You must use that image since it is specific to the volume license. Just this week I upgraded few workstations. The upgrading seems to be needed to link the old key with the new Windows 10 licence. Ever since Vista, the activation process for Windows has gotten more stringent. Then it is used to activate Windows and you just can't put another key.
I have a license from the previous computer for Pro. Joe9493 wrote: If we purchase systems that are only configurable for purchase preloaded with Windows 10 Home, what are the best ways to upgrade them from Home to Pro and add to Volume Licenses? Second option is to buy full retail copies of Windows 10 Pro for each device. Make sure your connected to the internet to do this as well as it needs to contact microsoft's activation servers. If you have the license from the upgrade to pro install that. I've not found any easy way around this. I have been trying to accomplish this upgrade as well. I have also purchased 8.
Once at the activation page you should see a change key area. This method is legal and was supplied by Microsoft. The reason I had the issue was this was a computer with Home installed but we did an in place upgrade with Microsoft. This is a clunky process that requires a separate purchase transaction for every device. If it involves a complete reinstall then I probably won't bother.
Now entering the product key I have will not work from the activation screen enter a different product key due to the fact that it thinks I'm upgrading to Win 10 pro since it self activated Win 10 Home and my key is not an upgrade key but rather a full install key and they are two different animals. Before I try, can someone confirm this is correct. I found no mention of this anywhere on the web so I am mentioning it here and a couple of other places to maybe save someone else some grief. However saying all that my Dell laptop is being a pain and when I run the installer it keeps asking for a product key when neither of the others did. You are only purchasing Pro once for each machine. I am really happy that worked! But yes, you can do this.
You must be signed in as an administrator to upgrade your edition of Windows. I disagree with the above advice. I just tried the steps in the quoted message, but it isn't working. Hi jurgen-wh, According to the error code, here is a link for reference: Activation Error Codes for Volume Activation For a volume license issue, it is recommended to ask for help from our Volume License center. The information I have from Microsoft indicates that I should contact Dell. You are required to have a qualifying version of Windows installed on your device to purchase Volume Licensing Upgrades of Windows 10 Pro. Your cheapest route is to purchase them with Pro instead of Home.
Enter your new product key in the given field. Is there another way that is both economical and efficient? Joe how did you handle this end up? It must be a retail key. No, the Pro Pac was purchased from BestSoft24. Now that I am installing it, it is asking for a Product Key. But this is possibly contradicted by my finding posts from people. From there, you can make your purchase by clicking on the Buy button.
Actually, I did not try what you suggested don't want anyone else giving up on that trick in case it might work for them. When I enter my key it fails and will not activate. Don't know where my head was when I wrote that. But I think it's something deeper, since when the special auth code is entered, the behavior is identical to after the second activation, a really quick timer count from 0-100 followed by a restart --not enough time do actually download anything unless it's very small. I hope Microsoft didn't do something that stupid but only time will tell. Volume licensing can make tracking and dealing with activations easier as well as being useful for eventual re-imaging. Thank you for your answer.
For that purpose, this allows the skipping of an installation step. However, I've learned that after upgrading to Windows 10 for free, as long as you bring it up to update 1511, you can use Windows 7, 8, and 8. Mark494945 wrote: Cannot thank you enough Deanmoncaster. But it is was too late for me in any case. If you had a retail key full or upgrade , you would be able to.