How to switch from Windows 10 Pro to Home

How to switch from Windows 10 Pro to Home

Windows 10 is offered in two versions: Home and Pro. They are both packed with specific features, and while the Windows 10 Pro is targeted at the business market, the Home version offers those features that regular users need the most. Let’s see how to switch from Windows 10 Pro to Home.

Table of Contents

  1. How to switch from Windows 10 Pro to Home
    1. Steps to switch from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home
  2. Wrap Up

How to switch from Windows 10 Pro to Home

There are a bunch of reasons that may lead users to migrate from Windows 10 Pro to Home, and we’re going to explain how to do it throughout this article.

We have put this guide together so you can carry out the transition safely and without having problems. But first, let’s see some features of both versions of Windows.

Features of Windows 10 Home

  • Windows 10 Home comes with a revamped Start Menu;
  • It’s built-in with the full version of Microsoft digital assistant, Cortana;
  • It offers some useful features like battery saver, Windows Hello, and TPM support.

Features of Windows 10 Pro

  • All the features offered by Windows 10 Home are present in the Pro version plus some more;
  • It comes with useful privacy tools like Group Policy Management, Domain Join, Remote Desktop, Assigned Access 8.1, Direct Access, Bitlocker, Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE), and Client Hyper-V.

Steps to switch from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home

STEP 1: Back up all the files and data on your computer before doing anything. Failure to backup may lead to a loss of your important data;

STEP 2: Make sure you have an authentic and working license key for your Windows 10 Home OS version;

STEP 3: Click the Search icon on your taskbar. Type in “Regedit“, right-click and choose “Run as administrator” to open the Registry Editor;

STEP 4: On the screen, click on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and from the dropdown, click on “SOFTWARE”, and then “Microsoft” and “WindowsNT” and “CurrentVersion”;

STEP 5: Look out for the product name tagged “Windows 10 Pro”. Double-click it and rename it to Windows 10 Home. Click “Ok”;

STEP 6: Navigate to “EditionID”. Click on “Professional” twice and edit the value to “Core”. Click “Ok” to confirm;

STEP 7: Close the current path and click on “Computer”. From the dropdown menu, click on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” then, “Software”, “WOW6432Node”, “Microsoft”, “WindowsNT”, and then “CurrentVersion”;

STEP 8: Edit the product name to Windows 10. Also, change “EditionID” to “Core”;

STEP 9: Close the “Registry Editor”;

STEP 10: Launch your web browser and in the search engine, search for “Media Creation Tool”. Click on the Microsoft website in the search results and download it;

STEP 11: After the tool has been downloaded, open it. Click on “Accept” to accept all the software license terms;

STEP 12: On the following screen, choose “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC”. Then, click “Next”;

STEP 13: Check the box that says: “Use the recommended options for this PC”. Then, click “Next”;

STEP 14: Choose the ISO file and click “Next”; Select the location you will like to save the file and wait;

STEP 15: Once the file has been saved successfully, you will be able to burn it to a DVD. You can then use it to install the Windows OS or mount the ISO image to a virtual drive;

STEP 16: From the DVD or mounted image, open the setup file and wait for the program to launch;

STEP 17: Select “Not right now”, and click “Next”;

STEP 18: Click on “Accept” to accept the terms and conditions of using the license;

STEP 19: You will see information pop up telling you that you are about to install Windows 10 Home, and all your files and apps will be left unchanged;

STEP 20: Click “Install” and wait for the required time it will take for the installation to finish;

STEP 21: Once the installation is complete, check the version information, and you will find your operating system switched to Windows 10 Home;

STEP 22: Go and check all your files to confirm that they are intact. If any is missing, which is highly unlikely, you don’t have to panic as you already have a backup of your data;

STEP 23: Enjoy your PC with the new Windows version!

Wrap Up

By the time you really get back to Windows 10 Home, you will realize that you will barely be missing much of Windows 10 Pro.

Windows 10 Home likely has all the features you will ever need; you just need to continue enjoying your PC after the switch.

Hopefully, you have found these steps helpful enough in making the switch conveniently without issues.

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