Windows Insider Preview Program: Change "Home" to "Pro"?

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  1. Posts : 101
    W10e
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    Windows Insider Preview Program: Change "Home" to "Pro"?


    I posted to the Windows Insider Preview Feedback hub, but i just remembered that you guys are many times a lot better at providing useful information, so please forgive the similarity to double-posting-

    I have two issues. This post addresses the minor issue:

    I thought i had configured my laptop into the Insider Preview program as the "Pro" configuration, but it shows "Home". Can i easily upgrade this? I had lent the laptop to my daughter a year or two ago and never noticed the error until i just went to update everything.

    Thank-you!.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21390
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    Hello Bruce,

    If you have the Windows 10 Pro product key for the laptop, you could change the product key to it to quickly upgrade to Pro from Home.

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro
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  3. Posts : 101
    W10e
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank-you!

    If it works, i will "magic jellybean" the key from one of the other installations i have.

    I appreciate your help very much!
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21390
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  5. Posts : 101
    W10e
    Thread Starter
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    Unfortunately it won't take it - if i recall correctly, when they made these available, the key for any one edition was all the same; they did not issue separate keys. Thank-you, regardless of my stumbling, for your trying to help me!

    edit: As a matter of fact, this one:

    (Windows 10 Pro)
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1043
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    That's a generic Pro key, you can't activate with it.
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Ztruker said:
    That's a generic Pro key, you can't activate with it.
    But you can upgrade from Home to Pro with it if the computer has a digital license for Pro stored on Microsoft activation servers.
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  8. Posts : 101
    W10e
    Thread Starter
       #8

    OK folks, I have what we can call a generically weird story for you now, for those of you who might object to me claiming that the hand of God was involved-

    I have thousands, quite literally, of digital pictures stored on this computer. As a matter of fact, i even lost about two years' worth in 2011 due to my stupidity of not keeping a backup.

    My desktop wallpaper changes every half hour. This morning i got up, made my coffee and sat down at my main computer. On the center screen (center to where i sit, i run two screens) was a picture i took long ago of a reference screen display of multiple installation keys - by some dates on the picture, it appears to have been around October, 2015, and i have no idea why i kept it in family photographs as normally if i noticed such an arcane item, i would have deleted it. They were each designated for different build versions. Though i could not see the entire picture (i could have still looked it up if necessary), i started trying each of the ones i could see. The last of the five, designated for W10 Pro, worked!

    Thank-you, everyone, i depend on the your good nature and support.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    Great news.
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  10. Ztruker's Avatar
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    NavyLCDR said:
    But you can upgrade from Home to Pro with it if the computer has a digital license for Pro stored on Microsoft activation servers.
    Right, I forgot. I've seen you and several others tell people to do that successfully. Thanks
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