Unable to force Windows 10 Upgrade?

How to solve the issues of wuauclt.exe/updatenow appearing to do nothing

I have been trying to force Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 using the the following steps:

  •  Delete all files in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.
  • Run the command prompt as administrator. (Right click the Command Prompt icon and select ‘Run as Administrator’)
  • Type in ‘wuauclt.exe/updatenow’ without the quotes.
  • Hit Enter

Nothing happened.  I was puzzled as I had already run these steps successfully on a PC running Windows 8.1 and it worked flawlessly.  No matter what I did or how up to date my updates were wuauclt didn’t seem to do anything.  However after some hunting around I found the solution:

Open the registry editor (regedit.exe) and locate the registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]

It should exist, but if not, create it.

Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = “AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 0x00000001 – you actually just need to enter 00000001, 0x is added by the editor.

Now, run through the steps above once more and Windows 10 should begin to download. I hope that saves you from the frustration that I suffered.  Full details on how to force Windows 10 upgrade and this solution can be found here.

The Windows Experience Index

The Windows Experience Index for your system could not be computed – a fix for Windows 7 N Editions.

Having just installed Windows 7 Ultimate N on my two year old Dell Inspiron 9400 I thought I would rate the system and get Aero running via Control Panel->Performance Information and Tools. I was surprised when this ‘informative’ error message popped up.  Don’t bother clicking on the help link it just launches the generic help and does not give any indication as to what might be causing the problem.

The windows experience index.

I checked my drivers, one concern being my graphics driver, as there did not appear to be a Windows 7 driver for my ATI Mobility Radeon X1400.  Searching the forums I found various suggestions which I tried  to no avail.  Then somewhere I noticed that when running the check windows plays various media files and it suddenly clicked.  Windows 7  N editions do not come with Media Player, go here for an explanation.  So I hunted down the free Media Feature Pack, installed, re-ran the windows experience tool and hey presto, job done.