Is there a way to bypass embedded key?

aj84_11

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Hi all,
Great forum and plenty of information already !

Story goes, my laptop (Dell) has an embedded key or version information of windows home. I had already purchased a W10 Pro key that I was using and then "upgraded" to windows 11 insider a month or so ago which was also Win 11 PRO.

Fast forward to today and I created a new ISO USB with W11, assumed the ei.cfg/pid.txt would work in the same way as it did with W10 and away I went.
But, as you can tell by this thread, windows 11 home has been installed.

I know I could change the key to the Pro one and effectively upgrade but I don't work that way and prefer for any major release or update, to do a clean install.

Assuming the pid/ei method no longer works, is there another to bypass the home aspect and go straight to pro?

Thanks in advance
 

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NavyLCDR

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ei.cfg worked for me just now. I downloaded the .ISO file using the media creation tool. Created a USB flash drive with it. Inserted ei.cfg in the sources folder, and I got the version selection screen after language and keyboard. Then I deleted the ei.cfg file and rebooted into the flash drive and this time it went directly to the EULA acceptance without the choice of editions.

ei.cfg:
Code:
[CHANNEL]
RETAIL
 

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aj84_11

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Thank you!
I have no idea why it did not work the first time - but your method worked fine. Only difference was I had another tag (forgot which one) stating Professional which seemed to work fine with my W10 stick.

Either way, this solved it so thank you once again.
Until then, what I ended up doing was install 10, upgrade to 11, "reset pc" via 11 but its messy. I literally just finished and then you replied so ended up wiping again :- )
 

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