Windows 10 Pro cannot install on New Hard Drive due to License Issue


  1. Posts : 8
    Will be Win10 Pro
       #1

    Windows 10 Pro cannot install on New Hard Drive due to License Issue


    Hi

    This is my first post after being with Seven Forums for more years I care to remember!!

    Have you come across this before? Windows 10 Pro cannot install on New Hard Drive due to License Issue.

    That's how what I read it came across.

    Could you comment (and hopefully confirm the positive) that if I remove my existing hard drive with
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (that came pre installed on ASUS N73SV Notebook - year 2011)

    And FIT A NEW HARD DRIVE for installing Windows 10 Pro – that it will work without problems?

    I intend to buy a Product Key/Digital Licence when I have all my ducks in a row, because I’ve read that the Product Keys are time limited – so I would need everything ready to go before I install Win 10 Pro.

    I know I can change over ‘for free’ with my existing Windows 7 – but I want the Pro version of TEN.

    I didn’t think this would be a problem, but I’ve read that this can be an issue.

    Around a month ago I found on Microsofts own site a Free download of Windows 10 PRO

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    But unless I’ve ended up elsewhere tonight – it is now only offering just Windows 10 (not Pro).

    I’ve read so much on this that I’m starting to confuse myself!

    Just one more point. I have already downloaded windows Media Creation Tool
    that hopefully this would create an.ISO for a USB Stick.

    But reading between the lines, if I use that MS tool it might steer me in the wrong installation I want.

    Am I wrong?

    If so is there any other way – like just download: Win10_Pro_file.iso

    Appreciate any help or advice you can offer.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Stephen

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  2. Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #2

    Zappastixs said:
    And FIT A NEW HARD DRIVE for installing Windows 10 Pro – that it will work without problems?
    I don't see why it wouldn't. My understanding is that during a clean install, Windows 10 will see this system (with it's new disk) as a new empty PC, and simply perform the installation.

    Lets wait for others to comment.

    In the meantime, have you seen?
    Clean Install Windows 10

    It's the type of purchased key that determines whteher you are installing W10 Home or W10 Pro....please see Step #7 here:
    Download Windows 10 ISO File
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  3. Posts : 18,436
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    The Windows 10 download from here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    contains many different editions of Windows 10, including both Home and Pro. When you do a clean install with it on a computer with no product key available (either stored in the computer's firmware or entered by the user), then you will be presented with a screen asking you which version you want to install. That is where you would select Pro.
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  4. Posts : 31,921
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    Zappastixs said:
    I know I can change over ‘for free’ with my existing Windows 7 – but I want the Pro version of TEN.
    ... Around a month ago I found on Microsofts own site a Free download of Windows 10 PRO
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10
    But unless I’ve ended up elsewhere tonight – it is now only offering just Windows 10 (not Pro).

    Welcome to Ten Forums Zappastixs.

    'Just Windows 10' is fine. The ISO or USB for Windows 10 that you will download from Microsoft will contain both Home and Pro editions (and Single Language, and Education). On a machine like yours built for Windows 7 a clean install will ask for a key, and the key you give it will determine which edition it installs. Give it a Pro key and it installs Pro. Alternatively, you can skip entering a key, in which case it will ask you to choose which edition to install, but that way it won't activate until you get your new key.

    It's a little different on a machine built and supplied with Windows 8 or later pre-installed. They have their key embedded in the BIOS (instead of a CoA sticker). Setup will read this key, install the edition it apples to and activate it.


    Rather than waiting until you have saved up for a Pro key, why not copy your W7 Home to that new disk (Macrium Reflect Free can do that) then upgrade it to W10 and get an activated W10 Home for free? Once your PC has a digital licence for W10 Home , if you like, you can clean install W10 Home and skip entering a key. It will activate from the existing digital licence.

    Then when funds permit you can upgrade your W10 Home to W10 Pro, just by changing the installed key.

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro


    PS: I have machines with both Home and Pro, there's really little to choose between them...
    Last edited by Bree; 02 Feb 2020 at 22:28.
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  5. Posts : 14,088
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #5

    To add: I've done a few Notebooks and 3 Desktops in changing from Home to Pro using Pro keys for Win7 and Win8/8.1 leftover/unused from a program Microsoft used to have that allowed up top 10 installations of each one, no problem as the necessary software was included in the initial install. They activated just fine.

    I've never known a fully installed and activated version of Windows to have an expiration, however the Insider Preview [formerly Technical Preview] versions do show an expiration date in winver [Windows key + R, type winver], both of mine are showing 7/31/2020.
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  6. Posts : 7,811
    Windows 10 Home
       #6

    That's a pretty graphic Berton.
    Now I know how to access the information.
    Thanks
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  7. Posts : 14,088
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #7

    Glad to help.
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  8. Posts : 1,345
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #8

    Use Windows PowerShell (Admin) or Command Prompt (Run as Administrator) to run slmgr -xpr when your product key is activated. Part of the result for either Win10 Home or Pro will report This machine is permanently activated.
    --- I don’t have a Win7 or 8.1 but I’ve been told they will also report the same.
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