A summary of my weekend with Windows 10
-I power on my monitors to discover that Windows 10 had shut down unexpectedly and had directed me to the Windows repair menu. No worry, I'll ignore it and keep going. Nope, redirected to that same menu
-I decide to run the system repair, that'll fix it right? No, it continually loops back to that same menu. Rendering my machine useless.
-Well, I have a Windows 10 boot drive, I'll just clean install. Go through installation, and activate Windows once I get online, because I have it verified through my Microsoft Account. That'll work, right? Wrong. Never received a product key for Windows 10 anyways. I'll try my Windows 7 product key, seeing as that verified my upgrade, it should work, right? Wrong again. Skip that part for later, because I have read(possibly incorrectly) that it should just verify through my Microsoft Account when I get online.
Get Windows 10 up and running and it tells me I need to activate, I'm connected to the internet and it isn't activating. Windows 10 tells me to enter a product key, I try the Windows 7 one again to no avail. I have no other product keys. I'm out of options here
-Reach out to Microsoft Support, explain that I have a valid copy of Windows 7 and upgraded to Windows 10. How can I validate and get back to Windows 10. I'm looking at my Microsoft Account, it lists that I have Windows 10 installed on my Desktop. They should just be able to verify it, right? Something, anything?
Microsoft Support tells me that I have to reinstall Windows 7, verify and activate Windows. Then proceed to upgrade to Windows 10. I ask if that is all I can do, Support says yes
Spend an hour or so today doing just that, I have Windows 10 set up and running again. But not after way too much work
This is not "future computing"
This is not simple fluid like using a computer in 2015 should be. What if I had lost my Windows 7 install disk or had not kept my Windows 7 License Key? What would they have done for me then. The idea that you should keep a license key for 7 years in the case that an OS fails on you with no way to just upgrade and verify through your Microsoft Account is beyond me. If everything is moving to the cloud, how on earth is it not possible to verify my license through the cloud? How is this intuitive and user friendly? If this had happened to my parents, they would have had 0 idea as to how to proceed, even with Microsoft Supports help.
Sigh.... I am baffled at this. I had praised my experiences with Windows 10 high and low on the internet, check my Twitter, it's all there. But this is absolutely ridiculous that there isn't an easier way to do this. I'm a PC builder, I reformat from time to time. What am I to do then? Go back to Windows 7, then up to 10 every time if Windows 10 doesn't verify? There needs to be a better way to do this