Convert/upgrade preinstalled Windows OEM to Volume License


  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit EN (EU) 1903
       #1

    Convert/upgrade preinstalled Windows OEM to Volume License


    Hello to all,
    I have a general question.

    Is possible to convert or upgrade preinstalled Windows OEM to Volume License?

    I purchased my new laptop with Windows 10 Home. How can I upgrade PRO it with Volume License Key without reinstalling the system and programs? I have legal academic VLSC agreement and keys.

    I have found this tutorial, but I want to ask you, if it is correct and official way:
    How to Convert OEM to Volume License | It Still Works

    I have found this related post:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...5-839996b40d47

    You may NOT legally upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro using the volume licenses. The only organizations that may do this are academic and nonprofit. Commercial and government can only use volume license SKUs to upgrade from previous business class (Pro, enterprise, etc...) operating systems.

    But how? When I do Change product key, system say that is not valid. I am sure that is valid.

    I have filled my system configuration in my profile, if necessary.

    Thank you,
    Jiri
    Last edited by Norbou; 21 Jun 2020 at 05:12.
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  2. Posts : 3,449
       #2

    Norbou said:
    Hello to all,
    I have a general question.

    Is possible to convert or upgrade preinstalled Windows OEM to Volume License?

    I purchased my new laptop with Windows 10 Home. How can I upgrade PRO it with Volume License Key without reinstalling the system and programs? I have legal academic VLSC agreement and keys.

    I have found this tutorial, but I want to ask you, if it is correct and official way:
    How to Convert OEM to Volume License | It Still Works

    I have found this related post:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...5-839996b40d47

    You may NOT legally upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro using the volume licenses. The only organizations that may do this are academic and nonprofit. Commercial and government can only use volume license SKUs to upgrade from previous business class (Pro, enterprise, etc...) operating systems.

    But how? When I do Change product key, system say that is not valid. I am sure that is valid.

    I have filled my system configuration in my profile, if necessary.

    Thank you,
    Jiri
    AFAIK it's not necessary to go changing registry entries to upgrade with a VL key.

    I assume you have the standard Home edition (not single language etc)

    Run ShowKeyPlus and check the activation count of your MAK

    Convert/upgrade preinstalled Windows OEM to Volume License-capture.png

    If all good, you can try upgrading with the default (generic) Pro key and activate with the MAK.
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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit EN (EU) 1903
    Thread Starter
       #3

    RE:Superfly


    Thank you, I did everything. 473 of activation left of 500. I am using same key in the school.

    When I insert my key to Windows OEM Home, I have got this message:
    The product key entered did't work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. (0xc004f0050)

    I have found two another related pages:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...ition-upgrades
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-upgrade-paths

    I hope it may help.
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  4. Posts : 3,449
       #4

    Norbou said:
    Thank you, I did everything. 473 of activation left of 500. I am using same key in the school.

    When I insert my key to Windows OEM Home, I have got this message:
    The product key entered did't work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. (0xc004f0050)

    I have found two another related pages:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...ition-upgrades
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-upgrade-paths

    I hope it may help.
    Does this key give the same result?
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
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  5. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit EN (EU) 1903
    Thread Starter
       #5

    RE to Superfly: Does this key give the same result?


    I am affraid that I shoud not make experiments on the school laptop like this

    - - - Updated - - -

    Based od the last table here:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-upgrade-paths

    I see that it is possible to upgrade only to Windows 10 Pro Education.

    I will check the conditions for using Windows 10 Pro Education, probably we can use it as a school. I have VLK for this version also.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Superfly said:
    Does this key give the same result?
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    I made a backup and gave a try with your key.
    1) I switched to airplain mode.
    2) I put in provided generic key - followed with upgrade and restart, product not activated
    3) I changed the product key again, Windows 10 Pro VLK worked now well, product activated

    Thank you very much!
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  6. Posts : 3,449
       #6

    Norbou said:
    I am affraid that I shoud not make experiments on the school laptop like this

    - - - Updated - - -

    Based od the last table here:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-upgrade-paths

    I see that it is possible to upgrade only to Windows 10 Pro Education.

    I will check the conditions for using Windows 10 Pro Education, probably we can use it as a school. I have VLK for this version also.

    - - - Updated - - -



    I made a backup and gave a try with your key.
    1) I switched to airplain mode.
    2) I put in provided generic key - followed with upgrade and restart, product not activated
    3) I changed the product key again, Windows 10 Pro VLK worked now well, product activated

    Thank you very much!
    Excellent!

    I will need to test the theory that a MAK cannot directly upgrade Home - seems odd, but I will look amongst my keys for a Pro MAK with some activations left to test.
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