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  • I have some domain joined PCs running Windows 7 SP1 and I absolutely must run the compatibility checker before performing the upgrade to Windows 10. WSUS is not on this domain, the PCs get their updates directly from MS and all are current. This is a very small office so there is no corporate team to check all the software running on the PCs.

    I've been at it for a while now and from what I've found it appears that there is no way to run the GWX icon, tasks, etc. because they are domain joined. I've tried several methods on one of them with no luck.

    Is there no way I can run a Windows 10 compatibility check on these PCs? Because if there isn't then Microsoft has overlooked one huge, gaping hole and I can't believe all small SMB domains out there are all upgrading to Windows 10 without doing some sort of compatibility checking first.

    If anyone can tell me how to run a test of all of the software installed for Windows 10 compatibility, I'd be very grateful.


    Jonathan

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:29 PM

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  • Your best option is to download the .ISO file and upgrade the computers manually/offline.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    See also:

    http://superuser.com/questions/923104/windows-10-offer-icon-gwx-how-to-get-it-on-ad-domain-joined-pcs


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 10:54 PM
  • Your best option is to download the .ISO file and upgrade the computers manually/offline.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    See also:

    http://superuser.com/questions/923104/windows-10-offer-icon-gwx-how-to-get-it-on-ad-domain-joined-pcs


    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    I did download using the Media Creation Tool and then mounted the .iso using Magic Disc but it did not give me a compatibility check. I got to the screen where it allows you to choose what you want the save and I was not going to go any farther because I think that's the last step before the actual installation starts.

    Also I had already tried the first link you provided and got the same result as when running the mounted .iso.

    The question then is this, which is directly related to my original question. If I remove them from the domain per the second link and so get the GWX icon in the tray to run, will it let me run a software compatibility check before installing Windows 10?


    Jonathan


    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 11:06 PM
  • I finally figured out that the Get Windows 10 will not run at all on a domain joined PC. So I have taken one and removed it from the domain. Instantly after rebooting and logging in I see the GWX icon in the tray. I check it out and it says the PC is fully compatible, that 0 apps are incompatible.

    I know for a fact this isn't true because there are two major apps running on the PC that according to the manufacturer's websites that the version of each program installed is not supported by them on Windows 10 but a newer version is. I also checked for user info and found people saying that they have problems on Windows 10 with the version these domain PCs are running.

    I remember a software compatibility checker that told you what was compatible, what would have to be reinstalled after the upgrade and what would not run on Windows 10. That is what we still need but I don't recall how I got it to run it. I wish I did. Maybe it was part of the Preview versions, I don't remember. But that sort of checking is what we need since the one that's supposedly in GWX now doesn't seem to be very accurate.


    Jonathan

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016 12:17 AM
  • Hi Jonathan,

    As we all know, domain joined machines should not get the pop up because the windows upgrade ( KB3035583 ) that triggers it is optional.

    So your practice is proper, in your last post, you mentioned a software can check the computer’s compatibility with new version system. From my search and experience, it may be Application Compatibility Toolkit.

    There is an official documentation introduces this tool, maybe can be useful to you.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc722367(v=ws.10).aspx

    Best regards,

    Teemo Tang


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    Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:30 AM
  • Thanks for that information! I don't recall running the ACT but I'll check it out and post what I find here.


    Jonathan

    Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:02 PM