1909 clean install - list pro licence

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  1. Posts : 423
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       #11

    Cheers. Yes apologies your post did show me how to install pro - I was too busy ranting. I’d still like to install it from scratch though - seeing as I have a licence for it even though it seems to be invisible.

    So quite simply, you need to install it to activate it. I thought it was already “there” as part of the install and just needed unlocking with the key to activate it. Seeing as it didn’t tell me which version was being installed.

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    Still - for anyone who didn’t come on here they would probably have given up and upgraded again.
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  2. Posts : 4,666
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       #12

    Create a PID.txt :
    Code:
    [PID]
    Value=VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    Plonk in the installation media folder.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...cfg-and-pidtxt
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  3. Posts : 423
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    Thread Starter
       #13

    So if I now look up the key that it’s activated with, will I be able to get the details of the pro licence key?
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  4. Posts : 2,559
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       #14

    SIW2 said:
    Create a PID.txt :
    Code:
    [PID]
    Value=VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    Plonk in the installation media folder.

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...cfg-and-pidtxt
    I used to use this with Win 8.1 & 10 but was informed this wasn’t suitable for Windows 10 even though it works.
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  5. Posts : 2,559
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       #15

    Hazel123 said:
    Cheers. Yes apologies your post did show me how to install pro - I was too busy ranting. I’d still like to install it from scratch though - seeing as I have a licence for it even though it seems to be invisible.

    So quite simply, you need to install it to activate it. I thought it was already “there” as part of the install and just needed unlocking with the key to activate it. Seeing as it didn’t tell me which version was being installed.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Still - for anyone who didn’t come on here they would probably have given up and upgraded again.
    I agree it’s a strange process which should be simple to achieve but it’s true that the Home key in the BIOS takes precedence & will install that version.
    The PID or ei.cfg file will override this.
    I have to do this when clean installing Win 10 Pro.

    The standard setup if you have a digital entitlement is to install Windows but skip entering a key, this will then automatically activate Windows once connected to the internet.
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  6. Posts : 32,028
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #16

    Hazel123 said:
    ...I am not happy! Firstly I can no longer choose to install pro on clean install - which I have to keep doing every time there’s a featured update....
    You have three choices:

    Upgrade rather than clean install. I don't clean install with each new feature update, I upgrade. My Pro machine with a Home key in its bios upgrades to Pro as it should.

    You can add the ei.cfg to your install media to give you the choice of version to install, regardless of any key in the bios.

    You can let Setup install Home then upgrade to Pro with the generic key.
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  7. Posts : 423
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    Thread Starter
       #17

    Thank you. Yes I see. There was no option came up for skipping saying I didn’t have a key. As you say it just defaulted to the OEM home. On this occasion I did just upgrade and lost WiFi. Tried uninstalling last couple of updates which fixed it temporarily but not completely. So decided to do a clean install. WiFi is working but cuts out occasionally.
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