1.    12 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows

    Manually select install version?


    Hello! I created an install USB from a Windows 7 Pro installation on my desktop and I want to install Windows 10 Pro on my laptop (I have a valid Windows 7 Pro key). The only thing is: My laptop came pre-installed with Windows 8.1 Home . That means the key is in the BIOS and the setup won't let me choose the version I want to install.

    Is there any way to make it so that the installer installs Windows 10 Pro and ignores the key in the BIOS?

    Thanks!
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  2.    12 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,552
    Windows 10 Pro

    Open Notepad. Make a document with the following in it:

    [PID]
    Value=VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    Save the file as pid.txt in the /Sources folder of your Windows 10 install USB flash drive. That will cause the installer to install Windows 10 Pro.

    Alternatively, just let it install Home. Got to Settings, Updates & Security, Activity tab from the left column. Change product key. Enter the product key above to upgrade to Pro. Then after the upgrade, change product key again and enter the Windows 7 Pro product key to activate it, if necessary.
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  3.    12 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Apr 2016
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    Windows
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Open Notepad. Make a document with the following in it:

    [PID]
    Value=VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    Save the file as pid.txt in the /Sources folder of your Windows 10 install USB flash drive. That will cause the installer to install Windows 10 Pro.

    Alternatively, just let it install Home. Got to Settings, Updates & Security, Activity tab from the left column. Change product key. Enter the product key above to upgrade to Pro. Then after the upgrade, change product key again and enter the Windows 7 Pro product key to activate it, if necessary.
    Thank you! That worked!!
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  4.    12 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,552
    Windows 10 Pro

    Thanks! A few of us are in the same situation. We hope Microsoft gives users a choice in future versions, but doubt it.
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  5.    13 Apr 2016 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,618
    Windows 10 IoT

    I have to do the same thing. I'm hoping after July 29th, when the free upgrade offer expires, the new Anniversary edition release won't do that. Fingers crossed, but not holding my breath.
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