Attempting Win7Pro to win10 upgrade Win10 insistists on HOME not PRO


  1. Posts : 3
    Win7
       #1

    Attempting Win7Pro to win10 upgrade Win10 insistists on HOME not PRO


    Have here DELL XPS 8900 running Win7 Pro for several years. When I bought the XPS8900 it had Win10 Home installed. For several reasons I bought a retail Win7 Pro and did a clean install on the system back then. Now I want to try Win 10 again, but win 10 PRO. I downloaded the Win10 and created the USB drive on a stick. Now when I attempt the upgrade, first it tells me I cannot keep 'My Personal Files and Apps' because I'm installing a different version. After a bout the 3rd try I told it to go ahead with the install with 'Keep personal files only" Then It tells me it is installing Win 10 HOME. I'm running Win7 PRO. It is activated and has been running for years. What do I need to do to get Win 10 Pro to install!
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  2. Posts : 36,412
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    I downloaded the Win10 and created the USB drive on a stick.
    I suspect the fact that you chose what to download and didn't choose the correct iso led to this:

    it tells me I cannot keep 'My Personal Files and Apps' because I'm installing a different version.
    See:
    Upgrade to Windows 10

    Section 4 tells you how to use the MS media creation tool which would have obtained the correct iso or created the correct bootable installation medium for your system.

    The licensing issue is best addressed by those more familiar with it. My guess would be the previous Win 10 digital entitlement is being used. You may need to deactivate that- if that's possible- to use the Win 7 Pro license.
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  3. Posts : 27,806
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #3

    Hi woodwalter. Welcome to the TenForums @woodwalter

    I'm assuming you are back to running Win 7 Pro on machine. Since you bought your machine with Windows 10 there is no doubt in my mind that the licensing key is being picked up from BIOS. Look the machine over, if no COA sticker that would confirm this. As far back as Windows 8 machines were being delivered with BIOS keys and no COA

    Not sure if this will work but worth a shot.

    Use the MCT tool to create an ISO. To that ISO add an ei.cfg file.

    The link on how to create and add to iso is in this post.

    Windows 10 Home upgrade to Pro Version

    Try running the setup from this modified ISO.


    Ken
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  4. Posts : 3
    Win7
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Thanks dalchina and Ken for your responses. Yes, I used the Media Creation Tool to creat my USB copy. Yes, I'm back to Win7 Pro. I canceled the Win10 install when it told me it was going to install HOME. Ken, I'm sure you are correct that it is reading the Win 10 licensing key from BIOS. Do I need to download Win 10 again to create the ISO to add the EI.cfg file or can I add it in the USB stick?

    Thanks. Walt
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  5. Posts : 920
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Hi, as far as I'm aware the USB or ISO created by Media Creation Tool contains all versions of Windows 10 (Home, Pro etc), all I did on a machine with Home key in the BIOS (or UEFI) was copy an ei.cfg file to the Sources folder on the USB containing the lines [Channel] and Retail, include square brackets and put each on separate lines, this gives you an option on install to choose the version to install. I know this works for a clean install, haven't tried as an upgrade install though.
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  6. Posts : 1,419
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 64 bit
       #6

    If you are now running Windows 10 Home you can use your Windows 7 Pro key to upgrade to Pro. Just go to Settings - Activation and at the bottom you can enter your Windows 7 Pro key and it will update to Pro. All the files are there and this will activate the Pro version.



    Attempting Win7Pro to win10 upgrade Win10 insistists on HOME not PRO-capture.jpg

    Jim
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  7. Posts : 17,644
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    Your issue is most probably caused by a so called System Locked Pre-installation (SLP) key. The SLP keys are product activation keys equipment manufacturers get with low cost from Microsoft. All SLP keys are edition specific, in your case Windows 7 Home edition.

    Every attempt to upgrade that machine simply bypasses the current Windows 7 Professional activation, checks BIOS / UEFI and finds the Windows 7 Home SLP key.

    To work around this, create following two files in your Windows installation media, its Sources folder:

    File PID.TXT (%InstallMedia%:\Sources\pid.txt):

    [PID]
    Value=VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T


    The product key in above sample code is a generic Windows 10 product key.

    File EI.CFG (%InstallMedia%:\Sources\ei.cfg):

    [EditionID]
    Professional
    [Channel]
    OEM
    [VL]
    0


    With these two files in Sources folder of your install media, you should be able to bypass the SLP Home edition key and upgrade your current Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Pro.

    Kari
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  8. Posts : 3
    Win7
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thanks all for your responses! I basicly did what Kari suggested, with a slightly different EI.CFG file:
    [EditionID]

    Professional

    [Channel]
    Retail

    I placed the Ei.cfg and the pid.txt files in the \Sources folder in my USB Win10 install media. Now I'm up and running Win10 PRO!!

    Thanks much guys for all of your help! Now all I need to do is to figure out how to make Win 10 work like I want it to!

    Thanks Again!

    Walt
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  9. Posts : 17,644
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    woodwalter said:
    Thanks all for your responses! I basicly did what Kari suggested, with a slightly different EI.CFG file.
    You are welcome. That is an easy workaround when a BIOS / UEFI embedded SLP key prevents you to to install or upgrade to a specific edition.

    Kari
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  10. Posts : 27,806
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #10

    Excellent.

    Keep this process close, if you have to clean install again it will likely read internal key again.
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