the update you need to make sure you change the Virtual Machine settings to be Windows 10 and change the display settings to give the recommended 1024MB shared memory. Restart and then reinstall VMware tools. I have all supported resolutions of my MBP now available in Win 10.
Hope this helps.
are you able to use unity though?
I just tested Unity with my windows 10 VM, what seems to happen is in unity mode it think windows explorer should be showing . it shows the desktop in an an explorer window. The task bar icons still show up, I didn't try the applications menu because like i said I don't use Unity hardly ever because i want the full OS experience like it would be on a physical computer. With that said, I think unity is working correctly, but because3 how windows 10 manages the desktop, it confuses unity into thinking applications should be shown that really shouldn't because it's different then traditional windows. Windows 8/8.1 were different because the live tiles and desktop weren't combined into one interface e.g. it didn't have a separate desktop vs tablet mode it was the same on all devices. So it looks like fusion simply needs to be updated to take that into account.
yeah, i have to use unity because my applescripts won't recognize windows applications unless it's running in unity.
I have a Physical windows based computer in addition to the mac, it's a 2008 HP computer, I've considered installing windows 7 on it activating it reserving a copy of windows 10 and putting it together as a physical computer. But there are two things i'm not sure of.
1. When i purchased the windows 7 key i installed it in the VMWare VM that i just upgraded yesterday, so not sure it would activate on the other computer at this point.
2. The computer has a dual core Pentium 2.2 ghz 64 bit cpu with 4 GB ram and an intel GMA 3100 GPU. Not sure if it would run windows 10, it came with vista out of the box, but because i got it used i've always put linux on it. It did run windows 7 nicely though when i slapped a copy to run the bios flasher. I own a windows 7 ultimate license you think it would install an activate on that computer even though i already used it in a VM? Not really wanting to take my server apart to try it, but i was curious .
it will install, but you're not going to be able to activate it on the pc because the hardware is different than what the VM has (which i assume is already activated). you can always go through the 2 hour phone call with micro$oft to get it reactivated, but that's up to you.
it's not really worth it, what I need windows for, I can do in a VM, and really linux has been good to me as a server, i turn it on and leave it alone and it's good.
Don't want to mess that up.
That's why i took the time years ago to download a corporate version of XP because i had a version of him i legally bought but it had to keep changing computers and i got tired of the activation.
Legally I was in circumstances that would have allowed me to use a corporate license but because i was only one person, i couldn't have bought one. So after XP was killed bought a discounted ultimate license for windows 7 around when window 10 TP was published. So now I have a free legal copy of the latest windows even though it's in a VM.
If VMWare SVGA 3D graphics driver is the only component stopping you from getting Windows 10, I would simply reconfigured the display properties of the VM and disable the 3D option if you're not using it.
I disabled the 3D option and forced my VM to upgrade to Windows 10 which it did and then I re-installed VMWare tools so that the resolution options were restored (see Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 on VM (Running VMWare Fusion 7.1.2) - Only 3 Available Screen Resolutions).
You can search the web on how to force your system to bypass the 'reserve a copy of windows 10' and upgrade to Windows 10
I also wanted to add a very useful note to those who would like to do a clean install of windows 10.
It is possible to do a clean install of Windows 10 after you upgrade and have it successfully activated.
Things to keep in mind. This Only works in the VM it was activated in,
What you need to do, is download the windows 10 iso installer from Microsoft
set your VM to boot from the CD/DVD drive iso file.
MAKE SURE that you have windows activated first from a successful upgrade in the same VM
run the installer as usual, when the installer asks for a key, say skip this
when windows is installed and ask for a key, say do this later.
Let the install finish and complete, and sign in If all goes well windows 10 will automatically activate. check the status in properties of this PC.
I did this and have a nice clean windows 10 VM clean install working great.
Doing this may prevent any future problems from cropping up from an upgrade I always start clean when possible.
Sorry if these instructions seemed a bit short and incomplete, I'm going with the assumption most people on this forum have a good understanding of computers since they're using a virtual machine.