Windows 10: Downgrading from Pro to Home

Discus and support Downgrading from Pro to Home in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I downgraded from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home without losing personal files and apps today. The process took approximately two hours, and it was... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by hello10, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. hello10 Win User

    Downgrading from Pro to Home


    I downgraded from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home without losing personal files and apps today. The process took approximately two hours, and it was pretty scary, for obvious reasons. I had "researched" for the best procedure prior, but most of the information I got were discouraging - that is, if they even agreed that it could be done - until I came across the following in YouTube: How to Downgrade Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home Edition It was a lifesaver.

    I am sharing it with you here, in case the need arises.

    :)
     
    hello10, Nov 9, 2018
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  2. Rose Cal Win User

    Downgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Home Single Language

    Hi,

    To assist you better on how to downgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Home Single Language, we'd like to know if you're getting any error messages.

    Meanwhile, we suggest that you follow the steps shared by Andre Da Costa on this

    thread
    on how to downgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Home.

    Keep us posted if you need additional help.
     
    Rose Cal, Nov 9, 2018
    #2
  3. ic_988 Win User
    How to Windows 10 Pro OEM downgrade to Windows 7 Pro

    Understanding downgrade rights
    Updated 11/30/2016

    Important: the information on this page is intended for system builders and the downgrade rights that apply to their customers. If you are a customer of a direct OEM, please contact your OEM for more information about downgrade rights. If
    you are a direct OEM, please contact your Microsoft Account Manager.

    Downgrade and down-edition rights are an end-user right that Microsoft offers to customers for certain OEM products which meet the technical requirements for a Windows software downgrade. Downgrade rights are documented in the Microsoft Software License
    Terms that customers accept upon first running Windows and Windows Server software. Thanks to downgrade rights, end users who have acquired a later version of the software (such as Windows 10 Pro or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard) can use an earlier version
    of the software until they are ready to migrate to a later version technology.

    If a product includes downgrade rights, the license terms for that product will indicate which earlier versions of the software may be used.

    Downgrade rights will vary depending on if the software was acquired via volume licensing, OEMs, or full packaged product (FPP).

    Downgrade rights for Windows software
    The following OEM versions of Windows software are eligible for downgrade rights.

    Windows 10 Pro includes downgrade rights to:

    • Windows 8.1 Pro
    • Windows 7

      Professional

    Windows 8.1 Pro includes downgrade rights to:

    • Windows 7 Professional
    • Windows Vista Business

    Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate include downgrade rights to:

    • Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate
    • Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, or Windows XP x64 Edition
    Note Other OEM Windows 7 versions (for example, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium) do not include downgrade rights.

    Note downgrade rights are only available as long as Microsoft provides support for that earlier version, as outlined in the
    Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

    Steps for an end user to downgrade Windows software

    To downgrade eligible Windows software, end users must:

    • Purchase a PC preinstalled with Windows software.
    • Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
    • Perform the downgrade process to the eligible downgrade product using the media/key from a genuine, previously licensed OEM or retail product.
    The downgrade process

    Follow these steps to downgrade to an earlier version of Windows software:

    • Use genuine Windows media and a corresponding product key for the version of Windows that is eligible for downgrade. The media/key should come from a previously licensed product from the OEM or retail channel.
    • End users who are licensed separately through Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) may provide their VL media and key to a system builder to facilitate the downgrade on their own systems.
    • Insert the downgrade-eligible version of Windows media and follow the installation instructions.
    • Enter the product key.
    • If the software was previously activated, it cannot be activated online. In this case, the appropriate local Activation Support phone number will be displayed. Call the number and explain the circumstances. When it is determined that the end user has an
      eligible Windows license, the customer service representative will provide a single-use activation code to activate the software. Please note that Microsoft does not provide a full product key in this scenario.
    • Activate the software.
    For scenarios involving large volume downgrades, end users are encouraged to consider VL which provides the benefits of reimaging rights and volume activation, which can make the process of downgrading much easier.

    Authorizing a third party to exercise downgrade rights for an end user

    Because downgrade rights apply to end users, they are not designed for third-party facilitation, which has many complications. Also, such facilitation is not suitable for carrying out on a large scale.
     
    ic_988, Nov 9, 2018
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  4. Brink Win User

    Downgrading from Pro to Home

    Usable Product Keys for Enterprise downgrade to Pro


    Hello wetenhr, and welcome to Ten Forums. Downgrading from Pro to Home :)

    You could downgrade to Windows 10 Pro using the generic key under step 1. You'll still be using the same version that you currently have installed, but you will be able to update to the latest version and build via Windows Update.

    When it's finished downgrading, you could try to activate Windows 10 Pro with your Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate key. If unsuccessful, you may need to purchase a Windows 10 Pro key from the Store to use to activate with.
     
    Brink, Nov 9, 2018
    #4
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