1.    28 Jan 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jan 2016
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    Windows 10 Home

    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.    28 Jan 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Standish, Lancashire
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    As long as you buy the version you installed they you should be fine.
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  3.    28 Jan 2016 #3
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    Windows 10 Home
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    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.    28 Jan 2016 #4
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Windows10

    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.    29 Jan 2016 #5
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    Windows 10 IoT

    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.    29 Jan 2016 #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    You can't upgrade Single Language to standard multi-language.
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  7.    30 Jan 2016 #7
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    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.    30 Jan 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Rafd View Post
    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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