WIN 10 install lockup

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  1. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    My main machine runs WIN 7 Professional 64 bit. A couple of years ago, a 'free' WIN 10 upgrade appeared in my updates and urged me to "upgrade" to WIN 10 for "free". It was unable to do that, however, and after 20 attempts, I quit.

    I continued along as usual, then noticed my antivirus and my system cleanup programs were no longer able to function due to a burning necessity to restart so WIN 10 could "finish installing". It couldn't do that, of course, which leaves me with an ever - increasing amount of crap/trash (file butts & fragments etc) and a concern that I may pick something up on the interwebs and not be able to remove it due to the (now infamous) WIN 10 install lockup. I am also unable to download any other updates as well, until I can get that nasty brick from out my updates application.

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    I Googled for a fix and have found several. None of those worked. Neglecting that Microsoft (one of the Great Evils) has deliberately infected my system with what acts like a virus and has screwed up my machine, do any of us here have a serious method to get rid of this lockup without destroying everything I have on this computer? This includes programs that were downloaded, so I can't just pop the disc back in and reinstall, so if I reinstall WIN 7 over this mess, I lose everything. I believe this is the same thing that will happen if I go ahead and buy WIN 10 and install that POS over everything.

    So does anyone have a plan that will actually work to remove this lockup without destroying my system?
     
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  3. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Boot from a Linux USB drive with NTFS filesystem tools preloaded.

    Mount the partition that has the abortion on it and use something like Google or StackOverflow to find the name of the hive file and instructions, (Registry parts: since Windows is broken, they add more steps.), then edit out the key that locks you up. Make a copy of the original hive file, of course, so you can back out of a disaster.

    I know I'm scant on details, but I haven't screwed with M$ crap in years.
     
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  5. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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  7. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    You're quite welcome. Please let me know what you do.
     
  8. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Will do.
     
  9. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Hell, I thought maybe you'd been doing it already...

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