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Question on upgrading Windows 10 to the Pro version.

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I have Windows 10 on a PC and am interested in upgrading to the Pro version as it has some features I can use. I have an unused Windows 8.1 Pro Serial Number/License so I’m wondering if I can use tha…
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5m, 1d agoPosted 5 months, 1 day ago
I have Windows 10 on a PC and am interested in upgrading to the Pro version as it has some features I can use.
I have an unused Windows 8.1 Pro Serial Number/License so I’m wondering if I can use that serial number to do an in place upgrade without having to do a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro!
I say this because even though the free upgrade to 10 offer for the general public has expired seemingly you can still use a Windows 8.1 key to authorise a fresh installation of Windows 10. I am aware of the workaround for assistive technologies users and don’t want to take that route.

As it’s a new tablet and it has all the Dell drivers installed I’d rather not do a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro as that can be time consuming especially with the drivers.
So is it possible for me to do an in-place upgrade to Pro without doing a fresh install with my 8.1 key? I’m talking about what used to be called and maybe still is an Anytime Upgrade which just unlocks the extra features without needing a fresh install.
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5m, 1d agoPosted 5 months, 1 day ago
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#1
This maybe of help to you.....http://www.zdnet.com/article/going-pro-how-to-upgrade-windows-10-home-without-hassles/
#2
Evouk
This maybe of help to you.....http://www.zdnet.com/article/going-pro-how-to-upgrade-windows-10-home-without-hassles/
Thanks, that is one of the few links that I read on the matter but as it's dated December 2015 I wasn't sure if it is still valid.
I will give it a go over the weekend as may as well try as not much to lose.
#4
The regular method is straightforward but I was asking about using an 8.1 Pro key.
#5
This still works, well did yesteday

1.1 Install all necessary drivers before the next step otherwise your hardware id may not match the Windows 10 hardware id.

2. Generate a genuine ticket of your installation by:

2.1 Copy gatherosstate.exe from your downloaded Windows 10 10240/10586/14393 ISO to your installation which should be upgraded.

2.2 Run it on your activated and validated Windows. It'll output GenuineTicket.xml. Save this on a USB thumb drive or something.

2.3 Then do a fresh install with your suitable w10 ISO, skip to enter key at setup procedure.

2.4 Once it's installed make sure your internet connection is DISABLED/do not enable the internet connection! Reboot w10.
2.5.0 Open CMD as admin
2.5.1 net stop clipsvc
2.5.2 Copy GenuineTicket.xml to its proper place
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket\ of your w10 installation
2.5.3 net start clipsvc
2.5.4 Connect online.
2.6. it should activate.



Edited By: djnaff on Sep 24, 2016 12:45
#6
djnaff
2.3 Then do a fresh install with your suitable w10 ISO, skip to enter key at setup procedure.
Thanks, but I can't be arsed to do a fresh install of 10 as it's not that important to me as I may be putting 8.1 on it anyway. I was thinking before I do that whether there's a quick way to upgrade to Pro in case I want to use 10 in the future and they have removed that loophole by then.
#7
djnaff
This still works, well did yesteday
1.1 Install all necessary drivers before the next step otherwise your hardware id may not match the Windows 10 hardware id.
2. Generate a genuine ticket of your installation by:
2.1 Copy gatherosstate.exe from your downloaded Windows 10 10240/10586/14393 ISO to your installation which should be upgraded.
2.2 Run it on your activated and validated Windows. It'll output GenuineTicket.xml. Save this on a USB thumb drive or something.
2.3 Then do a fresh install with your suitable w10 ISO, skip to enter key at setup procedure.
2.4 Once it's installed make sure your internet connection is DISABLED/do not enable the internet connection! Reboot w10.
2.5.0 Open CMD as admin
2.5.1 net stop clipsvc
2.5.2 Copy GenuineTicket.xml to its proper place
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket\ of your w10 installation
2.5.3 net start clipsvc
2.5.4 Connect online.
2.6. it should activate.
Thanks for that nugget of information ;)
#8
Agharta
The regular method is straightforward but I was asking about using an 8.1 Pro key.

Have you tired this method using the 8.1 Key? Might well work as you can use an 8.1 key for a clean install of 10

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