How to downgrade win 10 bussiness to win 10 home

September 17, 2020 at 09:49:52
Specs: Win10, Intel core i7 2600/ 4GB
How to install win 10 home, when on a PC that says it has a win Pro version, which has not been activated, installed? I have tried with Windows Tool for this, but it says it has problems. Is the only way to format the SDD it has with the OS installed and then install again from a windows installation disk *.iso file and burned on a DVD. I assume that I can start this DVD to start via the UEFI start up? Maybe I am a asking a stupid question, but I am insecure about the safety of this procedure? I don't want to end up with a PC that cannot be used with windows any more.

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#1
September 17, 2020 at 12:47:46
Why do you want to downgrade, what's wrong with using the Pro version?

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#2
September 17, 2020 at 18:06:45
Your post is somewhat unclear. As stated by THX, going from Win10 Pro to Home is a downgrade. Which version do you have a product key for? That will determine which Windows version to install. Why is the current version not activated? What error message do you get when you try to activate? Invalid key? Key already used?

Microsoft's current policy is that Win10 can be installed & used indefinitely without activation. There are minimal restrictions such as not being able to fully customize the desktop & there will be occasional prompts to activate, but other than that, it's fully functional.

As for installing or reinstalling Win10, I don't know why UEFI is a concern? Just boot off the DVD & follow the instructions. Personally, I think it's foolish to register an email address during the installation. I've done it at least a dozen times & all you have to do is NOT be connected to the internet during the install, you'll then have the option to setup an "offline account" (username) rather than creating a Microsoft Account.


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September 18, 2020 at 04:30:13
Let me explain the problem in more detail. We have two PCs. My wife's PC (PC1), runinng Win 10 Home started to give problems, many imprtant links didn't work any more. I thought to be clever and decided to clone the win 10 Pro I have on my PC (PC2) to a Samsung SDD with the cloning software that came with it long ago. Then I uncoupled the HDD from PC1 and mounted the SDD on it. That worked. So I coupled the HDD again and with Minitool Partition Wizard formatted the HDD to get rid of the first problematic Win version. But I forgot to get the CD key that was originally on PC1 with Jelly Bean Keyfinder. But soon MS must have discovered and problems started again on PC1 with the cloned SDD. That was the reason for me to ask Computing.net How I could downgrade to a "lower" Win version.
Riider says that I can use the non-activated version that is on PC1 now gives "minimal restrictions .... occasional prompts to activate". But it pops up quite frequently. Maybe it may be so only in the beginning of using that version. I think that my wife should just take the inconvenience and click the pop up to activate away
Some years ago I printed the Jelly Bean findings on previous computer, maybe I'll try those. Maybe I'm lucky.
Thank you for your help

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#4
September 18, 2020 at 16:16:22
I shouldn't have gotten "best answer". You should have been upfront about what you did right from the start because you would have gotten a different answer.

"My wife's PC (PC1), runinng Win 10 Home started to give problems, many imprtant links didn't work any more"

What are "important links"? Links to internet sites? Why wouldn't you have just fixed the problem rather than trying to get clever? Technically what you did is "illegal". My recommendation is to wipe the drive & start from scratch.


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