Windows 10: What happens when you clean install, having previously upgraded to Pro

  1.    13 Sep 2015 #1

    What happens when you clean install, having previously upgraded to Pro

    I upgraded from Win 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home through the usual method, but I wanted to clean install, so I used Microsofts tool for creating install media and made a windows home usb stick and clean installed from that. Activation worked automatically as expected and I've been using w10 ever since quite happily, though I really do think I'd prefer to have pro on the computer.

    I see right now I can only upgrade to pro through the store app (as a side question will there ever be a retail pro pack available like there was for Windows 8? Only it tends to be cheaper than buying directly from Microsoft). If I upgrade to pro, what happens exactly if I ever need to reinstall the OS?

    Do I just use the existing 10 home usb media I made and then download the pro pack again from the store (presumably it'd be free since I'd already bought it), or can I just create a new usb media with the pro version of 10 instead and install it that way?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Posts : 2,630
    Windows 10x64 Home Version 1803 (Build 17134) .81
       13 Sep 2015 #2

    Hi have you got the link for upgrade to windows 10 pro please also cant find it in store
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    13 Sep 2015 #3

    hTconeM9user said: View Post
    Hi have you got the link for upgrade to windows 10 pro please also cant find it in store
    Not a link unfortunately, it's hidden away somewhere when you're just browsing it. You have to access it from Settings.

    Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

    Start>Settings>Update & security>Activation

    Then click on the "Go to Store" button on the right. It should take you straight to it.
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Sep 2015 at 06:22. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Posts : 2,630
    Windows 10x64 Home Version 1803 (Build 17134) .81
       13 Sep 2015 #4

    thank you found it looks good give me something to think about
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    13 Sep 2015 #5

    This is a full OEM Windows 10 Pro for the same price:
    Windows 10 Pro - 1 license - Email Delivered - 1PC - WiseCompTech

    If you got the upgrade from the Windows Store, I would imagine you could use showkey (from this forum) to get the product key for it. I would think you could just do a clean install of Windows 10 Pro (after your upgrade activates of course) and it would activate without a key on that computer. You can call Microsoft and try to get an answer from them.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6. Posts : 5,704
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       13 Sep 2015 #6

    Why clean install when he already has a working Home edition?

    Be nice to know how long it take to do the Pro upgrade via the store as opposed to a normal upgrade or clean install.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7. Posts : 573
    ,7,8.1 10TP 10upgrade,MINT
       14 Sep 2015 #7

    Iv'e looked at Wikipedia for W10 and the pro version may have advantages for business users but not much for the rest of us.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  • Posts : 5,704
    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.192
       14 Sep 2015 #8

    Download a PDF of a comparison table Microsoft provides here: Compare Windows 10 Editions - PDF

    The link is on this page at the top: Compare Windows 10 Editions
      My ComputersSystem Spec


    Related Threads
    Like the title says, i noticed something with my fps when playing games on windows 10 I'm on a laptop dell xps 17 l702x graphics card: GT 555m 3GB i7 2760qm 2,40ghz tb 3,50ghz So i had windows 7 ultimate and i upgraded to windows 10 at...
    I have 2 hdd's and 1 ssd (120gb ocz trion 100). Windows 10 is installed on one hdd, and one ssd. When booting from hdd, all drives are present in windows disk management. When booting from ssd, both hdd's are missing in windows disk management, the...
    Hi All, I successfully upgraded from Win 8.1 to Win 10 (both Pro 64-bit) in PC's old HDD. Now I want do a clean install on a brand new SSD. I have a few questions before I buy the SSD. 1. First off, is it possible to do a clean install of Win...
    This is a brand new laptop. Only thing loaded on it was the Windows 8.1 OS. The "Get Windows 10" app said that I qualified for a free upgrade to Windows 10. After reading an article on how to do a clean install of Windows 10, I did the following:...
    Hi I have Windows 10 now, Reservation and Upgrading ran smoothly, I want to clean install now formatting HDD, Will it ask me for a product key, or will the fresh Windows 10 be activated even after formatting with no key, have anyone tried...
    Our Sites
    Site Links
    About Us
    Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

    Designer Media Ltd
    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:54.
    Find Us