Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise upgrade no longer requires a complete wipe and OS reinstall

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Windows 10 build 14352 brings huge updates and improvements on many levels, fixing annoying issues users had been complaining about for a long time. This build fixes over 20 bugs, narrowing the official list of known issues down to just three.

One of the most important improvements brought by the latest Windows 10 build concerns the upgrade to Windows Enterprise. Prior to Windows 10, the users who wanted to upgrade from the Pro to the Enterprise edition had to perform a complete wipe and reinstallation of the OS. This is a rather complex operation that required quite some time.

In Windows 10, things became simpler thanks to the bit-less edition upgrade from Pro to Enterprise. In other words, a simple product key change was enough to the upgrade to Enterprise edition. However, this operation required a reboot to complete. Many users complained about this reboot, saying it was still too annoying and suggested Microsoft should remove the reboot from the upgrade process.

Microsoft took into account its users’ feedback and starting with the current build, the reboot is no longer required when upgrading from the Pro to the Enterprise edition:

We heard a lot of feedback about having to reboot to complete the upgrade so starting with this build a reboot is no longer required when upgrading from the Pro to Enterprise edition.

If you want to upgrade from the Pro to the Enterprise edition, follow the following steps:

  1. Sign in as an Administrator
  2. Go to Settings -> Update & Security -> Activation
  3. Click the “Change product key” button
  4. Enter a valid Enterprise product key
  5. Click on Next
  6. When Windows is activated, click on Close.
  7. Refresh the Settings page (close it and reopen it) to see Windows 10 Enterprise displayed instead of Windows 10 Pro.

Speaking of the Enterprise edition, the upcoming Anniversary Update will bring a brand-new Enterprise mode for Microsoft Edge. Some Enterprise customers have business applications built for older web technologies, which require Internet Explorer 11 and the upcoming Enterprise mode should make Microsoft Edge and IE11 work even better together.


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