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Windows 10 Home to Pro

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47 minutes ago, Yucipher said:

I have a laptop with windows 10 Home installed and another with Windows 10 Pro. I would like to clone the drive of the laptop with windows 10 Pro and install it in the Laptop with Windows 10 Home.

Each laptop is activated with a license associated with its motherboard.

 

Therefore, you'll run into activation errors until you provide the original Windows 10 Pro key. You can use ProduKey to record your Windows 10 Pro key for reactivation. Keep in mind you cannot have two active devices utilizing the same product key.

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I have a laptop with windows 10 Home installed and another with Windows 10 Pro. I would like to clone the drive of the laptop with windows 10 Pro and install it in the Laptop with Windows 10 Home.

 

My question is, will the Pro license work on the new laptop and become a Pro machine or will the Home license interfere?

 

 

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The pro key might work but the other laptop will be deactivated

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You can't use the same Windows license on two machines. One of them will most likely become unlicensed.

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47 minutes ago, Yucipher said:

I have a laptop with windows 10 Home installed and another with Windows 10 Pro. I would like to clone the drive of the laptop with windows 10 Pro and install it in the Laptop with Windows 10 Home.

Each laptop is activated with a license associated with its motherboard.

 

Therefore, you'll run into activation errors until you provide the original Windows 10 Pro key. You can use ProduKey to record your Windows 10 Pro key for reactivation. Keep in mind you cannot have two active devices utilizing the same product key.

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super fast and amazing info. thank you.

 

Would the same apply for a windows 7 laptop? 

cloning the windows 7 laptop, inserting the drive into a windows 10 laptop and upgrading the OS?

 

It should then take the windows 10 license and the windows 7 license can still be used? (if that makes sense).

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3 minutes ago, Yucipher said:

cloning the windows 7 laptop, inserting the drive into a windows 10 laptop and upgrading the OS?

You don't need to bother with cloning unless you're bringing data present on the drive with you. Windows 10 accepts Windows 7 keys for activation as long as it's the same edition.

3 minutes ago, Yucipher said:

It should then take the windows 10 license and the windows 7 license can still be used? (if that makes sense).

It shouldn't work, but I've found that both devices will generally stay activated.

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22 minutes ago, PorkishPig said:

Windows 10 accepts Windows 7 keys for activation as long as it's the same edition.

Oh wow, that's interesting. Thought the upgrade for free option was no longer a thing. Thank you.

 

Sorry for the lousy questions. I was just hoping there would be a way around it without the need of additional licenses.

 

Thank you all for the help. I really appreciate it.

Have a great day further and keep safe.

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