In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

In this post we will see the steps for In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM. Most of the Organizations today are running Windows 7 OS on their computers. Looking at the stability and features of Windows 10, most of them are planning to do an upgrade of Windows 7 to Windows 10. The simplest path to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. This has never been such easy process but thanks to Microsoft who worked really hard and made it very easy to upgrade from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10. You can use a System Center Configuration Manager task sequence to completely automate the process. If you are using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1, it adds support to manage and deploy Windows 10. Although it does not include built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, you can build a custom task sequence to perform the necessary tasks. But if you are running the latest version of SCCM, you have got built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

Things to consider before you do an In-place upgrade to Windows 10

  1. It is always good if you have the latest version of Internet Explorer installed on your devices. IE11 is the only browser version supported in Windows 10. You can use this guide to deploy IE11 using SCCM.
  2. You will not be able to use a custom image of Windows 10 for the In-Place Upgrade.
  3. There are different ways to upgrade your existing windows version to Windows 10. SCCM or Configuration Manager is the best tool to perform an In-place upgrade to Windows 10. I would always recommend to use the latest version of SCCM available.
  4. For those looking planning to do in-place upgrades to migrate from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using System Center Configuration Manager task sequences, use the check for compatibility feature to check if the OS is qualified for the upgrade.

Setup Info

In my lab setup, I have got SCCM 1511 & SQL server 2014 SP1 installed on the same server. I have got the latest Windows 10 enterprise edition build downloaded. The OS that we will be upgrading to Windows 10 is Windows 7 SP1 Professional x64. Extract the windows 10 iso file to a folder and place it under your sources folder.  You just need to follow the below steps perform an In-place upgrade of Windows 7 to Windows 10. Download the Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation ISO file for your operating system from the TechNet Evaluation Center. You need to sign in to download Windows 10 Enterprise. If you have not registered before, you will be asked to do so.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Launch the ConfigMgr Console, click on Software Library, click on Overview and expand Operating Systems. Right click Operating System Upgrade Packages and click on Add Operating System Upgrade Package.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Provide the path where the Windows 10 source files are present. Click Next.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Provide some information about this upgrade package. Click Next.

Important – The next step is to distribute the content to the distribution point. Right click on the Windows 10 enterprise package and click Distribute content. Choose the DP’s and distribute the content. Once the content is available with DP, proceed to the next step.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Choose Upgrade an operating system from upgrade package. Click Next.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Create Task Sequence

Right click on Task Sequences and click Create Task Sequence. Provide the TS name and description. Click Next.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

To select the upgrade package, click on Browse and select the Windows 10 enterprise upgrade package. You should find some relevant info about the package under Properties. If you have product key with you, add it in the product key box. Click Next.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

At this moment I chose Do not install any software updates. Click Next.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Click Next on rest of the screens and at final step click on Close. With this our TS is ready.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

If you right click the TS and click on Edit, you can see the first step is Prepare for Upgrade. Under this you will see Check Readiness for Upgrade step. This will check if the OS is ready for Windows 10 upgrade. The checks are against the min Memory, min processor speed and min disk space. You could modify the options in case you want to.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Some more settings for Upgrade OS step in TS. If you have made any changes here click Apply and OK.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Before you deploy the TS, create a collection of computers for which you want to deploy the TS. To deploy it to a collection, click on Browse and choose the collection where you want to deploy the TS.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Deploy the TS with Purpose as Available. Click Next.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Choose Download content locally when needed by the running task sequence. Click Next and complete the remaining steps.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

On the client computer, launch the software center. Click on the Windows 10 In-Place upgrade TS.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Click on Install.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Click on Install Operating System.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

The upgrade operating system step is being executed.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

To take at look what’s running in the background, use the Configuration Manager Trace log tool to open the smsts.log file located under C:>Windows>CCM>Logs>SMSTSLog folder.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

The computer automatically restarts and the upgrade process begins.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Your PC will reboot multiple times. So just sit back and relax or grab a cup of coffee. The percentage indicator inside that circle is a nice feature.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

Almost 86% upgrade is complete. In my case the upgrade process took around 30 minutes to complete.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM Snap21

Your device has been successfully upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 by using the In-Place Upgrade method.

In-place upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise with SCCM

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Dude be PSing

Hi. We are doing IPU in our environment (pre-pilot/pilot stage) and I was wondering how easy or if its possible to have a condition where once a machine has been upgraded to Win 10 to automatically move them to an empty container. This is just for us to actually know how many are in Windows 10 from that bucket. Right now, we are relying on how many machines fall off from the WIN 10 IPU collection but it is difficult to track since we have about 18000 nodes. Any idea?

Marek

not 1807 but 1803 sorry.

Marek

Hi, Did you meet any issues with in-place upgrade from win7 to win10 1809 – with office 365? after upgrade office is crushing right after starting.
Previously after upgrade to 1807 everything works fine but not with 1809…

Mandi

I am successful at an inplace upgrade from win7 to 1803, However when I apply the windows 10 customization including start menu and task bar…they fail…but no real reason why. We are a global small company and have enterprise. Any thoughts?

aj

Hello Prajwal,
My upgrade works good. but inbuilt apps like xbox are back. I am using script to remove them. it runs the script but it wont uninstall. any ideas?
thanks

Jaga

Hi Prajwal,

For some PC models, in-palce OS upgrade were failed. smsts.log says

“Windows Setup failed with hexadecimal exit code 0xC19001E0 (decimal 3247440352). To identify the type of issue, lookup it against the table of known values of Windows Setup errors online.
Failing this task sequence step”
..
..
Failed to run the action: Upgrade Operating System.
Unspecified error (Error: 80004005; Source: Windows)
..
..
The execution of the group (Upgrade the Operating System) has failed and the execution has been aborted. An action failed.
Operation aborted (Error: 80004004; Source: Windows)”

What can be the issue? Please support.
Thanx.

Tom

Hello Prajwal,

Currently I’m working on in-place upgrade windows 10 (from windows 7 sp1). Everything went perfactly. The applications, data and configurations were fine, but the client lost the network. I think the client lost the network because it lost some specific drivers for Network adapter (Intel Prowinx64 – i217 LM).

What should I do to fix the issue like this?

I have SCCM CB 1702 and separate sql server 2012 sp3 cu10.

JEFF MAY-STAHL

I am using an inplace upgrade task sequence to go from 1511 to 1709. It worked great on about a hundred machines. Now it stalls after SMSTS says the command line was launched for setup. The only errors are in the setupact log such as 2018-03-19 15:27:41, Error CONX Windows::Compat::Appraiser::WicaDeviceInventory::GetInventory (352): Device inventory failed setup devices run, trying other runs: [0x80070102].[gle=0x80070102]

Could you help me out?!?

Oleg

Hi Prajwal,

My upgrade from 1703 to 1709 get stuck at Upgrade Operating System step at the command: Executing command line: “C:\_SMSTaskSequence\Packages\P01002EB\SETUP.EXE” /ImageIndex 3 /auto Upgrade /quiet /noreboot /postoobe “C:\WINDOWS\SMSTSPostUpgrade\SetupComplete.cmd” /postrollback “C:\WINDOWS\SMSTSPostUpgrade\SetupRollback.cmd” /DynamicUpdate Disable /pkey NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43

Can you please advise?

JEFF MAY-STAHL

Oleg, did you ever solve your issue? I am running into the same thing.

Arun joshi

Hi,

I’m facing below error during sharing the path of window 10.(already share the path and checked ).

the specified path does not contain a valid operating system or you do
not have permission to access it specify a valid path

cpromen

Hi Prajwal – You mention above that you will not be able to use a custom image of Windows 10 for the In-Place Upgrade. Does this mean we cannot apply updates to an Operating System Upgrade Package? I ask because when I followed the steps in the MS document to apply software updates to an operating system upgrade package (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/osd/get-started/manage-operating-system-upgrade-packages) I applied them to a Windows 10 1703 operating system upgrade package and my in place upgrade task sequence failed BUT when I pointed that same task sequence to an same 1703 OS upgrade package with no applied updates it… Read more »

Jason

Hi Prajwal,
When I deploy the package, it gives me an error message
“distribution manager failed to access the source directory”
and I do have permissions to the directory
Any solutions?

Thanks,
Jason

Jason

Hi Prajwal,
When I deploy the package to DP, it shows the error message
“distribution manager failed to access the source directory”
and I do have permission to access the directory
Do you know what is most likely causing the problem?

Thanks,
Jason

Jason

Hey Prajwal, I keep getting the error message when I distribute the package
” Distribution Manager failed to access the source directory”
and I checked the account do have full access to the directory
Any solutions for this?
Been struggling for days…. really appreciate for the help

Joe

How would you handle turning off bitlocker encryption during the upgrade task sequence?

Russell

Hi Prajwal Desai,thanks for this tutorial and all the others. Regarding this in-place upgrade. Are you sure this will work with Windows 10 evaluation? I’ve tried for several days now to do an in-place upgrade of w81 -> w10 and it fails everytime. Even when I do a standard w8.1 en-us installation from a evaluation iso, and then do a manual (without mdt/sccm) in-place upgrade with a w10 en-us evaluation iso. No custom settings, no software installations, same language, and it is not possible to save/restore user settings during setup. Then I ran into this article:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/windows-10-poc which clearly states: “Note:… Read more »

Siddharth

Hello Prajwal , We are on SCCM CB 1606 and doing inplace upgrade of windows 7 to Windows v1607 . i have use the steps that you have mentioned above but getting error task sequence failed with error code 0x80004005 Below is the log snippet : Clean up post directory ‘C:WINDOWSSMSTSPostUpgrade’ on reboot TSManager 3/17/2017 10:52:13 AM 9088 (0x2380) Cleaning up task sequence folder TSManager 3/17/2017 10:52:13 AM 9088 (0x2380) Unable to delete file C:_SMSTaskSequenceTSEnv.dat (0x80070005). Continuing. TSManager 3/17/2017 10:52:14 AM 9088 (0x2380) Failed to delete directory ‘C:_SMSTaskSequence’ TSManager 3/17/2017 10:52:14 AM 9088 (0x2380) SetNamedSecurityInfo() failed. TSManager 3/17/2017 10:52:14 AM… Read more »

Ashish Kumar

Hi prajwal..
I want perform lab for Windows 10 in place upgrade in my sccm lab but I don’t have licence version os, Hence please suggest me whether I can use evaluation version for same or not..

Regards,
Ashish

Tahir Mughal

Hi prajwal got error during upgrade win 7 entr to win 10 enter after complete install.wim 100% tast sequence wait a while and get error like that 0x80004005.

Lukn

Hey, have you solved this Problem? I have the same one

Tahir Mughal

hello i got error during upgrade win 7 to win 10

Santosh Khaple

i am not getting this option in SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU3….will this support this version or need 1602?

Marlon Fountain

I do not appear to have the option to ” Upgrade an Operating System from an upgrade package” option under Task Sequences. Does this require a custom Task sequence? Do you have instructions on this as well?

Mohammad Abu Sayeed

Hi Marlon,

I believe you already found the solution, but just in case if somebody else needs this. By default SCCM 2012 sp1 doesn’t have that option. You either upgrade your SCCM to the latest version or use import a task sequence. If you choose to use the later, then the task sequence can be found on the link below

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/upgrade-to-windows-10-with-system-center-configuraton-manager

And then follow the steps using the tutorial found here
https://joshheffner.com/deploy-windows-10-upgrades-using-configuration-manager-in-just-2-steps/

Hope that would help somebody.

Thanks

Mohammad

PS: PD, hope you don’t mind my reply here, fall into the same situation and thought might help others :-).

Raghu M.C

Any way to retain profile data?

Trung Nguyen

if we have 02 Partition 1 for Window 1 for client DATA , that process will be format all after upgrading ? if yes do we have any configure for SCCM just only format C: drive and keep all data on D: drive ?

Thanks for your support

Ahmed Abdelwahed

Dear,

i got the following error

“The specified path does not contain a valid operating system or you do not have permission to access it. Specify a valid path”

– Configuration

SCCM 2012 version 1602

WADK 10

server 2012 R2

rushaoz

Hey Ahmed did you ever figure out the solution to your error? I’m having the same error and I can’t figure out what’s wrong.

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