Switching from Windows 10 LTSC to Windows 10 Enterprise without reinstallation
TL;DR: Just use this guide and use
Enterprise instead of
I fetched myself the latest copy of the Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC evaluation for setting up my Windows install. The latest version when I set that up was Version 1809 and features like Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 and PowerToys Run are only available for versions 1903 and later. The general advice would be to backup and reinstall.
And I would have done that to be honest but a quick Google search will take you to a Microsoft Community thread where apparently, if you change a few registry values, things should start working…. right? So I fetched a copy of Windows 10 Pro using HeiDoc’s Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool and got to business, only to find out… that it won’t let me do the in-place upgrade without deleting my apps (but keeping my data) because the editions don’t match
What you need⌗
- Windows 10 Pro Install Media (no, that is not a mistake, I mean Pro)
How to do it⌗
Avoiding Language Incompatibility⌗
- Go to Time and Language
- Change all references to
English (United States)and delete every other language except that, then restart.
regeditand go to
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\Languageand ensure both
0409, if they’re not, make them.
Ensuring the “keep apps and data” upgrade path is available⌗
regedit, go to
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersionand look for all instances of
EditionID) and replace it with
- Search for instances of
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC...(generally
ProductName) and replace them with
Windows 10 Enterprise.
- Now go to
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersionand repeat instructions above.
- Go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DefaultProductKey2and change the value of
- Mount your installation medium and run the setup.
- If you’re prompted with a product key, then use installation keys
NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43(Windows 10 Enterprise) or
NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43(Windows 10 Pro) to allow you to install Windows. This will not activate Windows, this will only let you install it, this is not a substitute for getting a license, get a license.
That should be it, good luck!