We are helping out a non-profit organization that does have an account with techsoup.org.
On their own, someone their bought a computer that came with Windows 10 Home. It was cheaper than the machine we spec'd for them.
If I am not mistaken, that won't play well in their SBS Essentials domain, right?
So I'd like to=need get it to Windows 10 Pro?
Shouldn't be that hard? I go to tech soup. The Microsoft Windows OS upgrade is $16. this is Win 10 Enterprise. But wait,
You cannot upgrade from any Home edition of Windows.
Some more looking and I see Windows Pro Full Operating System – Get Genuine for $9. A lower price! I put that in the cart, go to check out and see this:
I understand that my organization may never place another request for Get Genuine full Windows operating systems after we have received the licenses we are requesting now.
I don't want to get 1 license and lock them out of using this solution if this happens again. Would people here
1) suggest buying a bunch of these get genuine license and stockpile them on the chance they will needed down the road?
2) Do we buy a retail copy of win 10 pro outside of tech soup for something like $150?
3) Am I mistaken and Win 10 home computers can work with the SBS Essentials domain fine?
4) Something else I am missing?
It would seem that buying a home os when pro was needed can't be all that uncommon amongst small businesses and organizations trying to take care of their own IT needs. There isn't a more cost effective path to getting Pro on a Windows Home PC than buying full Pro at retail (since it is a 1 off situation so licensing and 5 item minimum isn't viable?)