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    Downgrade Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro

    Downgrade Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro

    How to Downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro

    Published by BrinkCategory: Installation & Upgrade
    27 May 2016 Last Updated: 19 Hours Ago at 17:49

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    How to Downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro

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    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14352, deploying Windows Enterprise edition gets easier.

    Prior to Windows 10, the upgrade from the Pro to Enterprise edition required a complete wipe and reinstallation (clean install) of the OS. In Windows 10, Microsoft enabled bit-less edition upgrade from Pro to Enterprise. This means all the features are on the device already and the upgrade to Enterprise edition can be performed by changing the product key rather than having to download and deploy a new image. However, doing this required a reboot to complete. Microsoft heard a lot of feedback about having to reboot to complete the upgrade so starting with build 14352, a reboot is no longer required when upgrading from the Pro to Enterprise edition.

    Luckily, it's just as easy to downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise back to Windows 10 Pro.

    This tutorial will show you how to quickly and directly downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro without losing anything, having to clean install, or restart the computer.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to downgrade from Windows 10 Enterprise to Windows 10 Pro.
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    Here's How:

    1. While in Windows 10 Enterprise, change the product key to a valid Pro product key. (see screenshots below)
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    If needed, you could enter the Windows 10 Pro generic product key below to downgrade now, and activate later with your valid Windows 10 Pro product key when able.

    (Windows 10 Pro)
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

    OR

    (Windows 10 Pro N)
    2B87N-8KFHP-DKV6R-Y2C8J-PKCKT

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    2. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    3. When Windows is activated, click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You have now downgraded to the Windows 10 Pro edition. (see screenshot below)
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    You will need to close and reopen Settings to refresh it to see Windows 10 Pro displayed instead of Windows 10 Enterprise.

    How to See which Edition of Windows 10 you have Installed


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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    28 Jul 2016 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2016
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    Windows 10

    Hi,

    I tried the above instructions but I get the following error either after entering the generic Windows 10 pro key or my KMS key for Windows Pro on a computer that had an Enterprise key accidentally applied to it. I have also tried the method of changing registry keys to get it to downgrade to pro as well, but that method doesn't give me the option of keeping all of my installed programs. Any help would be much appreciated as we have a few developer machines that have this Enterprise key attached to it that we got from our Windows Licencing account before we received our KMS key.

    Thanks!

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  2.    28 Jul 2016 #2
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    Hello bojimuncher,

    You will need to enter a retail Windows 10 Pro key to activate the Pro edition.
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  3.    28 Jul 2016 #3
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10

    Thanks Brink,

    We just have KMS and MAK Keys, I guess retail Windows 7 keys wont work here either? Any other methods that I could use to get this to downgrade without wiping it or having to reinstall programs? It has quite a bit of software added to the install as well as settings in each of their programs..

    Thanks
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  4.    28 Jul 2016 #4
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    You should be able to use the MAK key for the Pro edition.
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  5.    28 Jul 2016 #5
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10

    It did thanks! I guess it didn't like that I had the NIC disabled from trying a different method earlier.

    Thanks again, you're a life-saver!
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  6.    28 Jul 2016 #6
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    You're most welcome. I'm glad you got it sorted.
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  7.    29 Jul 2016 #7
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10

    False alarm, I stupidly was using the same Enterprise key which worked, but when I try to use a W10pro MAK, KMS or the generic key, I still get the error above. It wouldn't have anything to do with it being a VM would it? Anything else I can try?

    Thanks

    EDIT: Nevermind, the computer I was using wasn't an insider preview build... sorry for wasting your time.
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  8.    29 Jul 2016 #8
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    Oops. At least you know the reason now.
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  9.    29 Jul 2016 #9
    Join Date : Mar 2016
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    Windows 10

    But what I've gained in knowledge, I've lost in pride. lol thanks for the help regardless
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