Solved Want to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro from old desktop Windows 10 Pro


Iggy_AZ

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Overview:
My old Desktop PC had Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and I got the free upgrade to Windows 10 Ultimate 64bit which is still installed on old PC but hardware won't allow upgrade to Windows 11.

So I built a new Desktop PC and installed Windows 11 Home with Prod ID from an Windows 10 OEM disk I bought a year ago.
All installed and upgraded new PC to Windows 11 Home and is running great but.....
Now that I've been running it awhile Win11 Home I need some of the things the Pro version has like Remote Desktop which is not available in the Win 11 Home Version.

Question?????
If I wanted to upgrade to Windows 11 Pro can I somehow use my old PC Windows 10 Ultimate to start a fresh install on my new PC so I can get Windows 11 Pro?

Is this possible?
Is there a simpler or better way to do this?
Do I need to do a fresh install with my OLD Windows 7 Ultimate with Prod ID? Then to Windows 10 Ultimate then to Windows 11 Pro?

Hope I clearly state it so you can understand.

Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated?

Thank you
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Selfbuild Dec 2021
    CPU
    11th Generation i5-11500
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte AORUS B560M Pro
    Memory
    16 Gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Yes
    Sound Card
    Yes
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro NVMe
    PSU
    750 Watt
    Case
    Fractal Meshify 2 Compact
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
    Keyboard
    Yes
    Mouse
    Squeaky one
    Internet Speed
    Gigablast!
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Got my 2 Shots plus my Booster

Iggy_AZ

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Never mind I found my solution.
I just entered a new Prod Key from my OLD Windows 7 Ultimate Disk and it magically upgraded to Windows 11 Pro.
Way too easy.
Very quick also.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Selfbuild Dec 2021
    CPU
    11th Generation i5-11500
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte AORUS B560M Pro
    Memory
    16 Gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Yes
    Sound Card
    Yes
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro NVMe
    PSU
    750 Watt
    Case
    Fractal Meshify 2 Compact
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
    Keyboard
    Yes
    Mouse
    Squeaky one
    Internet Speed
    Gigablast!
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Got my 2 Shots plus my Booster

Ghot

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Never mind I found my solution.
I just entered a new Prod Key from my OLD Windows 7 Ultimate Disk and it magically upgraded to Windows 11 Pro.
Way too easy.
Very quick also.


Darn. I was gonna say that. :D
The product keys from Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10... work for Windows 11. :)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22000.675
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security (latest)
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

Iggy_AZ

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Thank you anyway Ghot.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Selfbuild Dec 2021
    CPU
    11th Generation i5-11500
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte AORUS B560M Pro
    Memory
    16 Gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Yes
    Sound Card
    Yes
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro NVMe
    PSU
    750 Watt
    Case
    Fractal Meshify 2 Compact
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
    Keyboard
    Yes
    Mouse
    Squeaky one
    Internet Speed
    Gigablast!
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Got my 2 Shots plus my Booster

Ghot

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22000.675
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security (latest)
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

Iggy_AZ

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I guess I'm getting slow in my old age.
:)
Getting slow at your age. :)

I'm 72 and it took me One Post here and an hour to figure out the above solution.:ROFLMAO::LOL::LOL::LOL:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Selfbuild Dec 2021
    CPU
    11th Generation i5-11500
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte AORUS B560M Pro
    Memory
    16 Gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Yes
    Sound Card
    Yes
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro NVMe
    PSU
    750 Watt
    Case
    Fractal Meshify 2 Compact
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
    Keyboard
    Yes
    Mouse
    Squeaky one
    Internet Speed
    Gigablast!
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Got my 2 Shots plus my Booster

Iggy_AZ

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I have not noticed any major differences in Win11 Home and now Win11 Pro.
Didn't take long to update to update with Prod ID and didn't take long installing any downloads.
So Woo Weee I'm running Win11 Pro for whatever its worth. :hug:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Selfbuild Dec 2021
    CPU
    11th Generation i5-11500
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte AORUS B560M Pro
    Memory
    16 Gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Yes
    Sound Card
    Yes
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro NVMe
    PSU
    750 Watt
    Case
    Fractal Meshify 2 Compact
    Cooling
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
    Keyboard
    Yes
    Mouse
    Squeaky one
    Internet Speed
    Gigablast!
    Browser
    MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Got my 2 Shots plus my Booster

AddRAM

This is the way !
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Glad you are happy with W11 :)

Once you learn and customize it, it`s nice (y)
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Skylake Special X299
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 9900X
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II
    Memory
    GSkill Trident Z RGB 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 3080 12GB FTW3 Ultra Gaming (12G-P5-4877-KL)
    Sound Card
    Supreme FX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PG279Q
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440 165Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 500GB x2, Seagate Barracuda 4TB x2, Western Digital Black 4TB x1
    PSU
    EVGA 1200 P2, EVGA Black Custom Braided Cables
    Case
    Thermaltake View 31 Tempered Glass Limited Edition
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i, Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
    Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spark
    Mouse
    Logitech G700s, Asus ROG GX860 Buzzard
    Internet Speed
    Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway 75/75
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes 4.5.2
    Other Info
    Thermaltake Riing Duo 14 x3, Thermaltake Riing Plus 14 x2, Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless Headset
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Skylake Special Z170
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 6700K
    Motherboard
    Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1
    Memory
    GSkill Trident Z RGB 16GB 3600 16-16-16-36 (F4-3600C16D-16GTZR)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC x2, EVGA Pro HB SLI Bridge
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC G2460PG
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 144Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 870 Evo 500GB, Seagate Barracuda 4TB x2
    PSU
    EVGA 1000 P2, EVGA White Custom Braided Cables
    Case
    Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i v2, Corsair ML120 x2, Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
    Mouse
    Logitech G500s
    Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum
    Internet Speed
    Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway 75/75
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes 4.5.2
    Other Info
    Corsair SP120 x4, LG Blu-ray Drive, Durabrand HT-395 100 Watt Dolby Digital Amp

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The default way of producing the windows versions is to build a master setup, equivalent to Enterprise, Usually), and then, switch off the functionality that is not included in the lower versions. When it comes to an upgrade from one version to another, such as Home to Pro, it's a simple task to switch on the functionality required, ( the additional items used for the functions are already there in place), and just need activation), with a small coding change, often a single registry key. Obviously the code needed to activate the functionality in the upgrade process is not usually widely available :wink:
 

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest Release Preview]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chillblast to my design
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X, 4.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime X570-Pro Motherboard
    Memory
    64GB DDR4 3200MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1650 Ti - HDMI, DP
    Sound Card
    On motherboard Feeding SPDiF 5.1 system
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" UHD 32 Bit HDR Monitor + 43" UHD 4K 32Bit HDR TV
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    1TB M2 SSD OS, 500GB Fast Access SSD, 2 x 8TB Data + Various Externals from 1TB to 4TB, 10TB NAS
    PSU
    NZXT C750 80 PLUS Gold 750W Modular PSU
    Case
    Chillblast Silent Workstation PC Case - Black
    Cooling
    NZXT Kraken X63 280mm CPU Cooler, Quiet Case fans Fan
    Keyboard
    Wireless Logitec MX Keys + K830 [Depending on where I'm Sat]
    Mouse
    Wireless Logitec - MX Master 3 + M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021
    Other Info
    Also run...
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64 HP 15.2"
    Nexus 7 Android tablet [x2]
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Blackview 10.2 Tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    Samsung S9 Plus Smartphone
    Samsung Note S20
    Wacom Pro Medium Pen Pad
    Wacom Pro Small Pen Pad
    Wacom ExpressKey Remote
    Loopdeck+ Graphics Controller
    Shuttle Pro v2 Control Pad
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64 [Latest release]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 17 9700
    CPU
    i7 10750H
    Motherboard
    Stock
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Stock Intel + GTX 1650 Ti
    Sound Card
    Stock 4 speaker
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Stock 17"
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 HDR touchscreen
    Hard Drives
    2TB M2 NVMe
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Stock Aluminium / Carbon Fibre
    Cooling
    Stock + 2 fan cooling pad
    Mouse
    Stock Trackpad +Logi Mx Master 3
    Keyboard
    Stock Illuminated + Logi - MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    72 MB Down 18.5 MB Up
    Browser
    Latest Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2021

dbartenstein

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Never mind I found my solution.
I just entered a new Prod Key from my OLD Windows 7 Ultimate Disk and it magically upgraded to Windows 11 Pro.
Way too easy.
Very quick also.
Sweet! I had forgotten that I had an old copy of Win 8 Pro hanging around and just upgraded Win 11 to Pro! Thanks all!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Beta channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer AN515-54
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-9300H CPU @ 2.40GHz 2.40 GHz
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, Intel UHD 630
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer CB272D
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    256GB and 1T SSD
    Keyboard
    Logitech K375S
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    250MB
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro (Insider Dev Channel)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell E6430
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3540M CPU @ 3.00GHz 3.00 GHz (non-compliant)
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA NVS 5200M
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
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