Upgrade from Home to Pro

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  1. gingerbread1776

    gingerbread1776 MDL Novice

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    I just bought a new laptop. It came with Windows 10 home pre-installed. What key do I enter when it asks for it?
     
  2. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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  3. gingerbread1776

    gingerbread1776 MDL Novice

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    Will it work with a 8 upgrade key?

     
  4. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    AFAIK: Yes, the Upgrade Key will work.
     
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  5. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Why do you keep on telling to use a VL iso, it's the key that is inserted who sets it to retail, volume or what channels exists.

    When you put a default ei.cfg* in any iso it will skip the MSDM detection and you can select any of the onboard sku's on the iso, vl or oemret iso's.

    Even when you install Home you can simply do what @SAM-R said, use the generic Pro HWID key to upgrade to pro.

    The OP didn't ask for activation, he/she asked for upgrade.

    After the upgrade he/she can run any KMS solution or, when there is a valid HWID for Pro, use the established HWID (can easily be done in a few ways).

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  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    I simply told the User COULD which differs quite a bit from SHOULD, MUST or whatsoever. I also didn't tell to use any ISO in my post.

    So please, in the future stop to tell something that wasn't told!

    Beside of that I told that to the OP NOT to YOU, well known that you know everything better
     
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  7. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    And i just showed you that your info is a bit outdated at the least.
     
  8. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    What you always try to do by an answer to any of my post, is to accuse about anything that you didn't like in a more or less bad manner! Changing the said thing to something different is a bad behavior, at least. By accusing someone to have told something to do while he just talked about WHAT COULD be done, is not less than a try to accuse the other party in a very bad way!

    I really would suggest that you stop to answer to any of my posts, or even set my Account on Ignorance!
     
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  9. mindspin311

    mindspin311 MDL Novice

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    Well let's talk activation then :) Is there a way to generate a valid HWID and activate Win 10 Pro this way? I'm in the same situation with a laptop with Home but every method I've tried so far hasn't worked. So far I've tried the following:

    1. Install Win 8.1 and activating via KMS then upgrading to Win10 (1511 and 1607) via USB (with PID.txt and ei.cfg) as a fresh install.
    2. Same method only running setup.exe from the USB drive and choosing to keep files.
    3. Change product key on the Home edition, activate with KMS then upgrade to Pro THEN reinstall fresh copy of Win10 Pro.

    I normally install Win7 and activate with Daz but this laptop only has 3.0 and 3.1 USB ports and an 8th gen Intel cpu so no drivers work that I slipstream in to the iso :(
     
  10. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    And what's about a DVD? Did your Laptop has a DVD Drive?

    But, USB3.0 and 3.1 still working well with USB 2 Flashdrives. A few days ago I clean installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64, activated used DAZ Loader, on a brand new Acer Laptop (with 10 Home) which also has USB3.x only and with Intel i7 CPU, After that 'upgraded' to Windows 10 Pro with ei.cfg and pid.txt in sources folder pointing to Windows 10 Pro, and got it automatically activated with a new HWID. done directly a new and clean install of Windows 10 Pro 1803 latest and all went just fine, include automated activation!
     
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  11. mindspin311

    mindspin311 MDL Novice

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    No DVD drive either. I tried a USB DVD drive just to see what would happen but it behaved the same as the Win7 USB2 and USB3 drives do which is prompt for the missing device drivers.

    I don't think it's the media that's the issue but rather the drive because I have the same exact Win7 iso on a USB 2 and a USB 3 drive and they both behave the same. On my desktop machine I can use either drive as long as it's in the USB 2 port.
     
  12. s1ave77

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    FYI: Better use either or not both since one supersedes the other (not sure which does which), even MS highly recommends this.
     
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  13. mindspin311

    mindspin311 MDL Novice

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    You're right, I got rid of PID.txt and used just ei.cfg and it installed Pro every time. I just can't get the HWID to go from Home to Pro to save my life, this poor SSD has been formatted and installed a dozen times today.
     
  14. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    You'll need to install Win 8.1 Pro and upgrade that to Win 10 Pro. Installing Win 8.1 (Core) and upgrade to Win 10 Home will only give a HWID for Home.
     
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  15. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    The upgrade needs to be from 8.1 Pro KMS > 10240/10586 (either delete all sku's except Pro or use a pid.txt with the generic pro HWID key, else the upgrade ends up as Home) pro to get the HWID established, next you can either clean install or upgrade to a more current build.
     
  16. mindspin311

    mindspin311 MDL Novice

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    Hmmm, I've actually tried 10586 but I'll start from scratch again and try 10240 with a pid.txt and the "3V66T" key upgraded from 8.1 Pro with KMS. Should I run the setup.exe from the 1507 iso and "keep files" after 8.1 Pro is installed or is there a better method?

    I use the 4 digit version number rather than the actual PC versions but these are the two that I have on USB drives.

    10240 = 1507 (Initial Release)
    10586 = 1511 (November Update)
     
  17. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    10240 doesn't need a pid, it can't read the MSDM, that was added with 10586 to start the free upgrade period.

    If you are only upgrading to get a free HWID i would select to keep nothing. It's up to you.

    Btw: https://forums.mydigitallife.net/th...-skip-rs_prerelease.77737/page-2#post-1457510
     
  18. mindspin311

    mindspin311 MDL Novice

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    Didn't work, the 10240 build with no PID.txt installed Windows Home and activated with the digital license that came with the laptop :(

    I'm going to try with the other build with the PID.txt again from 8.1 Pro with KMS.
     
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    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    #20 Enthousiast, Aug 22, 2018
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