I believe I understand some part of how to fix my upgrade problem.
This will be my first time doing this procedure and thought i should pass it by the community first.
I have cloned 500gig hard drive to 1 TB hard drive thinking that it would just populate the space using Inateck Hardware.
I was wrong and even though there is a new 1TB hard drive in the laptop it still will only use 500gigs.
The 1TB hard drive is being used as the main drive with new content as I did not have time to figure out things until now.
I have looked at partitions and wish to have only 2 because I believe their is 5 or 6.
I looked at this as possibly one of my problems.
The procedure I would like to take now is a clean install as I have not done this to the laptop and think that Windows 10 would recover the missing space on the new hard drive.
I was thinking what I would need to do is write down Windows product key.
I believe you can find this by going to
Control Panel, System.
Product ID: 12345678910…etc.
Windows is activated it says.
After I do that I roll back Windows to 8.1 or even later version as I am not sure how far back it goes.
I believe the OEM drive was windows 10 but not the latest version.
Or I am completely wrong as I have not put that drive in this laptop…
Hmmm maybe should do that and find out.
Does Windows know by hardware if a hard drive was the original product that came with the computer, or does a person like me just need to have a product key.
I thought of taking the content of the new drive and putting it on the old 500gig drive, than wiping the 1TB hard drive.
When the hard drive is erased than adding a fresh install of Windows 10 some how, than adding back the content that I put on the older 500 gig drive.
I feel that people here could clarify the steps I have to take to complete my goal.
I have not made a recovery USB just yet.
Or bootable USB.
I am not sure if this should be done now or after, but believe it wont make a difference.
I know these things should of been done a long time ago.
I also have no backups of this laptop but the 2 hard drives that I have mentioned.