wiped My HD and tried to load W7 ultimate, but the built-in modem will
not load. I then loaded w10 and tried to use My W7 activation to
activate W10, and was refused. W10 works, but get the activation
reminder on the desktop.
Any thoughts on working this issue?
If you have a valid W7 software and license key, I the trick is to first
just put the W7 on. Then do all of the automatic security updates and
within a week or so, you will get a notice that says you can upgrade to W10.
When you get that W10 upgrade notice, do the W10 upgrade from there. Do not
go online and download a W10 software or upgrade directly since your W7
license key won't work for that. The built-in valid W7 license key will
only work for the W10 upgrade notice that you get from Microsoft after you
have had W7 installed for a while (a week or so).
With your W7 installed, the problem with the modem is probably a driver
problem. I found a free driver updater software online that checks for the
correct drivers, but the free version only lets you update up to two drivers
per day. I can't remember the name of the free program right now.
Or, if you know the modem make and model you can probably go to a support
website and download the correct driver.
If you post a reply back here in response to the above, I'll give you the
info for a very good newsgroup for computer questions like the ones you
have. It is a news.annexcafe.com newsgroup called
What do you mean by "modem"???
Most things referred to as internal modems would be a dialup modem from last
Your computer probably won't live live long enough to download windows
then the additional stuff it wants at the first update...or the second...or
You'll certainly be old and grey...
If it's an internal LAN interface and you have high-speed internet,
you need a driver.
Download (on another computer) and install that and you'll be good to go.
The option I use is to buy/beg/borrow/steal a USB or WIFI lan interface
that comes with a driver. Install that and connect to the web via that
interface. Get win10 running, then go in search for the driver for the
Mine was not easy to find, but it was out there.
I have a laptop with a WiMax interface in it. That might be called a modem.
WiMax was never available where I am, so I never got to use that
interface. Now they use LTE (I know both Verizon and Sprint have it here).
BTW, when I had POTS dial-up, the ISP had a rule about disconnecting a
user after 4 hours regardless of activity. I could never connect long
enough to download a DVD ISO. IIRC some ISPs allowed 12 hours, but
that's still a lot less than the more than 185 hours (more than a week)
3 days until the winter celebration (Friday December 25, 2015 12:00:00
AM for 1 day).
I was assuming that since you are able to post here, you have access to the
For the computer in question, does it only have a modem to access the
Internet, or does it also have a NIC card and/or WiFi capability?
I don't think you can activate any Windows program without Internet access
since I think that Microsoft has to be able to "see" your computer to do the
activation so it can recognize the motherboard and other components as part
of the activation.
Maybe you could use whatever computer you are using to access the Internet
to post here and try to find the right driver for your modem and then copy
it via USB thumb drive to the problem computer.
Or, take the problem computer to a place that can access the Internet via
NIC card or WiFi or whatever. Or, beg, borrow, or steal a NIC card from
another computer or another person and put it in the problem computer.
It's all moot now since I have a registered copy of W10 now, and
everything works, including the wireless wi-fi. I still have a HD with
W7U so it will go into the tower with the new mobo and processor ASAP.
Duh, you have to point where your driver files are(your USB stick) make
sure none are zipped or compressed form. Sounds like you are not really
upto it. Just download mediacreationtool(64 bit or 32 bit version)
depending your upgrade candidate. Run this utility, follow up step by
step. If you are unable to do this, you need babysitting help holding
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