Helping out a church with a laptop they bought by mistake with window 10 home on it. they need windows 10 pro because of the server essentials domain they have.
The OS on this latop got corrupted as part of a windows update. I pitched that if this was windows 10 pro / on the domain, it would have been backed up. So they want to get this to windows 10 pro and they are looking to go through tech soup for that.
I have a win 10 install media thumb drive - when I've used it before (on machines with win 7 originally) it would ask what version of win 10 to install -- home, pro, eterprise, etc. and then ask for a license key. you could skip the license key and if the machine had been upgraded to win 10 (under free upgrade in that first year, etc.) it would auto activate. or I would think OS would run but only short term till you enter a key.
On this win 10 home machine, when I boot off the win 10 install media, it must be reading the bios (that's where win 10 keys are stored now?) and seeing it's a home machine... so it installed that without asking what version to install.
We are getting a get genuine license from tech soup for win 10 pro for this machinee. but ( a seperate issue), mirosoft / tech soup only lets them place 1 order EVER for get genuine licenses... so I am asking them how many licenses to get. While they debate that / till we place the order for the licenses, I want to start getting this machine going
There's a spot in windows 10 home for update where you can enter a win 10 pro key and the machine will become a windows 10 pro machine. Would you think I can build this machine as win 10 home, install office, etc THEN when we get the win 10 pro get genuine licnese (for win 10 pro), we can enter that and this machinee will accept it?
I've heard in previous OS, you have to use brand specific install media for the key / sticker to work. or similar difficulties. Think the get genuine key has to be entered on a machine built with certain media / went directly to win 10 pro? The get genuine page does say it's for machines with illegal software or legit older versions of winddow / home verisons.
Or is there a place to get the get genuine install files now and without a key it'd be in that limited functionality mode till we get the keY
Or a way to get the standard win 10 install media to show the choices for what OS to install?
Or best way to get moving on this till we get the win 10 pro get genuine key?