1.    10 Jul 2016 #1
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    Used wrong product key for Win 10 install, got 10 Home instead of Pro


    So, stupid user here.

    My old computer started with Win 7 Home Premium (retail); a few years down the road, I bought a Win 8 Pro retail upgrade.

    Last week I built a new computer, intending on transferring the license from my old computer to the new one. But stupidly when it came to entering the product key, I entered the Win 7 Home Premium key. I merrily spent the next 6 days installing programs, customizing them & Windows, to get things exactly how I want them. Only to realize last night that I had ended up installing Win 10 Home, not Win 10 Pro (because the Win 7 key did not qualify for Pro).

    I tried changing the key to the Win 8 Pro key this morning, but Windows says that key cannot be used for this version of Windows. I'm not positive that I care about anything in Win 10 Pro (maybe Bitlocker, less likely Hyper-V), but as I'm "entitled" to it, I thought it might be a good idea to have it installed, just in case.

    But I'm not willing to spend another week doing a re-install of all those programs again. Is there any other method of upgrading to Pro (other than purchasing the upgrade, which I can do in the future if I do have a need for something in Pro)?
    Please be kind; I feel stupid enough already.

    Ken
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  2.    10 Jul 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    kenOp.
    Only thing I can suggest is download Win 10 pro ISO....a repair option perhaps, where you could perhaps give the Pro product key....good luck.
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  3.    10 Jul 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I would suggest following the procedure that Microsoft has for upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ng-home-to-pro

    Read the last link on the page: "Upgrade using a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro product key"
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  4.    10 Jul 2016 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    I would suggest following the procedure that Microsoft has for upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ng-home-to-pro

    Read the last link on the page: "Upgrade using a Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro product key"
    You beat me too it, was just about to suggest entering the 10 Pro generic key. And then after it upgrades entering the 8.1 Pro key to activate it.
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  5.    10 Jul 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You beat me too it, was just about to suggest entering the 10 Pro generic key. And then after it upgrades entering the 8.1 Pro key to activate it.
    Even simpler now - just click on "go to store" link in the activation menu, and click on "I have a 10 pro product key" and enter 8.1 key.
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  6.    10 Jul 2016 #6
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    Man, this is a fantastic group of people! I haven't been around since sevenforums.com; I'm afraid I've missed a lot.

    It was extremely time consuming, took nearly 5 minutes, but I'm now running an activated installation of Win 10 Pro.

    Thank you guys, so very much.
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  7.    10 Jul 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    Even simpler now - just click on "go to store" link in the activation menu, and click on "I have a 10 pro product key" and enter 8.1 key.
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  8.    10 Jul 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOp View Post
    Man, this is a fantastic group of people! I haven't been around since sevenforums.com; I'm afraid I've missed a lot.

    It was extremely time consuming, took nearly 5 minutes, but I'm now running an activated installation of Win 10 Pro.

    Thank you guys, so very much.
    And another,
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