Upgrade Pro to Enterprise LTSC


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Pro (22H2)
       #1

    Upgrade Pro to Enterprise LTSC


    Hello everyone,

    I am going to Upgrade my Windows 10 Pro (22H2) to Enterprise LTSC 2021.
    Background:
    My Tablet doesn't support Windows 11 and I want to stretch the support. The support of Enterprise 2021 LTSC ends Jan. the 12th 2027.

    Now I'm looking for the best path to upgrade.

    This tutorial gives a lot of informations: Upgrade Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise

    But I#m not sure, if I can upgrade this special edition easy by changing the product key only.

    I've got a valid and legal Key and the installation files.
    May it be a good way to start the setup.exe from the running OS?

    Thank you very much for every helpful answer!

    Best regards from Germany
    Markus
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  2. Posts : 6,284
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #2

    For what I know:
    - I don't think you can upgrade Windows 10 Pro (22H2) to Enterprise LTSC 2021.
    - First of all, Enterprise editions are not for sale for retail customers. If you install it will be considered a pirate copy.
    - Second, Enterprise editions has to be activated by a corporation server. As you not connected to one, it will never activate.

    @NavyLCDR will probably knows more about Enterprise editions license.
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  3. Posts : 18,428
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    You can upgrade to Enterprise, but not LTSC. LTSC requires a clean install. Upgrade to Enterprise only requires a change of Product Key.
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  4. Posts : 2,182
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #4

    NavyLCDR said:
    You can upgrade to Enterprise, but not LTSC. LTSC requires a clean install. Upgrade to Enterprise only requires a change of Product Key.
    There are legitimate reasons for an individual such as a computer professional to install Windows 10 Enterprise. I assume they can use a MAK product key to activate it since an individual would not have access to a server. Is that what is done in this case?
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  5. Posts : 18,428
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    MisterEd said:
    There are legitimate reasons for an individual such as a computer professional to install Windows 10 Enterprise. I assume they can use a MAK product key to activate it since an individual would not have access to a server. Is that what is done in this case?
    Yes.
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  6. Posts : 15,037
    Windows 10 IoT
       #6

    What NavyLCDR said. I was a Microsoft MVP and got a complimentary MSDN subscription. I can and have activated Windows 10 Enterprise with a MAK key and got a Digital Licence.
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 14 May 2023 at 03:52.
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  7. Posts : 2,182
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #7

    alphanumeric said:
    What NavyLCDR said. I was a Microsoft MVP and got a complimentary MSDN subscription. I can and have activated Enterprise with a MAK key and got a Digital Licence.
    I maintain a laptop for a non-profit. I was able to by a volume license copy of Windows 8 Professional. On the Microsoft Volume License Service Center it was actually shown as Windows 8 Enterprise. There I was given downloads for both Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise and MAK and KMS keys for both. I used the MAK key to activate Windows 8 Professional. I later downloaded Windows 8.1 Professional and its MAK key and upgraded Windows 8 to it. What surprised me was that I was able to do the free upgrade to Windows 10 Professional and received a digital license. This is just like everyone else has done with the normal retail versions of Windows 7 and 8.1.
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  8. Posts : 1,937
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #8

    do realize that Win10 enterprise ltsc 2021 is based on version 21H2 (build 19044.x)

    so going from Win10 pro 22H2 to LTSC 2021 (21H2) is sort of a minor "downgrade"
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  9. Posts : 236
    Windows 10 Home
       #9

    Can someone install or upgrade to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC from Pro and use it normally for free?
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  10. Posts : 18,428
    Windows 11 Pro
       #10

    FunkMaster said:
    Can someone install or upgrade to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC from Pro and use it normally for free?
    No.
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