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        Susan Bradley
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        Ed Bott reports that you can use a Win 7 pro or ultimate key to upgrade your Windows 10 home to pro. I still recommend upgrading from Home to Pro beca
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        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

      • #2367152
        ve2mrx
        AskWoody Plus

        I do!

        Didn’t Microsoft officially terminate this upgrade program? I remember reading that although it worked, “the product wasn’t properly licensed” or something like that?

        Of course, there is no place where you can see it is improperly licensed, and your only clue is that it activates…

        Which brings this question : how can anybody prove Windows 10 is properly licensed during a potential audit? You ask Microsoft?

        Martin

      • #2367105
        anonymous
        Guest

        Possibly not a good idea if you still run Windows 7 on another machine???

      • #2367114
        anonymous
        Guest

        Answer yes, but why would I downgrade to Windows 10?

         

        Group W7 too L (halfway through switching too Linux Mint)

      • #2367126
        anonymous
        Guest

        Yes thanks, and plan to re-activate Windows 7 Pro for use on an offline i5 ivybridge based desktop using the ESU bypass method after seeing my friend done it. To say I was impressed is an understatement, looking forward to that rainy weekend excersise.

      • #2367161
        agoldhammer
        AskWoody Plus

        I think one needs to consider the use of the PC in terms of deciding between Home and Pro.  I have one PC that has two jobs, stream content and run my cable card tuner/DVR program.  No printing or other apps at all.  For this PC Win 10 Home is just fine and saves me a few dollars.  Both my wife’s and my workstations run Win 10 Pro.

      • #2367192
        DaveBoston
        AskWoody Lounger

        I have a Win 7 Pro laptop that I never use any more, so seemingly a candidate for upgrading my Windows 10 Home O/S. When I went to get the activation code for the Win 7 Pro, I discover is is an OEM one – format is xxxxx-OEM-xxxxxx-xxxxx

        Before I start the journey I wanted to ask is the OEM Win 7 Pro acceptable for this upgrade of Win 10 Home to Pro?

        • #2367201
          PKCano
          Manager

          OEM licenses are locked to the original OEM machine.
          The upgrade will work and activate Win10 Pro on that machine.
          But if you intend to put Win10 Pro on another machine (legally), you will need a WIn7 Pro/Ultimate RETAIL license.

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      • #2367203
        Cybertooth
        AskWoody Plus

        I think one needs to consider the use of the PC in terms of deciding between Home and Pro.  I have one PC that has two jobs, stream content and run my cable card tuner/DVR program.  No printing or other apps at all.  For this PC Win 10 Home is just fine and saves me a few dollars.  Both my wife’s and my workstations run Win 10 Pro.

        Out of curiosity, which hardware and software are you using for the CableCARD and the DVR function on that Windows 10 system?

         

      • #2367206
        Douglas
        AskWoody Plus

        I have a PC that originally ran Win 7 Pro, and I later upgraded it to Win 8.1 Pro. Neither key is an OEM key. Would either of those keys work to upgrade directly to Win 10 Pro?

        • #2367210
          Susan Bradley
          Manager

          Technical answer: Yes

          Legal answer: Are you still “using” the Windows 7 product key as the justification for the Win8?  If the underlying legal license is still in use, it shouldn’t be used to process an upgrade.

          ALL THE TIME with Microsoft the answer is yes you can do it, but we’ll need to get a dozen lawyers in the room and argue whether it’s legal to do so or not.

          Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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          • #2367213
            Douglas
            AskWoody Plus

            No, I upgraded to Win 8.1 Pro with an 8.1 key that came with the original MS installation disks.

      • #2367254
        KB6OJS
        AskWoody Plus

        For whatever it’s worth, this has been true ever since the first days of Windows 10. I kind of blundered onto it, just a “what would happen if…” and it worked, so I’ve been doing it every time I got a new system or had to reinstall Windows 10. So don’t toss out those old codes, kiddies, you never know when they’ll come in handy! 🙂

      • #2367281
        agoldhammer
        AskWoody Plus

        I think one needs to consider the use of the PC in terms of deciding between Home and Pro.  I have one PC that has two jobs, stream content and run my cable card tuner/DVR program.  No printing or other apps at all.  For this PC Win 10 Home is just fine and saves me a few dollars.  Both my wife’s and my workstations run Win 10 Pro.

        Out of curiosity, which hardware and software are you using for the CableCARD and the DVR function on that Windows 10 system?

         

        I have a Hauppage 2650 dual channel cable card tuner.  I was running it on a Win 7 machine with MSFT Media Center but with Win 7 going out of service I updated to Win10.  Hauppage have a program they developed that works under Win 10.  the interface is clunky and not as easy to use as the Microsoft program but it is functional and allows one to record programming.  I think it costs about $12 if you already have the tuner.  Since my cable card was already activated some years ago, installation of the new software was easy.

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