Activate single language edition with multi language key?


  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Activate single language edition with multi language key?


    I downloaded the Win10 Home single language ISO for a clean install on a new build PC and skipped the activation step during install. Now I need to activate. If I purchase a copy of Windows 10 Home in store or digitally, will I be able to use the product key in my current install without need to re-install?

    I tried to phone MS support about this and they were utterly useless!

    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 10,545
    Windows 10 Workstation x64
       #2

    As long as you buy the version you installed they you should be fine.
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #3

    That is the problem.. I installed the Home Single Language version (by mistake) but this is not for sale - only the regular Home edition.
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  4. Posts : 13,670
    Windows10
       #4

    You could try and buy a 7/8 single language licence but quite rare I suspect.


    Easier probably to just download normal multi language version.
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  5. Posts : 14,596
    Windows 10 IoT
       #5

    Single language will not accept a Home (non SL) key. If you buy a Pro key though, and use the change product key option, it should upgrade to Pro and activate. I've gone from regular Home to Pro that way. I've never done it going from the SL version, so I say "should". Or just start over and clean install the regular Home version with the Home key you buy.
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  6. Posts : 17,347
    Windows 11 Pro
       #6

    You can't upgrade Single Language to standard multi-language.
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  7. Posts : 14,596
    Windows 10 IoT
       #7

    NavyLCDR said:
    You can't upgrade Single Language to standard multi-language.
    Not Home to Home, Home to Pro might work though? If he buys a Pro key there would be no harm in trying. If it doesn't work, just clean install. Assuming you haven't already tried it and confirmed it doesn't work.
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  8. Posts : 3,865
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       #8

    Rafd said:
    I downloaded the Win10 Home single language ISO for a clean install on a new build PC and skipped the activation step during install. Now I need to activate. If I purchase a copy of Windows 10 Home in store or digitally, will I be able to use the product key in my current install without need to re-install?

    I tried to phone MS support about this and they were utterly useless!

    Thanks!
    What version of Windows did your PC have prior to installing windows 10 SL ???

    Nevermind - New build...

    Do you have a Retail Copy of Windows 7 or better ??? That you could transfer the Retail license to the new build ??

    If so transfer the prior Retail OS to the new build and then upgrade for free to Windows 10..
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