Cost of Upgrade from XP to Win10Pro

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  1. oao
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    Cost of Upgrade from XP to Win10Pro


    I am considering buying a new-used system that still has the original XP on it, probably not Pro.

    I want to install Win10Pro on it from ISO.

    AFAIK, there is no free upgrade from XP, so does anybody know how much a Pro license costs?

    The installation will prompt me for the key -- so do I need to get it first by calling MS, or do I install and then call for the key?

    Will the license work with any version of Win10 pro -- for example, if I install 1511 rather than the latest version?
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  2. Josey Wales's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro 19043.964
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    You will have to install a later version that 1511.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/d/windows-10-home/d76qx4bznwk4/1NT3

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...o-051717-en_US

    You may be able to get it cheaper at a place like Amazon.
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #3

    Biggest issue may be in finding drivers that will work on Win10. The Upgrade offered was from Win7 w/SP1 or Win8.1.
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  4. Posts : 1,521
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15
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    If you're buying a computer, I think the cost of a Win 10 Pro licence will far outweigh the cost of the computer itself. And a computer which came with XP is already 10 years old or more.
    I'd look for a newer computer to be honest.
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  5. oao
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    Thanks.

    Looks like these are student prices, for which I am not eligible.

    Is the only way to install Win10Pro on a XP computer to buy a box from MS? I can't install an ISO version?
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    You can install from a downloaded .iso file but the cost would be for a Product Key to enable installing.

    Also consider the cost of a copy of Win10 could be anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of a new computer. Many stores and online offers have Notebooks from $299 to $500 or more such as Wal*Mart, BestBuy, Staples, OfficeDepot/OfficeMac, etc., and will carry a full warranty which the used computer won't have.
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  7. oao
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    DavidY said:
    If you're buying a computer, I think the cost of a Win 10 Pro licence will far outweigh the cost of the computer itself. And a computer which came with XP is already 10 years old or more.
    I'd look for a newer computer to be honest.
    Yeah, I'm finding it out.

    It's not a very old computer -- it's a good balance between power and $. In general that model comes with Win10Pro, but it is a later version that 1511 and for various reasons I don't need and want it.

    What I want to do is install from ISO. But it looks like I can't do that even on a system that has Win10Pro activated on it -- there is no way to install older versions at all from ISO. Do I understand this correctly?

    What about a system that has 1511Pro installed and something happens that I need to reinstall it -- I can't reinstall it from ISO either? Must I use WU to fix it, which will upgrade me to latest?
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  8. oao
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    [QUOTE=Berton;1040538]You can install from a downloaded .iso file but the cost would be for a Product Key to enable installing.

    Also consider the cost of a copy of Win10 could be anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of a new computer. Many stores and online offers have Notebooks from $299 to $500 or more such as Wal*Mart, BestBuy, Staples, OfficeDepot/OfficeMac, etc., and will carry a full warranty which the used computer won't have.[/QUO

    There is a constraint: it must be the same model I already have (my old backup croaked). I am running 1511Pro on the one I have, and they usually don't come with 1511Pro. So the question is if I buy a key for Win10Pro can I install then whatever Pro version I want, or is the key associated with the latest Pro version?
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  9. oao
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    Windows 10
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    Berton said:
    Biggest issue may be in finding drivers that will work on Win10. The Upgrade offered was from Win7 w/SP1 or Win8.1.
    Nope -- see my other post. I already have the drivers. I just want the ability to install an older version of 10Pro.
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  10. badrobot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro x64
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    oao said:
    Nope -- see my other post. I already have the drivers. I just want the ability to install an older version of 10Pro.
    Why older version again? I don't understand.
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