Upgrading W10 Enterprize 2016 LTSB (1607) to LTSC 1809

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  1. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    I've been running LTSB 1607 on an offline DAW for a few years now. Works great. But some apps I use are forcing me to update to 1809. The weird thing is, after I installed the 2016 version, I went online for 3 minutes and was able to activate it with a key I bought off Ebay. I still can't believe it worked. But MS accepted it. It's never been online since. Now I'm afraid if I update to LTSC 1809, I'll lose my hassle free, activated status.
     
  2. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Now you have to buy another illegally obtained MAK, or just use KMS_VL_ALL for free.
     
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  3. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the reply. That sounds like bad news. I didn't realize LTSC 2019 was a paid update.
     
  4. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    LTSC actually doesn't have an upgrade path (by WU), that's the whole purpose of LTSB/C.
     
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  5. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    Ah, I see. So if I upgrade and activate with KMS_VL_ALL, is it true that I'll have to re-activate it every few months or so? Or can I set it and forget it?

    Thanks again for the replies.
     
  6. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Use the autorenewal option and it will be "perpetual".
     
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  7. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    Thank you Enthousiast. You rock for helping the noob out.
     
  8. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    So just to be clear, and licensing aside, will I be able to update LTSB 1607 to say, LTSC 1903 without having to reinstall?

    Honestly, I'm just a musician. And I'm finding this all a bit overwhelming. So many choices, so many issues. I mostly just want to upgrade to the latest, greatest OS that eliminates the FLS limit so I can run more plugins in my DAW. I desperately wish there were just one place with instructions to tell me what I need to do--download this, install this, run this and done.
     
  9. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Yes, should be no problem, by ISO.

    Let me test, brb.
     
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    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    Great, thanks.
     
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  12. mr coconut

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    Oh no. One last question. I'm sorry. I had actually hoped to not take any more of your time. But since I posted this thread, I learned that the the new "FLS Slot Limit Increase" is not in 1809 but instead requires 1903 or, I think, 2019 May update (actually, I get conflicting info on this.)

    So is it safe to assume that upgrading from 1607 to 1903 will work as well?
     
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  14. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    Awesome man. Thanks again for all your help.
     
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    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    Well, I've spent the last three hours trying to find and download an ISO of LTSC 1903, to no avail. I tried doing the ESD thing but I can't figure out how to extract/decrypt the file. I tried decrypt-multi-release_v180925 and got nowhere. Honestly, I'm ready to give up.

    Thanks for the help anyway. Cheers
     
  16. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    There is no LTSC 1903, i said enterprise 1903/9.

    Enterprise is available on the business ESD/ISO and by UUP dump.
     
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  17. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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    Ah, thanks for the clarification.

    So I DL'd this :"18362.356.190909-1636.19h1_release_svc_refresh_CLIENTBUSINESS_VOL_x64FRE_en-us.esd" (it this the best one?)

    I'm trying to convert to ISO, using "decrypt-multi-release_v180925".

    First I tried the drag and drop method dropping the ESD file onto "decrypt-ESD.cmd." I get error saying "no file could be found".

    So, I tried running decrypt-ESD.cmd as an admin. It lets me get through all the processes except when I try to "Create ISO with Standard Install.wim", it just closes. poof.

    Wondering what I'm doing wrong.
     
  18. mr coconut

    mr coconut MDL Novice

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