Keep Personal Files Only Grayed Out

Aug 19, 2015

I was trying to upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 and "Keep personal files only" grayed out. I dont want to do a clean install.

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I am trying to boot my laptop that will not boot windows 7 due to some kind of corruption.

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When I select the option to install windows 10 but to "keep all personal files and settings" it brings up a message:

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The computer started using the Windows installation media. Remove the installation media and restart your computer so that windows starts normally. Then, Insert the installation media and restart the upgrade.

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