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Laptop came with Windows 10 Home, upgraded to Windows 10 Edu, how to downgrade back to Windows 10 home?

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Laptop came with Windows 10 Home, upgraded to Windows 10 Edu, how to downgrade back to Windows 10 home?

So my laptop originally shipped with Windows 10 Home with a digital license, no product key. I did a clean install with Windows 10 Education I got from school. How do I downgrade back to Windows 10 Home?
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Clean install with Windows 10 home install media would probably be the simplest and cleanest way to do it.
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Just put in the generic home key (found on MS site): it will downgrade to home. No need to reinstall anything.
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birthdaymonkey wrote: Why do you wish to downgrade?
looking to give it a friend, but want to use the Windows 10 Edu license on my new PC build
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lossless wrote: looking to give it a friend, but want to use the Windows 10 Edu license on my new PC build
You do know that Windows 10 Home is available for free in an unlicensed mode? The only difference is the friend won't be able to personalize their desktop wallpaper and they will have a small watermark in the corners of their desktop.

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dmehus wrote: You do know that Windows 10 Home is available for free in an unlicensed mode? The only difference is the friend won't be able to personalize their desktop wallpaper and they will have a small watermark in the corners of their desktop.

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No I was not aware of this.
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lossless wrote: No I was not aware of this.
Yep, I read about it on ZDNet or HowToGeek (or both). Basically, you use the Windows Media Creation Tool to create a Windows disk, which lets you install and use Windows 10 but without an activated license, a desktop watermark appears and you can't change the desktop wallpaper, colour scheme, etc. I've tried it in a virtual machine, so definitely works.

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dmehus wrote: Yep, I read about it on ZDNet or HowToGeek (or both). Basically, you use the Windows Media Creation Tool to create a Windows disk, which lets you install and use Windows 10 but without an activated license, a desktop watermark appears and you can't change the desktop wallpaper, colour scheme, etc. I've tried it in a virtual machine, so definitely works.

Cheers,
Doug
That's great, thanks for sharing!

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