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  1.    14 Nov 2017 #10
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17074
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    Glad it could help gtatech, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  2.    16 Nov 2017 #11
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    How do I get a key to activate Workstation? I can't find a place to buy/upgrade from...
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  3.    16 Nov 2017 #12
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17074
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    That's the rub right now. It's no where to be found yet.
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  4.    16 Nov 2017 #13
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,759
    Windows 10 IoT

    You should have purchased your license first. I'm not sure what you do now? I haven't found Pro for Workstations for sale anywhere? Not via an online search. The Microsoft Store would be where you'd think you'd find it? I'd see if I could go back to Pro with a change product key, enter VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T. I'm assuming you upgraded from Pro. If you license is for Home I think your going to have to clean install Home. Or just wait it out and see what happens. You'll be reminded to activate every so often. Some customization options are locked out too I think.
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  5.    16 Nov 2017 #14
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    Windows 10

    Have any of you verified the new features of Pro for Workstations? I upgraded to a machine with 4 processors (40 cores total) from Pro to Pro for Workstations, and after the upgrade (and multiple resets) Windows still only shows 2 CPUs (20 cores). I'm wondering if this is a result of upgrading from Pro, but that is the only way I know of so far (I received the key via Visual Studio subscription).
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  6.    17 Nov 2017 #15
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,759
    Windows 10 IoT

    The PC I have it on is old tech and pretty mundane. I only upgraded to Workstation because I can. It's free for me to use so why not.
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  7.    03 Dec 2017 #16
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    Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

    Quote Originally Posted by matt306 View Post
    Have any of you verified the new features of Pro for Workstations? I upgraded to a machine with 4 processors (40 cores total) from Pro to Pro for Workstations, and after the upgrade (and multiple resets) Windows still only shows 2 CPUs (20 cores). I'm wondering if this is a result of upgrading from Pro, but that is the only way I know of so far (I received the key via Visual Studio subscription).
    I've posted about this in length on Reddit, but yes I have noticed a significant difference on both my tower Workstation and Lenovo P71 workstation laptop (which came with Win 10 Pro for Workstations' media).

    NVDIMM-N support alone is huge, and PfW optimizes the synergy between the NVDIMM-N memory and M.2 NVMe SSDs quite well out-of-the-box. After making a few GPO changes, tweaking indexing and setting the virtual memory paging file to a static custom size the difference was even more substantial.

    SMB Direct, with a RDMA-capable network adapter, provides a huge boost in throughput and substantially lowers CPU usage.

    Full usage of the Intel Xeon E7 series (all Xeon/server grade processors).

    Hyper-V is more polished, particularly its virtual switch setup. It also utilizes VT-d I/O (and I'm certain AMD's IOMMU) at a much more beneficial level.

    Right now it's a super-solid setup OS with 16 GB NVDIMM-N memory, 2 M.2 NVMe SSDs, quad Xeon E7-8890s, dual 2-port (4 total ports) Gigabit LAN cards with one card dedicated exclusively to a Hyper-V 64-bit guest system with secure VT-d access (just for testing), and I tossed in 2 spare regular WD Red NASWare HDDs that I decided to use solely for Storage Spaces setup with RTFS.

    One hardly needs high-end hardware to notice a difference. Simply logging multiple CPU cores' throughput, heat and overall rates of high processing while playing a fairly intensive game or multitasking will show a difference.

    Simply setting up a VM using Hyper-V with a dual-NIC card (that tons of regular motherboards have now) will show a difference.

    Using any sort of VPN/interweb/domain network paths will show a difference.

    Lastly, I did write a PowerShell script that will convert Windows 10 Home (Core) to the full and authentic Windows 10 Pro for Workstations edition. It does not simply change the EditionID like Microsoft recommends when upgrading editions offline, but also changes the XML data to PfW values.

    Here's the XML data from my physical copy of PfW sent by Lenovo with for my P71 workstation laptop:

    Code:
    WIM Information:
    ---------------------
    Image Count:    1
    Compression:    LZX
    Part Number:    1/1
    
    Image Index: 1
    -------------------
    Name:        Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    Description:    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    Flags:        ProfessionalWorkstation
    
    WIM XML Information:
    ---------------------------
    <WIM>
      <TOTALBYTES>3508490595</TOTALBYTES>
      <IMAGE INDEX="1">
        <WIMBOOT>0</WIMBOOT>
        <WINDOWS>
          <ARCH>9</ARCH>
          <PRODUCTNAME>Microsoft® Windows® Operating System</PRODUCTNAME>
          <EDITIONID>ProfessionalWorkstation</EDITIONID>
          <INSTALLATIONTYPE>Client</INSTALLATIONTYPE>
          <SERVICINGDATA>
            <GDRDUREVISION>0</GDRDUREVISION>
            <PKEYCONFIGVERSION>10.0.16299.0;2016-01-01T00:00:00Z</PKEYCONFIGVERSION>
          </SERVICINGDATA>
          <PRODUCTTYPE>WinNT</PRODUCTTYPE>
          <PRODUCTSUITE>Terminal Server</PRODUCTSUITE>
          <LANGUAGES>
            <LANGUAGE>en-US</LANGUAGE>
            <DEFAULT>en-US</DEFAULT>
          </LANGUAGES>
          <VERSION>
            <MAJOR>10</MAJOR>
            <MINOR>0</MINOR>
            <BUILD>16299</BUILD>
            <SPBUILD>0</SPBUILD>
            <SPLEVEL>0</SPLEVEL>
          </VERSION>
          <SYSTEMROOT>WINDOWS</SYSTEMROOT>
        </WINDOWS>
        <NAME>Windows 10 Pro for Workstations</NAME>
        <DESCRIPTION>Windows 10 Pro for Workstations</DESCRIPTION>
        <FLAGS>ProfessionalWorkstation</FLAGS>
      </IMAGE>
    </WIM>

    And here is the XML data from my conversion script:

    Code:
    WIM Information:
    ---------------------
    Image Count:    1
    Compression:    LZX
    Part Number:    1/1
    
    Image Index: 1
    -------------------
    Name:        Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    Description:    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    Flags:        ProfessionalWorkstation
    
    WIM XML Information:
    ---------------------------
    <WIM>
      <IMAGE INDEX="1">
        <WIMBOOT>0</WIMBOOT>
        <WINDOWS>
          <ARCH>9</ARCH>
          <PRODUCTNAME>Microsoft® Windows® Operating System</PRODUCTNAME>
          <EDITIONID>ProfessionalWorkstation</EDITIONID>
          <INSTALLATIONTYPE>Client</INSTALLATIONTYPE>
          <SERVICINGDATA>
            <GDRDUREVISION>0</GDRDUREVISION>
            <PKEYCONFIGVERSION>10.0.16299.15;2016-01-01T00:00:00Z</PKEYCONFIGVERSION>
          </SERVICINGDATA>
          <PRODUCTTYPE>WinNT</PRODUCTTYPE>
          <PRODUCTSUITE>Terminal Server</PRODUCTSUITE>
          <LANGUAGES>
            <LANGUAGE>en-US</LANGUAGE>
            <DEFAULT>en-US</DEFAULT>
          </LANGUAGES>
          <VERSION>
            <MAJOR>10</MAJOR>
            <MINOR>0</MINOR>
            <BUILD>16299</BUILD>
            <SPBUILD>15</SPBUILD>
            <SPLEVEL>64</SPLEVEL>
          </VERSION>
          <SYSTEMROOT>WINDOWS</SYSTEMROOT>
        </WINDOWS>
        <NAME>Windows 10 Pro for Workstations</NAME>
        <DESCRIPTION>Windows 10 Pro for Workstations</DESCRIPTION>
        <FLAGS>ProfessionalWorkstation</FLAGS>
      </IMAGE>
    </WIM>

    I can post it up if anyone's interested in testing PfW. It just needs either a AIO, multi-index version of the fall Creator's Update that contains Windows 10 Home - which can be downloaded from Microsoft and elsewhere - or a single-index image of Windows 10 Home.
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  8.    06 Dec 2017 #17
    Join Date : Dec 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro

    Hi, can you tell or sent me the PowerShell script that will convert Windows 10 Home (Core) to the full and authentic Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Edition, please?

    Thanks
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  9.    06 Dec 2017 #18
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 2,259
    Windows 10 Pro X64

    Hi,

    Keep in mind that you probably won't be able to activate it for now though.

    Cheers,
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  10.    06 Dec 2017 #19
    Join Date : Nov 2017
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by DrEmpiricism View Post
    I've posted about this in length on Reddit, but yes I have noticed a significant difference on both my tower Workstation and Lenovo P71 workstation laptop (which came with Win 10 Pro for Workstations' media)....
    Full usage of the Intel Xeon E7 series (all Xeon/server grade processors).

    ...
    Right now it's a super-solid setup OS with 16 GB NVDIMM-N memory, 2 M.2 NVMe SSDs, quad Xeon E7-8890s, dual 2-port (4 total ports) Gigabit LAN cards with one card dedicated exclusively to a Hyper-V 64-bit guest system with secure VT-d access (just for testing), and I tossed in 2 spare regular WD Red NASWare HDDs that I decided to use solely for Storage Spaces setup with RTFS. '''
    Thanks for the reply. I was specifically wondering if in your experience the OS detected all 4 of you XEON processors? As I said, my install is only detecting 2 of my 4 processors (only 20 of the 40 physical cores), and I'm trying to troubleshoot/wondering what others' experience has been.
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