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    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro

    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro

    How to Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    27 Jul 2021
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    How to Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro


    Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads.

    The value of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is directly aligned to increase the performance and reliability of high-end PCs, with the following features:
    • ReFS (Resilient file system): ReFS provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease. ReFS is designed to be resilient to data corruption, optimized for handling large data volumes, auto-correcting and more. It protects your data with integrity streams on your mirrored storage spaces. Using its integrity streams, ReFS detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives and uses a healthy copy of your data on the other drive to correct and protect your precious data.
    • Persistent memory: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations provides the most demanding apps and data with the performance they require with non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware. NVDIMM-N enables you to read and write your files with the fastest speed possible, the speed of the computerís main memory. Because NVDIMM-N is non-volatile memory, your files will still be there, even when you switch your workstation off.
    • Faster file sharing: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations includes a feature called SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability. Network adapters that have RDMA can function at full speed with very low latency, while using very little CPU. For applications that access large datasets on remote SMB file shares, this feature enables:
      • Increased throughput: Leverages the full throughput of high speed networks where the network adapters coordinate the transfer of large amounts of data at line speed.
      • Low latency: Provides extremely fast responses to network requests, and, as a result, makes remote file storage feel as if it is directly attached storage.
      • Low CPU utilization: Uses fewer CPU cycles when transferring data over the network, which leaves more power available to other applications running on the system.

    • Expanded hardware support: One of the top pain points expressed by our Windows Insiders was the limits on taking advantage of the raw power of their machine. Hence, we are expanding hardware support in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. Users will now be able to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on devices with high performance configurations including server grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, with up to 4 CPUs (today limited to 2 CPUs) and add massive memory up to 6TB (today limited to 2TB).

    This tutorial will show you how to quickly and directly downgrade from Windows 10 Pro for Workstations 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 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro.

    Windows 10 edition upgrade
    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-rs3-edition_upgrade_and_editition_switch.jpg Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-track_how_to_move_between_editions.jpg




    Here's How:

    1 While in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2 Click/tap on Activation on the left side, and click/tap on the Change product key link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-downgrade_from_w10_pro_for_workstations-1.jpg

    3 Enter your genuine product key for "Windows 10 Pro", and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    If needed, you could enter a generic product key for Windows 10 Pro below to downgrade now, and activate later with your genuine product key when able.

    If you are currently signed in to a Microsoft account that is linked to a digital license of Windows 10 Pro for this PC, then your PC will automatically get activated with this linked digital license even though you entered the generic key below.

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

    OR

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


    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-downgrade_from_w10_pro_for_workstations-2.jpg

    4 Click/tap on Activate. (see screenshot below)

    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-downgrade_from_w10_pro_for_workstations-3.jpg

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

    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-downgrade_from_w10_pro_for_workstations-4.jpg

    If it was unable to activate Windows with the product you entered, then you may need to Go to the Store and purchase a genuine copy of Windows 10 Pro.
    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-downgrade_from_w10_pro_for_workstations-5.png


    6 You have now downgraded to the Windows 10 Pro edition. (see screenshot below)

    Downgrade Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to Windows 10 Pro-w10_pro.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink






  1. Posts : 57
    Win 10 PRO x64
       #1

    Hey Shawn,

    I just purchased an ex-corporate leased laptop on behalf of a colleague (home user) whom I support. It is an 8th Gen Intel machine which is on the list of supported processors for Win 11.

    I bought ex-corporate device because they have typically been maintained well and have a more solid build.

    It has been clean installed by the reseller with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations - which I had never heard of until now.

    Given I will be supporting this machine (maintaining upgrades and updates etc.) I am a bit perplexed as I do not want any complexity. The vendor assured me the license is permanent and legitimate and the laptop is activated with a digital license.

    I would prefer to downgrade to Win 10 Pro as I know my way around that OS and often have to resort to reinstalls or Clean installs as part of maintenance. From what I read, that version OS provides support for functionality the average home user would never use.

    I don't know best way to revert ie. change license key (which I don't have but is imbedded in the system) or just do a Clean Install on the assumption it will revert to a Win 10 Pro.

    Appreciate some guidance on the best way forward (backward).

    Thank you.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 18,155
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    You won't see any difference between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 57
    Win 10 PRO x64
       #3

    NavyLCDR said:
    You won't see any difference between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
    Thanks NavyLCDR, sounds encouraging. I did read some discussion here on the forum that you cant reinstall this version from the Media Creation download which I use to repair install and clean install. ie that it is an additional upgrade on top of that. ?
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 64,588
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    ashleyg said:
    Thanks NavyLCDR, sounds encouraging. I did read some discussion here on the forum that you cant reinstall this version from the Media Creation download which I use to repair install and clean install. ie that it is an additional upgrade on top of that. ?
    Hello Ashley,

    You can directly clean install Windows 10 Pro for Workstations using the Media Creation Tool. I do it on my desktop all the time.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 57
    Win 10 PRO x64
       #5

    Brink said:
    Hello Ashley,

    You can directly clean install Windows 10 Pro for Workstations using the Media Creation Tool. I do it on my desktop all the time.
    Ok. Sounds like I'm worrying over nothing.. I'll do a Macrium Image and try both a repair install and a clean install just to satisfy myself.

    Was thinking I should revert the system back to the basic Win 10 Pro rather than go through another learning curve but as long as it gets Win updates and functions otherwise as normal, then I'm happy.

    Will report back.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Here's the results I got.:

    1. Imaged system using Macrium Reflect

    2. Performed an in-place repair (following tutorial) - using MCT USB disk, no internet connection.
    - Identified the OS as Workstation version along with data in 'what to keep'
    - ran through the entire process and completed without issue.
    - on completion ran sfc /scannow which said it found and resolved corruption. Ran it again and all clear.
    3. checked activation and all was good.

    4. Performed a Clean install (following tutorial) - Booting from MCT USB disk, no internet connection.
    - Ran very quickly and on completion Acivation showed it was digitally activated with Windows Home (!)
    - Ran clean install again but connected to Internet and couldn't get past the need to login, so it didn't complete.
    - I somehow managed to reboot and checked activation and it was activated as Win 10 Pro, Corporate Edition (?)

    5. I restored the system from Macrium Backup and all is back to normal with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    working all nicely and digitally activated. (Phew!)

    I'm pretty sure I did everything correctly but it appears my system doesn't have the correct embedded license key which will give me a big problem if I ever need to clean install that system. Unusual it reverted to Win 10 Home as this is definitely a corporate machine.

    Appreciate any advice on what I should do next as I should be able to clean install but seems there may be a problem with the licensing.

    Thanks.

      My Computer


  6. Posts : 64,588
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    ashleyg said:
    I'm pretty sure I did everything correctly but it appears my system doesn't have the correct embedded license key which will give me a big problem if I ever need to clean install that system. Unusual it reverted to Win 10 Home as this is definitely a corporate machine.

    Appreciate any advice on what I should do next as I should be able to clean install but seems there may be a problem with the licensing.

    Thanks.
    Since your Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is currently activated, the digital license will be linked to your Microsoft account (if signed in with it). This will allow Windows to be activated the next time you clean install with the same Microsoft account on the same motherboard.

    Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 18,155
    Windows 11 Pro
       #7

    @ashleyg,
    You don't need a MS account to activate Windows 10 Pro Workstation on that computer. If you want to do a clean install, do the clean install not connected to the internet just like you did before. It will install Home because that is what the computer came with from the factory.

    Log in with any administrator account, either local or MS account, or use audit mode. Go to the activation page in settings and change the product key to the generic product key for Windows 10 Pro Workstation - DXG7C-N36C4-C4HTG-X4T3X-2YV77. That will do the upgrade to Pro for Workstations and it will activate when connected to the internet by retrieving the digital license from Microsoft activation servers based upon the unique Hardware ID of the computer, not a MS account.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 05 Nov 2021 at 11:10.
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 3,453
       #8

    ashleyg said:
    Ok. Sounds like I'm worrying over nothing.. I'll do a Macrium Image and try both a repair install and a clean install just to satisfy myself.

    Was thinking I should revert the system back to the basic Win 10 Pro rather than go through another learning curve but as long as it gets Win updates and functions otherwise as normal, then I'm happy.

    Will report back.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Here's the results I got.:

    1. Imaged system using Macrium Reflect

    2. Performed an in-place repair (following tutorial) - using MCT USB disk, no internet connection.
    - Identified the OS as Workstation version along with data in 'what to keep'
    - ran through the entire process and completed without issue.
    - on completion ran sfc /scannow which said it found and resolved corruption. Ran it again and all clear.
    3. checked activation and all was good.

    4. Performed a Clean install (following tutorial) - Booting from MCT USB disk, no internet connection.
    - Ran very quickly and on completion Acivation showed it was digitally activated with Windows Home (!)
    - Ran clean install again but connected to Internet and couldn't get past the need to login, so it didn't complete.
    - I somehow managed to reboot and checked activation and it was activated as Win 10 Pro, Corporate Edition (?)

    5. I restored the system from Macrium Backup and all is back to normal with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
    working all nicely and digitally activated. (Phew!)

    I'm pretty sure I did everything correctly but it appears my system doesn't have the correct embedded license key which will give me a big problem if I ever need to clean install that system. Unusual it reverted to Win 10 Home as this is definitely a corporate machine.

    Appreciate any advice on what I should do next as I should be able to clean install but seems there may be a problem with the licensing.

    Thanks.

    I have not heard of Corporate edition - do you have a screenshot perhaps?

    I have been using Workstations as Pro - I have not bothered much with the additional functions like ReFS etc
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 57
    Win 10 PRO x64
       #9

    Hey thanks everyone for your feedback while I was sleeping. The sun is just coming up over here so I'll be making myself a strong coffee and start working through your responses. Very much appreciated. ashleyg

    - - - Updated - - -

    Whoohoo! Success!

    Appreciate the guidance with getting this sorted.

    Shawn - Thanks for that method - I haven't got to the stage of setting up a MS Account yet for the other person and am doing the build from a local admin account, so the local account option was my best option in this case.

    NavyLCDR - Thanks for putting all the pieces together. It was exactly what I was after as I knew the Windows 10 Pro Workstation version was an upgrade to the base but couldn't figure out how to link to it. The key was indeed to change the activation key to that generic product key. It was a bit messy not being online and didn't appreciate was that even though it said it couldn't apply that key, it actually went on to apply the entitled updates/features and after a reboot and going on-line the activation showed the correct details. So it appears the device was authorized/activated via the hardware (digital entitlement?) versus via the MS Account in the method Shawn put forward.

    Superfly - Not sure where I got the word Corporate from. I checked my notes and it was Enterprise (not corporate) but can't even recall in the heat of the moment where that fitted in . Cheers.

    Main thing is, I'm happy knowing that I can Clean-install that system in the future if necessary.

    ashleyg.
      My Computer


 

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