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    Question How can I select the version of Windows 10 to install?

    I have an HP Stream G3 which used to belong to my Grandson. It had Windows 10 Student in it. It needs a clean install, so I tried to install Windows 10 Pro v 1903. It will only install W10 S. How can I get it to install W10 Pro instead? I have used the same iso file several times, so I know that Pro is in it. Would it be something in the BIOS?
    The SSD is 58GB, so there is plenty of room.

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    Default Re: How can I select the version of Windows 10 to install?

    Windows will be detecting the Version that's embedded in the Motherboard To change to Pro you will need a Pro Licence.

    Once S is installed you then open the properties of This PC, OR in search type in Change Product Key - Click on "Change Product Key" in the window that opens Type in Your Professional Key, it will go check, then assuming all is well, upgrade to Professional.

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    If Its Windows 10 S That's different again, you can change it over to a regular Install.

    Struck it the other day, had to change it to Home full. There was an option to change it back to Standard.

    Here's what S actually is: https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...-pc-comparison
    Last edited by wainuitech; 06-02-2020 at 12:53 PM.
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    Default Re: How can I select the version of Windows 10 to install?

    I have found another way.
    * Prepare a USB stick (I use Rufus)
    * Mount USB stick in file manager (I use Nemo)
    * Create a file with Notepad or equivalent:-

    [Channel]
    Retail

    * Save as ei.cfg (if using Notepad it may have extension .txt, remove it.)
    * Copy the "ei.cfg" file and paste it into the "Sources" folder of Windows 10 Iso on USB stick.

    When you install, a list of available W10's is displayed for your selection. This overrides any records in BIOS.
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    Default Re: How can I select the version of Windows 10 to install?

    Still needs a Professional product key / code, the S version wont activate Professional. If you have one that's good, if not , well ----
    Update / Upgrades = Replace old bugs with new ones.

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    Default Re: How can I select the version of Windows 10 to install?

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Still needs a Professional product key / code, the S version wont activate Professional. If you have one that's good, if not , well ----
    Not a problem!

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