Installation and Activation of Windows 10 Pro

Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast
  1. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,091
    Windows 10 IoT
       #11

    Wynona said:
    So did I, and on the desktop too.

    What's worse, is that even those knowledgeable enough to know how to upgrade and clean install still won't have a clue that Windows 10 Home installed and he no longer has the Pro that he paid for!
    It was brought up on the Microsoft MVP Yammer group, and the replay from a Microsoft representative was, "this is by design". That's the way its supposed to work.
    In most cases (but not all) the correct version is installed. If the key in the BIOS was for the OS you did the free upgrade from, its all good. You get the correct version.
    In you upgraded your OS with a Retail key though, its not going to give you the version you got via the free upgrade.
    Worst case scenario, somebody buys 10 Home to save a few bucks. Even though their PC came with 8.1 Pro. They will get Pro, which won't activate, and can't upgrade from Pro to Home with a key change.
    Granted, that won't happen very often. Still, I wouldn't want to be that person trying to sort that out.
      My Computer

  2. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,091
    Windows 10 IoT
       #12

    Forgot to add, right now, if that happens. That PC gets a digital license for 10 Home. At some point I expect that to stop. It shouldn't happen now. The free upgrade is officially over. So some time down the road they will get an unactivated 10 Home instead of an activated 10 Pro.
      My Computer

  3. GuyInDogSuit's Avatar
    Posts : 319
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #13

    Since I received Win10 as the free upgrade from Win 7 Pro, I qualified for the Pro upgrade as well. Turns out, I can use my old Windows 7 key to install the Win10 Pro upgrade.
      My Computer

  4. cereberus's Avatar
    Posts : 12,014
    Windows10
       #14

    GuyInDogSuit said:
    Since I received Win10 as the free upgrade from Win 7 Pro, I qualified for the Pro upgrade as well. Turns out, I can use my old Windows 7 key to install the Win10 Pro upgrade.
    Until MS actually stop it doing this.
      My Computer

  5. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,091
    Windows 10 IoT
       #15

    cereberus said:
    Until MS actually stop it doing this.
    I was really hoping the 1607 AU wouldn't use 7 and 8 keys, especially the Windows 8 OEM embedded keys.
      My Computer

  6. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,515
    Windows 10 Pro
       #16

    On this website:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ng-home-to-pro

    There used to be a lot more methods for upgrading from Home to Pro listed under Show All. Since the free upgrade "expired", they have removed several of the options. The last option was something like "Using a Windows 7 or 8.1 product key". The instructions right there on the official microsoft.com website said to do exactly what alphanumeric stated. Trigger the upgrade to Pro by entering the generic Windows 10 pro product key - and they even displayed it right there on their own website - then after the upgrade to Pro completed, if it didn't activate then change the product key to a Windows 7 or 8.1 Pro product key.
      My Computer

  7. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,091
    Windows 10 IoT
       #17

    Yeah, I do believe if Home is already installed, change product code will reject Windows 7 and 8 keys. You get an incorrect version (something like that) message. Only Windows 10 Pro keys are accepted at that point.
    On a clean install, if you actually get the prompt to enter a key, they will be accepted. It's a mess, IMHO.
      My Computer

  8. Wynona's Avatar
    Posts : 28,001
    Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.928
    Thread Starter
       #18

    GuyInDogSuit said:
    Since I received Win10 as the free upgrade from Win 7 Pro, I qualified for the Pro upgrade as well. Turns out, I can use my old Windows 7 key to install the Win10 Pro upgrade.
    Yes, Guy, using the Product Key guarantees you will get the proper build; however, the ISO doesn't ask for a key, so if the computer came with Windows 8.1 Home (embedded in BIOS).

    Have you installed the ISO on the former Windows 7 machine? We'd like your experience.
      My Computer

  9. Wynona's Avatar
    Posts : 28,001
    Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.928
    Thread Starter
       #19

    cereberus said:
    Until MS actually stop it doing this.
    They really shouldn't, because right now, that's the only way to get Windows 10 Pro installed! Unless Installation stops reading my BIOS and starts to read my "digital license"!
      My Computer

  10. alphanumeric's Avatar
    Posts : 14,091
    Windows 10 IoT
       #20

    Wynona said:
    They really shouldn't, because right now, that's the only way to get Windows 10 Pro installed! Unless Installation stops reading my BIOS and starts to read my "digital license"!
    If they stop letting you enter those Windows 7 and 8 keys, logic would dictate that the install media would also stop reading Windows 7 and 8 keys from the BIOS. In that situation you would get the enter a key prompt. Then when you click I don't have one, you would get the selection menu with the options to install Home or Pro. That's the way I would like to see it work. Only look for Windows 10 OEM Embedded keys.
      My Computer


 
Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 1234 ... LastLast

  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:41.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums