Windows 11 Pro installed, machine has W11 Home key and won't accept a Pro key


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Changing the key to Win 8 RTM Professional OEM accepted the key but no upgrade - remained Home activated.

Changing the key to Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Retail did go the upgrade.
Did you reboot. IIRC, a W8.x upgrade key requires a reboot (?) ... Well, one of them does and given your experience, I suspect it's 8 :unsure:
 

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Did you reboot. IIRC, a W8.x upgrade key requires a reboot (?) ... Well, one of them does and given your experience, I suspect it's 8 :unsure:
No, I was expecting that blue popup "we are going to upgrade" thingy. Got the notification with the retail key, however.
 

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Correct..

I Installed Home with a Microsoft Windows 8.1 RTM Core OEM:NONSLP key and it activated
View attachment 31658

Changing the key to Win 8 RTM Professional OEM accepted the key but no upgrade - remained Home activated.

Changing the key to Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Retail did go the upgrade.


I just did a clean install on the same VM and it activated automaticallyScreenshot 2022-06-17 114308.png
 

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For an clean install on a PC with Home Key in Bios create an ei.cfg file with this content:

[EditionID]
Professional
[Channel]
Retail

There you can read more about the file and where to save it:


Or install Windows Home, cut the Internet connection and then open the Setting and go to Activation and change the Product Key to the Generic Pro Key:
VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T

You will then get an error message. Ignore them and restart the computer.

The Windows Edtion should then have changed to Pro.

After that go back to change product key and change the key to the existing one to activate windows.
 

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