Installing w10pro when bios has w8home license

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  1. zorobabel

    zorobabel Limp Gawd

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    I'm having trouble fresh installing w10 pro v1703 on a lenovo PC with a w8home key embedded in the bios.
    I never get asked if I want to install the home or pro version, and it just installs the home.
    Tips please?
     
  2. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris Wii was a Novelty

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    You have two choices. 1) Install 8 again, verify it's activated, then upgrade directly to 10 to enable the digital license. 2) Clean install with a product key.

    In your case it looks like your only choice is option 1. Once done, you can clean install and skip the product key and it will reactivate.
     
  3. zorobabel

    zorobabel Limp Gawd

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    What I ended up doing is change win key to:
    Windows 10 Pro Generic Key : VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
    A couple of restarts later it became a Pro.

    This is a bad decision taken by M$ for the v1703 ISO, one more annoying thing about W10.
     
  4. auntjemima

    auntjemima 2[H]4U

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    This hard nothing to do with Windows at all. They don't decide that a product key is linked to your BIOS (I still don't think this was the case, however).
     
  5. ir0nw0lf

    ir0nw0lf [H]ardness Supreme

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    How is this changed or specific to 1703? Thought this has been expected behavior since they started baking the keys into the boards on those royalty OEM boards back to the Windows 8 days.
     
  6. zorobabel

    zorobabel Limp Gawd

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    Well, I tried W10 v10240 just for kicks, and it does give you the option to install home or pro. My issue is that v1703 does not give the option on this particular computer and just installs whatever cause it knows best.
     
  7. Lunar

    Lunar Limp Gawd

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    This is one of the many reasons why I hate that device manufacturers started embedding the product keys into the UEFI. I understand why they were motivated to do it, but it has been almost nothing but an exercise in frustration for me personally. What's really bad is when you're trying to reinstall Windows for a client, and you can't because the embedded product key got corrupted somehow. That's really fun....
     
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  8. BulletDust

    BulletDust [H]ardness Supreme

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    Been there, dealt with that! ;)
     
  9. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    I don't envy you guys if you have to install windows for work :wtf:
     
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  10. YeuEmMaiMai

    YeuEmMaiMai [H]ardForum Junkie

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    clean install windows 10 and then change your product key to a pro one..

    done deal
     
  11. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardness Supreme

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    your key is for home so you get home. no free upgrades to pro.