How to select Windows Home or Pro when installing Windows 10

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  1. Ultra Male

    Ultra Male Super Tweaker

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    So let's say a laptop came with Windows 10 Home from the factory....

    Example, my recent MSI GT73VR Titan Pro

    When trying to install Windows, we will notice that it doesn't even prompt us for a key but directly installs the Home Edition as it picks up the key from the UEFI BIOS and installs whatever edition that key is.....

    Well on a clean install, what if we want to save the hassle of doing the upgrade from Home to Pro in Windows and want to install Windows 10 Pro from the get go? Here's howwhy to get a prompt on which edition you want to install. You will not be prompted to enter any key with this method but can later on manually enter the key when in Windows in PC Settings > Updates & Security > Activation > Change Product Key

    If the machine was previously activated with this same key, then all you need to do is to get online and it will be auto activated within a few minutes using the hardware based activation.


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    1) Download the file called: ei.cfg

    2) Copy that file and place it in the sources folder on your Windows 10 Flash Disk

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    That's it, now when booting off the Windows 10 USB Flash Disk, you will always get a choice of which edition to install and not even need to type the product key at this stage.
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2018
  2. iunlock

    iunlock 7820HK @ 5.1GHz

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    Awesome post. Thanks!
     
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  3. DannyB513

    DannyB513 Notebook Guru

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    You will pay ~$8000.00 for a laptop, but can't host this file on a site that doesn't try to also open up malware infested sites when it is opened...SMDH!!!
     
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    Mr.Koala Notebook Virtuoso

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    Or just write the content here.
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