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  1. Can I use the "Change product key" to install win 10 home OEM or I need to do the clean...


    Hi!I just figure out that I'm using the win 10 pro volume version. It recently had a problem in updating to the new version I did run the troubleshooting and tried a manual update from assistant and it doesn't work, I can't download apps from the store too.I had a win 10 home OEM key bought from a reputable store in my country 2 years ago key code and a CD, never used before. So:Can I use the "Change product key" already in the windows activation setting to install the OEM key or do I need to do the clean install?If I need to do the clean install, what steps in detail do I have to do?wil

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  2. Upgrade a Win 10 home OEM to Win 10 Pro OEM with Win 10 Pro OEM Key?

    I recently purchased a laptop that has an OEM version of Win 10 Home on it.

    I verified this by using : slmgr -dli.

    Previously I had purchased an OEM Win 10 Pro Key.

    Can I use this OEM Win 10 Pro Key to upgrade the OEM Win 10 Home to the OEM Win 10 Pro.

    If so what are the steps to accomplish this?

    In addition, I assume that is this is possible, that the current product key will be updated to the new product key?

    The reason I am asking this is that it's my understanding that these product keys are tied to the bios on a name brand laptop.

    TIA
     
    shockwaveriderz, Nov 23, 2022 at 1:18 AM
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  3. jsalpha2 Win User
    Windows 7 OEM key

    Hope this is not against the rules. If you do a clean install of Windows 10, it may, (has for me) accept a Win 7 OEM key and activate.
     
  4. kajson Win User

    Can I use the "Change product key" to install win 10 home OEM or I need to do the clean...

    Win 10 clean install question

    So I spend the day yesterday installing the computer, using a prepared usb key with windows 10 on it.

    I got it all sorted in the end but I'll share my fails anyways so others might learn:

    Do not try to do a clean install win with win 10 home N, when you come from a machine with just win 10 home. It won't activate *Wink Can I use the "Change product key" to install win 10 home OEM or I need to do the clean... ;) After reinstalling with the right copy, it was already activated right away after the first boot, didn't even have to initialise it.

    There hasn't changed a whole lot in making clean install compared to older versions of windows, it's slightly better streamlined, though being asked at 3 different stages to enter a product key when it's not needed during install seems a bit annoying.

    Further more it would be lovely if Microsoft finally learned to ask ALL questions regarding preferences updates and whatnot in one go, so you can then go away from your computer and come back to a fully installed/updated system including reboots.. Not impossible I would say.


    There's still some little bugs, like when I installed realtek audio drivers, they'd go into an infinite loop asking for reboot and install the driver. And as a PDF reader isn't in the list of standard programs to select, foxitreader keeps saying it is not the default reader for pdf's even though I had said yes to the question 3x. If this fails to get file associations for PDF's I do hope Microsoft will fix this asap.


    Thanks for the fast answers earlier guys, it gave me the confidence that all would be well, even when I cocked up the first install with the N version.
     
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