Juggling Win10/11 User and Version


pat100

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1. I bought a new Win10 Home PC already activated via an OEM product key and a local account.
2. I already had Win10 Pro Retail, activated and linked to my MS account, on another old PC.
3. I managed to move (not fresh install) and activate and link the old Win10 Pro Retail installation (on HD) to the new computer, deleting the new Win10 Home installation. (Linux now on the old computer.)
4. Updated Win10 Pro Retail to Win 11 Pro on new PC. Working fine for 3 months.
5. I'd now like to re-install Win11 (10?) Home to the new PC using it's original OEM product key and sell it.

And save the Win11 Pro Retail product key (linked to my MS account) for another day!

Would just changing the product key on the new (now Win11 Pro) PC back to its origional OEM product key (was Win10 Home) and fresh installing Win11 Home (10?) do the job? It sounds too easy! What would be the sequence? (Not linking to my account.)
I could suck it and see but am a bit nervous about invalidating both product keys.

Sorry if that's all a bit spaghetti-fied! Merry Christmas!
 
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As above. Currently 21H2 - 22000.376

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  • OS
    Windows 11

NavyLCDR

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The simple answer is that you will not invalidate any license for Windows 10, Home or Pro, on either computer regardless of what you do. Digital Licenses are completely different than product keys.
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero (WiFi)
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Education
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 7773
    CPU
    Intel i7-8550U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce MX150
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 512GB NVMe SSD
    SK Hynix 512GB SATA SSD
    Internet Speed
    Fast!
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