Windows 10: Problems with activating windows Solved

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  1.    08 Jan 2018 #21

    Bree said: View Post
    Yes, ei.cfg is the key to bypassing the auto-detect of a 'Home' key in the PC's firmware. See:
    Windows 10 never asks for a key during install
    Ei.cfg just needs two lines

    [CHANNEL]
    RETAIL

    to select any edition.
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  2.    09 Jan 2018 #22

    I dont see ei.cfg anywhere in the sources folder.

    I tried writing

    typing [PID]
    Value=(serial key)

    as well as creating ei.cfg and typing

    [CHANNEL]
    RETAIL

    Windows still asks me to installt windows 10 home.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 20 May 2018 at 09:58.
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  3.    12 Jan 2018 #23

    To get past the embedded key in my BIOS and install Pro I use:
    [Channel]
    _Default

    [VL]
    0
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  4.    12 Jan 2018 #24

    What do you mean?
    Last edited by Cerawy; 20 May 2018 at 09:57.
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  5.    12 Jan 2018 #25

    Open Notepad and copy and paste what I posted. Save as File name: ei.cfg Type: all files and save somewhere, I just place on desktop. Copy and paste the ei.cfg into the source folder on your USB install media
    Last edited by Bat 1; 12 Jan 2018 at 11:17.
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  6.    13 Jan 2018 #26

    Just tried it, windows still insists on installing windows 10 home.. it skips the part where you can choose before i get a chance to click on anything. I have also tried changing the key, windows asks me if i want to upgrade the version, i click yes, windows hangs at 0% then says there was an error and i have to check my internet, which is working.. theres zero corporation from windows at this point
    Last edited by Cerawy; 13 Jan 2018 at 06:48.
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  7.    14 Jan 2018 #27

    How do i downgrade my pro key to home? That would help me install windows. I don't need the pro features anyway.
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  8.    14 Jan 2018 #28

    Cerawy said: View Post
    How do i downgrade my pro key to home? That would help me install windows. I don't need the pro features anyway.
    You can't downgrade a product key.
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  9.    16 Jan 2018 #29

    Cerawy said: View Post
    How do i downgrade my pro key to home? That would help me install windows. I don't need the pro features anyway.
    If it insists on installing Home (due to presumably a firmware key for that edition), it will activate with that key - no need to use the Pro key.

    Check your firmware with ShowKeyPlus - Windows 10 Forums
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  10.    16 Jan 2018 #30

    Cerawy said: View Post
    I dont see ei.cfg anywhere in the sources folder.
    Hi there

    It doesn't exist -- :

    You have to create the file (use notepad) and then insert it into the sources file --that's why you have to extract the ISO first.

    Then to create a bootable USB you need to create a data iso of the amended extracted iso and then use RUFUS to create a bootable install USB.

    Don't insert any serial key or add the PID bit.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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