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


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    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?
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  2. hTconeM9user's Avatar
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    Hi have you got the link for upgrade to windows 10 pro please also cant find it in store
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    hTconeM9user said:
    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
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  4. hTconeM9user's Avatar
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    thank you found it looks good give me something to think about
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    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.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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    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.
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    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.
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  8. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.928
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    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
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