Windows 10: Home to Pro Key not working

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  1.    21 May 2018 #1

    Home to Pro Key not working


    Hello!
    I have an Alienware and it comes with a Home license, now I bought a Pro key but Windows refuses to install as says there's a problem with the hardware, should I ask Dell support?
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       21 May 2018 #2

    Yes. Is the computer still under warranty?
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       21 May 2018 #3

    Magno said: View Post
    Hello!
    I have an Alienware and it comes with a Home license, now I bought a Pro key but Windows refuses to install as says there's a problem with the hardware, should I ask Dell support?
    What a pity and greedy thing, a gaming and expensive laptop with a Home version!
    You can fix this by your self, do this job now and you will save time and money later.
    You can download a legit ISO installation file of Windows Home/Pro, load it in a USB pen drive and you need to add a file which will during installation allow you to choose the Pro version, add the right product key and you done.

    How to select the Pro version: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-se...ing-windows-10

    If you try to download the iso image from Microsoft, they will not show you the Pro version because they see you have a Home version so you can use this Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool: https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/techno...-download-tool

    And the manufacturer's local service can't help you unless you pay because this upgrade doesn't fit in the warranty since the laptop works just fine.
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  4.    22 May 2018 #4

    I upgraded without a hitch by selecting Settings / Activation / Change Product Key. Have you tried this method?
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    Windows 10 64bit Professional
       22 May 2018 #5

    Steve C said: View Post
    I upgraded without a hitch by selecting Settings / Activation / Change Product Key. Have you tried this method?
    So is the installation of Home or Pro 100% same just change the key?
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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       22 May 2018 #6

    The MCT/Media Creation Tool process that can be used to get the install USB or .iso has a choice to get them for another PC, doesn't rely upon what is installed, gives more choices. I get the largest download that contains both x86 and x64 versions.
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  7.    22 May 2018 #7

    looked said: View Post
    So is the installation of Home or Pro 100% same just change the key?
    Pretty much. When you install Home, PRO coding is mostly installed but you need to enter a PRO key to unlock the extra features.
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  8.    22 May 2018 #8

    cereberus said: View Post
    Pretty much. When you install Home, PRO coding is mostly installed but you need to enter a PRO key to unlock the extra features.
    That's what I did and the upgrade was quite quick.
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  9.    22 May 2018 #9

    Question is why does it not go both ways (not much additional coding required).. i.e. locking Pro features with a Home key? That would be cool.. not that anyone will ever use it but cool is cool .. Click image for larger version. 

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  10.    23 May 2018 #10

    Superfly said: View Post
    Question is why does it not go both ways (not much additional coding required).. i.e. locking Pro features with a Home key? That would be cool.. not that anyone will ever use it but cool is cool .. Click image for larger version. 

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    I haven't tested it lately but at one time you could go to from Pro to Education with a product key change, and back to Pro with another change key. I think you can go Pro > Enterprise and Enterprise > Pro with a product key change to. I don't think you have ever been able to go back to Home though, and have no idea why its like that? At one time there were quit a few "bought a Pro key on E-Bay but PC won't activate" And no easy way to just go back to Home.
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