Windows has launched two new versions Windows 10 Pro and Windows Home Version. As windows 10 pro has many advanced features and additional features, the activation and license key is very costly, many users try to downgrade their systems or laptops Windows 10 pro to Windows 10 Home.
This article covers all the methods and process that are required to downgrade the Windows 10 pro Os to Windows 10 home OS. It will also provide the differences between the both Os versions and reason to downgrade the Windows version.
Why downgrade from Pro to Home?
When you install Original Windows 10 home version Operating system on your system and forget to disable the option “Install Updates”, Windows will automatically update your OS to the updated version like the Windows 10 Pro.
When this upgrade process is completed, it might ask for the activation key which will be very expensive. This when we look into downgrade of Windows 10 Pro to Home which will allow you to use your older version of windows home which is already activated with the license key that you have.
When your Windows gets updated automatically, there is nothing that you can do stop that installation. But when you try to activate the windows, you need to use the keys that are generated for activation. When Windows 10 Home version is providing lot of efficient features, many of us want use that instead of buying the expensive keys. The only difference between Home and Pro is the security that they both provide and Windows 10 pro can be used on professional and business computers. But for personal computers or laptops , Windows 10 Home edition will be sufficient.
Windows 10 Pro VS Home
The main difference between Windows 10 Pro and Windows Home is the security that both of them provide. When compared to Windows 10 home, pro is more secure as the device with pro can be connected to a domain. The other differences include:
- Windows 10 pro has many advanced built –in features like Hyper-V, Bitlocker, Microsoft update for Business, Remote desktop and assigned access which are not available in Windows 10 home edition.
- Using the Bitlocker, you can provide a secondary level of security for your files. This specially used for professional and personal computers or laptops to save your important data.
- Update from cloud is another efficient feature that is not available in Windows 10 Home. Using this feature all the laptops and computers that are connected to a domain can be updated via cloud using a single central computer.
- Assigned access is one more secured feature that allows you to control others from using your system and opening whatever they want on your system. Using this you can restrict their usage on computer apps.
- When compared to memory usages of both the windows versions, Windows 10 Home supports a maximum of 128 GB RAM where as Windows 10 Pro supports 2 TB RAM.
- The Hyper V feature of Windows 10 Pro will allow the users to access running virtual machines on CPUs that support virtualization.
- As hyper-V is included in Windows 10 Pro, you need to download that and install on your computer separately.
- One of the great differences that we have discussed earlier is the remote desktop. Using this feature, you can connect other system remotely which is very important and necessary in these days. It is highly recommended for all those who are working from as it makes their work easy and efficient.
How to Downgrade Windows 10 Pro to Home
Method 1: Downgrade Windows 10 Pro to Home through Editing Registry Keys
As discussed above, many of us may not require buying expensive keys to activate the Windows 10 pro and look for the process to downgrade from Windows 10 to home.
Step 1: It is always recommended to take a backup of all the important files before starting the downgrade process. There is a possibility for the data to be erased completely, so ensure that the backup is done.
Step 2: Before you start the downgrade process, ensure that you have the valid license key to continue with the process, or else you might get struck in the middle of the process.
Step 3: In the search option, type 1”Regedit” and click on “Run it as Administrator” to open the Registry Editor.
Step 4: Navigate to the following path:
Step 5: Now in this location, search for Product name and you will find it as “Windows 10 Pro”. Double click on it and change the Product Name to “Windows 10 Home”.
Step 6: Now open the “EditionID” by double clicking on it and change its value to “Core”.
Step 7: Now, navigate to the following path:
Step 8: Search for product name, change it to Home and EditionID to Core.
Step 9: Download the “media creation tool” and open it
Step 10: Click on “Accept” to proceed with the process.
Step 11: In the next screen, you will see two options “Upgrade this PC now” and “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC”.
Step 12: Select the ”Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” and click on “Next”.
Step 13: Click on “ISO file” and next.
Step 14: Save the ISO file in your desired location and double click on it to start the installation.
Step 15: Click on “Setup” and in the next window, select the “Not Right Now” option and click on “Next”
Step 16: In the next window, accept the license and agreement by clicking on “Accept”.
Step 17: In the Ready to install window, click on “Install” to start the installation.
Step 18: While installing the Windows 10 Home, Your system will restart several times which is very normal , so don’t worry about that.
Once the windows has been successfully installed, check for all the files whether they are installed or not. Now Windows 10 Home edition is ready and activated on your computer to provide you the best and powerful features that it has.
Method 2: Clean install Windows 10 Home from Bootable Windows 10 Recovery Media
This method provides you the clean install process to ensure that the Windows 10 home edition is successfully installed on your computer without any interruption.
It is a simple three step process which includes:
Step 1: Download the “Media Creation Tool” by just searching for it in Google. Now using this tool, download all the latest installation files from the Download Windows 10 page. Place them all in bootable USB flash drive.
Step 2: Now, use the necessary keys to start the boot process directly from Windows setup program. Use the available built-in tools to reformat the drive and ensure that the old files are taken back up in the drive.
Step 3: Now, install Windows 10 Home addition from the bootable drive and to activate it, enter the product key that you have to activate and use the Windows 10 home edition.
An important point to note is that, if you are installing the new Windows version without formatting the older drive, ensure to perform the additional steps once the installation is completed. Ensure that you clean up the Windows old folder before you install the new Windows 10 operating system.
As the clear steps for the downgrade process has been stated above, following those steps will easily and efficiently downgrade the Windows 10 Pro to home edition. Before you downgrade the OS, ensure that you take the backup of all the important information or files.
When compared to the Home edition, Pro is the secured version as it has many additional security features as it will connect the device to a particular domain. But as many people don’t want to spend much amount on the key, so they wish to downgrade to the previous activated version (Windows 10 Home).